Giveaway – Waldorf Weather Gnomes – Of Wool And Wood

Today I have a really lovely and amazing giveaway for you all.
The Giveaway is for a set of beautifully handmade Waldorf Weather Gnomes.

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These gnomes are absolutely brilliant. They are made with lovely wooden peg bodies which have been carefully decorated with wood burnt details and then delightfully painted with watercolours which are then sealed with beeswax polish. You can use them as part of your calendar time, for studies on the weather, for story telling or simply for fun pretend play. They are so very versatile and unique!
The hand-stitched head pieces match each weather gnome’s body and can also be removed and used as finger puppets!

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We love to use these during circle time for our weather song, and also to play a matching game with the bodies and their little hats. Each gnome has his own unique design on his body to help with that!

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These gnomes were made by Karen Dotzel, the owner of Of Wool And Wood, and you can truly feel how much love and work went into creating each of these unique little masterpieces!
Let’s get to know Karen!

Karen, tell us about yourself, how did you get to be where you are today?

I have been on a journey of self awareness the past couple of years. After suffering from an anxiety induced breakdown, I was forced to take a good look at my life. I have learned how to flow with the river of living instead of trying to fight it. Part of my healing was learning to use my creativity in a positive, self fulfilling way. By chance I found a very supportive Waldorf community on facebook and joined a handmade toy swap. My anxious brain is very critical and demeaning but this group was nurturing and encouraging. I felt safe and at home. It was there that I became a toy maker and artist. I enjoy using natural materials that are gentle to the Earth. It makes me feel connected. Hand sewing is meditative for me. Designing challenges give my creativity a workout and often I am surprised by what transpires. I am learning to flow, to learn from mistakes and most importantly not to be afraid to try. I only create what speaks to me; what brings me joy. I believe that this care and love can be recognized and felt by those who play with the toys. I feel like the energy of the materials used and my energy combine into something beautiful. And sharing that with others gives us all a little more love and joy.

Have you always wanted to own your own business or did you previously work in a different job?

The Etsy shop came about almost by accident. I had been toying around with the idea of opening shop and was nervous. One night i accidentally hit the open for business button and well …here I am. When my first sale came I did a little dance!! And I realized I could now buy more crafting supplies without the guilt of taking money from our family budget. Woo Hoo!! I figure as long as I can make enough to support my crafting habit then I am good.

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Who or what inspired you?

My inspiration for new ideas comes mostly from nature. Being outside, observing and feeling helps ideas flow. Play is also important for my creativity to flow. Often I will pick up a scrap of wool in an odd shape and just play with it. My Autumn gnome was born in this way. It started with a long strip of wool that I twisted into a cone. I liked the shape and sewed it together that way. While I was doing that I started thinking about Fall leaves swirling around so I added some to the swirling hat. Following the Fall theme I thought of my favorite tree; Birch. I made a birch leaf cape and dressed up a peg doll.
Sometimes my inspiration comes from a Waldorf craft swap I participate in. The weather peg dolls started by me making the lightening cloud/rain peg doll for a swap. After that I was inspired to create other weather dolls. Windy and Frosty were the most challenging. By wood burning a scene on the peg doll’s body I was better able to convey the concept. What I like the best about these dolls is that the headpiece can come off and be used as a finger puppet too. I like that they are multifunctional and different from other weather gnomes.

What is the product in your shop you are most excited about?

One of my very favorite items to make has to be the angler fish. I created it for a swap initially. I just enjoy making him. I have probably made 20 of them by now through doing swaps and selling them. I even made a purple one. And it has led to some wonderful opportunities. The Make-a-Wish foundation saw my angler fish on Etsy and contacted me for a special custom order of a gulper eel. It was going to a 9 yr old gulper eel expert participating in the program. I felt so honored and did my best. The child loved it! What a great feeling.

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Tell us about your customers.

I feel like my customers are looking for an unique handmade item that is clearly made with love and care. They strive to lessen their footprint on this planet and enjoy the beauty natural materials provide. I am always honored when someone admires or purchases my work. What a blessing to be able to share a piece of me with so many people. It truly makes me smile.

Thank you, Karen!

Now, on to the Giveaway!
For a chance to win a set of these gorgeous, creative and unique Weather Gnomes just fill in the form below.
You can find Of Wool And Wood on Etsy and on Facebook, too.
This Giveaway is open to absolutely anyone from absolutely anywhere and the winner will be picked at random on Sunday the 17th of August.

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What is your favourite item in this stunning and colourful Etsy shop? Mine is probably the Valentine Moose or the Autumn Leaves Peg Doll, but there are so very many truly special things to pick from, I’m just in love!
Good Luck and thank you again, Karen, for such a wonderful prize and for sharing your creative talent with all of us!

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98 Responses to Giveaway – Waldorf Weather Gnomes – Of Wool And Wood

  1. Abi says:

    Love the surgeon fish!

  2. Sally Graddon says:

    I can’t decide beteeen the ice dragon and the yak!

  3. stefany ashley says:

    Love the autumn leaves peg doll. Autumn is a marvelous time of year. Cant wait :)

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Love so many of her creations, but I have to say the frost dragon is my favorite!

  5. Lucy Lumm says:

    I love them all, but my favourite would have to be the weather gnomes!!! Such amazing detail!! X x

  6. Janet says:

    I like the shooting star peg doll. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  7. Ria says:

    Autumn Leaves peg doll is my favourite, absolute favourite time of year :)

  8. Sarina says:

    I love the autumn leaves peg doll, it would look so pretty amongst things we collect during the autumn.

  9. Natalie says:

    Adorable! Everyone needs weather gnomes :) I love fall!

  10. marisa rae says:

    weather gnomes and felted pigs :)

  11. Lucinda says:

    Karen’s works are such unique pieces :) Our family has several custom mades from her head,heart, & hands! They make their way into your home and hearts. The Weather gnomes are “sew creative” and would be perfect for our perpetual calendar we have. My fingers are crossed and would be a amazing gift to receive :)
    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Love&Light
    Lucinda

  12. Kristi Lease says:

    I like the mermaids and dragon.

  13. Eva says:

    These are stunning! I love the stormy weather peg doll and the fox the most!

  14. Shannan Wells says:

    The angler fish! ;)

  15. Talia Anderson says:

    I love the thunder cloud and mermaid pegs!

  16. melissa says:

    all the peg dolls are beautiful it is so hard to choose just one, but i do love the autumn leaves peg dolls, and my two daughters love the mermaids

  17. Michlle says:

    My girls are loving the stormy weather peg

  18. Jahna says:

    love them all but the dragon and mermaid are spectacular!

  19. June says:

    Love the frost dragon :)

  20. remmus26 says:

    I love that autumn leaves peg doll!!

  21. What wonderful little gnomes! Thanks for a beautiful giveaway!

  22. Jordan says:

    I loooove that angler fish! My son is obsessed with marine life and would be over the moon if he got that one :)

  23. Jennifer says:

    I am partial to the Weather Pegs, but we have the duckling from a swap and we adore it…I also like the healing doll and soooo many more including the new math gnomes ;) <3

  24. Karen says:

    The weather gnomes!!!

  25. Lindsey says:

    I love the stormy weather peg doll!

  26. Marina says:

    Oh! I was just at her shop two days ago and placed these amazing wheather gnomes in my cart! I also loved the big dragon!

  27. sheetal says:

    love the max doll!!

  28. Becca says:

    I really like the storytelling sets. Specifically the three little pigs- I’ve actually been looking at for a few weeks now waiting for some extra funds.

  29. Rachel Reeves says:

    I have actually been eyeing these very same weathet dolls!!!

  30. Marta says:

    They are all beautiful! But I think I like Sonnenschein Wetter Peg the best!

  31. Elise says:

    I love the fire breathing dragon peg dolls…

  32. Mica says:

    All the gnomes are adorable

  33. cara Houlihan says:

    Love the removable hats!

  34. Denise says:

    Love it all but dragons, seriously, oh my, needed in my little ones life, for sure
    Happy days

  35. Amanda says:

    Everything is so cute! I really like the dragons & the shooting star peg doll.

  36. Jana K. says:

    The angler fish might be my favorite, though the dragons are very awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. thanks for the chance. I love your work!

  38. Clara says:

    I love the dragon or the autumn gnome!

  39. Awesome! They are all so cute!

  40. Catherine says:

    I like the shooting star peg doll!

  41. Kim says:

    Oh my goodness, there are just wonderful. Thanks for the chance.

  42. Alissa says:

    So many cute things!

  43. SO many beautiful items! I have to say my favorite (beside’s those gnomes that is) has to be the Angler fish. If my Dad were alive he’d be chuckling!

  44. You have so many beautiful items, but my favorite is Max from Where the Wild Things Are. That is my favorite book!

  45. Chelsea W says:

    I think the angler fish and the surgeon fish are fab!

  46. Tanya says:

    I love them all. My daughter would absolutely love each and every one of them.
    The owl is very cute!

  47. Hannah says:

    These are gorgeous! Fingers crossed!

  48. Sarah Dixon says:

    I love the dragon puppets, especially the Frost Ice or Water dragon.

  49. Angie says:

    Those are absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work and your journey. It is fascinating to read how you got here, and your work is awesome.

  50. Alexis C says:

    I love the felt daffodils!

  51. solducky says:

    Lovely! The Robin peg doll is perfect for spring play too.

  52. We love the weather gnomes, so lovely :)

    Bright blessings x

  53. Krystal says:

    Beautiful!

  54. Jennifer says:

    the angler fish plush is so amusing and fun!

  55. i would like to play with bendy bunny and i also like the math dolls too neat idea xxx

    • KDotzel says:

      I like playing with the bendy bunny too. Reminds me of when I was a kid. Thank you for your kind words. Good luck!

  56. Annette says:

    gnomes :-)

  57. Omgoodness…I love her shop fish and the dragons and animals…lovely things.

  58. Lauren McDermott says:

    I love the dragon peg dolls!

  59. I really like the independence day peg doll!

  60. gina says:

    Beautiful! I want them for my Montessori classroom of 3-5 yr olds!

  61. Katie says:

    they are all so beautiful, but the Cresent/Full Moon Peg doll is very cool and unique! love this!

  62. Jessica says:

    The Fox Peg Doll is too cute!

  63. Stacy says:

    Such a great idea!

  64. Sarah says:

    That angler fish is pretty fantastic–love the dragons, too! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  65. jsg says:

    These are lovely!

  66. Leigh says:

    Mermaid and Merman peg dolls

  67. Amanda says:

    The angler fish is just amazing! My children would LOVE it :) Beautiful work.

  68. I like the Wee three little pigs and wolf peg doll playset

  69. Kate says:

    So much goodness, hard to pick a favorite! For the love of autumn, the autumn peg dolls are gorgeous! I love the weather ones so much too!

  70. katie skeoch says:

    the dragon is may favourite but they are all really good!

  71. Alana Evans says:

    Wow, very inspiring! I especially LOVE the angler fish plush and wind peg doll.

  72. Toby says:

    They are all lovely but my favorites are the weather gnomes and also my daughter would love the peacock or owl. Super cute and creative! Thank you for the opportunity!! :-)

  73. Melissa N. says:

    Love the math gnomes!

  74. Alice Megan says:

    The autumn leaves peg doll is lovely!

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