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Artist Hands Series: Josh’s Hands

Josh makes wooden toys. He is also known as DadsWoodenToys on the Natural Kids Team. On a team that has mostly women, guys stand out quite a bit. All guys on the team happen to be woodworkers. You’ve already met Mojo. But don’t be fooled by it. They all have their very own styles and personalities.

Josh is the team bard. When his hands are not running powerful bandsaws or gently sanding the toys he cut out, he is a poet. He knows how to rhyme and catch a person’s attention with his witty verses. Maybe you saw the one recently published here?

But I will leave you with the images of the woodworker’s hands for now.

 

You can find out what toy Josh is making in this picture  by visiting his great Etsyshop. Make sure you study the texts of his listings since they all rhyme!

Ulla Seckler  is a dollmaker who was born and raised in Germany. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and two kids. You can find her Notes by a German Dollmaker on her blog where she shares some great German recipes, pictures of her sweet dolls, and life lessons learned.  Don’t forget to stop by her Etsyshop and take a peek at her wonderful doll creations.

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Artist Hands Series: Ann’s Hands

Today I want to share with you images of an artist in our group who makes a very different kind of craft. Ann Rinkenberger makes window stars. They are made of multicolored bright transparent papers. I remember this kind of paper from growing up in Germany. We used to make lanterns out of it for the  St. Martin’s festivity.  Transparenzpapier ( as it is called in German) is used for many crafts by German school children.

 

Ann’s stars are made up of many segments that involve even more folds. You may think. Ha, I can do that myself. But don’t kid yourself! If you ever tried your hands at origami you know how hard it is. If the folds are not perfectly straight and even your project will not look good in the end.

Folding the perfect window star is a tedious job. It takes patience and concentration. The artist also needs a sense of design. What color combinations will look good together. Each one of Ann’s stars is unique and amazing. Like the hands that make them.

These are the hands that have cared for an Alzheimer’s patient over many months. Tired hands of a faithful daughter. But hands that never give up because they know there is light at the end of the tunnel…

 


To see Ann’s work please visit her shop  HarvestMoonbyHand. I think they will make a wonderful gift for Christmas season or for someone who needs some light in their life!

 

Ulla Seckler  is a dollmaker who was born and raised in Germany. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and two kids. You can find her Notes by a German Dollmaker on her blog where she shares some great German recipes, pictures of her sweet dolls, and life lessons learned.  Don’t forget to stop by her Etsyshop and take a peek at her wonderful doll creations.

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The Artist’s Hands Series: Dria’s Hands

Dria lives a world away from me.  I am German. Dria is Jewish. We are bound together by the burden of history. Never forget! History lessons about the Nazi regime. The unspeakable things that my forefathers did to Dria’s people. I have never talked to Dria about this. Maybe there is some sort of mutual understanding. We can be at peace now and and share what is good about our culture.

We share recipes. We share ideas about natural simple living. I love to see pictures from her village in Israel.

Worlds away from each other we can be friends on the NaturalKids team. Yet we have a another connection through the work that our hands do. We are both doll makers. We share the love of German style dolls. So I was very excited when she sent me photos of her hands making something. I can relate to it. I know what skill it takes to turn those little corners on a sewing machine.

The lovely little details and the joy we get from seeing a finished doll that has come together just right…

Please visit her lovely shop on Etsy to see her amazing creations! I think she is working on a smiling Star-baby here.

 

Ulla Seckler  is a dollmaker who was born and raised in Germany. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and two kids. You can find her Notes by a German Dollmaker on her blog where she shares some great German recipes, pictures of her sweet dolls, and life lessons learned.  Don’t forget to stop by her Etsyshop and take a peek at her wonderful doll creations.

 

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Artist Hands Series: Julie’s Hands

I think this picture of artist hands is awesome because it tells so much about Julie.  Foremost Julie is a mama. That means her hands multitask all the time…Holding a baby while knitting a scarf. Busy, busy mama hands.

Maybe you know Julie from this blog? This single mama is a hero. Her hands care for 3 little ones. They cook, clean, caress, care, craft, and create all the time.

Please visit Julie’s blog and Etsy shop if you have a moment…

 

Ulla Seckler  is a dollmaker who was born and raised in Germany. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and two kids. You can find her Notes by a German Dollmaker on her blog where she shares some great German recipes, pictures of her sweet dolls, and life lessons learned.  Don’t forget to stop by her Etsyshop and take a peek at her wonderful doll creations.

 

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Artist Hands Series: Wendy and Mojo

Here are the hands from a mother and a father artist. These hands not only create beautiful handmade children’s toys and wares for your home, they also do lots of hard work!

Wendy and Mojo, of BirchLeaf Designs, live in a cabin off the grid, where they homeschool their two children, collect firewood, dig in the dirt, and haul water. In these particular photos, Mojo is working on the bandsaw, paying close attention to the lines of a playclip. Playclips are such fun! Use them for just about anything, but they are especially great for fort building or hanging blankets in windows in the winter.

 

Wendy is outside dying a small batch of red playsilks and although youcannot see her hands, you can rest at night knowing that hands are not red! A basket of playsilks is one of Wendy’s favorite toys, as the creative possibilities are limitless.

Please visit their lovely Etsy shop at http://www.birchleafdesigns.etsy.com
to see what their hands have made.

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Long Mountain Art Interview and Giveaway

This week’s member giveaway is coming from Brittaini, who runs the Etsy shop Long Mountain Art.

Hi there I am Brittaini from Long Mountain Art.  I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my boyfriend Aaron and our son Santiago who is 7 and our daughter Adelina who is 15 months.  I grew up in Farmington, Michigan and when I graduated high school I attended Capital University here in Columbus with an Art Education degree.  I just started my 9th year of teaching high school art for Columbus City Schools.  My desire to be an artist has always kind of been my driving force.

I have always been a creator for as long as I can remember.  I am very lucky to be a part of a family of creative people with multiple Aunts, Uncles and some Grandparents having unique talents. I love creating with my hands and dabble in a bit too many mediums.  I had started my independent career by making and selling pottery and jewelry but that felt like too much of my soul to be selling away.  I needed to find a medium that I could not only make money at but that I felt represented me philosophically as well.

I have always been into natural living and knew that is how I wanted to raise my children.  When I was pregnant with my son, I did everything as natural as possible including not finding out the sex which created some problems when trying to prepare for him.  There was such a lack of gender neutral clothing and I felt like I was left out…like the commercialism of gender identity in the marketplace was more important than my feelings of wanting that big surprise moment.  It became worse when my son was born.  We are tatooed and pierced parents…boring trucks and played out dinos were way too boring for us!  My son was the inspiration for my clothing line; he is the reason I was able to focus on this medium and try to make something more out of it.  To create clothing that is interesting and different while being good to the earth and feeling absolutely luxurious against the skin. Its so interesting how for so many years I couldn’t focus on one material.  I was pretty good at a lot of stuff but not a master at anything.  Having children helped me to shift and consolidate my thoughts into one force although I by no means am a supermama.  Working full time during the school year and trying to run a business part time while running a household and trying to follow as much attachment parenting as I can is hard work…but all worth it.

Today Brittaini is giving away the above zebra shirt, in the winner’s choice of size. It is available in onesie, toddler or youth shirt.

Here’s how to enter;
Visit Long Mountain Art and leave us a comment letting us know what your favorite item in her shop is.

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We will choose a winner randomly on October 29, 2011. (Please, make sure we have a way to contact you!)

Julie Hunter is a single mama raising 3 spirited girls, two babydoll sheep, angora rabbits and a gaggle of chickens and ducks in the North Carolina Foothills. She spends her days at home, crafting with her children, homeschooling, taking long gathering walks in the woods and knitting Waldorf-inspired toys. You can find her blogging and keeping shop at This Cosy Life.

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Artist Hands Series: Intro Etsy Artists’ Hands

Hands of the Artist

I wonder what Picasso’s hands looked like. Have you seen the  famous picture of him with bread loaves instead of hands? Now I wish it was a picture of his real hands in the process of creating.  How about a picture of Vincent VanGogh’s paws?  Do you know about Frida Kahlo?  She is my favorite female painter. I am sure all of these artists had amazing hands. Strong, good hands. The pieces they created were certainly stunning, and their beauty will remain with us for as long as we can see them in museums.

My hands are not famous. The things they create are not in a museum. Still, they do important things all day, and I thought they deserved a post. So I wrote about them on my blog for Mother’s Day. 

In the next couple of months I want to show you the hands of my Etsy NaturalKids team friends. I’ll start with my hands for today. But challenge all crafting moms and dads on my Etsy team to send me a picture of their hands at work. Maybe write a story little or send me poem to go with your picture. Tell us what your hands were busy making at the moment when that snapshot was taken.

My hands in this picture are making a Waldorf style dollhead. Each doll starts in this humble way. Just a few fibers and my hands gently rolling them into a round ball. I love the soft warm feel of the wool. What’s your favorite material to work with?  It’s so amazing what we can make with our hands.

Show me your hands! Looking at a person’s hands you can learn a lot about them. The hands tell a story of their own…

 

 

Ulla Seckler  is a dollmaker who was born and raised in Germany. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and two kids. You can find her Notes by a German Dollmaker on her blog where she shares some great German recipes, pictures of her sweet dolls, and life lessons learned.  Don’t forget to stop by her Etsyshop and take a peek at her wonderful doll creations.