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Thursday Treasuries

Lot’s of great treasuries to share today! everyone has been very busy, making great new ideas and showing them off…

here’s one i missed! you all are too busy for me:)

TheSingingBird made this great treasury For The Tippy Toes In Your House

mangopeachwalnut shows us how fun it is always chasing rainbows

and also the beauty of the indigo child

freedomRainbow shows us how adorable monstrs can be, in i love monsters!..

green and white look so lovely in this beautiful treasury made by oritdotandolls

Oh, to be a kid again!.. we will all wish that when we see whimsicalmom’s fun filled treasury…

Treehugger’s Unite! in this terrific treasury from FaerieRebecca

Buzzhandmade says Good Night, Sleep Tight to all of our little one’s…

NaturalStar shares some wonderful Natural Toys

Fine and Fuzzy Felted Finds abound in this cute treasury from TheSingingBird

Let’s go Into the Mist, once again with freedomRainbow

Fall, the year’s last smile will make everyone smile too, in this sweet treasury from buzzhandmade

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Thursday Treasuries

The Singing Bird shows us the beauty of soft pastel colors in Soft Rainbow Sherbet Sorbet:

Fairies Nest shows off some Wee Magical Creatures… Naturally!!

Orit celebrates the story of Hansel and Gretel, or in Hebrew Ami and Tami!

Natural Toys for Natural Kids is one of the things we are all about… and beautifully shown off by Aunt Boo’s Babies:
Gopita shares lovely Autumn Dreams with us:

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Friday Interview with Beneath the Rowan Tree

Today’s interview is with the NaturalKids team member, Beneath the Rowan Tree. Rowan’s lovely silks and toys are all hand dyed and hand painted and she has a wonderful eye for color. Come meet her….

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how and when did you get started with arts and crafts?
I always felt like the ugly duckling in my family! Thank goodness my grandmother was naturally crafty and saw the spark in me~ this forged a deep relationship between us and strong connection in a family of non-crafty types.
I have always loved to make things with my hands and to give them to others. Over the years I taught myself numerous crafts: knitting, cross stitching, sewing, scrapbooking and quilting to name a few.
With quilting my love of color and texture really began to blossom. For me the best part about quilting was wandering through the fabric store without a plan, just heaping on bolts of fabric until a vision emerged.
After my daughter was born, I dove into dyeing and painting clothing out of frustration about clothing available for kids. It turns out I *could* paint~ which was a real shock! Dyeing satisfies the need for color and adds the element of surprise and chaos which keeps me centered and reminds me that beauty emerges when we don’t try to control every outcome!
Most recently, drawn by the gorgeous colors and textures of fibers, I began needle felting and I am hooked~ it just resonates with me and draws together all of the satisfying and challenging aspects of craft and has pushed me along towards seeing myself as an artist.

What is the main thing you make and sell in your store? What else do you make and/or sell?
My core product has been my hand dyed and painted clothing for babies and toddlers, although with the holidays approaching and my mercurial interests, I am working much more on my natural toy offerings: wood, wool and lots of silk.

Who if anyone has been instrumental in helping you hone your craft?
I tend to be self-taught and a real grazer~ gathering tidbits of information here and there and generally running off half informed to work it out myself. I appreciate the needle felting forums and community for direction, challenge and inspiration.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere, my child, the skies (every skyline calls out for a flat felted landscape these days!), the seasons. I try to remain open (and keep notes). Since my crafting business is my ‘sideline’ to my full time vocation/ work I allow myself the freedom to follow my whims and do what I like.

What are your favorite materials?
Wool and silk. So pretty, so versatile, so dyeable!

What advice would you give to beginners in your main craft?
If you are dyeing, use quality chemicals, practice safety precautions, keep a clean work space and dye everything and anything you can to learn about color and fabric and results. Expect surprises. Be bold. You can always re-dye something, until you hit black, and then you bleach! Just kidding!

What is your Etsy shop address and name? Where else can we find you?

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Mini Monday: freedomRainbow!

You cannot miss freedomRainbow! Whether she is creating the most amazing dolls in her shop, creating new hats and designs in her other one shop, or hanging around bringing joy and light to our forums, she is a presence with which to be reckoned! Learn more about this dynamic artisan…

My name is Sarah and I live in Portland with my husband and two children who are 12 and 2. My spiritual sojourning and my family are the joys of my heart and i am so blessed to be at home with my kids to watch the magic happen as they grow. Thanks for supporting that!

I am really into the idea that by putting Rainbow Reiki, Spiritual Energy, Love, Devotion to the Divine, and Protective Prayer into every stitch of my sweet dolls and animules, I am transferring that Beautiful Stuff into the hearts of those who claim them as their own. Making these dolls is a very wonderful way for me to engage myself in creative and artistic endeavors while trying to spread peace and love.

I’m really into yoga of all sorts, reiki, gardening, vegetarianism, mantras playing with my kids, and LOVE. I have a background in fine arts, especially ceramic sculpture, which i majored in at Lewis and Clark college, along with Biology.

Enjoy your week in the sun, freedom 🙂

MiniMonday by FaerieRebecca