The birds have returned and are chirping outside the windows again, the garlic bulbs are poking up out of the earth. The sap buckets are filling up. Spring must be here, because it is MUDDY!
To celebrate this season of early morning serenades, waking seed babies, puddles and mudpies, the Cedar Ring mamas have put together a delightful giveaway for you. Spice up your nature table or a corner of your home with a new 36″ pastel colored playsilk from Fairy Cove Silks, whimsical 100% beeswax bird shaped candles from Big Dipper Waxworks, an egg-shaped pillar candle, and, to start off your spring crafting supply stash- a pound of pure North American beeswax. And we’re throwing in three of our favorite spring-sowing heirloom seeds, too- fence-climbing sweet peas, fun porcupine calendulas, and bright cosmos.
To enter, head on over to Cedar Ring Circle and do a little window-shopping. Whether it’s our newly added children’s rain and mud pants, Elsa Beskow books, or anything else that strikes your fancy, tell us one thing you love from our catalog in a blog comment. Want another chance? Blog or post about our giveaway on facebook and you’re entered again.
Here’s a little more about beeswax and these beautiful Big Dipper Waxworks candles. Big Dipper has sourced out high quality beeswax from US and Canadian producers and carefully creates their candles by hand in small batches. Not all beeswax is alike- and it takes special skill to keep a balance between honey content and purity in filtration. We talked to the folks at Big Dipper about how their beeswax has enough honey to retain a sweet scent, and enough filtration to produce an even, non-sooty burn. The Pacific Northwest, where the bulk of their beeswax comes from, has some of the lowest pesticide use around, resulting in a safer beeswax than many of the cheaper alternatives from other sources. Their candles burn “with a steady, healthy-sized flame that radiates a spectrum of light that matches that of the sun”. They also produce some of the most beautiful, colored beeswax candles we’ve ever seen, made with eco-friendly dyes that do not contain hazardous solvents or additives like naptha or napthalene!
Many people don’t realize that commonly used paraffin wax candles are not only non-renewably sourced (derived from petroleum products), but can actually be negative in terms of health as you breathe in their fumes. Beeswax, on the other hand, is sweet-smelling and “cleans the air” with its natural properties. Beeswax candles also produce negative ions when burning – learn more about this benefit here.
And one last thing- while they may be pricier than their synthetic wax counterparts, beeswax candles tend to have the longest burn time around. Co-op members have access to a selection of Big Dipper candles at very affordable prices. We know you’ll love them!
We’ve been busy over at Cedar Ring Circle, and you may notice our website has changed a little. We’ve begun to add select items to our new store catalog, which is open to the general public and offers free shipping on most items to 48 states (Hawaii and Alaska residents, please email for shipping rates). Some of our favorites? These rain-and-mud pants keep your child dry and warm during wet spring nature walks and outdoors play, and also protect their clothes from getting dirty (a little laundry relief!). Perfect for the nature-loving household!
And a special something for mamas with babes- the baby-wearing poncho!
Co-op members will notice the co-op section of the catalog is now sorted by manufacturer to prevent confusion, and while our prices have appeared to change, our discounts remain intact in the form of special promo codes available to members only. A few of our manufacturers have asked us to keep member discounts private, so we decided it would be best not to publish the prices we carefully worked out with them to serve the needs of budget-minded families who are trying to find a way to “do Waldorf” frugally. Our membership option has changed too- it now covers an entire year, not just six months.
Enjoy your spring equinox- and don’t forget to enter the giveaway. We leave you with a few pictures showing what we’ve been up to!
(By the way, last month the co-op did an heirloom seed order. We had to order in multiples of 5 and we have a few seeds left, which are in the store catalog at Cedar Ring Circle. We’ll send them out immediately with free shipping.)
We’ll be back soon to announce the giveaway winners on the 28th!
And the winner (generated by random.org) is:
16″ Waldorf Dolls for my 3 kids. I’ve been wanting some forever!