29.3.13

Meeting Susan Perrow



You know Susan Perrow's books, right?  She wrote Healing Stories for Challenging Behavior...


And Therapeutic Storytelling: 101 Healing Stories for Children.


Susan has also just released her first e-book (available via Amazon) titled A Spoonful of Stories.


Additionally, she wrote the introduction for a little book near and dear to my heart (oh, yes, she did, indeed... lucky me!)


Well, it just so happens that Susan Perrow has been here in the US for the past several weeks, offering workshops for teachers in Denver, speaking at a school in San Francisco, and next week she will be on her way to present workshops in San Diego, then on to Iowa and Brooklyn.  But in between her official engagements, she had several days to spare... And guess with whom she spent those several days?


In between cups of tea, a yoga class and a few dinners together, we went for a walk through a local redwood tree grove...


Chased after my toddler...


Visited one of my favorite beaches (and chased after my toddler...)

Susan in Chengdu, China: photo courtesy of Healing Through Stories

From here, Susan is on her way to present workshops in Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania.  Later this year, she will be a keynote speaker at a conference in India, and rumor has it that she might even be back in the US in autumn 2014(!?)  Meanwhile, you can keep up with Susan through her blog Healing Through Stories and via her facebook page.

Thank you, Susan, for spending time with me, my family & friends.  
It was an honor and a pleasure to have you here with us.

26.3.13

Greetings from Dandelion-Land




 Oh Dandelion, yellow as gold,
What do you do all day?
"I sit and I wait in the long green grass,
'Till the children come to play."

Oh Dandelion, yellow as gold,
What do you do all night?
"I wait and wait, while the cool dew falls,
And my hair grows long and white."

And what do you do when your hair grows white,
And the children come to play?
"They take me in their dimpled hands,
And blow my hair away!"

-Marlys Swinger


Make a wish!



14.3.13

Charming Knit Toys


After creating this stop motion animation (and this other one here), I am a bit fixated on stop motion, so you can well imagine I did a little "happy dance" when I stumbled across the trailer below for the book TOPSY-TURVY INSIDE-OUT KNIT TOYS by Susan B. Anderson.


Besides the fact that this book trailer is fun and clever, the projects are so very cute!  I cannot decide which I like best...  The chicken & fox? The hedgehog & squirrel?  The bunny & lamb?  Do you have a favorite?

12.3.13

Hello Wombat

The morning I was set to work on the vegetable-themed dolls for my book Making Peg Dolls I mentioned to my friend Caroline that this was the plan.  I told her I was going to design carrots, tomatoes, radishes, peas-in-a-pod and a cabbage.  Her response was, "How about corn?"  Corn?!  Did I not already have enough to do?  Corn.  The idea of a corn-on-the-cob peg doll stuck in my head, and so of course I had to make one (thank you Caroline!)

A similar thing happened the other night.  I was chatting via email with my friend Clare in Australia and she mentioned she'd been sketching Australian animal peg dolls.  Australian animal peg dolls?!  Am I not already working on a pile of other projects?  Australian animal peg dolls.  The idea stuck in my head, and so as soon as I had a free moment I grabbed some dolls, paint and felt...


 Hello wombat.


Hello koala.

 

Hello lorikeet.


Hello everyone!

8.3.13

Blog-iversary Give-Away #5



This is the fifth (and final) day in a week of celebratory "flash give aways." Today I am offering this springtime flower peg doll.


To win this tiny flower fairy doll please leave a comment under this post (and be sure I have a way to contact you if you are the winner.)  Comments will close tonight, 9 p.m. PST.  A winner will be chosen via random number generator and announced here at this post.  Good luck!

Congrats to Stephanie of Knitty Gritty Homestead.  A tiny flower fairy will be winging her way to you...


p.s. In case you are interested, sign-ups for my blog-iversary peg doll swap are still open (but the opportunity for participants to sign up ends tomorrow...)  You can find out more information here.

7.3.13

Blog-iversary Give Away #4



Today is the fourth day in a week of celebratory "flash give aways" and I am giving away the book The Paper Princess by Elisa Kleven.  I spotted this copy at a used book shop and couldn't leave it behind.  I've owned and loved my own copy of this book for many years, but bought this extra copy because I knew surely I would want to give it to someone as a gift.  Today this someone is you!

To win The Paper Princess by Elisa Kleven please leave a comment under this post (and be sure I have a way to contact you if you are the winner.)  Comments will close tonight, 9 p.m. PST.  A winner will be chosen via random number generator and announced here at this post.  Good luck!

Congratulations to Hardings in Providence!  Please email me your address and I will send you the book.  I hope you love it as much as I do...



p.s. In case you are interested, sign-ups for my blog-iversary peg doll swap are still open.  You can find out more information here.

6.3.13

Blog-iversary Give Away #3


doll and photo by Becca of Mama West Wind

Here we are at the third day in a week of celebratory "flash give aways" and today I am giving away a gnome-baby in heart-shaped pouch.  This sweet sleepy baby was made by Becca of the blog Chocolate Eyes and etsy shop Mama West Wind (thank you Becca for offering this wee babe for my celebratory give away!)

doll and photo by Becca of Mama West Wind

To win this gnome-baby & pouch please leave a comment under this post (and be sure I have a way to contact you if you are the winner.)  Comments will close tonight, 9 p.m. PST.  A winner will be chosen via random number generator and announced here at this post.  Good luck!

Congratulations to Natasha of the blog Twinkles and Twigs.  Sleepy gnome-baby will be arriving soon to take a snooze at your house (perhaps you and your children can sing her a lullaby or two?)


p.s. In case you are interested, sign-ups for my blog-iversary peg doll swap are open.  You can find out more information here.

5.3.13

Blog-iversary Give-Away #2



Today is the second day in a week of celebratory "flash give aways" and I have for you a copy of Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford.  I cannot begin to put into words how much I love the books Anna has written; her books are at once laugh-out-loud funny and utterly tender.  I wish I could give each of you a copy...

To win this book please leave a comment under this post (and be sure I have a way to contact you if you are the winner.)  Comments will close tonight, 9 p.m. PST.  A winner will be chosen via random number generator and announced here at this post.  Good luck!

Congratulations to lucky #13, Clare B., who emailed to say, "I've been trying to get onto the blogiversary #2 comments however I seem to get errors on yours page and it downloads and then stops..I think my daughter T. would like the Violet Mackerel books."


p.s. In case you are interested, sign-ups for my blog-iversary peg doll swap are open.  You can find out more information here.

4.3.13

Blog-iversary Give Away #1


photo and doll by Melissa of Wild Faerie Caps

Dear Friends -- Today is the first day in a week of celebratory "flash give aways."  Here we have a beautiful flower fairy peg doll created by my friend Melissa of Wild Faerie Caps (thank you Melissa!) To win this wee sprite please leave a comment under this post (and be sure I have a way to contact you if you are the winner.)  Comments will close tonight, 9 p.m. PST.  A winner will be chosen via random number generator and announced here at this post.

If this flower fairy came to live at your house, what would you name her?  (I'm thinking Violet, for the color of the petals around her collar...)  Good luck!!

Congratulations to Kenda who commented, "She reminds me of the hyacinths which grew in my Mother's garden every spring."   You have won the lovely hyacinth gnome!


p.s. In case you are interested, sign-ups for my blog-iversary peg doll swap are open.  You can find out more information here.

3.3.13

A Blog-iversary Peg Doll Swap

Today is my third blog-iversary!


I started this blog three years ago and so much has happened since then.  When I began, I hardly expected to make wonderful friends, to discover so much heart, spirit and creativity... and three years ago I hardly expected to end up writing a book on peg dolls!

daffodil doll and photo by Painting Pixie

In honor of my third blog-iversary I have decided to host another peg doll swap (after making so many peg dolls, one would think I'd get a bit tired of them... but I'm not!)  On a regular basis I get comments on my blog and emails asking if I would ever host another doll swap.  Really, I'm a bit busy right now, but I feel in my heart that this would be the best way to celebrate.  For me, swaps are such a source of creativity. When I participate, I always challenge myself to try something new, and, as far as I'm concerned, this is as much fun as receiving parcels full of surprises in return.  I hope this swap brings you similar inspiration and joy!

HERE ARE THE DETAILS

-- Sign-ups are open starting today (Sunday March 3rd.)  To sign up, please email me margaret (at) flyingteapot (dot) com with your name, mailing address, email address, blog URL (if you have one), plus a few sentences about yourself; you can mention your family, information about where you live, what kind of crafting you like to do, materials you like to use, etc...  This will help you and your swap-mate get to know each other a bit.

-- This swap is open to anyone anywhere in the world and to participants of all crafting levels.

-- Each participant will be matched in a group of three (i.e. you will create a doll for each of your two swap mates and will receive a doll from each of them in return.)

-- Sign-ups will close Saturday March 9th and information about your swap-matches will be emailed to you by Sunday March 10th.

-- By signing up for this swap you are agreeing to create, with you own hands, a peg doll for your swap-mate and send it off in a timely fashion.

-- Preferably, dolls should be posted to recipients by Saturday March 23rd.  If you are delayed in sending your parcel, it will be important to communicate this directly to your swap-mates so they know when it is coming.

-- Any questions?  Please feel free to send me an email!

NOTE: Sign ups for this swap have ended...

icarus peg doll and photo by Faith Pray

And now for a further bit of blog-iversary fun. Starting tomorrow I will be having not three, not four but five give-aways!

I will post the first give-away on Monday and each day consecutively next week.  They will be what I think of as "flash-give aways" -- meaning that the turn-around will be quick.  You will have one day to leave a comment before the opportunity closes and a winner is announced.  So, if you're interested, be sure to stop by starting Monday to see what I'm offering (small, sweet & fun... I promise!)

dolls and photo by Mama West Wind

p.s. I mentioned in this post here that I would take a break from posting about peg dolls.  I guess I changed my mind.

1.3.13

Birthday Quotes


I've received such lovely emails and comments in response to this post here.  It lifts my heart to be in the company of friends who have shared thoughts about birthdays and aging.  In response, I've dug further for quotes.  Here are my favorites (I hope you like them, too!)

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
(attributed to several sources)

Age is an issue of mind over matter.  If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
(Mark Twain)

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
(Mark Twain)

(ooh, that Mark Twain... he came up with some good ones, didn't he?!)