Hand Made with Love.

A long, long time ago, I mean a really long, long time ago, a few of my co-workers and I talked about putting on a crafting workshop for the rest of our co-workers.  We wanted to share some of our interests with others.  We wanted the girls to be able to make some of their own accessories for story telling, for felted play scape's, or for children's play.  We wanted everyone to be able to have a choice of what they wanted to create. 

 So finally it happened!  I think the hardest part about it was coming up with a suitable day and time that worked for most.  

We brought in our tubs of crafting supplies, books and examples.  Several tables were heavy laden with supplies.  Everyone found a spot to start and there was no holding them back.  Wow, these ladies were intense, capable crafter's.   Everyone walked out with a number of awesome treasures!

Making felted trees, doll clothes or mushrooms.

Two different kinds of trees to sew.  One that can stand alone and one with a wood dowel.

Learning to needle felt.

This is Handa.  For more of her story check out this post.  Isn't she just adorable? 

Painted dowel family.  Grandma, Grandpa and little Mr. G.

Little Red Riding Hood.  The big, bad wolf will surely have compassion on this little cutie?

Julianne: all ready for the story of the stinky, slimy mud puddle.  She even got a nice yellow rain poncho to wear.

A little Korean doll.  With the cape on she is ready for one story and with the cape off she jumps into another one!

This is Tsonquah.  She was born out of this Legend but I think my co-worker will modify the story so the children don't get terrified!  

Stone painting...frogs and mice!

I noticed at times the room was hushed as everyone concentrated on their work.  There was also a lot of chit, chat at times as everyone connected and enjoyed one another's company.

We borrowed a few favorite crafts from Susan Munzer.  Did any of you get to enjoy her amazing workshops on storytelling and prop/toy making?  Wow, what a wonderful, authentic lady she was.  And so generous.  Remember how we all left her workshops with gorgeous beach shells?

Making Susan Munzer paper flowers.

Susan Munzer felt flowers.

This little flower stars in the story of "The Happy Day, when all the animals awake from their long winter snooze and "smell" spring!

Quietly, busily felting a ball.

Everyone got to take home a freebie....a tree cookie with a small hole drilled in the center, just the right size for a little tree.

I just think we might do this again.  It was a good time!

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