Friday, July 13, 2018

Little Willodel Wren Bedside Bookstand

This Willodel Wren bookstand was a custom order I just did.
It is about 9" x 9.5"  and is hand painted on Pine wood

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Willodel Red Clover Cottage

Celebrating our love for Red Clover

For sale in my Etsy shop now!

The clover has a lovely wee bumble bee on it too!
 a favorite and healthful tea throughout history!

Blue Fairy & Willodel Wren share tea!

Sunday, June 17, 2018


Wee Folk gather from Hither & Yon~
Its time to sing & dance on a Fairy lawn!

Why we love Fairy Gardens!

Friends arrive from far & near, from forest & glens with all that is dear!

 A fire  made for the silvery moon & dancing to fiddles & silver spoons

 Come one , come all & be with us  here~we shall eat & sing & be glad for
for friends & family dear

Thursday, June 14, 2018


Just in time for Summer Excursions!
Come one , Come All it's time for fun
in the Woodlands & Summer Sun!

The side box lids come off for stowing away supplies!

There are stairs for the back gate and the roof is a beautiful display of willow branches!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Woodland Spring Mushroom Home Appears!

The Many Spring Rains have made a lovel 
Spring Mushroom home appear!
Link to Buy!

Willodel Wren has been invited for Comfrey Tea!

Ithere is a room for storing herbs too!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Willodel Borage Cottage is done!

The Willodel Borage Cottage &
Starflower Healing Gnome
(Starflower is a common name for Borage!)

This cottage has a new color stain on the roof, a nice rich woodland green!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

In Spring we help Our Garden Friends the Birds!

 It is important to help our garden friends the birds by putting out properly designed nesting boxes/houses!  Many of the common songbirds in our yards and around our homes are "cavity dwelling" birds and finding hollow trees is harder & harder!  I make bird neighborhoods! Most species will chase off birds of their own species but ignore birds of other kinds close by.

Songbird house with proper hole size for a variety of common birds, proper inside nesting space & distance from floor to hole. This has a cedar roof and the bottom comes for cleaning. It is weather sealed with natural linseed oil and should be resealed as needed. (This house just sold on Etsy, but I will be making more!)

The is an acorn Wren house, everything scaled down for our smaller feathered friends!

this is one of my bird neighborhoods!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Real Log Home with Little Wolf and Woodland Gnome


This beautiful set is a hand made, one-of-a -kind creation ! It is made from natural
materials and sealed with beeswax & linseed oil. The house is about 9.75" long,  8.75" high, including handle and 6.25 wide. The indoor height is about 4.5" .
The set includes the house, the little wolf (made from sugar pine) and the sturdy Gnome( made from a very hard sequoia cone and acorn cap hat)
The house has felt on the bottom .
The set is $132. 00  plus shipping.

Back view

Side View

Please feel free to inquire about anything!

Monday, April 9, 2018

In Woodland Meadow as Winter turns to Spring~

~The Elderberry Cottage Cafe has opened its doors to the Call of Spring
In a Woodland Meadow fair~

Elderberry gnome is glad to bring elderberry tarts to friends and travelers who gladly stop by!  Leif is serving ice peppermint tea:-)

There are plenty of tables to go around~

Little Elderberry has a nice kitchen and side room to work complete with
an indoor grill~

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Wild Peony Cottage and Gnome~

The Delicate and Illusive Wild Peony (paeonia brownii)
 has found a lovely home to call her own!

The cottage has a redwood handshaped roof and handpainted doors in front and back. It is 10.5" tall and 11.5" wideWillodel Facebook post

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Let us be glad ! 
 I know many still have snow and rain around, 
but we can start thinking about the ground !
Please remember the Fairy Garden Tutorial on my site!In my studio window I have daffodils, bulbs planted for little winter garden, but blooming at just the right time~

The Pasque Flower Cottage is celebrating with it's Gnome bring the gentle spirit
of thisl lovely flower into a special home.

More botanical Cottages are on the way!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

POSTCARD SET 1 ready to sell

First Willodel Card Set Ready!

There are 8 post cards including the content card in each package. The post cards are on heavy card stock(16pt) & great for a variety of uses ~ bringing
gladness where ever they are found!

The first batch of cards arrived on March 1st! Everyone was pleased:-)

 Each bag for set one has all these cards in it!

The set of 4x6 post cards is $14.00~with postage included.
You can buy them with the PayPal button at the top of the left column.
There will be 7 more themed based sets ( Mushroom houses, Caravans & Carts., Fairy Houses,  Useful plants ..etc)
A second buying option, for $2.00 more includes envelopes made of recycled

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Willodel Violet House & Gnome
Just in time for Spring!

Violet Tea for wrens and friends!

In the corner of the yard a mound if violets were blooming ~in the cold and snow of February they
raised their heads to the sky! So the first house will be the Sweet Violet house!
Thank you for your patience and waiting  for things to begin again! 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Willodel Press is Forming!

The Beginnings of Willodel Press!

For a long time I have wanted to develop the addition of more  Wee Folk inspired artwork to my Willodel Shop. I have begun a series of post card sets.

  These are two cards from the Useful Plant set, Comfrey and Echinacea.
They will be printed on heavy card start and be 4x6. The backs will be plain 
and envelopes can be included by request.

This card will be in the "Willodel Caravans Set" as well as the 
"Fairy Garden Set"

The "Gnome is not Home set" will be in a variety pack set.

Here are more samples layed out for printing!
I am also working on more seasonal backdrops and cards.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Loving the Autumn

Encouraging indoor projects !

In September I began collecting things from Winter yard preparation, such as cutting back my Virginia Creeper vines and  trimming back poppies and rose.
I have always favored Virginia Creeper vines as they are so flexible, long and easy to work with. When first trimmed and still green I form a circle and then
twist added vines around the basic circle and then let lay flat while it cures. It is fairly easy to get a nice pleasing circular shape. I do not use glue or wire, sometimes I have used raffia to wrap and tie things on. As leaves fall I collect the colors I like and let them dry on the table, I rather like them curled and do not usually flatten them, but when I do want a flat one, I put them between pages of the phone book and just them sit a few days.
The above wreath is nice for Autumn and as it turns to winter I will add some evergreen boughs around the outside and maybe add a few pine cones.
After the season is over it also possible to save the wreath itself if desired . Another version of this is one made with all the cutting back in the herb garden, with lavendar leaves and flowers, rosemary , thyme , oregano etc. This one smells lovely.

Part of my Autumn traditions involve planting bulbs that will bloom for the Holidays, bringing fresh flowers into the house in deep Winter. This is a very lovely, especially if there is fragrance involved. This lily just amazed me and has all this bloom from one bulb and it only took 5 weeks! 
Here I am making Pomanders, a tradition many of us have done and especially nice for children because of the simplicity and the fragrances. Using a fondue stick, or metal screwer or fork makes it much easier and faster as sometimes the oranges are tough skinned or very soft. Tangerines can be done and kumquats too.  They can also be dusted with cinnamon for added fragrance. Buying cloves in bulk is much  this project more affordable.
I will post pictures of the finished ones:-)
I work on these now in the early mornings as it is a bit cold to go out and have a nice hot cuppa while I work.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cottages and Gnomes for useful plants we Love!

Healing Cottages and their Gnomes!

Scarlet Pimpernel House
  Scarlet Pimpernel, a lovely little orange flower, sometimes also found with
a blue flower.... is common along roadsides and meadows, growing a bit like
a ground cover. The flowers are tiny and have tinges of dark purple/red. I have always loved this plant and was so deligted to find in days gone by it was highly revered as a healing plant, it would "chase troubles away" and lighten the mood, somewhat like St. Johns Wort(Hypericum) The fun thing to do is to research this plant yourself and be delighted at the finds!

In the back~ another wee door for the storing room:-)

 The lovely Chamomile Cottage! A relaxing and calming plant, helping sooth little ones and tummies all around.  One of the most loved and useful wild plants we have.

  The Sweet Violet Cottage~  The fragrance of the tiny deep purple little flowers carpeting the forest floor , playing amongst the Forget-me-nots~ is a cherished childhood memory. The fragrance alone is a great aromatherapy!  I toss the blossoms in my Spring Salads and the dried leaves and flowers make a restorative tea, antiseptic by nature. Candied flowers were a victorian treat:-)

The Windflower Cottage (Pulsitilla Occidentalis)  A wonderful homeopathic remedy 
The Calendula Cottage (Winter Marigold) One of the most versatile and useful plants of all!
I make soap and healing salve out of the fresh flowers and leaves every summer:-

The lovely Starflower Cottage! ( Boarage)
Borago offiinalis

Not only does this botanical bring use healing , but leafy food for soupls, stews and on their own. The use of this plant goes back hundreds of years and the flowers can be tossed in salads and tea used for cheer!

I will continue to add these houses, honoring the gifts Nature has given us for our well being:-)

Willodel Echinacea Cottage ( Purple Coneflower
Echinacea is one of those lovely healing botanicals we have become very familiar with for helping us keep well. the flowers are lovely as well and grace many a garden~

Having a cup of tea with Willodel Wren~