- EVERLASTING GARLAND TUTORIAL
- GARDEN FRIENDS: THE BIRDS
- HANGING ADVENT WREATH TUTORIAL
- HEART WREATH TUTORIAL
- MAKING A FAIRY GARDEN TUTORIAL
- MAKING A GARDEN TOAD HABITAT TUTORIAL
- MAKING A GNOME FLOWER HAT
- MAKING FAIRY & GNOME DISHES WITH SEEDPODS
- MAKING FELTED BENDY GNOMES TUTORIAL
- MAKING HEALING GARDEN SOAP
- PINECONE FAIRY ORNAMENT TUTORIAL
- WILLODEL FUNCTIONAL BIRDHOUSE GALLERY
- WILLODEL PRESS
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The Weeks before Christmas find me busy in the wood shop!
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
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
My kitchen table at the end of October!
Making a lot of birdhouse right now as people love them for Holiday gifts:-)
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!
Friday, September 23, 2016
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!|
|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..|
|And have found a cozy home at Willodel!|
Monday, July 25, 2016
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
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
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....
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
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.|