excitement building…….

At home reflecting on the morning at dollmaking where there was lots of activity, people coming and going, fixing machines, talking about patterns, looking at new babies, and realising that that community feeding would be happening all weekend at the retreat – yum!

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The 2016 Winter Retreat

Is it Winter already?

IT IS” cry the Elves

It’s time to get social.

We get cold by ourselves”

Before the ice creeps into your bones

and the frost gets cheeky and nips your toes

Hurry over to join us – the kettle is on,

We’ll be friendly and cosy all day long.

Learn how to make a toy for your child,

make some new friends and be beguiled

by our Midnight Elves Winter Retreat.

We know you’re all out there and we’re longing to meet!

On Friday 17th from 5pm, all day Saturday 18th and until 4pm Sunday 19th June.

Please come and learn some skills,or use your existing ones and help us make toys!

On Saturday morning from 10.30am there will be a mini workshop teaching you how to make a simple gnome. Bring food suitable to the length of your stay – children welcome but no childcare provided.

Venue: Maren and Tristan’s house, no. 18, Riverside Community

Ring Monni 03 5278 290

Or Sarah 03 5288 122

If you need directions

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The new “view” button

The Midnight Elves are part of the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School Trust. The Trust is currently raising money for our new campus. As a private school we receive a little support from the Ministry of Education which we use for our current school, along with fees and donations. We have purchased a farm, with a very generous donation, and are currently working towards building an eco-school.

Check out our website http://www.motuekasteinerschool.nz/our-new-home/

and if you feel inclined donate and/or sign up for e-news.

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Autumn Fair 2016

The Autumn Fair at the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School went off really well – it was a gorgeous sunny autumn day.Check out the photos on the link below.

The Midnight Elves did even more stitching after the Autumn Retreat. Here is a new kind of  Fairy being made.

Makings of a Fairy

 and here are how they  look when dressed

rainbowfairypink fairyblue fairy

Here are a new style of mobiles – cute!

leafman leafladybird

We have also consciously been making boy toys, inspired by Taleworld:

IMG_0190knight & horse


the one that I liked the best was the Viking


and once again the room looked beautiful





and lastly these were quite popular……




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The Autumn Fair 2016 – “Where dragons come alive”

Autumn Fairies are working hard so the school and school ground can be transformed into a medieval fair ground soon.
Delicious foods and preserves are being prepared for the market. The midnight Elves are stitching the night away, making the most attractive toys.
Games, challenges and crafts are waiting for the finishing touch.
And entertainers and performers can’t wait to share with us their skills and talent.
School children will play their instruments. There will be dance performances from the Philippines and Easter Island. We will be amazed by a magic show. Stephen and Florian will be singing their songs. Golden Bay’s Mudwood and our local Lemongrass will enchant us with their magical music.
It’s going to be a wonderful day at the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School Autumn Fair!


Sunday 10 April 2016 10am – 4pm

Motueka Rudolf Steiner School, 480 High St, Motueka.

or click the link above right.

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Autumn Retreat 2016

The fruits of our efforts on this past Dollmakers retreat weekend A big thank you to all the elves who came and helped


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Autumn 2016 Dollmaking Retreat




Calling all Midnight Elves!  And for anyone wishing to become a Midnight Elf….

Come join us at our dollmaking retreat weekend THIS weekend.

91 Trewavas Street, Motueka

Friday, 11 March from 5pm onwards

Saturday 12, March from 10 am – 4 pm

Sunday 13, March from 10 am – 4 pm

Bring food to share!  Bring your creativity!  Bring your good will!





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Summer Retreat

First Dollmaking weekend of the year – 11, 12 & 13th of March 2016. Starting Friday evening, all day Saturday, Movie Saturday night and then Sunday until about 4pm.
Pop it in your Diary – location to be decided. We will be working on items for Autumn Fair – dragons, mushrooms, St. Michael, harvest vegetables, leaf fairies, farm yard animals and craft kits. Come for a cuppa and a natter, or learn a new skill, or connect and enjoy. Details coming later.

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The start of a New Year

The Elves having been on holiday, enjoying sunny skies, torrential rain, sandy beaches, cold rivers, extended book reading and a bit of a rest.
The shelves are in need of new dragons and unicorns, knights and horses, pigs and sheep and more of our magical dolls.
The first session for 2016 starts on Wednesday 10th February, at the Dollmakers Room in Wallace Street. 10am to 1.30pm Come and learn a new skill, chat over coffee, join in the sharing and nurturing that underpins our group – oh and the laughter too!_OWP9262

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Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth


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