Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Story of the Windy Willow Shop


The Windy Willow shop was a long time in the making.  For many years now I have made small houses with natural materials, for wild life and for wee folk.  Many of these inspirations, as one would expect, are rooted in childhood experiences that delighted me and had lasting effect and influence.  A certain book, The Giant Golden book of Elves and Fairies, illustrated by Garth Williams ( my favorite illustrator) was a book that shaped a good part of my life.  Atleast I still often think of it and am charmed by it, am inspired by the artwork. A certain poem and picture, The Little People's Market,  captured my imagination deeply. 
The lower poem, Little People's Market with tree trunk shop and acorn cap hats
simply capture my imagination. I was  probably 6 or 7.  I made fairy and Elf hats out of flowers and seed pods.
I also made stick houses for them to live in.

So as the years went by and found myself making little houses as an adult, I always thought of the Little People's Market.  It was not until I opened my shop on etsy that I thought about making such a Little People's market.  However the wood that came to me had other plans and I never found one that resembled the picture. Finally I did find a very twisty one, and decided to make a Little People's shop, and put a regular roof on it. It would be be called Windy Willow Shop, and sell wee caps, dishes , pods, walking sticks, and the like. 

This is a place for Wee Folk of all kinds to Buy and Sell.   It is wind felled Aspen and blue Pine, hand milled from dead wood.  

This is the back of the shop, having two tables, four stools, a seed pod mail box and a small storage room.
May it stir the imagination of all who see it!

My final peice, I decided to add a gentle blue wash to the house  roof, which was a blue enhance the wood of the roof and bring out the color in the house. 


  1. I love this so, it reminds me of wee market sellers that my mother made me, and of the ones I made for my children, but perhaps I love it most because of the joy of noticing which stocking the shelves will call forth in the playing children, everything that can be given towards that relationship with the little treasures of nature is precious and this little shop is rich with such play value, its existence makes me happy

    1. Lovely! If I can somehow extend or pass on that genuine awe and sense of pure magic that I felt as a child, to anyone else at all--then I am so pleased! In this pursuit, I am also pleased to join hands with Mother Nature in reaching those goals!

  2. I love your works and your sensibility! When you say "Many of these inspirations are rooted in childhood experiences that delighted me and had lasting effect and influence." I know what you mean.

  3. Thank you for commenting and dropping by and sharing!