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The Halloween Sugar Fairy

So, you’ve gone trick or treating with your kids and you have gobs of candy!  As parents of little ones we have some choices.

  • Do what my parents did and let the kids have free reign.  This usually involves eating mounds of candy and getting a whopping stomach ache.
  • Or, let them choose a few pieces, put the rest away and then be the candy police until Thanksgiving!

Either one of these choices are fine but they do have their drawbacks. My favorite thing to do is to have the Sugar Fairy come!

The Sugar Fairy is a little fairy who eats nothing but sugar.  Her family, her whole community relies upon the candy that falls on the ground on Halloween to see her through the long winter months.  Now, the luckiest children know of the sugar fairies’ plight and choose to give her their Halloween candy.  In return the sugar fairy will bring them little (handmade) gifts and leave them on their doorstep.  (The handmade is my addition.) Check out this more detailed story of the Sugar Fairy, to tell your little ones.   Last year the Sugar Fairy brought my kids, age 6 and 2, little needle felted monsters and a fun Halloween story dvd. The cute thing is that my six year old saw his monster’s wool roving in my stash and said, “ha, the sugar fairy stole your wool to make our monsters!”.  I giggle every time I think of it.

 

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This week at a glance

Happy Mother’s Day!

The NaturalKids Team hopes that all the mothers out there have a wonderful and love filled day!

My Mother's Face wool painting note card by Nushkie Designs

Team Happenings

Have you seen the NaturalKids Summer Gift Guide yet?  Make sure to stop by and check out all the summery goodness!

Several members from the team are participating in a giveaway over on team member mamma4earth’s blog, Natural Suburbia.  There are some really, really great items!

There are even more prizes available from NaturalKids Team members over at The Magic Onions, a blog by member FairyFolk.  She hosts an amazing, annual Fairy Garden Contest and has tons of inspiration for creating your own!

Member Happenings

The Willodel shop is having a Mother’s Day Sale, use coupon code MADAY12 for 12% off at check out.

This Cosy Life has a giveaway happening on this site right now, so make sure to enter if you haven’t already!  She is also offering  a coupon code good for 15% off your entire purchase in her shop through May 19th. Enter NKMAY at checkout.

Niko & Nonnie is celebrating its one-year anniversary, so free shipping on the website and in Etsy shop til June 15th

The Enchanted Cupboard is having a Mother’s Day sale too!  Make sure to stop by and take advantage of the great deals!

Treasury of the Week

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 From the Archives

May 12, 2011 - How to Eat Raw Worms

 

May 5, 2010 - Make a No-Knit Yarn Nest

 

 

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Team Happenings

Wow, it’s nearly May!  It’s so hard to believe that summer is just around the corner.   Make sure you stop back later this week to check out the NaturalKids Summer Gift Guide when it arrives!

Also, if you haven’t yet participated in the Earth Day Giveaway, there is still time!  Today is the last day, so make sure to enter right away – so many goodies to win, and your chances are pretty good.

 

Summer has me thinking about planting gardens, picking flowers, and plenty of dreaming about the little farming homestead I hope to eventually have.  Here are some of my favorite NaturalKids picks for farming fun:

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Member Happenings

Gypsy Forest is having a sale!  Lots of $10 & $15 dollar hand sewn goods. The sale items are all over 50% off.

The Magic Onions blog by FairyFolk is running a Fairy Garden Contest – many great ideas and inspiration, and many prized provided by members of the NaturalKids Team!

From the Archives

 

April 26, 2011 - Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
April 28, 2010 - Spring / Summer Acorn Gnome Tutorial
April 29, 2009 - Make Toys For Your Kids!


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Sunday Treasury: How About This Weather?

‘Keep a Weather Eye Open’ by Alkelda

Sun, wind, rain, snow… no matter the weather, enjoy these offerings from the NaturalKids Team! http://naturalkidsstore.com


Weather – Painted Handm…

$25.00

SnowFlake – the winter …

$10.90

A Drop In the Bucket- P…

$13.00

Flutterby, Summer Berri…

$8.00

Wooden Toy, Autumn Fore…

$48.00

Needle felted Wool Mrs….

$39.00

Wooden Cloud Stacker- W…

$14.00

Dreamy Clouds Sailboat

$20.00

Orange Window Star Sun …

$15.00

Lovely Autumn Tree – …

$28.00

Fairy Garden Kit – Mini…

$18.00

Needle felted Winter Ma…

$38.00

Lavender, Pink and Purp…

$18.00

wooden snake toy

$3.99

Needle Felted Campfire

$12.00

Wooden Leaf Puzzle

$38.00

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Sunday Treasury: Gnomes vs. Aliens!

Gnomes vs. Aliens by Alkelda

Gnomes vs. Aliens: Who would win? Everyone wins with creations made by the NaturalKids Team and other fine artisans! Visit: http:naturalkidsstore.com


Alien and UFO Set – Pai…

$14.50

Sunflower Gnome with Su…

$30.00

Rainbow Wooden Alien Do…

$28.00

Rainbow Gnomes- Set of …

$35.00

Needle Felted Gnome Hid…

$75.00

Happy the Pocket Gnome

$15.00

Waldorf Inspired Kids P…

$42.00

Needle Felted Halloween…

$85.00

Flower Gnome

$18.00

Blueberry Monster

$12.00

Oak Gnome – colored woo…

$9.90

ECOgNOMIE Gnomes in Bri…

$60.00

Needle Felted Cthulhu F…

$22.00

4 felt Waldorf math gno…

$20.00

Amoeba and Paramecium F…

$16.00

Flower Gnomes (Trio of …

$29.00

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Sunday Treasury: Treasures of the Sea

‘Sea Treasures by Alkelda

Here is a selection of sea-themed treasures, created by Etsy’s NaturalKids Team members and other talented artisans. For more treasures and natural goodies, visit: http://naturalkidsstore.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/NaturalKidsTeam


Wooden Toy, Sea Serpent – Sc…

$12.00

Mama and Baby Beluga

$27.00

Wool Octopus Hat

$24.50

Felted Mermaid Fairy Mobile-…

$97.00

Land and Sea Felted Stones -…

$18.00

Sea Monster Pencil Holder-Or…

$28.00

Heart of the Ocean (35 inch …

$13.50

seahorse wooden toy

$5.95

Sea Life Playset

$24.50

CUSTOM Mini Special Edition …

$25.00

Goldfish Wooden Sailboat

$20.00

Anchors, 6-12 Months

$24.00

wooden mermaid toy Waldorf i…

$17.00

Very Nautical Sailing Fleet …

$34.00

Under the Sea Mermaid Storyt…

$12.00

One Little Needle Felted Gol…

$23.00

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I’d like to live here…

‘GnomeLand’ by EvesLittleEarthlings

Gnomes, where gnomes live and what gnomes love, by the Natural Kids Team.


Gnome Baby Softie- …

$24.00

Wooden Toy, Autumn …

$48.00

Daniel the Boy Gnom…

$38.00

Papa Gnome Bendy D…

$12.50

Autumn Hand Knit Gn…

$9.00

Gnome Home Needle F…

$65.00

Waldorf Wool Felt G…

$16.00

Brown Gnome, a kni…

$12.00

Toadstool Home – Ne…

$50.00

Wee Forest Children…

$46.00

Felted Playscape – …

$80.00

Evergreen Play Time…

$10.00

Carved Waldorf Gnom…

$42.00

Mini Brownie Doll

$12.00

Three Personalized …

$6.50

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Good For your Child – Good for the Earth!

‘{Beautiful Natural Play}’ by Racheous

Beautiful natural play toys for little ones to learn and imagine <3 {As Nature Intended} http://racheousb.blogspot.com/


Toddler Branch Stac…

$16.00

Cheery felted wool …

$22.00

1 family of 6 and p…

$

Board with the Butt…

$

Natural Wood Toy Po…

$10.00

$

Flutterby, Good Ear…

$

Autumn arrival. Nat…

$7.00

Wooden Toy, PlaySil…

$28.00

Daisy, Flower bud f…

$12.50

Wood Apple Bowl

$8.00

Rainbow Matching an…

$

organic CAMERA – na…

$

Natural Storytellin…

$9.00

Eco-Tree Colored Pe…

$7.95

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inspiration


by Jen of SewnNatural

What are the sources of our inspiration? Where do we, as artists, mothers, fathers, teachers, chefs and community members, find fuel to light the sparks of creativity within us?

image above via Flickr

For one NaturalKids member, Farida (you can visit her magical shop, Alkelda, here) stories and storytelling are closely woven into her artistry, and her life. “I create figures for people to use in nature table displays and in storytelling for folk tales, fairy tales, saints’ legends, therapy… wherever the imagination leads.”

We are thrilled to announce that starting very soon, Farida (of Alkelda) will be regularly posting interesting and delightful book suggestions on this blog. Our new blog bookshelf will be a fresh new feature for our minds, hearts, and imaginations.

image via Flickr

This week, Farida curated an Etsy Treasury based on the inspiration she found in a wonderful story called Sand Flat Shadows – you can read it here. Here is the collection of handmade pieces she put together, a collection you can also see here for the next few days:

Here is one of the lovely dolls in Alkelda’s shop, the Blue Blossom princess, ready for gentle play on your nature table or woven into your stories!