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Archive for January, 2013

Something new has come to Woodland Whimsy. Large character mushrooms were among the first things that I started felting. I added small faceless mushrooms a bit later. Now I have created smaller character mushrooms. All of these mushrooms are between 2 1/2 and 41/2 inches tall. I was afraid of doing smaller faces. Bigger is easier. However, I didn’t have much of a problem with them. Take a look and please let me know what you think.

Morris

Morris

This is Morris. He is a very shy fellow. He was the very first of the mini mushrooms with faces. He has gone happily off to live in his new home already.

Macy

Macy

With Morris so comfortably settled I decided to create some more minis. Macy has a bit of a nervous temperament, but she is very sweet.

Maurice

Maurice

Maurice is quite the flirt. The lady mushrooms need to watch out.

Malcom

Malcom

Malcom is always good for a bit of a chuckle. He’s funny guy.

Mariel

Mariel

Mariel is excited about everything. She wants to see and try it all.

Marcus

Marcus

 

Marcus likes to worry.  He likes things to turn out just right, but is always afraid that they won’t.

Misty

Misty

Misty is happy and optimistic about everything. She is sure that life is one big bowl of yummy cherries.

There will be more mini mushrooms coming soon. If you would like to get your own mini mushroom, you can order one here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/121616644/custom-made-mini-mushroom-character

 

 

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Here is a photo of one of the ladies that helps make Woodland Whimsy the magical place that it is.

Ginger

Ginger

This is Ginger. (That is Casper in the back ground) She is an alpaca that provides lovely, soft fiber. It takes darker dyes (I use only food safe dyes) well, creating dark, rich, earthy colors. Her fiber is also quite lovely without any dye.  Ginger spends her days eating, napping, and growing fiber which is sheared once a year in the spring. Ginger lives in beautiful Grass Valley on a lovely 20 acre farm.

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Happy Friday! I hope that you all have wonderful plans for the weekend, even if it is just hanging out and relaxing.

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Isn’t this a sweet little mushroom. It isn’t one of the really tiny ones, but it is pretty small. It is so much fun to find these tiny treasures when I’m out hiking. I can almost see a wee fae perched on the top, gazing at the moon.

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It is supposed to be a bit warmer here at Woodland Whimsy today. It would be nice if all the ice could melt away before our next storm. Last week we had freezing fog for several days. I love it as long as I don’t have to go out drive. Fog at 12 degrees Fahrenheit is just ice crystals in the air. It coats everything creating a beautiful fairy winter wonderland. Here are some of the photos I took last week. I hope that you enjoy them.

Echinacea

Echinacea

Nandina

Nandina

Birch

Birch

Snow Berries

Snow Berries

Juniper

Juniper

Brass Whirly

Brass Whirly

Sun Flower

Sun Flower

Thuja

Thuja

Pine Tree

Pine Tree

Rose Hip

Rose Hip

Japanese Maple variety Verdis

Japanese Maple variety Verdis

Yarrow

Yarrow

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My mother lives on a farm. There are  some really lovely oak trees there. Sadly, many of them have oak root fungus. This means that occasionally one will fall over or drop big branches. These falls make lovely firewood. The last time we went to cut firewood, Ricky Goblin Baby wanted to go with us. We had a long talk with him about how to be safe on the way out to the farm. He promised that he would be very careful.

Getting ready

Getting ready

Here is a photo of Ricky while he was waiting for equipment to be prepped to begin.

Trying out the chainsaw

Trying out the chainsaw

When this log was cut most of the way through, we gave Ricky a chance to try the chainsaw. He didn’t like it much.  The chainsaw was a bit too loud and bumpy for him to enjoy using it.

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A slerk on the wedge

I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but a slerk showed up while we were working.

Trying out a hatchet

Trying out a hatchet

Ricky liked using the hatchet much better than the chainsaw. I think he’ll be using hand tools when he wants to cut branches in the future.

Ricky on the splitter

Ricky on the splitter

Large logs have to be split into smaller pieces to be used as firewood. This is a photo of Ricky on the splitter before we started the splitter up.

Running the splitter

Running the splitter

We do most of our splitting by hand with a maul, but it sure is nice to be able to use splitter some times. Ricky had a great time running the lever. He is way too short to put the logs up and get them ready.

Close up

Close up

Here is a close up of Ricky while he was working the lever.

We had a fun, if exhausting day. Ricky slept the whole way home in the truck. He was even too tired to help unload and put away the wood.

Ricky is available for sale here https://www.etsy.com/listing/93549009/ricky-goblin-baby-ooak-needle-felted

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It is cold here at Woodland Whimsy. We’ve only managed to get above freezing once in over a week. How is the weather where you are?

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Sometimes it pays to stop and look closely. Aren’t these little guys fun? This is a log in a little creek that we hiked past a couple of  years ago.

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Happy Friday! I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

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I just love the shelf fungi that grow on trees. I know they are not a good sign for the health of the tree, but they have so much personality. This one looks like you could sit down and have a nice chat with him.

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