I'm a mother of two little ones who grow too fast, a wife to an awesome guitar-playing vampire (he's a phlebotomist!), an avid reader of fantasy, a moderator here at permies, and a lover of drawing and fibre arts. I share my land with a bunch of pet fish, an axolotl, a salamander, a frog and some pet snails, as well as our ducks and cats. I love to teach and to help and I love to create. Oh, and I LOVE purple!
Why "Fairy Grove Creations":
I live on 5 acres that are simply magical. There's wetlands, a stream, an alder forest with bleeding hearts lining the paths; maples laden with moss and licorice ferns, beautiful open hemlock woods with huckleberries and salal in the understory, as well as hugels and food forests teeming with tasty treats. Everywhere I look, I feel like I'm in a fairy tale. And since I LOVE fantasy, it's not hard to imagine fairies under mushrooms and tucked into hollows of trees. And, having two little fae children of my own, I am constantly reminded of the wonder of childhood, nature, and life. With all these groves of trees that would fit right in a fairy tale, Fairy Grove Creations seemed just too perfect a name. And, well, you all helped me name it, too!
Being an educator by trade, as well as heart, I love the teaching philosophy of Waldorf schooling. It captures the wonder and imagination of childhood, and relates it to learning, work, and reality. No mater what we do, it can be full of that feeling of magic--it need not be drudgery. I love the open-endedness of traditional Waldorf toys. They are simple and expressionless so you can make up your own story and interpretation of the character. I love how they are made with natural materials, both because they are non-toxic, and also because they help that melding of nature, imagination, and reality. This is so vital, I think, not only to the young mind, but to older ones as well. And, in a world of touch screens, cellphones and TV, it's harder and harder for children to find that mixture.
But, these toys are expensive. And, rightly so, as they are handmade from natural materials. But, that didn't stop the fact that I could not afford to buy such toys for my children. I thought, why not try making them! And so I did! And, since affordabilty is part of my drive for making them, I want them to be affordable for others, too. Thus my fairy+dragon combination.
When Do I Find Time To Craft:
I don't! Honestly, there's always so much to do, especially with my two little ones who always want to learn and need my help! I tend to squeeze in my work while I watch my kids. I usually do it all while standing up, because if I sit down, my kids instantly want me to read story after story after story after story after story to them! I also sometimes take my needle felting with me when I take the kids for walks. I felt as I walk and talk to them about nature.
What Colors of Felt/Roving Do I have:
Here are all the colors of roving I have available. It's what I make my needle-felted dragons and heads of my fairies/dolls out of. I have all the colors of the rainbow in felt (some is 100% wool, some is repourposed acrylic felt, some is a mix of fibres). I don't have pictures of all the felt I have, but if I don't have the color you want, I will buy it!