well, i'm not sure how it happened...but somehow i just now, as of yesterday, discovered soulemama's ostheimer flickr group. i have no idea how i've missed this up until now? but i guess it doesn't really matter. at least, i've found it. and let me just say...i plan on being a top contributor. if you didn't know this about me already, i am a huge ostheimer fan. and have been collecting these beautiful german-made wooden toys for over 20 years now. that's right. 20 years. and i'm still adding new treasures every christmas, every birthday, and many other special occasions. these ostheimer toys are, by and large, the most quintessential waldorf toys made. and i'll venture to say they can be found in every single waldorf school across the globe. each figure is carefully and lovingly crafted and painted by hand. each an individual work of art. and the lovely ostheimer family have owned and operated their family business in germany for more than 50 years now. speaking to just how great their commitment is, here is a wonderful quote from their catalog: 'our hand-crafted wooden toys are invented and created out of love for the children, because we realize that children have individual needs to develop themselves and that they need beauty and purity. our materials, colour, design and the manufacturing by hand take into account these realizations.' no doubt i'm a devoted supporter of their efforts, their cause and their beautiful toys. so you've been warned. many, many more ostheimer pictures to come!
red riding hood, the hunter and the wolf
handheld musicbox ~ 'weisst du wieviel sternlein'
elves and foxes
yours in devoted ostheimer love,