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I fear there was some spill over of magic when the Fairy Godmother visited the pumpkin patch. Some of the pumpkins began to grow in a most unusual way.  I thought I would share a photo of one of the most peculiarly changed of the pumpkins.

Witchy Pumpkin

The Peculiar Priscilla Pumpkin Witch

This is Priscilla. The magic spill over gave her arms and legs(though her hands are still very leaf like). She decided that since magic helped make her who she was, that she would become a witch and learn as much about magic as she could.

Please leave me a comment below to let me know if I should make more pumpkin people for Halloween next year.

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Good Morning Lovely People! The last week or so have been very challenging here at Woodland Whimsy. Big changes are afoot. I hope everyone has a spectacular weekend.

A pair of fungi

A pair of fungi

This lovely pair of fungi were growing amongst the mint in my own garden. I love it when I can take fungus pictures at home.

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Happy Friday! There have been some big changes here at Woodland Whimsy, here’s hoping they are for the better.

in the lawn

Mushrooms in the Lawn

This cute pair of mushrooms were nestled down in the lawn at a home I was doing some pruning at.

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At the bottom of the trail down into Emerald Bay at lovely Lake Tahoe, is a spectacular house. It is called Vikingsholm.  Pierre had an incredible time scrambling all around.

Vikingsholm Plaque

Vikingsholm Plaque

Pierre read the plaque and then jumped up for a photo. The plaque details the donation of nearly 300 acres including the stunning Vikingsholm and Fanette Island. The plaque is located in the interior court yard of Vikingsholm.

Court yard pond

Court yard pond

For reasons I can’t really understand, Pierre loves the water. He can not swim, but he still always wants to get in. It took some convincing to get him to pose next to this pond in the Vikingsholm court yard.

Pierre on the door

Pierre on the door

The craftsmanship that went into this home is incredible. Pierre particularly liked this door. It leads into the house from the court yard. Goblins are worse than monkeys for swinging on things.

Fuel Pump

Pierre checking out the fuel pump

This is an old fuel pump outside Vikingsholm. Pierre thought that it was really cool. He inspected every part of it. (So did the men who were with us) Pierre is always interested in how things work.

Window

Pierre in the window

Sadly, the season for tours of Vikingsholm was already over. We did take a peak in the window to see some of the fantastic furniture inside.

Buoys

Buoys on the beach

After we looked at Vikingsholm, we walked on the beach for a while. Pierre was fascinated by the buoys that had washed up on the beach.

Driftwood log

Pierre rides the driftwood

As always, it was a struggle to keep Pierre out of the water. He had to settle for lounging on this driftwood log. He really wanted me to talk to the owners of the cool boat in the background about letting him check it out. I did not. I tried to explain that you can’t really expect people to want a goblin they don’t know running around on their boat.

Land Shark!

Land Shark!

It was time to head back up to the car. We did not hike back the way we came in. We took a smaller trail along the lake for a bit over a mile. Pierre was delighted when we came across this rock shark. Nothing would do except for him to crawl in and pretend to be getting eaten.

Last Stream

Pierre by yet another water fall

Here is one last photo of Pierre by a beautiful little water fall. We had a lovely hike. All in all we did about four miles.(To hike to Vikingsholm and back is a 2 mile hike) The trails have areas that are quite steep, but it is well worth the effort.

As always, you can see more of my art work at http://www.woodlandwhimsy.com

 

 

 

 

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I’d like to introduce you to Pierre. He is the first goblin born here at Woodland Whimsy.

Pierre

Pierre in the parking lot

Pierre had his first hiking adventure last week. He came hiking with us down into Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe.

Pierre Hiking

Pierre Hiking

When I say Pierre went hiking, what I really mean is he got a lovely ride in a back pack while the rest of us hiked. Pierre’s legs are just not long enough to keep up with us.

Pierre with sign

Wait! Check out the sign!

We were just getting ready to head down the hill when Pierre shouted, “Wait!! I want a picture with the cool sign.” So out of the back pack he came, and he gave me a lovely Vanna White pose to show off the sign.

Lake View

Lake View

This is our first view of the lake. You can see the little island. It has a tea house that looks like a castle on it. Pierre thinks that the way his shadow looks in this photo is great.

Pierre by a tiny water fall

Pierre by a tiny water fall

There were several pretty little water falls along the trail. Pierre wanted his photo taken at every one of them. He loves to be in photos with water. I will not include all the photos of Pierre checking out the lovely waterfalls here.

Tree roots

Tree roots growing through the rocks

“Stop! Please stop!” yelled Pierre. (I should mention what a patient man my husband is) “I want to climb up and look at the roots.” There were roots of trees twisting through the rocks gaining purchase to stabilize tall trees.

Cave Water Fall

Pierre in a small cave with a water fall

Pierre had a great time playing in this little cave, climbing from rock to rock over the water.

Fire damged tree

Fire damaged tree

Pierre thought this tree was amazing. It was severely damaged by fire at some point in the past. The tree was burned all the way through. Yet it still lives and continues to grow.

Pierre in the tree

Pierre in the tree

Pierre felt like he couldn’t be seen well enough in the larger photo. So here is a much closer picture of him in the fire damaged tree.

This tree is near the bottom of the path down to the bay. It is next to Vikingsholm. Pierre had fun exploring the outside of this amazing house. I’ll share those photos with you later this week.

If you like Pierre, you may enjoy seeing more work from Woodland Whimsy. You can do that here http://www.woodlandwhimsy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Friday! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. Fall is in the air here and I am loving it.

These mushrooms look like they are dancing a fun, flirty, old country style dance.

mushrooms

Dancing Mushrooms

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It’s time for another Inspiration Thursday. I love this feature of my blog. It is so interesting to me to find out what inspires my fellow artists. Today’s artist is Samantha Webb from Moby and Puddle. She is an artist that makes fantastic, whimsical creatures.  You can see more of her work here http://www.facebook.com/mobyandpuddle You can also follow the adventures of her traveling goblins here http://www.facebook.com/GoblinOnTheGo

 

What inspires me?
 
I am a full time mummy. That is a full time job but is so much fun and so liberating! I spend my evenings following my dreams of becoming an artist whilst my Webblings (aged 4yrs and 1yr) sleep. They are my true inspiration, the reason that I continue to follow the path of an artist, because I don’t want them to ever feel that I gave up or that money is the only way to gain happiness! 
Sleeping

Sleeping

 
I am inspired by the world around me, particularly nature. The changing of the seasons and the passage of time, there are so many unseen and yet constant forces at work, perhaps the forces themselves have 
personalities? I look out of my kitchen window and next to the inner city school, that my little girl just started, grows a huge maple tree. Unlike the buildings around it, looking worn with age, the tree has a majesty 
and a beauty that it has developed through many eras. Perhaps the maple has a protector to keep it safe from destruction and human development of land, perhaps it homes a family of faeries?
Faerie

Faerie

 
I think I have always believed that there is something more than what we merely see, science proves this constantly. It makes it no less magic in my opinion. I found the work of Brian and Wendy Froud helped me to realize that my point of view was shared by others and celebrated in art.
Goblin

Goblin

I have always written stories, for as long as I can remember but only painted now and then. I was never very happy with the outcome but  I began to paint as a way to ease pre-natal depression rather than take medication and found that the more I painted the more I loved it. Then I rediscovered favorite films such as Labyrinth and TV shows like Fraggle Rock with my daughter who was a baby at the time. The work of Jim Henson Studios continues to be influential to me throughout needle felting in particular! I have never been in a position where I could afford an art class so everything is self taught and learned via many mistakes!
Faerie Light

Faerie Light

I watch You Tube videos and have wonderful books by Christi Friesen and Birdy Heywood which taught me the basics in clay but I am absolutely useless at following guides so I have had to improvise! Still without those books I would not have developed to the stage that I am at now! 
Troll

Troll

 
I adore mixed media and am always trying to mix new materials together, a lot of my favorite work blends my love of clay with my love of sewing and needle felting! My Trolls manage to mix all three! It doesn’t always work but I will keep those misguided creations to myself! I am still very new to the world of art and craft. I am enjoying my journey and hope that I can keep going for as long as the inspiration strikes! 
 
Samantha Webb
Moby and Puddle
 

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