Sunday, March 12, 2017

Whispers of Springs Turn to Songs in the Breeze!

Spring Activities on the Rise!


Wee Folk and Forest Friends are gathering to go into the Woodlands & spread
useful plant seeds! It is Little Rabbits first time!


The extra Big Daffodil House is a natural gathering place as The Willodel
Wren can tell you~


And at the edge of the meadow The Acorn Cafe has put it's tables out and is serving Lemon grass tea and Elderberry Pie!

Two of the Spring Gnomes are showing Little Rabbit a cozy little meadow spot for him to eat and rest~

Friday, February 17, 2017

Waiting for Spring while the rain still come..making a little indoor fun!


My little indoor stage and backdrop, giving place for adventurers of Gnome Boatmen!


Gnome boatmen are made from florist wire covered in yard and wool with a bead head, an acorn cap and silk tunic:-) 



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WHISPERS OF SPRING!

Whispers of Spring ~ Willodel's  Snowdrop House & Gnome
With it's soft sky blue roof and Snowdrops on the door, this little cottage has the feeling of 
a gentle Spring breeze & early morning songbirds singing~
Little Snowdrop gnome has invited friends for woodland tea

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Willodel Travels the World!

I have long wanted to get my world map onto my big studio bulletin board and on a snowy day..finally did.  Since I opened my online store in 2010 , I have sent over 1300 houses to new homes , some traveling very far!  In the years before the internet shop, I traveled to many art fairs in the Pacific Northwest to the Rocky Mountains, selling thousands of houses. My children all helped !


The Willodel family of friends is very large and the most wonderful kind of people you would want to know. Thank you to everyone that has supported Willodel and made my life so fulfilling!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

January Snow and January Projects

The time of Winter in the Mountains

Living in the Pacific Northwest, Winters can bring a lot of snow and  days spent mostly indoors, not to far from the fire. When the sun comes out for bit, I take to walking the lake shores and looking for twisty roots and nice sticks.
Pretty Moss, flourishes in the winter, here along the shore and also deep in the
conifer forests just behind this Alder grove. 
A troop of Spring gnomes is being  coming for what is just around the corner!
A Tomten and Fox set is also coming to life in the little workshop!



This is a house I am making which is made from a large Pine root I found along the shore, it was about 4 " in diameter and 5 feet long. I have made several houses already, but this one is the last. I consider this very special wood indeed!
The small pieces on the front, the railings and roof supports are all small Pine roots. It is almost done, but I have the doors to decorate still and I am making a pine root gnome for it.

The finished Pine Root house and a wee Pinecone Gnome too..


This is a large Amanita mushroom that I found in the Alder forest. These come in a wide range from bright red, to orange, yellow and white. it was exciting to find these , a forest full of them! This was atleast 9" across too.

So as you might know, mushroom houses have been something fun that I enjoy making and finds such as this inspire me all the more...


 
This is fun and also large house I have just finished .

Another project I did this month that was fun was covering a tea box with  birch bark paper. A tree down the road regularly has large bit of peeling bark, which I sometimes carefully pull off and use for something special.

This is the finished box~ I had a rubber stamp of a hedgehog I put on it, but colored it in. I used two buttons and silk ribbon to close it.  I will make al little tutorial of this project soon.



I placed the box on pieces of the birch and just made patterns on the spot. I used the glue I use on my wood things and everything really, Weldbond.
It is made in Canada and non-toxic.


Along with shoveling lots of snow, I have managed to keep a thread of work going , with the projects above and a couple other little houses. 
I look forward to next month when there will be less rain and snow! Before we know it Spring will be here, as all the while things are growing and moving beneath the snow , in the warm earth.

This house comes with a Pine cone baby!



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Busy in the workshop~This

 The Weeks before Christmas find me busy in the wood shop!



A little scene with my last two orders, a Birch Wagon and a Birdhouse



Keeping Flowers in the Winter months is cheerful and inspiring!


This nice large home with lots of character has a nice new little Sparrow Kitchen!



One more Fairy Chateau !
Friendly little Hedgie for bedside books:-)
Friendly little Fox for bedside books !
My first Willodel Shelf !


Friday, November 18, 2016

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!