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Ostheimer wooden figures - items retired in 2016-2018

Posted by Lisa Di Lorenzo on

This is list of discontinued items that was published directly from Ostheimer in 2018. "Please note: These items are - after sale of remainders - permanently removed from the program: 10621 Yorkshire10811 Tournament Rider10812 rider10813 Rider Girl 11026 calf lying brown11046 calf lying black11111 Black horse1151 mole13141 cock dark13142 chicken lying dark13143 chicken turned dark16440 ladybug17151 vulture20104 Tiger playing small20785 Gorilla standing20786 Gorilla sitting22702 Canada Goose's neck long23001 sea animals set 4 pcs.23003 starfish23004 Seahorses23005 shell23710 Tree trunk for vulture 2 pcs. 2570 Pied Piper 27910 nobleman with sword long 27930 jester3040 Maple colourful with prop3050 birch group33895 Spring leaf42100...

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Holztiger production 2021

Posted by Lisa Di Lorenzo on

The following list continues to be deemed non-high-priority (as in 2020) so Germany can focus their resources on producing other high-priority items.  As such, production of these non-high-priority items is suspended for the remainder of 2021.  These items have not been removed permanently from the catalogue, they are still expected to make a comeback eventually. List of Holztiger items deemed non-high-priority (as of Jan 5, 2021): 80000 Holztiger Bull, black80004 Holztiger Calf, grazing, black80032 Holztiger Horse, running, light brown80053 Holztiger Cat, small, black80054 Holztiger Cat, running80060 Holztiger Husky80063 Holztiger Dalmation, standing, small80084 Holztiger Goldfish80098 Holztiger Hare, standing80112 Holztiger Peacock80113 Holztiger Eagle80115...

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Why we reach for Stockmar crayons

Posted by Lisa Di Lorenzo on

    photo credit: Stockmar.de   In Stockmar's Words: Why Stockmar Wax Crayons contain 10% beeswax – no more and no less. Stockmar wax crayons contain 10% natural beeswax, which provides the right degree of transparency and gives off a pleasant beeswax scent.  In addition, the essential oils in beeswax have a preserving effect, enabling us to completely abstain from using preservatives in our wax crayons.  A proportion of beeswax in wax crayons that is appreciably higher than 10% would have a negative impact on colouring quality.  Too little colour would be produced and the actual colour of the beeswax...

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Grimm's Marble Runs 101

Posted by Lisa Di Lorenzo on

Guest post by BuildingWithRainbows I don’t always have the emotional energy left at the end of the day for small world play, but building a marble run is always relaxing for me (and the kids (ages 4/7) normally want to take over before I get very far).  I’ll usually stick around as the support crew, keeping things lined up and stably stacked, but for the most part, once the first few ramps are in place, they’re off and running with it.  I started this one simply enough…and was very heavily embellished by the time the kids were done—but it still worked! ...

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We sell the things.

Posted by Lisa Di Lorenzo on

[photo credit: Monica Storey Photography] We sell the things. We sell the pretty things. We sell the things that we think contribute to a more harmonious household and family life. We sell the things that we believe are sustainable in more than one sense of the word, including in an all-important sense of ecological sustainability.   Things that will decompose one day without detrimental effects to the soil, water, or air, or life they support, including our own species.   Things that have had some thought put into justifying their existence, and the energy that's gone into making them. We sell the things...

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