Goose Grease Craft: How to Dye Wooden Eggs and other Egg Ideas

March 26, 2014

Wooden Easter Eggs are back in stock! We have a great Easter Egg kit that comes with pastel paints, wooden eggs, and brushes. You can paint them with polka-dots, stripes, or solid colors.

This hand-painted set of Emotional Eggs are a great way to introduce your child to the different emotions! We designed this set for our daughter when she was two.

Alternatively, you can also purchase blank eggs and dye them with food coloring. Dying wooden eggs is just as easy (and fun) as dying fresh hard-boiled eggs. What you need:

  •  Boiling Water
  •  Some White Vinegar
  •  Many drops of food coloring
  •  Wooden eggs

Put the first three ingredients in a bowl, add the egg, and scoop it out with a spoon.  Leave it on a tray to dry. Voila!

Teach Jackson Pollock: Kids Craft

March 13, 2014

We are excited to introduce a new series of craft projects with our guest blogger, Sandra Meadows. Sandra works at the Whitney Museum and has a background in sculpture. She has a four year old son with her husband in Brooklyn and shares amazingly delicious and healthy recipes on her food blog, Meadows Cooks. You will find yummy dishes like these Single Serve Kale Frittatas, or simple Whole Wheat Rolls, and even a Mediterranean Butternut Squash and Sorghum Salad. Let the inspiration begin!

When Anna asked me to do a guest post on her blog I was so excited. I did this art lesson for my son’s Pre-K class and thought it would be perfect for the Goose Grease Shop blog. The lesson is on Jackson Pollock and I had the class make Pollock-like “paintings” with glue and yarn. It was super easy and the kids had a great time. Above is a photo of a finished Pollock painting called Autumn Rhythm: Number 30, 1950 – from the Museum of Modern Art. Showing a sample of the painter’s work will get your child going with plenty of ideas for his own work.

What you’ll need:
Heavy paper stock, like Bristol
Mod Podge or Elmer’s Glue
A thick brush
Various lengths of different colored yarn

First get all your supplies ready. You’ll want to place the yarn on the paper before the glue dries. Second, paint the entire surface of one side of paper with the glue.

Finally, place the paper on the ground and throw the yarn onto the paper, to mimic how Jackson Pollock painted, standing over his canvas. Place the painting on a flat surface until completely dry. You may need to pat the yarn down to get it to stick well. Here you can see Jackson Pollock painting Autumn Rhythm: Number 30, 1950.

Have fun learning and teaching your child about Jackson Pollock!

*All photos by Sandra Meadows of Meadows Cooks.

*Images of Jackson Pollock and his works were taken from The Art Book For Children: White Book published by Phaidon, 2005.

Peg Dolls: Our Recent Visit to Colombia, part one.

March 5, 2014

Juan is from Colombia, which is why we have reached out to the community in Bogotá for all of our doll-making needs. We were happy to complete another trip to Colombia in January, where we met with our carpenter, hired a couple new painters, and planned to have some boxes printed for our new packaging. It was quite a trip! This is the shop and the machine where our dolls are made. This machine is called a lathe, and the dolls are chiseled by hand from a wood called Urapán. This is a wood commonly used in Colombia and it is sustainably forested; for every tree used, two are planted. 

We added two new sizes to our range of child-sized dolls; the smallest sister and the smallest boy, completing our family of peg dolls.

We also brought a design for a new kid’s bus, which is now available in our shop.

Goose Grease Wooden Dolls Holiday Update

November 22, 2013

On Saturday, Nov. 23 we will be offering these Ornament Kits on sale at Brickyard Buffalo.

Between Nov.29-Dec.1, please use the coupon code THANKFUL20 for 20% off your order from our painted and unpainted Etsy shops.

We will be exhibiting at this awesome market in Brooklyn, NY on Dec.7 from 10am-5pm at PS.321, 180 7th Ave.

Beginning Dec.9, this Nativity Set and many other styles will be on sale at One Kings Lane. 

DIY Preschool Craft // Wooden Color Vocabulary Cards

September 19, 2013

We recently made this set for our four year old, and thought it was a great craft to share. What you need: 8 dominoes (or wooden pieces), paints and brushes. Simply paint a few simple, solid color images and write the color names on another domino. We chose to write the color names in black to make it a little more difficult, but you could also write the color names in the corresponding color for a younger child.

Free Shipping on our DIY Peg Doll Family Kits

September 3, 2013

Ever wondered what was inside our Family DIY Kits? This week they are for sale with FREE SHIPPING over at Brickyard Buffalo. Have fun!

Little Wooden People from Colombia

August 14, 2013

If you are visiting our page for the first time, you might not know that Goose Grease is a small company run by us, Juan and Anna, from our studio in Brooklyn. Juan is from Colombia, and as we started to get involved in painting little dolls, we began to source artisans from Colombia to help us fulfill our mission. These photos are from a recent trip over to the beautiful Bogotá. We design the shape of our dolls, and have them turned for us by carpenters from a small shop. We love visiting their shop every time we go there to see the new drums, beds, and salt shakers they are turning. And of course, our dolls. They carefully turn each doll by hand, carving it out of a piece of  sustainably forested Urapán wood, which is commonly used in Colombia. When one tree is used, two are planted. We are currently working with two local Colombian artisans who are helping us to paint our standard designs. We met with these women in our last visit and had a wonderful painting class, setting ourselves up with new projects for the year.

Raising our Prices, Raising our Standards.

July 9, 2013

To all of our faithful customers,

We want to let you know that as of Thursday, July 11, we will be raising the prices of our custom-painted, personalized dolls. Thank you all for placing your orders and sharing your feedback with us! The level of craftsmanship that goes into our custom-painted pieces has become more and more detailed and specific, and this requires from us more time to complete each order. You will be able to see our prices in our shop on Thursday. We are also happy to be introducing a new, Standard Set, which is intended for brides and grooms with a lower budget. Please keep in mind that the dolls we use for our custom and standard sets are hand-chisled on an electric lathe in Bogotá, Colombia. Each doll takes about 3-5 minutes to turn. We pay our carpenter a price per piece that is fairly and jointly agreed upon. Thanks again for your support!

The Family By Nature // Goose Grease Little Wooden People

June 28, 2013

We have added a new wooden doll family to the shop. The Family By Nature is an eco-friendly toy, the perfect addition to your child’s wooden toy collection! These wooden peg dolls are hand-turned in Bogotá, Colombia.

Goose Grease Family for Kourtney Kardashian.

April 20, 2013

A family we did for Kourtney Kardashian. See her instagram post here and feel free to comment @goosegreaseshop. It was delivered to her via Oliver and Adelaide!