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Learning in Freedom

Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Fun stuff

Some folks have asked about photos of the Spirit Dolls and other items. Unfortunately, I don't have a digital camera at this time. Markus does, but he's gone when I think about it!! I promise to ask him to take some pics tonight. I'll get my photos up eventually, but they have to be developed and put on disc first, it's a pain.:)
I'll get into the 21st century someday (probably about the time it's ending).

I want to share some chocolates with all my beautiful blogger friends. It's a special kind of virtual chocolate, that give you a dose of encouragement. This particular box of chocolates originate at an amazing website called Soul Food Cafe.

Another of my most-favorite-places-in-the-whole-wide-internet is Artella Magazine. It's the most amazing magazine I have ever seen; a decadent array of visual stimulation, ideas, words and much more for the creative soul. It's worth every dime. Their site has a bunch of fun ideas and stuff to play around with, so stop by. They have very generously supported the Live and Learn conference with a subscription and magazine donation for the Passion Basket I'll be making (which in turn supports the scholarship fund).

I've also had questions about making spirit dolls. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find the link that inspired my first doll. I've searched fruitlessly, but it's disappeared into the ether for the moment. I promise to post it when it surfaces again. Basically, I take a chopstick or other wood stick, wrap it in batting, then wrap over that with material I like. We embellish them with charms, beads, funky yarn and whatever strikes our fancy. I make their faces with polymer clay (we like Premo the best) and they magically take on a personality of their own.:)

I like to theme them...we've got "guardian of the forest", "moon goddess", "spirit of color" and "spirit of flight" to name a few. We also made some that fit in the palm of your hand and dubbed them "pocket spirit dolls", Sierra is working on some that could be worn as a pendant. My favorite so far are the ones I wrapped in leather (and no, I don't want to hear about how that conflicts with being a vegetarian) and have these wise little faces. Very tribal looking, I adore them!

If you google "make spirit doll", you'll get a ton of hits with a variety of ideas. We're going to delve into other styles shortly. Happy travels!

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