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Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
My daughter has continued to express an interest in working with a needle and thread. 
You can follow her progression over three projects in 2 years, to get an idea of the various levels as she has grown:
Project One @ age 4.5
Project 2 @ Age 5.25

Working with a blunt tapestry needle and large count Aida cloth (10 ct.), she continues to work on her fine motor skills, which of course are invaluable for the work of writing she does at school as a Grade One student. Not to mention the delight she gets from watching her creations take on colour and shape.

At nearly 6.5, she has drawn her own design (the girl still loves her dinosaurs!)

I copied this onto the cross stitch fabric using washable markers.

We placed the fabric in the hoop, taped up the raw edges and rolled and pinned them for ease of stitching.her next goal is to be able to thread the needle on her own.

As this project is fairly ambitious, she is working at it as she feels moved~ generally when I am at my work table and she wants to be close by (wonderful bonding time! ♥).
Having her own sewing basket is a point of pride.


Don't be afraid to start your little one on even the simplest of stitching!
Patience, hand/eye coordination, fine motor control, and a creative opportunities are just a few of the benefits.
As Holmes says... Life is like that.♥♥
Monday, 30 January 2012
Not because of privacy issues, or spam or changing understanding of community and individuals....

But because sometimes I want to not know the answer.
Or, more than this, I want to ask someone else to tell me.

I know I always *can* ask someone, but with the Internet at our fingertips day and night,
we don't *have* to ask any more.

We don't have to ask for directions and happen upon that neat little family owned business in a small town.
We don't have to ask around for the family favoured chocolate chip cookie recipe~ we can choose from 100 different ones online.

I was wondering the other day, after watching The Muppets, why Milton Berle was called 'Uncle Milty'.
And I want to ask someone who knows.
Someone who remembers , maybe, hearing him on the radio, who remembers Vaudeville and the first tv shows.
Who has memories of watching Berle on the black and white set with friends or family.
Someone for whom those memories bring a smile to their face as they tell me the answer.
Or even say, "I don't know! I always liked George Burns better".

And sometimes, I want to be wrong.
For like, ever.
Take misheard lyrics as an example.
Now if we don't understand them, we can just look them up.
Gone is the fun of singing along, wrongly..
"Every time you go away, you take a piece of meat with you..." for decades.
I mean, I just found out this year that in 'We wish you a Merry Christmas', the line is NOT "Good tidings we bring, to you and your KING" (OK, it never made sense, but hey, I figured it was old and people were all about honouring the King!) but "you and your kin".
I always just sang along... until I looked up the history of the hymn for a service.
Hmph.


Don't get me wrong, I love that I can figure out how to clean anything, cook anything, find anything, buy anything... but somehow, it still holds more value to get that cleaning secret from a neighbour, the recipe from my mom... and so on.
It just does.
And I think if we lose that, we lose something incredibly valuable to us as human beings.
Shared knowledge and experience.

I work with a lot of seniors.
Folks who still do it 'the old fashioned' way.
And they feel sidelined by all of the rapidly changing technology around us.
But they shouldn't... they are the storykeepers and if we are smart, the story tellers.
After all, as Santayana said "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it".


The Internet is an amazing tool.
But it is a tool.
It is not a person, or a relationship or a memory.

And so I need to go and ask an older friend to tell me more about Uncle Milty.
And find a reason to make Great-Great Aunt Bea's Ambrosia Salad that she made for Great Uncle David's January birthday every year.
♥♥
Sunday, 29 January 2012
Welcome to the Playdate (#34)
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Living in Northern Ontario, our winters are loooong!
But we make the most of them with lots of outdoor fun~ especially in January and February when we can expect deep cold and crisp sunshine.
And the whole family joins in!
Yes, we have matching hats!

What are you doing for fun this winter?!
 
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Friday, 27 January 2012
Woohoo!
It is no secret that I like to dye things in bright and pretty colours, is it?!

Cotton, bamboo, silk... you name it!
And for a while now, I have been working on wool~ bringing some of my favourite colourways (colour combinations) across from silk onto wool and I am very happy with the results of my hand painting adventures!


I have chosen to use my favourite wool for fulling (=felting of knitted or crocheted items)~ a gorgeous single ply merino.  This yarn is wonderfully soft and lofty~ reminiscent of a handspun yarn.
I am terribly sensitive to processed wool, and cannot wear it~ but this yarn I happily wear next to my skin.

It felts in minutes~ evenly and without the fuzziness you sometimes get from other yarns, making a nice supple fabric to work with whether hand or machine sewing.
It also works well for non-felted items, but I don't suggest using it for mittens or other projects that will take a lot of wear and friction... because it does felt easily!
'Easter Eggs' crocheted
'Easter Eggs' knit and felted

This yarn is available in 3.5 oz cakes or skeins.
I can custom dye more if you need it, or skein off less for you, too (it is a great yarn for craft projects in which you may only need an ounce or two).

Take a peek~ and I would love your feedback!♥♥
Thursday, 26 January 2012
My daughter, moved by the plight of orcas around the world, has decided to raise money to help them.

She has raised $102 so far~ her first goal was $100.
She has now expanded that to $250.

You can read all about it HERE and make a donation, too, if you like!
Many thanks to those who have so generously supported her work so far!
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
I am always on the lookout for fun new creative activities to share with my daughter (and her friends~ they know this is the house where we do crafts!). Especially on cold or rainy days.

A few weeks back, I snagged some window writing markers from the art supply store (post-Christmas sales!).  I have seen the Crayola version in action, but never felt moved to buy any for our own use.
These, however, we love and they were just right for jazzing up a snow day!
This set of 8 Washable Window Markers from Sargent Art are bold, bright and addictive... you will have to keep your little ones (and yourself) from decorating all the glass surfaces in your house! 
They do take a little elbow grease to remove if left on the windows after your play time, but the bold colours and ease of use make it worthwhile.
 These markers would make a great art activity especially for children less inclined to creative pursuits~ the ones who 'hate' colouring just might come around if they can colour on the windows!

We have also been using them to leave messages and silly pictures on the bathroom mirrors!♥♥
Have you found any cool supplies lately? Do tell!
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Rowan (age 6) is planning on saving the whales.
Well, technically, the dolphins~ she tells me an orca is a dolphin and not a whale at all!

When she announced this at church on Sunday, one woman commented "Do they still need saving?".
Good question!

As some of you may know from my past posts, my daughter is a very sensitive child, in every way.
She often finds life overwhelming and struggles with emotional regulation and anxiety.
But she is foremost, a wonderfully empathetic soul with a passion for caring for others, especially if those others are animals.

This weekend, we watched Free Willy (1993).
Rowan was deeply moved and disturbed by the story.
Was it true? Were there orcas in need of help right now?
At the end of the (20 year old) movie was a call for action, and the number 1-800-4-WHALES.
Keiko ('Willy')

Rowan was ready to place a call.
We noted that while we suspected that Save the Whales is still active (it is), the phone number may have changed (it has).
She went off to bed with her dolphin books, a million questions and a heavy heart.

In the morning, while I prepared for church, Rowan made a 'Save the Orcas' poster, and with staples and paper, a 'money pouch'  upon which she wrote: "will send to save orcas when full".

Hmmm. OK.
She is serious.
And in that moment I saw and seized the opportunity she had created~ a way for her sensitive little soul to see a need, to feel the pain and to respond with action.
As a sensitive child, who feels everything so deeply, this was an opportunity for her to feel those deep feelings not as hopeless or defeating, but as the spur to action.
This was a chance to learn that she CAN do something, make a difference in the world.

And isn't that what we hope our children will learn in life?
That they are not helpless, but rather that they have all the power in the world to effect change.
To effectively, as Ghandi famously said "be the change they want to see in the world".
Wild Orcas

We announced Rowan's initiative at church, and shared it with family and friends on Facebook on Sunday.
Along with her own $10 donation (prize money from a Remembrance Day / Poppy Day poster campaign), a donation from a like-minded child in the UK and donations from church members, she raised $50 in 24 hours.

At this point, her (modest) goal is to raise $100 for the Free Willy-Keiko Foundation.
With that she intends to purchase an Orca Adoption kit for herself, and one for her class (all proceeds from these kits go to the fund), and donate the balance.
She is continuing to read and study about orcas (and the rest of the dolphins), as she says "I should know about them so I can tell people why they need help".


You are invited to help Rowan reach her goal!
The 'Donate' button below is set up through Paypal (we will cover any fees through BTRT so that all the funds go directly to the Foundation).
THE FIRST BUTTON is set to receive USD.
THE SECOND BUTTON is for Canadian funds (CAD).
If you would like to make a donation in another currency OR outside of Paypal, send an email and we'll help you out!
Thank you ♥♥












Monday, 23 January 2012
{{This is my 1000th blog post! Woohoo!}}
I feel like an old-timer!

No, not because I have begun to do the 'stretch-out-my-arm-to-read-small-print' thing.
But because I am coming up on five years of dyeing silk.

It may not seem all that long, but in the playsilk biz, it is.
You see, when I opened shop 5 years ago, I was dyeing cotton clothing, a tie-dyer, experimenting more and more with low water immersion dyeing.
At the time, the very few folks were creating playsilks for sale online, and those who were were making either lovely solid coloured silks or complex tie dye and mandala patterns on silk.
Generally, one at a time, each one of a kind (all awesome!).

I was the first in the (online retail) retail market (if I am to trust my research and communications with old-school Waldorf vets) to begin to blend colours in a low water immersion style (for playsilks), in standardized colours.
{{I am being pretty specific here, because I am know someone always knows better!}}

The first BTRT 'colourway'~ Heart of the Fire 2007
In time, I began to standardize my colours, each silk being one of a kind, but with repeatable colour formulas.
I looked to my wool dyeing friends, and the common concept in hand dyed wool, of 'colourways'~ standard colour formulas repeated over various bases and yarns.
And went with it.

Gradually building an extensive line of colourways, along with complementary solid 'palettes' and creating groupings beyond the standard rainbow.
Soft as Spring Palette
 A quick search on Etsy, or any other handmade market today will reveal that this style of dyeing + the 'colourway' concept has been widely adopted by newer dyers.
In fact, I suspect that it is assumed to be 'the norm' in playsilks (without realizing that five years ago, it simply was not)!
Which is pretty darn cool!


Some 15 000 pieces of silk, in my kitchen sink (!), later, I am still passionate about dyeing.
But I don't often have the time to 'play'~ creating new colourways.
New Year, new stash of elastics!

Creating a  colourway is not simply adding a couple of dyes together...
Many of my dyes are custom mixed for my particular shades.
And then there is the order of colour application (very critical!), the amounts of dye, the balance of colours.
Add in the particular temperaments of various dyes, temperatures and other variables.
And whether or not all of the above can be reliably repeated...

And then I have to remember it all.
{I have a partial 'recipe' book, that I should update!}
My favourite yellow in the pot!
New colourways are sometimes happy accidents, but generally I set out to bring a certain vision or experience alive with colour.. early morning dawn, the varied greens of a summer landscape, the blues of polar ice...

This month, I am happy to introduce FOUR new colourways in our 'Heart of...' Collection!
Heart of the Fey
Heart of the Phoenix
Heart of the Mountains
Candy Hearts


Find these and the rest of our silks in the Etsy Shop. ♥♥
Quality • Beauty • Experience
Sunday, 22 January 2012
I written recently about some of the challenges parenting brings our way, by way of our daughter's highly sensitive (and now, diagnosed anxious) nature.

School is a particular challenge for Rowan.
She enjoys it immensely and she is an excellent student.
But she also experiences anxiety in all of the many changes and unknowns that a school day brings.
For her, it is exhausting.

We are finding that Rowan, when feeling anxious, seeks islands of control~ finds something she can manage to cope with the overwhelming things around her (don't we *all*?).  This tends to express itself at this time as a sort of hoarding behaviour.  Not like the tv show, just grabbing and hanging on to things, collecting them.

Her item of choice is rocks.
Now, I like to collect rocks, too, and she has always been a rock hound.
But I am talking about coming home with her little backpack stogged full of several pounds of gray gravel chips from the school yard.
When I asked her not to do this, she brought them home in her coat pockets instead.


Faced with the choice of... what? Sewing her pockets shut?
I had to stop and think about this.

Recess is very chaotic and overwhelming.
Collecting rocks (often as a game, with friends) is a 'safe place' for my daughter in all the activity around her.
Clearly her behaviour is providing her with something she is needing.

It was one of those moments, as a parent, when you hear that voice saying "there is another way".
That little voice that calls us to be our creative best for our children~ to perceive their need and to meet it in a way that honours their struggles.
I don't hear it very often... I mean, I don't listen to it, or for it, as often as I should.
And sometimes the "you shouldn't do it this way" voice that sounds an awful lot like my mother is just too loud...
But I am really trying.


So I stopped fighting the rocks.
Heck, I already have a rock basket at the door of the house, to which Rowan makes almost daily deposits, and which I empty, discreetly, when full.
 I made her a rock box for school.
I decorated a tall plastic container with stickers and a unicorn and "Rowan's Rocks" written boldly upon it.

It sits at her cubby, and every day, she deposits all of her found treasures into the box, with the expectation that when it is full, I will come after school and we will empty it out, choosing a couple of special items to take home, returning the rest to nature. That will be a tough day. I know. But the payoff of accepting her behaviour and helping to normalize it (and set some boundaries around it at the same time), has been immense.

Especially for me.
Learning that I can just roll with it.
And I can always fall back on the old adage, if you can't beat 'em... make them their own box and embrace them (isn't that how it goes?!). ♥♥


I'd love to hear about your creative parenting strategies.... the times you listened to that quiet little voice...
Welcome to the Playdate (#33)
Everyone is welcome to link up to this post all week long with your
kid related posts ...
recipes, games, crafts, parenting, stories...
just think of it as our virtual play group!

Grab a button and join the fun!
Beneath the Rowan Tree
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Wednesday, 18 January 2012
 Rudolph Steiner, developer of the Waldorf educational philosophy, called rhythm the 'carrier of life' and assigned each day of the week with a colour.  The use of colour to mark the passing of days and weeks with young children is both effective and inspiring for their work and play.

The colour for Wednesday is YELLOW.
And that is the colour of the sunshine in this, my favourite part of winter...
when the cold is deep and the sun is bright.
Enjoy these warm, yellow and natural finds from Etsy artisans.
1. Naturally Dyed Cotton Scarf, by Lissionetsy.
2.Augustina, Donkey Marionette, by Two Sad Donkeys.
3. Smiling Sun Rattle, by Driaa.
4. Fox & Sun Wooden Puzzle, by Manzanita Kids.
5. Yellow Chick, by Beaded Wire.
6. Raw Silk Picnic Blanket & Napkin Set, by Rubiyat.
7. Pear Foo, by Sigh Foo.

♥♥
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Wow.  I thought girls had it rough.

I have dipped my toe into boy world and I am stumped.
Now, it isn't like I have jumped into the deep end~ I am just dabbling in the shallows.

I can't count the number of times mothers have asked me to consider making clothing for boys.
And I run and hide behind the twirl skirts.
But one of my resolutions this year is to make the foray into making some items for boys.
I knew whatever I might make would have to meet my clothing credentials: comfortable, natural fiber, free-sizing to allow for longer wear for better value, and patchy (I love my patchwork!).
So I got that part sorted.


Then came the fabric shopping (I love my fabric shopping!).
Holy cow, it was rough!
Is this too girly?
Is that dot pink or red?
Is there anything that isn't all baby or all 'big boy'?
The boundaries around what is 'boy' have gotten pretty slim, haven't they?
In part, perhaps to girls encroaching and poaching on their styles (and names, says the mother of a female Rowan)?
But I think there is more to it.
Something to do with re-defining boys (and therefore men~ or is it men and therefore boys?).
Something to do with making sure, above all that whatever that definition may be, it is definitely 'not-girl'.

And so I find myself sitting down at my work table and agonizing over lime green dots and birdhouses.

And then thinking, "this shouldn't be so difficult!".

For if nothing else, I believe colours have no gender boundaries and it enriches all of our children, boys and girls, to have full access to whatever colours they love... not JUST pink and purple OR green and brown.


Now this is not mind blowingly insightful, I know.
And I know lots of boys love colour and their moms (and dads!) are not afraid of purple or peach or whatever and what it says about their child's gender.
And this is just one teeny tiny speck of snow on a giant iceberg of gender issues.
But it really did shock me to find how much thought I was putting into making sure that my boy stuff was boy enough.

And in that, I realized in a way I hadn't considered before,  that as much as we girl moms have alligators to wrestle when it comes to our daughter's finding their identity as girls, the boys have their own critters to tackle in becoming confident, self-assured, comfortable in their own skin boys (and men).

So {darn} the torpedoes!
I am making boy clothing with lime dots AND birdhouses.
And I think the trees have a spot of peach on them.

{{Come on boy moms, tell us about it...!}}♥♥
Sunday, 15 January 2012
Welcome to the Playdate (#32)
Everyone is welcome to link up to this post all week long with your
kid related posts ...
recipes, games, crafts, parenting, stories...
just think of it as our virtual play group!


We took a Playdate break through the holidays, but we're back and ready to play!

Grab a button and join the fun!
Beneath the Rowan Tree

The Playdate Guidelines:
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♥ ANY kid/ baby/ family related posts and ideas welcome... but please no shop links, promos or giveaways.
♥ I will feature my favourites from the playdate in next week's Playdate post (choosing from those who have added our button or link to their shared post).
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Friday, 13 January 2012
We live in what is known as the 'near North' in Ontario.

For people from Southern Ontario (also known collectively, by Northerners as 'Toronto') we are considered to be crazy north.  For people from outside of Canada, perhaps we are all living way up north~ anecdotes of the American tourists crossing the border in May with skis on their roof racks abound.  But we don't live in igloos, ride moose or rub shoulders with polar bears. Honest.

Where we live, however, we do have as much as 6 months of winter, it's true.
And we do use snowshoes and snowmobiles.
We ski and snowboard and toboggan and skate.
We make the most of what we have and fully appreciate the rest of the seasons when they finally arrive!

I thought I would put our 'northernness' into perspective for the rest of you~ below is a map that shows where we are in Ontario (and hence, the 'Near North' designation!). Southern Ontario is the most populous region in Canada and extends down to Windsor (across the border from Detroit, MI.) and if my high school geography teacher was right, Windsor is as far south as Northern California is north.

I have a sister near Windsor, and last week she went into her neighbour's field and picked green brussel sprouts from the plants.

This is what we did last week....
 
Quite a difference!
(For reference, it would be a 5-6 hour drive to visit my sister).

So, yes, we live 'up north' by most standards, but we are no where NEAR north when it comes to the whole of Ontario, or Canada.  Although I do want to make the trek further north to rub shoulders with the polar bears one of these days!

 
 What is it like where you live?!♥♥
Thursday, 12 January 2012
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Tuesday, 10 January 2012
A grey January day needs a little rainbow goodness, right?


I have spent a happy (stolen) hour collecting some gorgeous handmade rainbow toys.
All are made with natural materials, by artisans making their own (unique!) mark on the Waldorf toy market.
Please do take a peek at their shops~ I was so delighted to explore them today.
Some are old favourites, others are new to Etsy and a joy to share.
(all are unsolicited and shared for the love of the craft!)


1. Travelling Gnome Set, by Fee Vertelaine.
2. Pair of Hand Dyed Wool Felt Unicorns, by DebsSteinerDolls.
3. Wooden Carnival Set, Armadillo Dreams.
4. 12" Waldorf Doll, by Shorty & Steph
5. Hand Knitted Rainbow Birds, by Making Today Your Day.
6. Rainbow Peas in a Pod, by Fairy Folk.
7. Wooden Gnome, by Little Red Rory.
8. Angel Peg Doll, by Mama West Wind.

To see more collections of natural goodies, check out our 'labels' on the right hand side for all of the 'Waldorf' days of the week! ♥♥
Monday, 9 January 2012
I happened upon an old blog post from three years ago (January 15, 2009) about Rowan's first skating lesson.
It made me giggle, and while I suppose it is in bad taste to laugh at your own jokes, so to speak, I thought I would share it again...

Now, I am a little resistant. 
I mean, yes, a Canadian girl needs to know how to skate.
But around here skating is a gateway sport... it leads to harder stuff. Like HOCKEY.
Having had my fill of arenas growing up I dread the crazy commitments required of hockey families.
Before Rowan was born we agreed hockey was something we would not want to be involved in.

As I say this, Rowan is spinning around the hall with her stick raised over her head, crowing 'he shoots, he scores!' ~ which is an improvement on last winter's pronunciation of that~ 'cootchie sores!'.

Many of the girls play hockey here (and the boys, of course).
It is *the* social activity/ sport outlet.
Sort of unavoidable.
At least if you want your child to grow up with a healthy Northern Ontario identity it is unavoidable.

So, we started skating lessons.
After a few skating outings in the last week, Rowan was keen.
Until she found out that she would have to give her real name.
She balked.
"I'm Pup's Mom. I'm a dog."
"Well, they don't allow dogs on the ice, so let's pretend you are a girl for the hour."
"But my friend is a kitty cat and she skates."
"Well, I think they pretend she is a girl, too."
Silence.
We arrive.
A mournful cry from the back seat:
"I don't WANT to skate if they don't let dogs skate!"
I can admire the sentiment and the need for inter-species justice, but we go anyway.

Halfway through the lesson, the little helper drags Rowan to the boards to meet me.
The issue?
They don't know her name and all she will say is "woof".

Out of forty or so kids on the ice, one never rises to her feet on her own power.
One is dragged about, slipping to the ground from the arms of one frustrated pre-teen after another.
One remains staunchly a dog and not a skater.

Yep.

Maybe we don't have to worry about hockey after all.
But we really should look into obedience classes.
 Update (January 2012)

Currently, Rowan takes figure skating lessons and skates weekly for fun (almost daily on the holidays).
She is not really interested in hockey.
Now, that might have something to do with her mother's willingness to cough up pretty skating skirts and sing the praises of figure skating, but more likely it is because her friends all figure skate, too.

Oh. And she is a girl, not a dog (most of the time).
Although she has been signing her school work as 'Violet' lately, rather than Rowan.
I am still plugging way at this blog redesign, so my postings have been sparse.
But I did want to mention that FRESH is stocking tonight at 9 pm (with some listings live now!).

Not familiar with Fresh?
It is the 'congo' I participate in at Hyena Cart... and a congo is basically a group shop.
We stock monthly on the 9th at 9 am and 9 pm (est), and use a single word (this month is 'Resolve') to guide our creations. 
Pianissimo Cloth Diapers
Rising Sun Earthworks
Wild Coconut Wear
Beneath the Rowan Tree

Fresh is a pretty awesome group~ we have so many talented women creating a variety of items for kids, moms and families.  And as a group of 'colleagues' (spread out as we are throughout Canada and the USA) I couldn't ask for better, more talented, ethical and inspiring women to work with, so please do take a peek at what they are offering this month....
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