Friday, November 18, 2016

Time to Plant Bulbs for Winter Blooms!

A few minutes now will make days of fragrant wonder
 as we get deeper into Winter!

This is a recycled pot from Summer plantings, I saved it because I thought
it would be great for pre-chilled Paper Whites in Winter.
Bulbs for forcing on commonly available now, such hardware stores, and even grocery stores. Amaryllis is another popular bulb to grow. The Paper  Whites will need about 6 weeks to grow and bloom. The is nothing like fragrant, fresh white flowers blooming in the depth of Winter, in the house:-)



To do this simple project you need healthy Narcissus bulbs (there are other
bulbs that can be used if they have prepared for "forcing" by chilling for 12 weeks  or so before planting).  You need bulb medium or fine peat moss, seed starter soil will do..or you can actually just use gravel. If you use a soil medium you can replant the bulbs outside and eventually they will bloom. The reason you do not use regular potting soil is that the bulb will be nourished and put energy into growing tall leaves instead of big flowers!.  The miracle of the bulb is that
Mother Nature has everything the plant needs to grow and bloom , in the bulb. It is  pretty amazing! So bulbs, growing medium, a suitable pot and moss to put on top to help hold moisture.  When you start, the growing medium should moist, but not really wet. Fill your container two thirds full, pat down to make it firm.
As roots grow it will push the bulbs upward, so you want to a container deep enough to allow this.

Now you are ready to position bulbs. Placing dried roots downward, place the bulbs evenly spaced, not touching each other or the sides of the pot. Press down firmly so they hold their position.

Now cover the bulbs up to where they start to curve inward to the top. Just over the shoulder. If you have used a container with drain holes, be sure  you have it in a drip tray, and water regularly to keep soil medium nice and moist. If your container does not have holes, be careful about watering so as not to over water.
Bulbs best like bright light and cooler air, so a window is sometimes perfect. If your setting is less than perfect, you can grow and bloom them somewhere else and then place them in the perfect place once they are ready to bloom.
Soon the the leaf buds will be peeping up!
These are the blooms of Paper Whites. I will add progress shots of mine and eventually replace this picture with what I have planted today.
Have fun!












Gnome boatman tutorial will soon be done!

Here are sneak peeks :-)


  Bendy Wee folk made with florist wire, wool roving, bits of silk and seed pod hats. The boats are milkweed seedpods and seats are hazelnut husks.

 




These are the materials for the Gnomes and Wee folk, which I will detail in the tutorial coming soon.

This is a little larger size Wee Elf, made the same way but larger than the little ones. The Tutorial will have instructions for the making the boats and Wee folk.
These can ornaments , hang from a ceiling wreath or make a garland.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

AUTUMN UPDATE!

My kitchen table at the end of October!
Making a lot of birdhouse right now as people love them for Holiday gifts:-)

   Little Maple trees out doing themselves with Autumn beauty this year~ and pumpkins from the garden :-)

So fun to be making things with wool again, projects I do inside with wintery weather!

The little Maple trees are outdoing themselves in the yard this Autumn! The colors are ever cheerful. A few flowers persist in blooming , we have had rain but not snow and only light freezing but I have moved everything, including the Fairy garden, into my small green house.

This little guy , who seems to be called Bodin, was an outcome of the cold rainy weather and indoor work commenced. It was so wonderful to get all my wool bits out!
This is one of my functional birdhouses, the bottoms come off for cleaning and the holes are the right size for common songbirds

I have been making these for various windfall woods for 30 years, this is Aspen.
The birds love them and move right in!

 This is a little Wee Friend set, for a friend, a night stand or the Nature table Autumn Gnome!



Friday, September 23, 2016

HAPPY AUTUMN EQUIOX TO ALL!


 It is time to find our gathering baskets and favorite soup recipes! My day was greeted with rain I built the first fire of the season!

My favorite time of year! "visions of  pumpkins and persimmons in my mind" :-)
Wee folk camping in their tiny homes in their Autumn woods!


  Acorn caps of all kinds for wee folk hats,  bowls and cups and always nice in garlands and decorations of the season!


  Gum nuts I use for for mail pouches on houses, food and dishes and porch          lights , I just love them!

Cones of all kinds are always a great joy, especially for the holiday decor.. tiny rosehips that grow wild are wonderful for decoration, displays and wee folk fare..


            Tomten and Fox are getting ready for the changing of Season!
And have found a cozy home at Willodel!

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Fine time for a Camp out in the woods!

  Seasonal Travels


Most of what I make is done by inspiration of the wood.
The wood always has something it tells me and maybe even something it always wanted to be!
When I found this peice of wood, broken on one side, I imagined what it might be with
the flattened underside and another Gypsy wagon was born.

The selection and twigs and roots and sticks is always a treasure hunt of Nature's offerings~ things that have blown to the ground in a stormy wind or washed ashore in the lapping little waves of the lakes and creeks.  Something with a little curve, a little lilt and a little song of the woods that speaks to me. We imagine the adventures in the woods with our friends!

Stairs are handy, as are camp tables and tree trunk stools and a jolly camp fire for singing around and sitting under the moon

Pieces to this set, now only needing the little trail, by rabbit holes and squirrel paths and song birds stories and calls through a woodland meadow with ferns and forget-me-nots

And then came Tiny Houses, just as useful for travelers and wee folk











Friday, July 8, 2016

In the Spirit of Summer Solstice

Summer means many things to many people. We all have our own nostalgia of it. 
For me it meant being out of doors, camping and embracing the wealth and beauty of the natural world around me.  Long days were spent in fields of tall soft grass, wild willow groves, small babbling creeks with waterdogs and frogs, surrounded my Maiden Hair fern, wild ginger and sorrel.
Building little houses with sticks, pebbles and mud and also making out door bakeries filled with pine cone delight and fir needle muffins!  In this spirit I imagine the fun of Wee Folk and all, enjoying their out of doors time. I loved making flags and capes and my wild horse was always named "North Wind"!
In this spirit, here is Camp Greenleaf!


A bonfire, a camp table, a place for good and a look out!


  The soft hand dyed wool leaves are for resting on and seeing the starry night

The backs also have nice doors in the spirit of the woodland and there is a log foot bridge to practice log walking!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer Begins at Willodel

  A lovely Solstice this year, full of gentle sunshine, blooming flowers and contentment.
Work in the shop seems to be leaning towards Summer activities of being out of  doors,
garden projects , camp outs and a little travel~
As I have been in the shop working on things, a little voice kept saying that Little Fox wanted
to be part of a house and finally I have answered this call....

He has invited all his friends over for a bon fire and good eats!












Little Fox has been around Willodel for a good while, of the sweetest foxes you would ever care to know!



Friend of the Tomten!

Helping us organize the house!



Helping Wee Folk with Autumn harvest







Dear little furry friends indeed!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

More things for Spring where flowers abound!

Another Gypsy Wagon Appears from the Wood!


It has been a long while, but the time finally came:-) for someone who has patiently waited all this while.
It was decided that this cart would be pulled by a friendly golden red bear!


With the cart and Bear comes a table and chair for Wild teas and a nice wagon seat and bedroll
As you can see my close wee friend Leif, loves the bear as does little Trilby

The cart is made from wild Willow wood and the bear , Bass wood. 


The back has a removable half door.

This set is full of the magic found in Woodland places with little meadows filled with buttercups, wild iris and lilies...if you listen close you hear the robins sing and the creek talk and the trees sway in the breeze:-)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Joy of Spring

As Spring has opened her glorious arms to us, my work has been inspired to make new and fun things!


Walks by the lake offer driftwood roots for Awnings and shelters!  A lovel Spring Mushroom home with a Pergola!


A lovely meeting place for Summer gatherings and Wee folk comradery!

And even a Wee Fairy house  has a lovely Summer addetion on it for wild Violet tea and berries:-) 



What seems to appear with Spring are the lovely green roofs!  This is the last little house made from the large Pine root that  I came upon that washed ashore after a storm at the lake. The houses made from this root have all had a specil glow about them~


A little Pine Sprite dwells here and the wee room on the side has a little back door too..