Category Archives: Arts, Crafts & Handwork

Why Waldorf-inspired Education Creates Great Scientists

One of the many reasons we decided to base Earthschooling on Waldorf-inspired principles was because of the strong science base Waldorf-inspired education provides. When I share this thought with parents and teachers the first questions they ask is (something like), “How can Waldorf-inspired education create great scientists? And what do...
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Knitted Stories: Lily Gets Lost

Lily the little lavender unicorn was a sweet girl and very curious. She was always asking her mother questions like, “Mama, why is the butterfly painted?” or “Mama, where does the butterfly go?” or “Mama, what is in that grass over there?” or “Mama, who is that over there with...
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Kristie Burns Teaches Arabic Calligraphy and Form Drawing

A class I taught about Arabic Calligraphy at a local public school during a cultural festival was covered in the Des Moines Register. You can see some photos HERE. The caption reads: Lisa Fernandez/The Register Madison Schmidt, 7, of Johnston, does some Arabic Calligraphy during the Cultural Arts Day at...
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Natural Gifts for Kids to Make

Welcome to my post for the Des Moines Area Frugal Blog Tour! Julia McGuire, who is leading this tour is a Homeschooling leader in my community and has gathered together some amazing local Bloggers for this tour. I’m the first stop 🙂 When someone says “My child made me a...
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A “Tree” House

This fantastic little igloo-style tree-house was created by two wonderful shopkeepers at the Des Moines Renassaince Faire. When I spoke to the owner of the shop she said that they had planted the trees last year (the Faire has a permanant spot here in DM) and when they came back...
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Waldorf Handwork: Easy Knit Slippers

Just found a bunch of un-matched slippers from the “old days” and it inspired me to start knitting some of these again. My kids LOVED these and so did all the friends and family I knitted them for – even the guys! They are SO super easy I almost felt...
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Fashion Design with Big Brother

My mom went to run some errands with Mosi (she is my big sister, age 14) yesterday and Sunii and I got bored so I started cutting up some of my old clothes and making new fashions out of them. I am so excited because my mom has boxes of...
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Costume Making with Sofi

I’m making some of my costume for the Rennassaince Faire this Autumn. I work as a fairy all day at the Faire – we are actors in the fairy battle with the pirates and we do many jobs around the Faire for three entire weekends. I work from 9am –...
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Alpaca Farm with Sofi

Today we went to visit some alpacas at a farm near where we live. They were very cute. They get very hot in the summer and so they have to be hosed down twice every day. My favorite was the chocolate llama. We bought some wool roving from Snowmobile and...
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