Friday, March 29, 2013


Garden Toad Habitat Tutorial! 


I was pleased to present a workshop on making a toad habitat in the garden or yard at a nice local nursery.  Many were enthused about starting this endeavor and could get all the materials they needed at the nursery.  We decided that I could actually build a Toad Habitat there at the nursery ,near their cutting garden, so that visitors could continue to watch and learn.  All in all, very satisfying!
 Below is part of my display, I also had handouts and a lot of samples of containers you can use and houses you can make.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


 This is the first house that I have made with my home dyeing project.  This dye project was done with a combination of Greener Shades non-toxic dye and natural dye(turmeric powder) . I have noted the dyeing on page of it's own at the top of the blog. I will just show some of the pictures of this project as it was made.
I have just finished this Sod Roof Gnome home.  I am pleased that I was able to dye and make the roof at home. I am going to show here, some of the steps. A felt door rolls down to cover the door way while Wee ones sleep at night and there is a big fire place in side.

This is my grandson felting the roof over a foam hat form, to make the shape more defined. 
The roof is lined with heavier wool and yellow felt which is what you see on the inside.

After the dyeing was done, I took the wet felt and put it really hot water again and began to stretch it over an  old sieve I use that is like a cone, to shape the felt for the pointed round roof, I let it dry here. The other little piece is what I made the "lawn" that comes with the house.

I decided to use a "stone cottage" look for this little home for Spring.  I also added a couple little flowers in the sod roof, and a chimey.

The finished house also comes with the nice fireplace with it's wool fire and a table and two chairs. The felt door curtain rolls up and ties under the roof over hang. This was a fun house and I look forward to doing more with my home dyeing projects !

Friday, March 22, 2013


I have added to my page on dyeing, showing new results and what I accomplished this last month. I look forward to adding to this with more pictures of what I make and what kind of colors I will get from Spring growth.

This is my pile!  I am pleased with these pieces and look forward to making things with them.
To read more, go to the page on home dyeing wool in the tabs above.

I kept track of my colors by dyeing little samples and glueing them onto heavy card stock paper.  Now that Spring is coming, I will try to add some greens and other Spring colors.

Sunday, March 17, 2013


A  happy play time Tree Fort for wee folk and wee creatures!

Made from hand gathered wind fall Aspen, finished with natural oils and beeswax.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Painting Pixie shop

Over the span of the Willodel shop on Etsy, the beautiful hand work of the lovely Gnomes from the Painting Pixie shop have enhanced the displays of my own work. I want to once again let people know the link to this special shop and give you the opportunity to connect with it again.  Things sell quickly from this shop and the artist is often busy with orders, so do not hesitate to write her and communicate about something you might be interested in that you do not see listed.  These gnomes are well loved keep sakes but also hold up well to gnome play !