Friday, December 6, 2013

Gnome Doll Tutorial (Waldorf Style)

Hi everyone! 
Here's a quick little project you can make for a last minute Christmas gift. These take just a few minutes to make and sewing is optional - you can glue everything together if you're not good with a needle. 

I am admittedly terrible at handwork, so please don't judge my lack of embroidery skills. It's the thought that counts, right? And practice makes perfect - I'm already lots better at it than I used to be. Each little doll is easier and easier. Just don't ask me to make a french knot. :P

So here's what you need to make a little doll:

Doll pin - 3.75" (I got mine at Joanns)
Felt scraps
Tacky glue
Embroidery floss and needle, optional

The pattern I am posting will not work for wood-turned or tiny doll pins, but seriously, you can make your own pattern in about ten seconds. Just cut a scrap of felt, twist and turn it around your pin, and adjust as needed. 

First, cut out your pattern. This is not to scale because I am also not good at computer stuff, but I did put the dimensions on it so you should be good to go.


Pin it to your felt and then cut it out. I used a cream color for the cape and hat, and brown for the cloak.

Once you've got your felt cut, position your doll pin and put glue all over it and the felt. Work quickly because the felt wants to absorb the glue. 


Roll it up carefully and hold it. It will take a minute or two before you can let go.

Now you can put on your cloak. I used 6 strands of green embroidery floss and just did a little running stitch all around it.

Place it around your gnome. Now you can either glue it down or stitch it on. I used a "satin stitch" - in quotes because I am very bad at satin stitching - to hold it all together. I think glue would work just as well and probably look better, unless you're familiar with handwork and know what you're doing. :P


Put your gnome in your winter scene and then get to work on another, because they're fun, cute and easy!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tibetan Bowing Excercise

Lama Jigme has a series on YouTube where he shows different forms of bowing exercises. We really enjoy doing these each morning; usually it turns into kids collapsing everywhere in fits of giggles. It's a good way to get the blood flowing and sets a pleasant tone for the day.

In this video, Lama uses some words that are tricky for the kids, so we switch it up. Where he says "sky, scalp, lips, sternum," we say instead, "sun, head, lips, heart." 

Who am I to judge a Lama? I'm in no position to judge, but to be honest, Lama Jigme has lost a lot of my respect. He seems to have lost his way a bit and is no longer a teacher I look to, as he started a weight-loss facebook page and began spamming it to all of his fans. It is my belief that the appearance of the vessel (body) is not important. We must keep it healthy because it's the only one we have, but we don't need to worry about making sure we have "the body of a tantric sex god," as Lama suggests. However, his bowing exercises are a great starting point to learn how to bow like a monk. I suggest watching more of his bowing videos, but his website is not one that I recommend for study. As our beloved Buddha has said, "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."