We drove up to the mountains the other day. I was totally prepared to get all those wonderful photos of the snow covered Colorado peaks. Then we got out of the car in Estes Park. It was bitter cold. Next thing it started snowing on us. The only photos I took were pictures from the car. Here is the one I liked best. Who does not love a good picture of clouds?
One minute it snows here. The next you see the sun come out and the sky is bright blue. That pretty much describes my mood these days. In German we call that sort of mood: "Himmelhoch jauchzend - zu Tode betrübt". In translation that means something like: Shouting gleefully happy up to the sky and then deathly sad. Yup, that's me. Very moody these days.
My little Waldorf dolls and the bright smiles of children make me happy.
Watching the news makes me sad.
So not digging the politics here. Who would seriously vote for that guy with the ugly comb-over? I mean really, folks, just from an aesthetic perspective? Never mind the politics that match his looks.
The picture below was taken by my friend Nicolette Bardos a couple years ago. All the Waldorf dolls in the photo have found loving good homes since then.
Looking at this sweet group makes me feel a bit melancholic. It's been a while since I made a big doll. I mostly make little pocket sized babies these days. Maybe this summer - I will find the time. Of course, there is always time for a little custom work if someone was to ask nicely.
Other than that I am trying to keep the doll studio organized and focus on little projects. Blanket dolls are always in demand since new babies are born all the time and need a soft doll to cuddle with. What is your favorite color? I am kind of partial towards this little green guy.
If you still need some Waldorf Easter basket fillers or small treats to tuck away for your Easter hunting, make sure to visit my Etsyshop. I recently lowered the price of my little pocket dolls. I need to make some space here - so please order some littles here:
Just in case you wondered. I know it's been another long spell of not posting on my blog. What can I say in my defense? I love my new job. It does take a lot of energy to create a curriculum for teaching German. I have been writing and re-writing lesson plans, searching for materials, running to conferences and and and...
I am loving it all, and I am happy as a clam. I wish I had more time to think, process, and write about it. Some day. Maybe when the kids are off to college. But hey, it is almost spring break here.
The dolls have not been neglected either. When I am taking a break from teaching and grading I do sit down and make a tiny sweet Waldorf baby doll now and then. This will always be my other happy place. Just look at them at their little school desks! They are so excited about their German lessons. LOL
Sorry for not being around much this year. All I can say in my defense is that I have been consumed by my two jobs. My new one as German teacher and the old one as a Waldorf doll maker. I am not complaining. I have loved going on this new adventure while holding on to the joy of creating dolls with my hands. In fact, I think I have found the perfect recipe for finding happiness.
It's been a very exciting year and I very much look forward to what the new year will bring.
I am ready for more teaching. And I am also anticipating the immense joy of bringing new doll babies into this world in the New Year. Hopefully I will be able to write some more posts on both topics (teaching and doll making) in 2016. If you don't see me here stop by my facebook, Instagram, or see my doll shop on Etsy.
2015 has been a wild ride up to the very end. Literally - since I managed to get into a car accident yesterday. Luckily I am fine and so is the other party involved. Please, remember to always pay attention to stop signs and be aware that others driving may not be doing so. Another thing I learned is that Iphones do not work when it's bitter cold outside.
So I remain wishing you a Happy & Safe New Year, my friends! Don't ever leave the house hugging your loved ones and telling them how much you care about them!
See you soon!
PS: My shop is packed with lovely Waldorf Valentines and Easter is just around the corner ...
Have you missed me? If so I do apologize. I hope your summer has been as busy and fun filled as mine. If you are following me on Instagram maybe you saw the pictures of the vacation our family took. We flew to Boston and visited the Maine coastline for a week. It was beautiful and just the kind of vacation we all needed. So much to see there. Loved the Lobster roll and all the delicious seafood. We saw lots of lighthouses, stuck our feet in the Atlantic Ocean, feasted on all kinds of seafood, visited witchy museums, walked in the Pilgrim's footsteps and so much more. Maybe I did get a bit a carried away by the whole experience... upon commenting about wanting to retire in Maine various Facebook friends rained on my party, pointing out >how awful< the weather in North East was come winter time. Not suitable at all. Is that so? Any locals who would like to comment?
Anyways. It was a great vacation. I hope you got a chance get out this summer and see something new too. Maybe you want to share your list in the comments?
Though our vacation lasted only a little over a week I have not found the time to write a post about it. The dolls in my doll studio are glaring at me accusingly. Why are you ignoring us? Well, life is taking a new turn for me right now. I recently received my contract for my new job. I will be teaching German at a Middle School this fall. So since my return from vacation I have been consumed by planning German lessons for the students.
But dear fans of germandolls, don't worry! I will still be making and selling dolls. Just yesterday I finished this darling set of Waldorf angel baby dolls. It was fun to touch a needle and thread after all this time.
But here I am on my new journey as German teacher... So wish me luck I accomplish great things in that area too!
I wish I had learned how to dance when I was a little girl. It was never part of my world. There were no dance studios for learning classical dance in the area where I lived, and even if there had been any, my parents would never have been able to afford it. When I was growing up, dancing was limited to a ballroom dance class you took when you were 14. The class was intended to give you an intro to couple dancing, so you would know how to waltz at your wedding. Other than that, you went to the Disko (dance club) on weekends and moved to the beats as best as you could. Hmm, I am glad there are no videos of me doing that. Since I lived in the German countryside, the nearest Disko was about an hour's drive away. It was called Revolution Number 9. Oh boy, did I get in trouble with my dad for sneaking out for an evening of dancing when I was 16...
I am definitely having a blast sending my girl to classical dance classes and watching her grow as a dancer. It is hard to believe that she has been dancing for 10 years. I am so very proud of her for being promoted to start Pointe this summer. She has worked so very hard all these years. It's tough going when one is not naturally gifted with a flexible body. I am sorry, baby! I wish I could have passed down that gene to you. I think, generally, Germans are stiff people and more suited to marching.
Three years ago I did take a dance class with some friends. It was a lot of fun but unfortunately I didn't last past my first recital. I mean, I am really glad I tried it. It took a lot of guts to get up on that stage and dance with the youngsters. I am definitely not blessed with that talent, and when you are older it's an even greater challenge...
Maybe down the road I'll try again. I saw this pair of red tap shoes in this year's recital. They really seemed to be calling to me: You need to dance again...We shall see. Have you ever tried dancing?
Other than that, it's been a rather slow start to the summer. We had to wait to plant our garden since it kept raining over here. We have enjoyed having fresh lettuce from the garden that we planted earlier in the spring. I hope you are enjoying the sun and time with your family - maybe even a trip somewhere nice?
May has been a crazy month for me. What is a Waldorf doll? Hmm, I forgot. The doll shop with sweet handmade dolls has been pretty much abandoned this month... Poor babies!
I could have spent every single day at school helping out as a substitute teacher. I ended up working around 15 days total. It has been a total eye-opener and makes you appreciate teachers so much more. Frankly, I don't know how folks do it when both spouses have a job? Who cooks dinner, does the laundry, picks up the house? In our household it appears that DH didn't mind the cooking part. He cooked us many a delicous dinner when I came home.
But laundry? Not much help there. Is it true that I am making a huge mistake by still doing my teenagers' laundry? At least that's what I am being told by the office staff at school. I suppose my thinking is: Soon enough they will move out and leave for college, and I will miss them so much. I may even miss those mountains of laundry... Sniff!
But for now summer is on, and we will enjoy every moment of it. Yesterday we went out and bought a board game to enjoy as a family. Who still plays board games? There must be folks since there is a thriving business in our otherwise dead downtown neighborhood, selling mostly boardgames and other nerdy items. Have you ever played Settlers of Catan? I have always wanted to since I heard a lot of good things about that game - AND how could one go wrong with a game MADE IN GERMANY?
We were finally able to turn our garden plots after the torrential rains stopped here. All of May was pretty much a muddy mess in these parts. But how can one complain? I, for one, love the rain. One rarely meets like minded people in this town. They are all miserable and grumpy while I happily skip over puddles. I think to myself, you just wait. Once the thermometer hits 100 you will think back and wish for a cloudy grey sky.
Dolls? What are dolls? I have not had time to make any. I did take some photos of little Wilhelmina over here though. We agreed that she looks super cute in her patriotic outfit. I had to take the photos indoors. Once the ground dries up we will have to have a photo shoot outside...
Have a good summer or HAGS - as the kids write into yearbooks. Definitely an acronym I had never come across until I had kids in school in the US. Here I was thinking they were talking about old ladies. What about old ladies? Do you know how to say old lady in German? Alte Schachtel would be the equivalent. Well, take care and HAGS to you!