Nicola Alesandrini lives in Northern California with her family, where she spends her days chasing kids, enjoying bits of nature, and avoiding laundry. She’s a jack-of-all-trades who loves economical and ecological living. She writes and crafts whenever she can squeeze it in and she blogs about it all at Which Name?

 

 

An Educational Journey
Sharing Gratitude
Peach Cream Pie
Bringing Birds Home
Spring Flower Crafting
Holiday Countdown
Apple Adoration


 

 

Kim Akari is a full-time mom and a part-time crafter. After (and sometimes before) the meals are made and the laundry is done, she enjoys sewing, baking and reading a good novel. Kim blogs about how she and her family spell “Life” with an alternative alphabet at a is for akari.

 

  Autumn Energy Bars
Wild Harvesting :: Dandelion Fritters

   

Andrea Belcham is the author of Food and Fellowship: Projects and Recipes to Feed a Community (The Alternate Press, Fall 2011), which looks at the batch cooking group phenomenon more intensively. She cooks, crafts, and tends to her little patch of earth in Quebec.

   The Batch Cooking Group: Cooking Large for Family and Friends
Saving the Tastes of Summer

   

Margaret Bloom lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children. When she is not busy feeding her baby and making up silly poems you can find her at her blog.

  Time to Eat!
Grateful :: A Poem

 

Kristine Brown is a stay-at-home mom of four children and two bonus (step) children, herbalist, homeschooler, homesteader and creator, writer and illustrator of the popular monthly pdf zine for children titled Herbal Roots zine. This month’s issue is all about Goldenrod. You can read more about it and subscribe at Herbal Roots zine.

  Elderberries to the Rescue
Making A Pocket Herbarium
Violet’s Spring Splendor
Spice Up Your Life (and Cocoa)

   

Valarie Budayr is the author of the book The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes came to our Garden. She is a mom to her three creative children, writer, photographer, gardener, crafter and an avid book lover. You can find Valarie on her blogs A Place Like This and Jump Into A Book.

 

   The Storyteller’s Bag
Stories into Paper
Hello World
The Sit Spot
Santa Lucia Crown
A Santa Lucia Festival
Life in a Viking Village

   

Kristie Karima Burns, MH, ND is a Master Herbalist and Naturopathic Doctor who enjoys teaching all ages about healing. She teaches classes for adults through The Avicenna Institute which gives adults the opportunity to earn certification in a number of natural healing practices and start a new career or enhance an existing one. Students at the institute include doctors, dentists, herbalists, reflexologists, teachers, mothers and homeschoolers. The Instiute is recognized by a number of International organizations. Kristie also offers classes for children as part of her Earthschooling Lifetime Member program, or through individual classes at Herb n Kids.com.

  Teaching Kids About Herbs : Herbal Preparations
Teaching Kids About Herbs : Identification & Harvesting
The Sanguine of Spring

The Phlegmatic Temperament
The Melancholic Temperament

 

Michelle Carchrae is a freelance writer and mama to two little girls. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and loves to hike, sew, knit, write and learn how to do things by hand. She blogs about attachment parenting and playful self-discipline at The Parent Vortex.

   Setting the Table & Napkin Tutorial

   

Crystal lives with her husband, two sons, two cats, six chickens, and a crazy-big pile of yarn in southern New Hampshire, and she writes about them all here.


  A Handmade Kite
 

   

Jules Clancy is a qualified Food Scientist and the creator of The Stonesoup Virtual Cookery School. She blogs about simple 5 ingredients recipes that can mostly be prepared in 10 minutes over at Stonesoup.

 

  Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Simple Secrets to Homemade Ice Cream
Making Cooking More Exotic with Preserved Lemons
Rustic Sourdough: Making Amazing Bread at Home

   

Linda Dawkins is a homeschooling mother of four amazing little souls, living in South Africa, and she is married to a wonderful man. She loves teaching her children and learning beside them each day, enriching her life and the lives of all those in her family. Her children are her inspiration… and this inspiration led to her Etsy shop and her blog Natural Suburbia, which is a visual diary of her family’s journey. She loves designing animal knitting patterns and is currently writing her first knitting pattern book.


  Autumn Sewing Needle Book
Interview
Summer Cherry Knitting Pattern
Knitted Christmas Tree

 


 

 

   

Megan Devine lives with her husband and four children on the edge of the wilderness in Northern Minnesota. She is an early childhood educator and enjoys learning from all of the wonderful children that surround her in her life. Megan can be reached at via email here.

 



  Simple Acts, Extraordinary Love
 

   

Shannon Kinney-Duh is the mother of two fun and energetic boys. When she’s not opening a box of new crayons and playing in her art room or having picnics in the park, she creates e-courses that inspire women to live more fully. Visit Free Spirit Knits to learn more. 

  Make YOU a Priority in Your Daily Life
Using the Garden for Inspiration

Cultivate New Beginnings and Allow Your Dreams to Bloom

Winter Fun with Felt

Capturing Your Mothering Memories Through Art Journaling
 
 

 

Jessica Edmonds spends most of her days playing pirates and having adventures with her two little ones. She has won national awards for her work with children. She is a child development specialist, a Waldorf educator, and a writer. She records her musings  and crafts at Moonbeams and Applesauce.

 

  Pirate Play

 
   

Gwen Elliott is inspired by family feasts, celebration, and the magic of everyday, simple living. She lives by the Salish Sea, in British Columbia, with her husband, daughter, and faithful black dog. Her inspiration to build family foundations and traditions is chronicled on her blog, barn raising.

 

  Martinmas Lantern Bunting

 
   

Danielle Grabiel is a mama, environmental policy professional and law student. She currently lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her musician husband, Pablo. In 2012, Danielle and her family will be moving to Oregon to fulfil their dream of wrangling chickens and living off of salmon and berries. She blogs at mamamusicman

 

  Backcountry Baby

 
   

Writer and Educator Amber Greene (B. Ed, ADCC) is mama to Henrietta (16) and Ned (2). Her work provides a flash of insight and bright ideas for a variety of topics including parenting young children, eco-friendly living and artistry in everyday life. She writes daily on her blog MamaMoontime. You can contact Amber via email.

 

Motherhood: Life’s First Autumn Season
Radiance of the Sun
Eight Spring Tips for Growing Gorgeous Children
Planting the Bulb of Contentment 
Finding Truth, Beauty and Goodness in the Autumn Season

 

 

   

Rachel Hallanan currently works as an assistant at Apple Blossom Bunch Day Care and is an excellent felt puppet creator. She has taken many of the pictures within this article. She is an artist and has a love a for photography.

 

  Puppetry at Home with Children
 

   

Amanda Greco Holmes is a mama to three home-learning, nature-loving babes. She works as a doula and parenting instructor and fills what little bits of time she can grab in between with creating, gardening and cooking. You can visit her blog for more crafts, recipes and inspiration.

   

Nature Collage Frame

 

   

Laura Hooker is a full-time mother, wife, Registered Nurse, and sewing and crochet-a-holic! She came about this wonderful world of crafting at an early age, and finds much inspiration from her lovely friends in blog land. She really enjoys coming up with and displaying her own patterns and tutorials. She is married and has a seven-year-old little boy and a new baby boy that was born in the summer. You can find her at her blog, Ravelry page or her store of crochet and sewing patterns on Etsy.

   Repurposed Baby Pants Tutorial
Repurposed Baby Legwarmers Tutorial
New Baby Crocheted Spring Dress
Reversible Crochet Baby Hat
 
 

  Jen is a Librarian for money, but a Mother to four children aged 8 and under by calling. She recently graduated from LifeWays and is pondering just how addicting knitting is.


  The Rhythm of Our Kitchen Table

 
 

Joanna Johnson is the author of the knitting storybooks, Phoebe’s Sweater and Freddie’s Blanket, which she publishes with her illustrator husband, Eric, through their independent publishing company, Slate Falls Press. They live in Loveland, Colorado, with their three children, who offer continual inspiration for their stories. The Johnsons are happily working on their third children’s book, Phoebe’s Birthday. You can learn more about their books at Slate Falls Press.

 

Little House Shawl
Interview With Joanna Johnson ~ Phoebe’s Sweater

 

   

Nicole Justice-Kleemann is a stay at home mother to her two little children and a slew of poultry (who also fervently believe they are her children). After graduating with her Masters degree in Teaching, she has decided to homeschool her children in the Waldorf tradition. Her journey to Waldorf and her family’s daily adventures can be found at her blog. Also, her favorite food is pineapple!

  How to Create Wood-Burned Gnomes and Faeries

 
   

Lynn often finds herself musing at the many things for which she is grateful at her blog How the Sun Rose

 

 

 

  Tree of Thanksgiving
Fingerplay Fun

 
   

Glynnis Fawkes draws comics in Vermont about life with two small children who attend Waldorf School. She has an MFA in painting and on a Fulbright to Cyprus published books of her paintings and cartoons. She worked some years in the Eastern Mediterranean as illustrator for archaeological projects, and has published several books of comics. Her work can be found here.

 

  Comics for the Home : How I Impressed Two Six-Year-Old Boys Without Meaning To
Comics for the Home :: The Rainbow Bridge Experience
 

   

David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade — the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through art, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf class teacher and parent, he has developed a method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through his website.  

Together he and his wife Lisabeth Sewell McCann have created Sparkle Stories.

  Free Martin and Sylvia Audio: The Autumn Goose Pond
Crafting a Story: An Interview With Sparkle Stories

 

   

Myrna Minnis is an artist and teacher who loves to share her passion for clay with kids and adults through classes and her blog.  She also sells a fun art toy, the oogly kit,  to help parents encourage creativity with clay at home.
 

  Autumn Fairy Homes 

 

 

   

Ulrike Pohl does what mums do in a small village near Stuttgart in South-West of Germany. She doesn’t write a blog but shares what she spins, knits, sews, cooks and finds in her herb garden on Ravelry and on Flickr.

 

  Making a Spelt Cushion

 

 

 
 

Rachel Sandhorst has taught environmental education for many years, but mostly in the summer. She looks forward to short November days in order to return to her indoor interests, which generally involve making things. She lives on an acreage in Northeast Iowa where she learns with her two daughters and husband, and enjoys the company of an assortment of animals.

  Nature in November
Three Sisters and a Goat Enchiladas
Recording the Rhythm of the Seasons 
The Versatile Beet

 

 

   


Katharina Sandizell has a PDHom in Homeopathy, is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, and has her Masters in Counseling Psychology. She lives in California with her husband and two boys. They love to hike, go to the beach, and make music together.  She does homeopathic consultations in person and over Skype.  Find out more at Resonant Homeopathy.

 

  Healing the Deepest Parts of Ourselves and Our Children: Homeopathy and Waldorf Education

 

 

   

Melody Park Shin is a homeschooling mama to four boys in NJ. She loves to create something useful everyday with her family, and shares handmade tutorials and inspirations on her blog, melodyparkshin.

  Birthday Fairy Treasure Hunt

 

 

   

Elizabeth Sniegocki is a writer and advocate of simple, mindful living. She makes her nest in Sarasota, Florida, where she writes, gardens, cooks, crafts and nurtures two sweet little chicks. Elizabeth blogs about her community, mothering, homesteading and natural living at A Natural Nester.

  Bringing Nature Indoors
Summer Fun with Seashells
Backyard Blessings
Pleasures of Potluck
A Mothers’ Circle ~ Uniting Ancient Magic with Modern Motherhood

 

 

    Nicole Spring is a girl known by many names: Wife, Mama, homemaker (of the radical kind), knitter, cook, seamstress, student (of life as well as of her children), crafter, photographer, and girl of all trades. She currently lives in Portland, OR with her husband, three little ones, and a house full of animals. She is heavily involved in her local Waldorf community and dreams to someday live off the land on her own frontier homestead. Always with her camera in hand, she chronicles her family’s journey through a creative life on her blog Frontier Dreams.
 
  Wool Acorn Necklaces
Appearance of The Root Children

    Katie Startzman blogs about knitting, felting, leatherwork, wood carving and anything else that catches her fancy at Duo Fiberworks.

 

  Wood Carving With My Son

    Heather Stewart has been a puppeteer for her own two boys since they were infants. Her sons, Phoenix and Jonah, both 8, have loved puppets and stories at home. Her son Phoenix has puppeteered with her at library programs, the park and other venues as a mother-son puppeteering team. Heather also puppeteers currently at her daycare in Saratoga Springs, New York. Found at Apple Blossom Bunch Day Care and with her magic girls in Chestnut Ridge at Fairyuna.  Her love of storytelling is contagious.   Puppetry at Home with Children

   

Kathy Stowell is a homeschooling, homebirthing, homesteading mama living in the Kootenays of British Columbia with her husband, two kids, many chickens and a family cow. She blogs over at While Tangerine Dreams where she also offers Sewing Camps for Backwoods Mamas from all walks of life.

  Flannel Doll: First Sewing Project

Spring a Head
Wet Felted Cowls
Autumn Fleece Wash


 

 

   

Sylvia King is a storytelling girl with a camera, maker of stuff and lover of everyday beauty living in Hamburg, Germany with her husband and two-year-old son. Together with her sister, who lives in the US, she blogs on artsy ants and sells family art on etsy. 

  A Seasonal Mobile

 

 

    Rachel Turiel tends an urban homestead at 6512 feet in Colorado. Read more of her writing on her blog 6512 and Growing.

  Tomato Frenzy
A Free Lunch: Edible Weeds
Connecting Children to Food and Nature through Gardening

 

 

   

Erin Fossett-Walsh is a freelance writer and homeschooling mother of two. She lives in Colorado and enjoys reading, hiking, knitting, and studying herbal medicine. She has written articles for Rhythm of the Home and Living in Season, as well as for her own blog, Wild and Precious Life.

  The Gift of Time and Space
Hiking with Children
Days of Wonder ~ Starting a Wonder Book for your Child

 

 

   

Cindy Wallach blogs about raising her two kids aboard their 44-foot sailboat at zachaboard.



 

  True Colors
Casting Summer Tracks
Critter Comfort
     

   

Erin Wallace is married to a loving husband and is the mother of two wee ones and in the process of adoption. She’s currently enjoying life with her sweet family in Virginia. She blogs at Tiny Twist Creative.

  Creating a Gratitude Banner
Nature Walk Necklace

A Magical Wand

Handmade Gift Tags

 

 

    Chris Willow is a mother, crafter, storyteller and toymaker. She enjoys creating roots with mothers and children in her community. Her inspiration has always grown from her world she shares with her husband and two sons in the beautiful Missouri. She has a store on Etsy and blogs at mamaroots where she shares her love of crafting, mothering and reading a great book!
  Wood Fire Spirits
Summer Bindle
Story Eggs