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This week our giveaway is sponsored by Andrea of Ziezo Designs. Andrea is a fairly new member of the Natural Kids team, so let’s take some time to get to know her a little better.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a SAHM of 3 (Boys 4, 5 & Girl 7) and married to my best friend. Our family has been living in Nairobi, Kenya since the middle of 2007. Being a SAHM allows me to re-connect with my design background, particularly sewing, and as the children attend Waldorf School/Kindergarten, I get more and more time to create things. I love working with natural materials such as 100% wool felt, wool, silk and cotton as those work well with crafting in the Waldorf tradition. Living in an environment where toys in shops are mainly electronic or otherwise battery-driven, I started crafting and creating toys for my little ones early on. An entrepreneurial friend of mine encouraged to take my passion a step further and start creating larger quantities of natural toys, so others could enjoy them as well. Every item in my shop is truly and thoroughly “child” tested and approved with the exception of non-toys such as the ornaments and buntings/banners.
What inspires your creations?
My main inspiration comes from my children and their respectful, wondrous, and innocent view of the world and nature. Creating something that enhances their imagination and creativity is such fun.
What are your favorite materials to use?
Natural materials such as silk, wool and cotton are my favourites. They are so nice to work with, the feel and characteristics of the natural materials are a totally different experience from man-made materials. I feel often that this is what Nature intended for us: use the gifts that she gave to work with, rather than trying to invent another material.
How do you encourage children’s creativity?
I believe that children are naturally creative and curious. I try to do some of my creative work while they are around and where possible to have them join in, in the painting, knitting or sewing. It’s always interesting to see what they come up with and I do share the outcomes of those processes on my blog. In addition, they certainly have the benefit of attending a Waldorf school, where their creativity is stimulated as well.
Today Andrea is offering to one winner 100% silk butterfly wings in rainbow colours. The habotai silk is hand-dyed in non-toxic professional grade dye. The wings are embellished with a yellow satin ribbon on the back, creating the illusion of the butterfly’s body. Elastic shoulder- and wristbands make it comfortable and easy for children to dress and undress themselves. This ‘small’ size fits most children 2-5 with an arm length of up to 35cm.
The pure silk cloth moves gracefully with the airflow when your child “flies” through the air.
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We will choose a winner randomly on April 19th, 2012. (Please, make sure we have a way to contact you!)
Julie Hunter is a wife and 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.