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Gingerbread Cottage

We have a subscription box through Happy Hedgehog Post that has the most lovely, Waldorf-inspired crafts to complete. The subscription box contains items to craft, recipes, a sweet story, seasonal guide, seasonal postcard and a special gift or two. Through the craft kits, you learn crafts like hand sewing, hand embroidery, needle felting, wet felting, paper crafting and more using high quality and natural materials. They are designed for ages 8 through adult, but little ones can be included as helpers during the craft or kitchen activities. They are moving from a monthly to a seasonal subscription, so I am looking forward to the new boxes, which will be arriving for Spring. I wanted to share our November HHP craft with our readers. Kenley (7) and I worked diligently together, and while I did do most of the sewing, she helped me with patterns, cutting, and she did all of the straight stitching on the project. This was her first exposure to embroidery, and I am very proud of her efforts. She did wonderful! I look forward to many more years of handwork with her (and with Liberty as she comes of age and ability).

The kits come with a little printed month-zine. It has the instructions for the craft, a recipe that goes along with the theme (it was Gingerbread Cake with cream cheese frosting this month), a little poem to read to the children, a story that goes along with the craft (this month was "The Ginger Children"), a little gingerbread man Christmas ornament, some organic gingerbread chapstick, and ALL of the materials needed to complete your craft. (Pins and scissors are mine.)

Getting started with stitching and embroidery. Check out Kenley's straight stitching on the windows!

The front and sides...

The finished project... It is stuffed with all the wool you see in the first picture + all the felt scraps.

The ginger children... They have a pipe cleaner inside, so they are posable!

The finished project! The girls have enjoyed playing with this and having their own Christmas decorations for the playroom. We are looking forward to sharing December's project when we are finished!