Dear Christine, I just wanted to write you a quick note to say thank you for your wonderful web site and your great December 31st sale! I have coveted the large set of Heartwood Arts blocks ever since I saw a collection of " small stumps" at my daughter's Waldorf preschool in 2004, but never thought that I would be lucky enough to have my own set. Thank you so much for your sale! When we opened the box, we were absolutely amazed, each block was a work of art, and each piece was more lovely than the next. All of my children (ages three to ten) have been playing with them non-stop since they arrived. They are easily the best and most beautiful toy that we have ever purchased. We have some more birthdays coming up, and the only presents requested were some more pieces for our set, so we will be shopping with you again soon.
Thank you so much, and best wishes for 2011!
Gillian Goodwin and family (Amanda, Sydney and Tiny Michael)
Dear Gillian, Thank you soooo much for telling me! You do not know how much it helps us to carry on with our work and often hard labor and long hours! We do love our work, but such feed back is nourishment for our soul and confirms that we are doing the right thing. Often I am plagued with thoughts of also generating stuff and ask people to buy it. You know this materialistic aspect we all are so involved in. So silly...... I will also pass your letter on to Bill. So thanks again! Christine
Dear Christine, Thank you so much for the lovely note! You are more than welcome to use my letter on your testimonial page. Never worry that you are generating "more stuff." Every toy that you and Bill create is a work of art, and we (and I suspect everyone else who purchases them) see them as treasures to be saved for future generations. (Really!) Even my husband, who has no appreciation for anything Waldorf, was impressed with the beauty of the block set, and how the children played with it. So, once again, a thousand thank yous to you both. I shall keep my fingers crossed that The Puppenstube and Heartwood Arts will have many more happy and productive years ahead, and I will be adding to our collection very soon.
Gillian, Amanda, Sydney, Tiny Michael and Big Michael, Chester Springs,PA
I'm not sure Christine would remember me, but I was the one who grabbed several things to chose from while everyone else was trying to buy too. I always saved up for the event (in Ann Arbor) but every year she had more dear things than I could afford. So I hung around choosing, feeling that I was leaving a child behind when I had to put something back. No picture could do justice to how absolutely special each one is. There were always several tables of hand-workers in the rooms, but I've never found any others that have her sensitivity. Even the way some of them sat in your hands was endearing.
I'm not one that is attracted to "cute", so its not that. It is something that I never tire of. One of her Gnomes, just the right color for my life, sits in a spot that I pass several times a day for almost 10 years.
I also bought some of the wooden figures. Three of the billy goats act out the billy goats gruff story with my grand children. Perfect!! I take the fox with me, in my pocket, when I have to go to a boring meeting. Its so smooth to feel and enchanting if I spot a child to share it with for a minute. I feel so lucky that I met Christine when I could afford to get all these things. I'll have to put them in my will.
-Juanita Cervenak, MI 2008
I've been an admirer of Christine Schreier's handmade dolls for over eight years. While there are many of these dolls that are well-crafted by talented people, Christine's dolls seem to have a life of their own that is endearing. It's kind of like a song that you can really hear and take inside forever or a painting that opens the windows deep within the heart. That's how Christine's dolls are. I buy them for my nieces, too, because I want them to have dollies they never grow tired of.
-Kate Poss, WA 2010
Thank you! It's so beautiful! And my son has literally not put the horse down since it came in the mail yesterday afternoon. This is definitely the start of a collection!!
-Shannon Scott, MN
It was so good to come across your website and so uplifting!
I used to be the store manager at Juniper Tree Waldorf Store at the Austin Waldorf School and on many occasion had the privilege of selling your dolls. I also have a few here at home.
Now that I am no longer at the store, I have picked up my knitting needles again and dusted off the sewing machine to nurture the creative side of me that has been neglected for so long.
Your work is beautiful and such an inspiration.
Best wishes for the future,
I have received your packet today. That was really quick! I am very,very pleased. Our "forest" currently has a mixture of Buntspechte and other figures, and needless to tell you, the Buntspechte pieces really stand out. The craftsmanship is far more superior, and they provide a beautiful serenity to the forest scene. My sons and I are very happy (my younger son loves the mouse, I love the apple tree).
Thanks so much for introducing Buntspechte to us, and I will contact you again soon for some more trees and creatures.
Hitomi, New York
just perusing the fall issue of Living Craft - fun to see your gnomes, then decided to 'surf' your website. oh lovely!
I first started buying the flax-lavender dolls when my now-college aged-daughter was very young; she has quite a collection now. I recall one year when she was still young and counting on the tradition of another one coming in her stocking and you weren't at the Ukiah crafts fair. Panic! I had made heads before, but not often (and not with ease) and it was so hard getting one small enough, and making a body in proportion ... I was able to get velour from a quilt-artist friend, and worked when she slept...
At any rate, she has a large collection now(still displayed on her dresser), as the tradition continued for a long time (even after I swore to stop - there was always one doll that just was 'perfect' and had to go home with me). So just a thanks for being part of the magic!
(I counted after writing to you - she has 8 with at least one she says "disappeared". unless another one went off to college, not sure)