Waldorf Costumes

Waldorf gnomes
The gnome couple are wearing needle felted gnome hats.

I said that I wasn’t going to make any costumes this year…..and look what happened. Gnome hats! I’ve been needle felting everything lately and so many people have asked if I’m going to make costumes this year, that I decided to needle felt a few key accessories-Waldorf style. I prefer to make my accessories from wool now, it saves me time. Even though needle felting is very time consuming, I don’t have to run all over Tel Aviv buying all the little things I need to make these accessories as I would if I were sewing them. I buy or order all the wool colors I need, and many felting strokes later I’ve finished my little creations. 

lady gnome hat
Elli the gnome has been out mushroom picking.

I love the photos I took of Elli and Emili today. We had a lot of fun at our photo shoot, several passers-by asked to take photos with the girls, like they were characters at an amusement park! I dressed them in their regular clothes (well, Emili is wearing my blue shirt) and added the needle felted, wool, Waldorf accessories. I’ve always thought that the accessories were the most important part of a costume and the base pieces can be found in some one’s closet at home or maybe a thrift shop.

little gnome
Emili the little lawn gnome!

I needle felted a gnome beard for Emili’s costume to give her that authentic gnome look. I think the process of thinking about what you want to be, then looking for pieces of clothing in your closets or the thrift store is a very creative process, similar to “the good old days” when families made their costumes together. Many mothers told me at my store that they missed this good old fashioned activity with their children, but they just didn’t have the time. I completely understand that feeling, so I guess my advice to those time challenged mothers and fathers would be to plan way ahead when preparing for Purim or Halloween. 

bouquet of mushrooms
He woos her with a bouquet of mushrooms!

I think I relate to the imaginative/creative aspects of the Waldorf way the most. Stay tuned for more imaginative wool and felt Waldorf style costumes. These items are available in my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lauraleeburch?view_type=gallery

Chasing Love

Valentine's day
Will she find love?

 I found this graffiti on a wall in Tel Aviv and I just love it. It makes me ponder love, love’s imperfections, how we chase after love, how love comes into and leaves our lives and how love changes us. 

My most enduring memories of Valentine’s Day are from my childhood; I remember the red and white heart doilies used as decorations and the boxes of children’s Valentine cards that my mother bought for me at the grocery store. I gave a Valentine’s Day card to each child in my class. It was thrilling to receive Valentines from my classmates, especially the ones that included little candy hearts with messages! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Paper Clay Sculpted Animal Dolls

sculpting paper clay
Mama Bunny and her three babies

A few years ago I was into sculpting with paper clay. I love the hands-on, work of getting dirty; I missed this type of art when I was only designing on the computer (now I do both). This mama rabbit is a bank; you can put money into her through a slot in the back of her neck.  

bunny bank
She's a bank.

One theme that I see in my work is that of utility; the sculpture is also a bank. It isn’t my style to sculpt a rabbit just for the beauty of a rabbit, so I make the art functional. As time has passed, I’ve started to make art for the sake of art (progress I think). 

paper clay sculpture
Mama rabbit bank, back view

 I put the three bunny babies into the mama’s apron, maybe I was sculpting myself with three little girls.

baby bunnies
Three baby bunnies

Each little bunny is sculpted from paper clay and painted with acrylics, like the mama. They sit in their mama’s apron, living the life of Riley!

rabbit jewelry
Carrot necklace

Mama Bunny is decked out in a paper clay sculpted, carrot necklace and a handmade, cotton dress and apron with Portuguese lace. After I made the Mama Bunny and babies, I made more animal dolls. First I made Mr. Rabbit; his head is sculpted from paper clay, but his body is made from cotton and painted with acrylics. 

paper clay sculpted Mr. Rabbit
Classically dress Mr. Rabbit

Mr. Rabbit is wearing a wool jacket, plaid wool pants, a white cotton shirt with brown antique buttons; a brown velvet bow-tie finishes off his elegant ensemble. I’m sure Mr. Rabbit has a smoking jacket in his closet at home.

carrot kercheif
Mr. Rabbit wears a carrot kercheif

Because I have a fetish for ducks (I collect duck nick-nacks), I made Mrs. Duck.

duck doll
Mrs. Duck

Mrs. Duck has a paper clay sculpted head and a cloth body. Her head and body are both painted with acrylic paints. Mrs. Duck is wearing an antique doll dress and a handmade bonnet; she’s the picture of pretty for spring!

spring bonnet
Mrs. Duck wears a spring bonnet of handmade roses.

I think Mrs. Duck has the personality of Sandra Dee or Doris Day; she’s the duck next door with a sweet, chirpy personality!

Mrs. Duck
Mrs. Duck, the duck next door.

Valentine Wreath Tutorial

door wreath
Valentine wreath

This is a very beautiful project and an easy needle felting tutorial! Letting someone know that they are loved and appreciated can make their day and spread good cheer! Make them big or  make them small; heart wreaths make wonderful presents for loved ones, friends, teachers and neighbors!  

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I love…

I love creativity!

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.  Vincent van Gogh

Since Valentine’s day is fast approaching, I’ve started to think about loves past and present and what they mean to me today. Sometimes, thinking about people, places and experiences that I’ve loved are bittersweet memories for me, memories for which I’m deeply grateful. Being able to experience such an array of love makes me a lucky person.

love, love, love
Window love

Here is a list of the top 20 things that I love (in no particular order):

1. My family
2. Hanging out with my girls
3. Traveling
4. Photography
5. Wine
6. Naps
7. Laughing
8. Animals
9. The smells of freshly mown grass, the sea and coffee
10. Intelligent conversation
11.Going to flea markets
12. Being creative
13. Cherry pie
14. Memories of my childhood
15. My country
16. Crackling fireplaces
17. Watching it snow
18. The sound of children singing
19. The sound of a baby laughing
20. Reading

What do you love?

love birds
Love Birds