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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
 In Waldorf education, each day of the week has an associated colour, planet and grain. Rudolph Steiner called rhythm the 'carrier of life'.

It is so much fun to feature handmade, natural items that would be wonderful to help mark the rhythm of the week at home with your little ones.
Tuesday is brilliant, bold and wonderful RED.

Each item is handmade by an Etsy artisan, inspired by the Waldorf tradition or coherent with its values, which lifts up the natural world and reflects it in natural materials.




1. Toadstool Ornaments, by Balloon Highway.
2. Crayon Roll, by Filz Arts.
3. Toadstool Mother & Baby, by Tansy Dolls.
4. Mushroom Doll, At the Butterfly Ball. 
5. Gnome & Toadstool, by Sterrendaalders. 
6. Pocket Doll, by Reves de Poupees.
7. Soft Toy Mushroom, by Polar Bear Creations.

Be sure to visit these shops (all chosen freely by me~ these are not advertisers~ that's how we roll around here!) AND to check out our years of Waldorf features here on the BTRT blog  (see the list of labels on the right hand side column) to connect with talented and conscientious artisans of wonder-full things!
Enjoy ♥♥

Monday, 29 September 2014
There is nothing like a nature hike on a gorgeous autumn day to make you fall in love with the world all over again.


We took advantage of the warm Indian Summer days last week to get outside and explore.
On Friday, we were joined by some homeschooling friends as we ventured back an unmarked road on to Crown Land (just that~ owned by the Crown/ government~ Canada still being part of the Commonwealth).
We live in an area rich with amazing trails and potential for adventure, although I admit to being a little bit of a conservative about hiking off into the great unknown, because it is great BIG and well, unknown! And there are bears. And poison ivy. And bears that might chase you into poison ivy... I don't know! I grew up in farm country!

{Also, the window for woodland exploration is quite short in the fall, as before long these woods will be full of hunters and we don't take chances on hiking during hunting season!}

The trail was rich with learning opportunities.
My daughter showed me the moose tracks that came from a trotting moose and those from a walking moose (so cool!). The kids found a variety of mushrooms (left safely in place!) and collected a galaxy of interesting rocks shaped like the moon and spotted like Jupiter. I even had the 'honour' of digging through some sort of canid scat to get bones for my daughter's collection (ew!).
Rowan helping a little friend build a dam.
I love that homeschooling gives the children so many opportunities to work with other kids of various ages and our group of infant, 5, 7 and 9 year olds worked very well together. The kids got loads of exercise and when we stopped at the lake at the end of the trail, they enjoyed some imaginative play.
The marshy portion of the walk presented an opportunity for more play in the warm fall sunshine. The kids worked hard to build dams along the edge of the marsh, where water was spilling on to the road. (I find the marshes fascinating, and hope in the next week or two to do some Nature Study and learn more about them).
Before long the snow will come, with its own beauties, and stay for many months.
And spring brings the bugs.
And summer the tourists. 
But in the autumn, we grab every chance we get to bask in the beauty of our natural setting, letting time slow and the love affair with tree and rock, marsh and lake kindle in our children.
The light in this alley of trees was rosy pink as the sun shone through the red maple leaves.
On top of all the great things we did and learned on our hike, there is the added bonus of tired kids and dogs! My motto has always been 'better living through exhaustion' when it comes to dogs, and I think it applies to kids as well!  Bandit, pictured below, was asleep before I started the car to leave.
What adventures have you been on lately?
What wonders does your home bring to you in this season?
Please do share in the comments! ♥♥
Sunday, 28 September 2014
A great kid-friendly craft, using beautiful all natural materials.
Perfect for making and giving!

It's time to round up your smaller playsilks..
go on...
we'll wait....

OK. Got 'em? Great!

If you don't have any smaller playsilks, we have you covered! 
You can purchase your own KIT for this craft in the Etsy Shop: Cuddle Doll Kit.
And lots of other silkies, too!

This tutorial is based on the traditional 'Handkerchief Dolly' or 'Church Doll'.
These dollies have been made by moms and grandmothers for generations... a few simple knots and/or ties and they could make a wee dolly to keep the little ones busy during all day long church meetings and services.
Simple, quiet and full of imaginative potential.
They have also been known as 'Plantation Dollies' and, when a sweet mama put a little cube of sugar into the head for her child to suck on, 'Sugar Babies'.  The tradition goes back at least as far as the American Revolution in North America ~ although I bet it has been happening pretty much forever!

Here's what you need:
* ONE square silk (or other lightweight fabric) ~ we used 11" and 21" for our demo
* Small length of thread or ribbon
* scissors
* needle (if you want to make the head more secure/ the silk a permanent doll)
* enough wool, cotton batting or other stuffing to make the head
Instructions:
1) Fold your silk square into quarters to find the middle (or eye it up!). 
For young children, you may want to lightly press the folded up silk, so that when you open it there is a clear center point (as pictured in purple).
Take enough wool to make the head, and roll it in your hands to make a soft ball.
The rolling will help the wool fibers catch and hold the shape.
Place the ball in the center of your silk.

2) Fold the silk in half, making a triangle.
Gather up the silk, holding closed at the newly formed neck.
For little hands, they may find it easiest to grasp the ball, through the silk, in the center of their palm and close their fingers, gathering in the silk as they do so.  A pair of adult hands can then pinch the neck for them and hand it back.

3) Using your thread, yarn, ribbon... tie a provisional knot to hold the neck closed.
If you want to make the silk into a more permanent dolly, you may choose to throw a couple of stitches through the fabric to secure it. If you think you may want to re-use the silk, simply tie it off and trim the ends OR add a decorative bow (age 3+ only).
4) Now it is time to make the hands.
Shake out your dolly so that the corners of the triangle match up neatly.
Tie a knot at the end of each 'arm'.
If you want to untie the silk later for play, keep the knots light.  
Silk knots tend to slide tighter and tighter with wear.
And now you have a sweet little silk dolly all ready to hug and love ♥
Further Suggestions:
  • Make a big and a small dolly for mother and baby.
  • Have a toddler make their own dolly.
  • A great craft for big brother or sister to make for the littles.
  • Stocking stuffer?
  • Birthday party activity (we can make you a party sized set of kits!)
  • Sweet gifts to donate to a Senior's Home (many older folks take comfort in hugging a dolly)
  • Tuck one in your bag for times when you need a 'Church Dolly' to save the day!
  • Kits available at Beneath the Rowan Tree.
Have fun!
Feel free to share your finished projects with BTRT on Pinterest or Instagram.
Follow us on Facebook, too.
 
It is a joy to share crafty projects with you ~if you do share or make this craft, please give credit to Beneath the Rowan Tree as a courtesy in return. Thank you! ♥♥

Wednesday, 24 September 2014
It's Waldorf Wednesday! Yay!
Autumn is here and these inspiring items capture the wonder of this beautiful, bittersweet season.
Each item is handmade by an Etsy artisan, inspired by the Waldorf tradition or coherent with its values, which lifts up the natural world and reflects it in natural materials. 

To the best of my knowledge, each of these toys has been crafted from natural materials by the artisan. You won't find any plastic, eco- or poly-felt (which are acrylic) or harmful finishes. Making these treasures safe for the kids, warm in their hands and biodegradable when their work is done.
1. Natural Wool Bowl, by A Mother's Garden.
2. Set of Four Autumn Fairies, by This Cosy Life. 
3. Set of Five Mushrooms, by Liga Kandele.
4. White Felt Pumpkins, by Ecamcho. 
5. Acorn Pendant Necklace, by Fairy Folk.
6. Wooden Pumpkin Gnome, by Honeybee Toy and Craft.
7. Autumn Tree and Owl, By Momnmee. 
 
Be sure to visit these shops (all chosen freely by me~ these are not advertisers~ that's how we roll around here!) AND to check out our years of Waldorf features here on the BTRT blog  (see the list of labels on the right hand side column) to connect with talented and conscientious artisans of wonder-full things! 
Enjoy ♥♥

Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Fine motor skills, sorting, colours, counting, lacing...
simple, natural, colourful toys for little hands.
We are giving away a 14 piece set of wooden toys~ 
spools and stars~ perfect for toddler hands!
I am working on using up my copious craft supplies, in a bid to make the studio space a little simpler and much more functional.  If you find yourself being swamped by supplies, check out our current MAKE IT DO (September) crafter's challenge!


{Retail + shipping approx. $25. I will ship them worldwide, free to ONE winner, chosen at random.}

HOW TO ENTER (4 entries!):
(You make a comment for *each* follow for more chances to win!)
1) Follow our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/beneaththerowantree) and comment on the giveaway post that is pinned to the top.


2) Follow our Instagram feed (@beneaththerowantree) and comment on the Facebook post again with your IG username.


3) Follow our Pinterest (@btrt) and comment on the Facebook post again with your Pinterest username.


4) Follow our blog (http://beneaththerowantree.com/) and comment on the Facebook post again with your username with which you followed the blog.


{{If you already follow any or all of these, go ahead and comment on this post again with your username(s)}}

The winner will be drawn from the qualifying comments (ie. verifiable followers) on the Facebook post only. Contest closes at midnight EST on Thursday, September 25th.


Thank you! ♥♥

Monday, 22 September 2014
Are you up for a challenge?!
I bet you have lots and lots of supplies you have been saving for that *special project*? 
Me too!
(and a few from failed projects, as well!)
But the time has come to USE IT UP...
in the spirit of simplifying my life and creative space, 
I am taking the old saying "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" to heart.
Dig deep, feel the burn, haul out those stashed supplies and MAKE something!
The main portion of this challenge is taking place on Instagram so if you do IG, join in by following BTRT (@beneaththerowantree).
If you don't use Instagram you have two choices
~ leave your photo and link in the comments of THIS post OR
~email your photo and link to BTRT (info@beneaththerowantree.com
in both cases, I will post your picture to Instagram with the #makeitdoseptember tag so that it is part of the challenge!

SO HERE'S HOW IT GOES:
1) Follow @beneaththerowantree on Instagram

2) Create ONE new project, big or small, by September 30th. The catch is it must be something *you don't usually make*... ie. knitters can't just knit up some stashed yarn... stretch yourself! Do something different! It can be a product for sale, or a personal project. As long as it uses up craft supplies you already have on hand. No cheating~ no buying, trading or borrowing!

3) Photograph your masterpiece, include your desired link in the caption and tag it on IG with #makeitdoseptember

That's it!
Follow. Make. Link. Tag.
By September 30th.
(Oh! And don't forget to invite your friends!)

{{Here is the link to the original Instagram challenge post~ you can link your sister craft supply hoarders from there!}}

Embroidery by BTRT, pattern by Sarah Jane Studios
I will collect all the pictures and feature them on the BTRT blog early in October WITH your one chosen link you included in the caption for your photo (IG, shop, blog, whatever).
{beneaththerowantree.com is approaching its one millionth pageview and the #makeitdoseptember feature will be blogged there AND will also be shared across our social network (3500 Facebook, 2500 Pinterest...)}

Now go make it do! ♥♥
Thursday, 18 September 2014
In Waldorf education, each day of the week has an associated colour, planet and grain. Rudolf Steiner called rhythm the 'carrier of life' and by marking each day with a colour, something visual and evocative, we help young children tap into the rhythm of their days.


The colour for Thursday is Orange. 
 What is Orange 
 Orange is a tiger lily,
A carrot,
A feather from
A parrot,
A flame
The wildest color
You can name
Orange is a happy day
Saying good-bye
In a sunset that
Shocks the sky.
Orange is brave
Orange is bold
It's bittersweet
And marigold.
Orange is zip
Orange is dash
The brightest stripe
In a roman sash
Also a mango
Orange is music
Of the tango
Orange is the fur
Of the fiery fox,
The brightest crayon
In the box.
When leaves are turning
Orange is the smell
Of a bonfire burning....

by: Mary O'Neil
1. Crafty Fox Peg Doll, by Beetle and Fern.
2. Hand Knit Pumpkin, by The Sitting Tree.
3. Orange Little Cuddle Doll, by BiBiDolls.
4. Magical Mushroom Wool Purse, by Lumbo Gimbo.
5.  100% Wool Carrots, by Bubba Pickles Market. 
6.  Waldorf Toadstool Tots, by Mama West Wind.
To the best of my knowledge, each of these toys has been crafted from natural materials by the artisan. You won't find any plastic, eco- or poly-felt (which are acrylic) or harmful finishes. Making these treasures safe for the kids, warm in their hands and biodegradable when their work is done.

Be sure to visit these shops (all chosen freely by me~ these are not advertisers~ that's how we roll around here!) AND to check out our years of Waldorf features here on the BTRT blog  (see the list of labels on the right hand side column) to connect with talented and conscientious artisans of wonder-full things!
♥♥
Monday, 15 September 2014
Life is change.
Being able to change well, means living well.

We have been living in our new home for nearly 3 months now.

Highlands Afternoon

We survived the bugs. Oh mercy, the bugs.
There were days when I was nearly in tears thinking "what have we done?!" because of the bugs buzzing, biting, non-stop torturing of every warm blooded creature in our household.

This family was on our road this morning!
We bought and stacked 10 cords of firewood.

And this week I had to make our first fire in the wood burning furnace.
I was very proud of myself (and I know it isn't that big of a deal, I mean, people have relied on fire for a little while now, right?) and feeling very self-sufficient.

I am decompressing from years of work and ministry.
This means I have time tomorrow to do what didn't get done today AND nobody is watching to see if it is done to their expectations.
It's actually a very weird feeling.
Lonely and freeing at the same time.

Rowan is getting used to the freedom of being outdoors at will.
In barefeet.
She can skin-the-cat and put on a Cirque du Soleil worthy show on her swing set.
She has a fairy's house and a rainforest on the property.
She is also learning to adjust to the answer to "what are we doing today?" being "this.. just being here."
Andy is putting in the miles at his new trucking job
{and I think, enjoying having a wife who cooks and cleans now...}.

We have time to sit and read poetry, or divert off onto strange and wonderful trajectories during our homeschool lessons~ ending up bathing in the Ganges by video or pursuing our new (and in my case renewed!) fascination for all things Little House on the Prairie.
Boo & Bandit

Our kitties are beheading wee mousies (yay!) and the dogs (affectionately dubbed Big B and Little B) are loving daily adventures in meadow and wood.

You never know, when you leap into the unknown, how it will be.
But life is a series of leaps on faith, right?
And at this early juncture I can say that life is good.
It is far from perfect.
We have a lot of work to do, oh boy, do we ever.
But today I am grateful and happy and it is enough.

 Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
  'Twill be in the valley of love and delight
.

I hope that some part of your day has brought you joy ♥♥
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Some days (heck, weeks!) homeschooling is difficult.
Challenging.
Hair-pullingly, temper tantrumingly (me) hard.

Some days (heck, weeks!) really rock.

And today rocked.

I could go on (and on) about the tough days, and some day soon, I will, as I am sorting through some specific learning challenges and strengths identified in Rowan's recent academic assessment (and Asperger's diagnosis).
But today was one of the good ones.

And don't get me wrong.  We love homeschooling!
It is just right for us at this stage of Rowan's education and development, it's what she needs (and we are blessed to have professionals on our team that strongly agree!).

Actually, today wasn't going to be much of a school day.
I sent Rowan off with her reading and handwriting while I scrambled to catch up on orders 
after a three day stomach bug that knocked me flat.
As I was filling out and packing envelopes, I was thinking (again) how a shipping helper would be just the thing. And in strolls my newly-9 year old.
Even better, she asks if she can help!
(Stating that since her name is in the business name, she should really be part of it).
I shushed my inner control freak.
Hallelujah!
Let the lesson begin.
* executive function skills : sorting silks into sets, keeping track of several items at once, tidy labeling, consistency, sorting envelopes by destination.
* geography: find Hong Kong, Victoria (Australia), UK, California and various other states, on the map.
* life skills: addressing an envelope, postal codes, customs
And general context setting and world trade~ Rowan observed that I probably have fewer customers in Asia because they have access to more silk than we do in the Western world.
Which I had never considered. Huh.
Practical learning with a motivated and invested learner.  Score!

And then, she volunteered to wash and dry the dishes.
...at which point I checked my child to see if she had been switched by the fairies or the aliens or the government...

She did the dishes... making observations about which objects float (and why), about the flow of water and the movement of soap bubbles and declaring:
SCIENCE IS EVERYWHERE!
Seriously.


...and no sign of fairy-alien-government tampering to be found... although she did hit her head when she fell of the horse in the barrel race on Saturday... hmmm.

Yes, this was one of those days when you just keep your head down and let the student do the learning as life sends it their way.
And with all the help I had I was able to do a sit down lesson after all~ and we enjoyed a rousing exploration of Kublai Khan and the adventures of Marco Polo!

How was your day? ♥♥
Monday, 8 September 2014
In Waldorf education, each day of the week has an associated colour, planet and grain. Rudolf Steiner called rhythm the 'carrier of life' and by marking each day with a colour, something visual and evocative, we help young children tap into the rhythm of their days.


The colour for Monday is Violet. 

To the best of my knowledge, each of these toys has been crafted from natural materials by the artisan. You won't find any plastic, eco- or poly-felt (which are acrylic) or harmful finishes. Making these treasures safe for the kids, warm in their hands and biodegradable when their work is done.

Be sure to visit these shops (all chosen freely by me~ these are not advertisers~ that's how we roll around here!) AND to check out our years of Waldorf features here on the BTRT blog  (see the list of labels on the right hand side column) to connect with talented and conscientious artisans of wonder-full things! 
1. Gnome, by i love my OM.
3. Rosepe, by Shroompers.
4. Purple Upcycled Rabbit, by Humble Toys. 
6. Violet Butterfly, by Outside Everywhere.
7. Felt Horse, by Garden Birdie.
 
Enjoy ♥♥
Sunday, 7 September 2014
Make your own felt hair clips for your little girl (or yourself!).
Pretty, colorful, matchy matchy or simple ~ easy and fun to make with small scraps of felt!
My daughter has lost or outgrown most of the pretty hair clips she had when she was a wee girl.  At the ripe old age of nine, and having grown her hair long again, she wants some new ones!  And, admittedly, given that she has my hairline (falls straight forward over the face), the sensory seeking habit of chewing her hair AND hair in the face is one of my personal pet peeves ~ we really need some new clips around here.

Having felt scraps and hair clips on hand, I went looking for a tutorial to help me, and couldn't find quite what I was looking for. So, after a little engineering and experimenting on my part, I am writing my own. Voila!
Here's what you need:
*  hair clips (snap clips ~ no slip ~ find at craft or dollar store)
* felt ** (sheets of felt, felted sweaters)
* scissors
* embroidery floss (the pictured designs were all done with 3 strands)
* needles
* pencil & paper OR disappearing ink pen

**A word about felt: Call me a felt snob, but you can't go wrong with quality wool felt. Craft store acrylic is thin and pulls apart easily which will make this project very frustrating and the results short-lived. You can read more about the differences between acrylic & wool felt HERE.

I should also note that this is one of those projects that can easily become more expensive and time consuming than simply purchasing the desired item. I spent 3 hours yesterday completing ONE clip... now, it could be done in under an hour, but I chose to make a bajillion french knots. So be warned.

Here's what you do:

1. Make a template for your felt.
Using your pencil and paper, trace around the hair clip you plan to use, giving yourself at least 1/4" extra around the edges. You can make your felt bits larger or in a variety of shapes at this point~ read on and you will see how this is possible, once you understand the construction.
Cut out your template piece.

Alternately, using a disappearing ink/ water soluble marker, trace the clip right onto the felt you wish to use and continue to step 2.

2.  Cut out your felt pieces.
Place or pin your template onto the felt of your choice.
You need to CUT TWO matching pieces for each clip you plan to make.
You can cut twice, or fold your felt over and cut both pieces at once.

Don't worry too much about smooth, perfect edges... the biggest concern is that your clip will be covered without pushing too much against the seams when sewn. Check this by laying the clip on the pieces in the open and closed position and ensuring you have that 1/4" minimum around the edges.

3. Make a slit in the back piece.
Choose your back piece of felt.
Using your scissors, you want to make a slit about 2/3 of the way up on the back, wide enough to insert your 'naked' hair clip. This may take a little experimentation, so be prepared to re-cut this piece!  See the images for best explanation.

4. Embellish the front piece.
Have fun! Go wild! Use a variety of stitches to create texture and appeal.
Stitching on to the small piece without a hoop does make some stitches a little tricky, but you can do it (I know you can!). Keep the back tidy and snip all your ends closely.

If your design is directional (ie needs to be upright) make sure you are stitching it for the appropriate side of the head (ie. my daughter pulls her hair on her left side back, so designs need to be properly oriented for that side!)

5. Put it all together.
Finish your clip using blanket stitch.
{You could also do a running stitch for variety}.

Blanket stitch is quite forgiving and will hide any bumps any uneven edges fairly well.
When you are done, use your scissors to carefully trim and uneven edges between the blanket stitches.

And there you have it! Your very own custom made wool felt hair clips ♥
Dontcha want to make another one?
We'd love to see your finished products!
Follow us on Pinterest (@btrt) or Instagram (@beneaththerowantree) and use hashtag #btrt to share your finished projects ♥♥

Friday, 5 September 2014
The 'Stay Warm' mittens are perfect hand warmers for kids on cool mornings!
Knit these fingerless mitts in an evening, using scraps or a bit of  favorite yarn.


**This post is was first published in 2011. Sharing again as the weather cools this autumn!**

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One of the prominent principles in Waldorf education is the concept of warmth, and its importance physically, emotionally and developmentally for children.
Although we are happy homeschoolers these days, these mittens were inspired by my little one's chilly fingers while waiting for the bus on nippy northern Ontario mornings!
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The mittens pictured are made with my very favourite colorway, on my very favourite yarn:
Green String’s ‘McKenzie’s Rainbow’ on worsted weight Purewool single ply merino.
And the very best part?  The mittens used so little that I still have lots left for many other projects!


This pattern is written for children age 3-8, or thereabouts (real, technical, huh?).
Pictured on an average 6 year old’s hands.
For an older child,(6,7,8) I would suggest making a shorter wrist cuff for a better fit at the cuff opening.

Supplies:
Size 7 US double pointed needles (dpns)
Approx. 1.25 oz. of Worsted Weight yarn
2 Stitch Markers
A few yards of a contrasting colour for rosettes (optional)

Abbreviations:
K = knit
P = purl
Increase by knitting into the front and back of the increase stitch.

Instructions:
Cast on 32 stitches (loosely) and distribute evenly on your DPNs.
Work in K2 P2 ribbing until your cuffs reach the desired length.
The pictured mitts have 4" cuffs.
Knit around 5 times/rows.
Purl the next two rounds.
Knit 4 rounds.
Purl 2 rounds.
Knit one round.
Begin shaping thumb:
1:  Knit 2, increase 1 in the next stitch. Place Marker.  Knit the remainder of this round until 3
stitches remain. Place marker. Increase one stitch in the next stitch, knit 2.
2: Knit
3: Knit until 1 stitch before your marker, increase one stitch. Slip marker, knit to the second
marker. Slip Marker. Increase one stitch. Knit to end of row. (36 stitches on needles)
4: Knit
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until you have 46 stitches.
On the last Knit row, knit to the second marker. Slip marker. Knit 3. Bind off the next 14 stitches
(this will create the thumb).
Continue to knit until the mitten is as long as you would like~ I find that for my 6 year old
daughter, I need only do 2 rows in knit before proceeding to the ribbing to finish off.
Do 5 rounds in K2P2 ribbing.
Cast off knitwise.
Weave in your ends.
Add a stitch or two to the thumb gusset as needed to clean it up where it separates from the body
of the mitten.

Rosettes: I simply used a doubled strand of contrasting yarn and a needle.
Weave in the ends, and bring the needle through to the front between the two stripes of purl stitching. Make a French Knot by wrapping the yarn twice around the needle. Secure your ends (and don't leave any loops behind the rosettes for little fingers to catch on the way in!).
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Please feel free to adapt (or improve!) as your heart desires.
If you do want to share the pattern, or adapt and share it, or sell the mitts you make with it, do so with my blessing. It would be wonderfully courteous if you would also include a link back to my blog and credit the pattern to me (Lori Campbell/ Beneath the Rowan Tree). Stay warm! ♥♥
©Photos and text Copyright Lori Campbell/ Beneath the Rowan Tree, 2011.
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
It's Waldorf Wednesday and these gorgeous handmade picks (ha! picks! get it? apples? picks?!) would make perfect gifts for the teacher!
{And if you homeschool like we do... that means YOU!}

The fresh, crisp air and back-to-school time have me thinking about apples and fall and harvest time.
So, I went searching for some inspiring handmade lovelies that would really be an asset to getting in to the autumn mood or decorating the fall nature table.
Each one is handmade by an Etsy artisan, inspired by the Waldorf tradition, which lifts up the natural world and reflects it in natural materials. 

To the best of my knowledge, each of these toys has been crafted from natural materials by the artisan. You won't find any plastic, eco- or poly-felt (which are acrylic) or harmful finishes. Making these treasures safe for the kids, warm in their hands and biodegradable when their work is done.

Be sure to visit these shops (all chosen freely by me~ these are not advertisers~ that's how we roll around here!) AND to check out our years of Waldorf features here on the BTRT blog  (see the list of labels on the right hand side column) to connect with talented and conscientious artisans of wonder-full things!
 1. Abel Loves Apples, by Mama Roots
2. .Apple, by Stone House Crafts.
3. Wooden Apple Pie, by Arts of the Heart.
4. Apple Tree Wool Painting, by Magic Wool.
**5. Apple Scented Play Dough, by Love Bubs.**
6. Apple Doll, by Fairy Shadow.
7. Apple Lacing Puzzle, by The Wooden Horse.

**Love Bubs has offered a discount code for readers (yay!)~ use code ROWAN at checkout for 15% off your entire purchase!

Enjoy! ♥♥
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
The Beneath the Rowan Tree Instagram account is up and running!
{{Actually it is several years old, I just never got the hang of it!}}
Personal work-in-progress picture recently posted to Instagram

One of my goals this fall is to expand the social media presence for BTRT.

Our Facebook page is healthy, but the ongoing changes at Facebook continue to reduce visibility and interaction for business accounts. It seems wise to diversify!  If you are not a follower, please do pop over and 'like' the page ~it is still our main page for announcements and so on, and it makes me feel so ♥loved♥ ("you like me! you really like me!").

I adore Pinterest, although I admit it took me numerous attempts to finally get it... and then I was all like "pin all the things!".  It is a great resource for us visual types and a wonderful way to engage one's self while sitting through some awful movie one's husband really wants one to watch... Along with some personal boards (decorating, food etc.), you'll find lots of boards related to homeschooling, play, natural toys, crafting, Waldorf and more. And some group boards to which you can add your own pins, as well!

As for Twitter, fuhgetaboutit.
Seriously, I don't get.
Or rather, I simply cannot seem to express myself adequately in 140 characters or less.
Must be 20 years of preaching... ha!
There is a BTRT account and I do post to it from Facebook, if Twitter is your bag!

So that brings me to Instagram.
And I like it!
It might even be the best of several social media worlds.
Lots of images from all around the world~ today I saw an amazing stone Viking ship, and the Danish poster was kind enough to link us up with more information to bolster our homeschool Vikings unit ~ and something for everyone, no matter your tribe (or should I say #tribe).
I am aiming for a slice of life, BTRT style!

This was my first post this morning on IG:
First day of school, homeschool style!
I would love to hear about your social media experiences and preferences (and tips! do you have any tips?).  Do you use it for business or personal? Both? I know there are lots of other sites out there... what do you use?  

Leave a comment, please! 
And of course, leave your usernames so I can like/ follow/ whatever you back in the places where you like to play! ♥♥
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