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Monday, March 28, 2022

I am Back! And a Waldorf Doll Sale...

Well I am finally back to sewing again. It feels so good after 7 very stressful years as a German teacher.

I will miss my students. I will miss my fellow teachers. But I will not miss administrators...

This is an old photo of me. I hope to take some new ones and show my current self soon. So stay tuned.

What else is new? I am trying to build up my Etsyshop again. I mean I never stopped making dolls. But didn't have much time as teacher. Some days I barely had time for my family or to eat or breathe. Make sure you are nice to teachers. They work so hard. And get paid so little.

Still I kept my doll shop open. It's been great to finally reach that milestone of 3000 Sales. I am so proud of it. Took me only 15 years. LOL. But Etsy has changed. 

The other day I found some advertisement on Instagram for an etsy sales training. It was run by this dude who claimed to have the perfect sales formula. I was intrigued, at first. But then the dude suggested that to be successfull one should copy other folks' stuff. Find Bestsellers and copy them - he says. That's what he did with his decals. Really? I was not impressed. 

Maybe I will never get to 14K sales. But I refuse to buy into that concept. I will keep plugging away at my little shop. 

I hope you come back and follow my blog. And if you are into Waldorf dolls and handmade toys visit my shop. Come on, you NEED one of my sweet little pocket dolls. Or at a minimum you know somebody who needs one. 

And here comes my sales pitch. LOL. This week I am having my 3K sales celebration. 

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Und dann kam Corona. Und meine Lehrerkarriere ging nach 7 Jahren zu Ende.

Ueber 7 Bruecken musst du gehen. Sieben dunkle Jahre ueberstehen... 
Das letzte Jahr war ziemlich dunkel... 

Ich bin sehr traurig doch gleichzeitig auch erleichtert. Der Mega-Stress vom letzten Jahr war einfach unertraeglich. Kein Ahnung wie es jetzt weitergeht. 

Auf jeden Fall freue ich wieder auf meine Puppen und mehr Kunst. Und mal wieder Zeit zum Bloggen zu haben. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Time Flies

Well hello there. Who is the person in that photo? That's me. I am afraid it's an old one. Can't even remember when it was taken. Time flies by when you are having fun...

Where did 2018 go? I have not made a single post this year. Why? Well, there was that teaching job that kept me very busy. And then personal stuff. And more personal stuff. But I am hoping to be back now. 

What shall I write about? Well, I still make Waldorf dolls. And I am hoping to keep making them. But I may also start talking about teaching German. Since that new job has been taking over my life slowly but surely. I love teaching. It's just a lot of work...

Sorry about the mess. I guess I should take a new photo. Maybe when I get brave enough to show "die alte Schachtel". Ha. Ich bin dieses Jahr 50 geworden. 

Okay, so stop by often. And be prepared to read a little German - since that is my Muttersprache.
Auf Wiedersehen! Bis bald!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Hug a Friend

You leave the blog for just a couple of months and come back to find SPAM gallore. Ugh! Don't you hate it when people do that. Well, it's all cleaned up.

I suppose I should not have left my blog dormant for so long. What can I say? I just don't have to say much these days. Still teaching. Still trying to make some Waldorf dolls and sell them on Etsy. It's getting harder and harder though. My heart is sad because Etsy sales have been terrible this year. In fact, it's been my worst year ever. I am feeling quite discouraged at the moment.

2017 has not been good to me. Not only in terms of my little business. I am feeling quite depressed at the moment.

Why? A long time friend - 15+ years, godfather of my children, committed suicide on Wednesday December 13th. Despite the fact that he had been struggling with depression for many year, it still came as quite a shock to us. I can't help but feel that I am somehow guilty. We had not seen each other in quite a while - since our oldest boys both went off to college this summer. How did that happen? How is it that in this age of instant messaging, FB, Twitter, Facetime, we get so out of touch with people?

Call a friend today and tell them that you love them. Stay in touch - I mean really physically, go see your friend to make sure they are okay. And if your are reading this send some kind thoughts and healing prayers to my friend Kenny and his family.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Everything is Awesome

January has been an awesome month for my Waldorf doll shop. My doll sales on Etsy have finally picked up again. I am so happy that I found homes for two of my big dolls. It is hard to let go of my babies but I am happy they have been adopted by a new family.

I also had a super month teaching. I love teaching German to 6th graders. It is hard to believe how one year can make such a difference. It appears that by 7th grade almost half the students suffer from severe "hormone poisoning" and cannot focus. One does not want to generalize - but it does seem that sixth grade students have much more respect for their teachers and have a residual sweetness about them lacking in the average 7th grade student.

Just a few days ago, I had a great teaching moment, when I happened to have my back turned away from the class. I hardly ever wanted to turn my back last  year. As I was writing on the board, I heard a child say:" I love German class. I wish I could take it all year." That comment sure made my day.

Teaching foreign languages in the US is definitely a tall order. Many people don't seem to believe in the need of learning another language to begin with. A few people might actually see a need for Spanish because there are so many Spanish-speaking immigrants. But German? Why would you need that?

So we make lists of the whys and what-fors. The kids really like the idea of having a secret language to mystify their siblings. They also love the discovery of cognates. Why they had never thought that they already knew German and that is was so closely related to English. And as they are having lots of fun playing games they don't even know that they are learning stuff...

The weird thing about being a teacher in the US is having the watchful eyes of administrators on you. Just picture the Eye of Sauron. While I was growing up in Germany I never saw the principal come into the classroom to check if our teacher was doing a good job. Once you have been trained and have your teaching degree there are no tests or watchful eyes. Please, correct me if I am wrong.

Anyway, I find those "tests" very stressful and kind of scary. But I am sure that in the end it is beneficial, and this process may be helpful in weeding out teachers that are not very good at their job. But who knows. Well, I passed my "teaching test" this month with flying colors. So a little round of applause for this old lady rookie seems to be in order here!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Feeling Inspired

I have been wanting to the see the movie Life of Pi forever. It's probably old hat to you if you are into movies. If not, you must see this movie. January is always such a hard month for me. It is dark and cold. In fact super cold right now. We had temperatures around negative 24 Celsius over here. You open the door and feel like your face is going to fall off. Then you realize you have to go out there and shovel snow. Brrr.

Anyway. I finally got to see the Pi movie. I suppose if I had to sum up in one word what it is about I would say: Hope. Yes, a perfect movie about that topic. So if you are feeling down and sad, see that movie!

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Another good thing happened yesterday. I found a home for one of my little Waldorf doll babies. It is always such a joy and blessing when somebody adopts one of my babies. I was getting a little worried about this little freckled redhead. He is such a fine fellow. Well-behaved and quiet. Not sure why it took so long to find him a good home. I know redheads are a minority. Some folks are downright prejudiced against them. It is sad to me when I see kids in the classroom being discriminated against because of the color of their hair. Why? I don't get it. When I see red hair I get envious. Who wants to grow up with boring brown or dishwater blond hair?

So please, be kind to people. And love them for who they are. Red hair, brown hair, dishwater blonde, or gray. I am turning gray. Please, don't discriminate against me because I am getting old!

And here are some great quotes from that movie:

"I had to stop hoping so much that a ship would rescue me. I should not count on outside help. Survival had to start with me. In my experience, a castaway's worst mistake is to hope too much and do too little. Survival starts by paying attention to what is close at hand and immediate. To look out with idle hope is tantamount to dreaming one's life away."

“I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.” Yann Martel

I think I will have to read some of Yann Martel's books now.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy New Year, Waldorf doll friends!

Yup. I am still here making dolls. Still teaching German and I love both of my jobs.
I totally abandoned blogging last year. I guess it is hard to find time and words these days. Like I have no words for what happened in politics and with the elections in the US. Just choking when I think of it.

I guess the best part about 2016 was that I got to go home and visit my family in Germany. There were lots of hugs and tears during the most fabulous of family reunions. And I got to visit my friends and "family" in Berlin. Lucky me!

Wishing all of you, my doll friends a Happy 2017. May you have health and happiness! I will try and find more words this year. Maybe even write something in German once in a while...