Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Windy and Foggy, Dolls and Origami

Lately, I've been on an an origami bend. I stay up late at night folding butterflies to make these cheerful color garlands. I also like reading the blogs of other artists and recently connected with Australian feltist, Trudi from Me and Ewe. She's stayed in a teepee too.

Trudi has a little shop where she sells this Waldorf bead doll kit. You can make your own dolls! I think they're the cutest.

So, when I came across this book at our library last week, everything seemed to fall into place. Windy by Robin Mitchell and Judith Steedman is done with photo tableaux and contains both Waldorf dolls and origami. Just look at those adorable origami chickens and that's Windy flying her kite above the colorful cut-out paper trees. It's the sweet story of a little girl who lives beneath a tree. She loves to fly her big blue kite, but when the wind blows it away she sets out on an adventure to find it. You'll be surprised at where it finally appears.
I did a little googling and found out that Windy has her own blog here and is also on facebook, where she gives away prizes and free coloring pages to download and print
It just so happens that Canadian authors/artists, Robin Mitchell and Judith Steedman just had a book launch on March 20th at Collage, Collage. Foggy is the fourth book in the Windy series and it looks to be just as incredibly adorable. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!


  1. This does look lovely! And I can imagine lots of kids (and their grown ups!) will be inspired to make similar scenes when they read Windy.

  2. Everyone Knows it's Windy!!! La La La
    super cute kid's stories.

  3. Thank-you! That's a good tip about the Waldorf doll kit. We are collecting ways for children to make their own dolls (since this is a common request from readers). It so happens we have a post on origami for Easter: bunnies.

    We love seeing readers' own photo stories and Windy-based projects. Please feel welcome to bring them by our blog for our gallery.

  4. Yay!Robin and Judith!!! I like the origami bunnies post on the Windy blog and I really, really love those paper kites!! I think I will make a papier mache cloud and hang some kites like yours from it in the kids room :)
    I do love that song too, Nancy!
    Happy Spring Break, Happy Easter and Happy Passover everyone.

  5. Please send us a picture if you make it. We'd love to see it.


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