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BTRT Patterns (on Etsy)

Thursday, 15 January 2015
With their adorable faces, excellent workmanship and touchable, warm, wool bodies these handmade toys appeal to all ages.
This week's guest (and giveaway sponsor) is Eve's Little Earthlings
{{Congratulations to winner of the Giveaway~ 'Calliope'}}

Snails, chipmunks, sawfish, cows and skunks...
Eve creates a menagerie of amazing animals ~ and what is even more amazing is that every one of them is created using repurposed wool sweaters.  Stuffed with wool, every toy at ELE is completely natural and biodegradable~ a commitment that arose from Eve's 10 years of providing Waldorf inspired home daycare and the many toys created for her little charges.  All natural, her toys warm in the child's hands and last through years of play.
Eve's first handmade toy was a little bunny from a pattern in a book.  Using this as a starting point she began to modify the pattern and make a wide variety of creatures. When she made the decision to give up day care and start her business, she pictured herself working as a bit of a hobbyist, sewing for 2-3 hours every day and selling just enough toys to stay busy and keep her Etsy shop running. Little did she know she had launched herself into being a full time toymaker!
 
Running a handmade business is challenging, and Eve stays inspired by the feedback from her customers~ knowing her work is appreciated makes it worthwhile, even with early mornings or repetitive work.  And finishing up the sweet little faces is fulfilling!
To stay healthy and well in mind and body, Eve (who is the mom of two university students) enjoys her time walking the dog and seeing the seasons change in the trees and sky of beautiful downtown Guelph, Ontario. She keeps her back and shoulders stretched and toned through exercise to manage the strains of so much handwork. Travelling with her husband of 25 years also brings rest and renewal~ they have a 10 day trip to the Southwest US this spring.
 
What's next for Eve's Little Earthlings? 
Patterns and online tutorials are in the offing for this new year~ a great way for Eve to share the skills she has developed and her passion for toymaking with others.

Eve's Little Earthlings is offering to giveaway 
to the winner of this week's contest.
♥♥♥♥
 
The giveaway is open to entrants worldwide.
HOW TO ENTER:
1) You must visit Eve's Little Earthlings and come back here to COMMENT on THIS post with your favourite item in the shop.
And for a second entry (optional):
2) Follow Beneath the Rowan Tree on FACEBOOK and/or HERE on the blog (Google connect widget on upper left hand column) and comment on this post indicating where you follow BTRT.

The winner will be chosen randomly from all eligible comments on 
Wednesday, January 21 after 10 pm EST.

58 comments:

Molly said...

OMG I love everything in her shop, but the sea turtles, sting rays, and shark are my absolute favorite!

Molly said...

I follow you on Facebook and I follow your blog!

Dina C said...

Great giveaway! I just love the chipmunks but all of her creations are lovely.

Dina C said...
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Dina C said...

I follow BTRT on Facebook!

kariwhite said...

I love the chipmunk!

kariwhite said...

I follow BTRT on FB. That's how I found out about the lovely giveaway. :)

Lauren said...

I love the armadillo! Everything is so cute - just favorited her shop.

Amanda said...

We have lots of her pieces! Currently I'm eyeing the troll, goats and bridge set!

Amanda said...

I follow on Facebook!

Natasha said...

LOVE all the little woodland critters!

Natasha said...

Follow on Facebook

cherryscented1 said...

I love this shop, all the little creatures are so cute! I have to say the armadillo is my favourite as it was searching for armadillos that led me to the shop :) I follow on Facebook :) It would make my year if I won these little mice, what nicer thing could possibly happen!?! Keep up the good work, it makes me happy!

LynaJ said...

I love the mouse house with two mice. I also love the hollow log animal home and wish there was a listing that included critters, too.

mrsblueeyes said...

Everything in the shop is so cute, especially the sea creatures, but the sting ray is my favorite!

LynaJ said...

I follow BTRT on Facebook :)

Connie Grabowski said...

I love everything in the shop, but the little snails steal my heart!

RockstarWife said...

I was actually just browsing her store when I saw this post! :) I had been eyeing the Waldorf Toy Bag, but now I see the Mouse House shown above and think we need both. It would be a perfect home for the Valentine Mice :)

RockstarWife said...

I follow BTRT on Facebook!

Christy said...

I love Eve's stuff. I am a first year waldorf homeschooler...she's so inspiring and I love using her creations. I especially the mouse house and the hollow log for the chipmunks...also..lol because I can't choose one favourite..I love the bird crew on the stick :) thank you also for your amazing! creations. love it all!

Christy said...

I am now a facebook follower of your site too...so glad I found you!

Poppelien said...

Love them all but if I have to pick one it would be the squirrel

Poppelien said...

Like you on facebook

Acandee said...

Oh my goodness! I am in love! I love the little toy bag/logs and the mouse house ohhhh! and the billy goats gruff and the ducks? and the farm animals? and the armadillo!! and my little son is thinking he needs them all......... the shark got a WOAHOHOHO!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

I really can't pick just one - the moose, turtle, farm animals are some of my favorites. Love the pot holders too! Thank you so much for sharing. I love her shop!

Sandra said...

It is hard to decide, love so many and like all! Maybe hedgehog?

m said...

My favorite things from the Eve's Little Earthlings shop, on ETSY, would be the set of farm animals...very sweet!!

Alison said...

I love the sea turtles!

Alison said...

I follow you on facebook.

Amanda said...

Oh I adore Eve's creations. Her mice make me so happy!

Amanda said...

Facebook fan :)

Melissa said...

The log home toy bag...everything was so cute, but that was my favorite (and my daughter said "ooh, mommy can I have that please?") lol...

Whole Nutrition Heals said...

I follow this on fb and here and think the item I liked best (so hard to choose!!) was the cute hedgehog. adorable! but really everything is wonderful.

shanadian said...

I love the armadillo! What a unique and creative collection of animals!

Emma boardman said...

Hard to say because all of her creations are GORGEOUS. ♡☆♡
But the manatee is probably my favorite
I follow BTRT on Facebook

pitterpatterdayhome said...

I follow you on facebook :) and my favorite Eve's creation are the armadillo so cute and the little chipmonk and.....

Lauren A said...

Great giveaway! Everything was adorable, but my favorite was the armadillo.

Lauren A said...

I follow BTRT on FB.

Sushma P said...

Christmas Mouse ornament is my favourite

Sushma P said...

I follow BTRT on Facebook as Sushma Pillai

cheryl said...

I love the guys from the sea,turtles and stingrays also the bunnies and sheep. I follow on facebook

Calliope said...

I have a love of mice, and the teensy weensy baby mice are so adorable! I follow your blog on feedly.

Jolene Green said...

I love the sea turtles and most def the three billy goats gruff set!!!!!

Jolene Green said...

I follow on facebook!!!!!!

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

Can't decide between the Sea Turtle and the Fox!
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♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

I like you on Facebook as Carolsue Anderson
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Andrea said...

So hard to say because they're all adorable!! I have to say the songbirds are my fav though!

Andrea said...

And I follow on FACEBOOK!

Kate Jones said...

Following on Facebook. Love all your projects, very inspiring.

Kate Jones said...

Absolutely love the log home with rabbits, though the colourful snails are a close second. Thank you for introducing us to another wonderful artist.

Kristen said...

I love the Sea Turtle but all of them are wonderful! Following on Facebook!

Tami Tamayo said...

I love them all!

Tami Tamayo said...

Favorite is the squirrel!

Rachel Bradley Harrison said...

The mouse house!

Dana Rose said...

My favourite is Eve's cow!

tree said...

i love everything!! i really love the log animal homes, reminds me of the Woodsey log house i use to have. The hedgehog is adorable too! thanks for the chance! i follow on facebook! tree tiemeyer

Lori Campbell said...

Thanks for your entries! The winner will be announced tomorrow~ Thursday :)

Lori Campbell said...

Congratulations to Calliope!

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