Thursday, July 24, 2014

SO MUCH CATCHING UP!

CATCHING UP ON PROJECTS AT HAND

    I think the feeling that life is a blur and you can hardly remember where you began or left off, combined with very high heat, makes for some Summer confusion! And yet at the beginning of the week there was a glorious rain, at night and then again in the morning and it broke the tremendous heat we had going on and it has been very pleasant this week, soon to get hot again however..
The brought the blissful smells of the damp earth and the sense in the cool of the early morning, that Autumn was not far around the corner.  On the ground are scattered dozens of young acorns that have fallen from high on the trees, looking like a tremendous bumper crop of acorns again.  For those of us who LOVE Autumn, there is excitement in the air!  
   I have been thinking a lot about Autumn at Willodel and what new things I can have for this giving season. I am going to upload some project pictures and things recently made...



I so enjoy making my Sequoia Gnomes!  Dog walks have never been so exciting , since we pass several of the giant Sequoia Redwoods on our walks and can see what the squirrels have knocked off the tree for us. The lovely hair is made out of La's curly Romney wool which I dye. I will be making sets of these for the Holidays and am trying one out with legs :-)

This little Violet Miss is the start of my own collection of rainbow colors. The set of five was a special order.


This is a new product, made for my concept of Willodel Playscape pieces. This is a flat house and more affordable. I have wood burned and  painted the house. I also have a version with an open doorway.  This house has a multitude of uses...
1. Can part of a group that makes a "Play scape' for gnome play, combines
well with a playmat and other pieces, such as tables chairs, livestock etc.
2. It is wonderful in a small space such as a windowsill with a Gnome by it, for stories,
Nature display, decoration. 
3. It could be adapted to book ends or  a shelf.
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 This is a Willodel Playscape Mushroom house and Ginger Gnome with baby.
The house is about 8" tall
 This shows a group and felt playmat. The center house has an Open door and I have a box behind it and rug inside. 


 Let our imaginations run wild!

This on a ledge in the kitchen, I think this is extremely cheerful and inviting for conversation and story...
I have plans on making wider pieces with landscapes for backdrop and also a stage.  It is very pleasant to work with images and color as I love doing the artwork.   I am working mostly on white birch.   I always welcome comments and feedback on ideas!

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