Thursday, 21 April 2011

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is on 8th May 2011.

I will gift wrap all Mother's Day items for free if you ask me to do so in the Comments section when ordering. I can send them directly to you, or to your Mum (or another special Mum who deserves spoiling).

Due to public holidays, please order as soon as possible to ensure your gift arrives in time. Express Post is available, please leave a note in the Comments section so I can contact you to discuss this option.

Gift ideas for Mother's Day include:

Beguile Soap in Honey, Milk and Shampoo varieties - on sale for only $5.50 each.

Beguile Lip Balm in 3 varieties from $2 each (50% off naturale lip balm)!

Seven different jewelery products, including the popular Glass Bead Spiral Bracelets made by Spiral Garden, and only $7.50 each.

Bamboo Wash Cloths
- delightfully soft and surprisingly strong, $10 each.

Patchwork Sunhats - gorgeous soft hats in 4 colours suitable for all seasons!

Felt Pencil Cases
- not just for art supplies! These are lovely for holding jewelery or make-up or any other things Mum needs to store safely. They are padded, washable and made by fair trade wool felt suppliers in Nepal. Just $9.50 each.

Or perhaps decorate your own pencil case for Mum? Calico Pencil Cases are also suitable for holding more than just art supplies, and are ready to decorate, like our plain Calico Bags, with Lyra Textile Markers.

Barefoot Magazine single issues and subscriptions are available through Spiral Garden, priced from $5.95.

We stock a variety of Cards from Sarah Laidlaw and Chrissy Butler, as a beautiful addition to any of the above gifts. Prices start from $4.00 per card.

Cuddle Cards and the Cuddle Journal together make a delightful gift that will bring joy to your family for years.

Celebrate Motherhood!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Homeschooling Resources

Most of you probably know that our children are educated at home. We have always home educated and have six children aged 7 to almost-17. Over the past months, we have been expanding our range of homeschooling resources. Some of the items we stock include:

Always Learning Books
- a selection of booklets and books from an Australian publisher, including diaries for record keeping

Golden Beetle Books
- a selection of books on Steiner/Waldorf education

HEA Resource Directory 2011

Otherways - subscriptions to Australia's best printed homeschooling magazine

More books relevant to families like ours...

Blank books - these are a beautiful and brilliant resource

Art supplies - including Stockmar, Lyra etc - especially for toddlers and children

Craft supplies
- kits, raw materials, uncommon products - and all natural

Gardening products
- because we think every family should grow plants!

Don't forget, if you type the code 'homesschool' into the discount coupon section of Checkout, you will automatically receive 10% off any order over $40.00.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Book of Soups

We just love this insprational cookbook! At first it seems a little plain compared with glossy hardbacked cookbooks, but the quirky illustrations and the variety and quality of recipes has deemed it a treasure in our kitchen.

Soups in the slow cooker, with dumplings, vegan recipes, broths, chilled soups, dessert soups and big soups... I think every kind of soup is covered in these 49 pages!

A favourite one for our children to make themselves...

Vegetable Barley Soup
1-2 T of oil
2-3 sticks celery
1-2 medium onions
2 cloves garlic
about 2 quarts water
1 cup barley
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1-2 tsp tamari
3-4 potatoes
3-4 carrots (winter squash is good too!)

In a large soup pot, saute onions, celery and garlic in oil. Add water, barley, salt, Italian seasoning, and tamari. Bring to a boil and continue to boil gently for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, peel potatoes and carrots. Add vegetables to soup and continue gentle boil for an hour or until barley is tender. Enjoy!

Serves 8

Early Childhood Department
Cincinnati Waldorf School

There are a few copies of this book left in stock. Grab yours before winter!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Using the Knitting Helper

One of our best sellers is the Knitting Helper which is imported from Europe by Mercurius for Spiral Garden.

It's a very simple design made from raw timber with a stick for looping the wool over each hook. Instructions are included, but we also found this tutorial online and wanted to share the link with you.

We have many knitting helpers in stock right now, at only $7.50 each, they're a great gift idea!

Related Products:
Hand-dyed Yarn
Knitting Kit (yarn only)
Crochet Hooks

Friday, 1 April 2011

It's Sale Time!

SALE TIME! 15% off till the 15th April.
Enter the code 'April15' into the Discount Coupon section of Checkout at Spiral Garden.