we discovered waldorf when our eldest (now almost 10), was 6...
so many things drew me to this philosophy. the simplicity, the respect of children & their play, the rhythm, the inclusion of nature & art as necessary elements of their schooling, the natural materials & playthings...but also the festivals & traditions.
i have always envied other cultures 7 their traditions & festivals...waldorf gave me an outlet to invite these into our home. there are so many festivals, it can seem overwhelming to a person new to this philosophy. we have slowly been adding various celebrations each year, but there are still many that i have yet to explore.
one though, that called to me from the beginning, was the birthday ring...and with the birth of our fourth child, i decided it was time.
you can buy ready made birthday rings & sets, but none of the ones i found online "spoke" to me, so i have one made custom (from etsy :).
the ring itself is a from jalutoys & our gnomes & fairies were handmade by rene of rjabinnik. i had him leave them natural so that i could personalize them myself with watercolors.
we absolutely love it!...thank you both!