Holiday Faire: Sewing Kits by Local Artist

holidayfaireartistWe are proud to feature eco-friendly, natural products by local artists.

We are excited to offer a line of handwork kits by local artist Cynthia Treen, from Pawtucket, RI.  She is the creator of Threadfollower, sewing kits that the customer uses to create adorable palm sized animal friends.

“Our goal is to foster stitching and handcrafting because making makes us happy and we want to share that joy with others!” – from threadfollower.com

These sewing kits make an adorable Waldorf-Inspired gift!

These are the cutest wool felt sewing kits and we will have a variety in stock at our Holiday Faire store.  Cynthia uses locally sourced vendors and materials for her kits.  Her newest kits are for Felix and Charlotte Fox.  Clothing patterns for these animals are also available at her Etsy page for customers to add to their collection after the faire.

We will have 10 different varieties of animal kits and two types of barrette making kits available at the Faire.holiday Faire store craft

More from Cynthia’s website:

“We also strive to create products that you can feel good about (inside and out) by using local resources, recycled materials, and by making thoughtful green choices in the design, development, and production of our products. Our kits fit in the palm of your hand, have small carbon footprints, and utilize local resources.”

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The Art of Story Telling to the Preschool Child

Contributed by Sarah Wiberg (Parent-Child Class Teacher)

& Nancy St. Vincent (Early Childhood Class Teacher)

Waldorf story telling captivates preschool children

Preschool Puppets

One special part of a Waldorf Early Childhood experience is the use of puppetry to tell a story. The teacher is able to express a variety of deep story themes and soul moods with the simplest of gestures.  The magic for the viewer, whether they are young or old, is that the atmosphere surrounding the story is held with complete reverence and respect.  Lighting a candle and singing a simple song marks the beginning of this special time.

Engaging imagination in a preschool child

Stories rich in language and archetypical characters lay the foundation for creativity and imaginative thinking in the child. Colored silks and wools are used to reflect the seasons and the gestures of these archetypal figures.  Puppets that are lovingly handmade bring the story to life. The puppets are often without faces so the child is free to have their individual experience of the story.  The puppets and the props for the story are made from natural materials such as wool, silk, and wood.  This connects the child to the natural world. Stories follow the characters as they experience joy as well as struggles.  The characters are always able to find their way to the safety of home.  This is a very comforting message. The life of a young child can have many challenges and they need to know that they have a safe and secure place to return to.

Experience the Waldorf way of story telling with your child

Every year, the early childhood faculty at Meadowbrook Waldorf School present a marionette or puppet show for Holiday Faire visitors. This event allows parents a peek into the special world that their children get to experience, and for children and adults who have never seen it before, an opportunity to connect with something truly magical.  We invite you and your child to experience the wonder of story telling and puppetry at the upcoming Holiday Faire.  Please come to witness this simple, beautiful gift.

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Come join in the 2014 festivities at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday Faire.

Friday, November 21rd from 6-9 PM (Adults’ Night)

Saturday, November 22th from 10-4 (Family Day) 

Holiday Faire 2014

It is almost time for our annual Holiday Faire!

This is a wonderful, free family event with crafts for all ages, music, children’s activities, gently used toys and books, and a stunning array of handcrafted and natural gifts for purchase. Please bring your family and friends to enjoy a beautiful day welcoming the holiday season.

Friday, November 21,  6 – 9 pm for adults

Friday evening gives an opportunity to shop out of sight of ‘little eyes’ for a wide range of unique gifts including high quality children’s items.

Saturday November 22, 10 am – 4 pm for families.

Saturday is a festive family celebration with music and marionette shows, lots of craft activities too.  The hugely popular Crystal Cave, filled with tiny gnomes and twinkling lights will open for young visitors and outside will be pony rides on our beautiful woodland campus.

Holiday Faire Location
300 Kingstown Road
West Kingston, RI

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Faire Thai Soup

Thia soup I (475x541)Serving this soup has become tradition on the Friday night before Holiday Faire. A throng of volunteers arrive to transform the school into a festive wonderland and by 8pm they are starving. So the table is set up and out comes the spicy Thai curry soup. The recipe has been requested so many times that I have finally tried to write it down to share but really, this is more a set of guidelines than a recipe. Follow your taste buds, find the balance that suits you between spicy, salty, sweet and sour.

Click here: Thai Soup