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Archive for April, 2013

I know that many of us in North America are really ready for spring(I know some already have it, but it’s been a long winter for many of us) I thought that I would share some photos of spring here at Woodland Whimsy. It is a glorious, and all too brief where I live, season.

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Bleeding Heart

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Crab Apple

I grew this from a tiny seedling.

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Purple Pansies

This slerk loves getting his photo taken.

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Hechera-Coral Bells or Alum Root

You see? Here he is again.

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Anemone

It was a bit early for the Anemones to be open. They wait for it to be a bit warmer.

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Iris

This one is very fragrant.

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Iris

I love Iris. I have many varieties in my yard. It gives me a long Iris bloom time.

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Tulip

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Hellebore

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White Lilac

I really hope that we don’t get another hard freeze. We will have more frost, but the harder it is the more likely it is to ruin my lilac blooms.

I hope you have enjoyed this little mini tour of my spring garden.

 

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Happy Friday! Do you have something fun planned for the weekend. I will be working in my yard in the mornings and prepping for next weekend’s show in the afternoons.

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Ants

There were ants crawling all over this mushroom. I wonder if they scared away the fairy that this looks like the perfect seat for.

 

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The San Jose Fantasy Faire was so fun! I knew it would be, I had a blast last year. The second year was even better than the first. I was too busy most of the time to take photos of the wonderful people who adopted creatures from Woodland Whimsy. I got a few though. I thought that I would share them with you.

Snotlings and Slerks

Snotlings and Slerks

This fun gentleman bought a slerk and three snotlings. They all matched his shirt. I was glad I had a safety pin to attach the slerk to his shoulder where he wanted it to be.

Slerk on the shoulder

Slerk on the shoulder

This dapper gentleman also wanted his slerk to sit on his shoulder. I will be taking a supply of safety pins to shows with me in the future.

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snotling

This snotling appears to want to get back to his origins.

Ready to sell

Ready to sell

Here is a photo of helper and myself just before the faire opened. We had a wonderful time and are looking foward to next year’s faire.

As always, you can see more of my work here at Woodland Whimsy. That page has links to all my pages.

 

 

 

 

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Happy Friday!! This is an especially good Friday for me. It marks the anniversary of my fantastic husband entering the world. I am so blessed to be able to make the journey through life with him.

Two mushrooms snuggled up

Two mushrooms snuggled up

I love this photo of the two mushrooms all snuggled close together.  I know my husband had to be patient with me on this hike. I took at least four photos of this pair of mushrooms alone.

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We decided that Woodland Whimsy should have hats. Or at least, try to make hats. I think that the hat design turned out well. There was just one little glitch. If one is going to sell hats, one must have a way to display them. I found a styrofoam head at Goodwill. It was a bit beat up, but I knew just the mushroom to help me out with the job.

Mortimer examines the mannequin

Mortimer examines the mannequin

“Oh my!” exclaimed Mortimer, “This will never do. Let us see it with the hat.”

Adding the hat

Adding the hat

“This is much to boring. We must do something better. I have just the thing.”

Dotted tissue paper

Dotted tissue paper

“This! This is what we need to make our girl beautiful and exciting.” Mortimer draped the tissue paper over the mannequin.

Tearing off the straight edges

Tearing off the straight edges

“First, we must tear off the straight edges,” instructed Mortimer. “The straight bits do not blend well.”

Tearing it up

Tearing it up

“Now we must tear the paper into bits.”

Pile of paper bits

Pile of paper bits

Mortimer tore up the tissue paper to get it ready to apply to the mannequin.

Other supplies

Other supplies

Mortimer found some Mod Podge in my craft room. “We can use this since you have it. A mixture of glue and water will work just as well.” Mortimer likes to be thrifty.

Getting started

Getting started

“Brush on a little glue, add the paper, and brush glue over the top,” instructed Mortimer.

Further instruction

Further instruction

“Use smaller pieces of paper for curves. Try to brush out as many wrinkles as possible.”

Drying

Drying

“Ah! She is finished. Now we must wait for the glue to dry.”

Hat test

Hat test

“See how much better she looks!” cried Mortimer. “Just a few finishing touches remain.”

Ready for the show

Ready for the show

“She is so beautiful. She must have a name,” mused Mortimer. “Readers out there, Do you have any name suggestions? If you do, Please leave them in the comments.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Friday! I am off to the San Jose Fantasy Faire for the weekend. If you are in the area, please stop by and say hi.

Line up

Line up

These shelf fungus look like they are working on getting lined up for something.

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We’ve been having some pretty nice spring weather here at Woodland Whimsy for the last couple of weeks. It never lasts this time of year. We woke up this morning to snow. One of the slerks came out to check the garden with me. The flowers are still looking good and are actually quite pretty in the snow.

Daffodil

Daffodil

Daffodils are so cheerful, even when they are poking up out of the snow. The slerk was playing in the snow and got some on his little ears. Brrr!

Hyacinth

Hyacinth

Teal is not a good color for trying to hide in the snow or the hyacinth.

Hellebore

Hellebore

The hellebore has pushed up its flower stalks. The blooms haven’t fully opened yet, but they are getting close.

Muscari

Muscari

The muscari look beautiful in the snow with their iridescent purple blooms.

Pansy

Pansy

This little pansy is a hold out from last year. It did not get snowed on, as it is under cover in my entry way. I did just push open its first bloom of the season last night, so it deserved a picture as well.

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Friday! We are very busy getting ready for the San Jose Fantasy Faire here at Woodland Whimsy. We had a great time last year and look forward to an even better one this year.

Orange mushroom in the damp

Orange mushroom in the damp

This photo was taken during another very damp hike. I can just see the fairies huddled up under it to keep dry.

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We are experiencing a bug invasion at Woodland Whimsy. Fortunately, it is the good kind of invasion. So far it is only a spider and a dragonfly, but you know how things go here. Pretty soon there will be bugs everywhere.crafts 790 crafts 787

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Last Wednesday I woke up feeling really good. This rarely happens on a Wednesday, but I set out to enjoy the day. It wasn’t to last long. I was happily planting seeds on my covered deck, when my dog, Heinrich, started going nuts. Heinrich is not a barker. I knew he had something cornered somewhere. I ran to get him. He had been joined by my other dog, Keterlyn, when I got to where they were. They had a stray cat cornered between the shed and the fence. I grabbed the dogs and let the cat run away. I didn’t think any more about it until one of the digs showed up with a dead kitten. The crazy stray cat had decided to have kittens in the yard where my dogs hang out. My son and I quickly searched the yard to see if there were any more. We found one live kitten. My son immediately headed out to the pet store for milk replacer and the other supplies we would need. I have rescued kittens before, but never one that was less than 12 hours old.(There were fewer than 12 hours between the time my dogs went out for the last time the night before and the time they went out for the first time that morning)

Day one

Day one

This is Kitty on day one. It is so difficult to get an animal switched to a bottle. This is complicated by the fact that kittens can not be fed on their backs like a baby. They need to be prone or upright to avoid getting formula in their lungs. Bottles are really not designed for feeding that way. Added to that Kitty was so young.

Day three

Day three

Here is kitty on day three. He is doing a little bit better with the bottle and trying to purr while he eats. He has gone potty a bit, but not as much as I think he should be. Kittens can’t defecate on their own. Their mothers lick their bottoms to stimulate them to go. I use a warm, damp paper towel. It is not the favorite part of the day for either of us. I don’t think that kittens particularly like it when their mothers do it either. They always seem to cry about it.

Eating, day six

Eating, day six

This is Kitty having finishing up breakfast this morning. (The photo looks a bit awkward because I took it myself when the bottle was already empty.) He is eating very well, though I still have to sneak the nipple into his mouth when he meows. He starts sucking quickly and vigorously.  He is much more regular with elimination now and has been for the last 36 hours. He gets a quick rub down with a warm paper towel after attending to business. I am starting to feel really confidant about having a good outcome.

Day six

Day six

I was trying to get a photo of Kitty sleeping, but he sensed me and woke up.

Day six

Day six

Here is Kitty trying to climb the side of his box. He is getting more active all the time. His purr is sounding a bit more like a purr than a ticking noise. He purrs while eating and being held and cuddled. On Thursday morning, he weighed about 3 1/2-3 3/4 ounces. He weighed 5 1/4 ounces this morning.  I really think we are past the critical part. I am sure that Kitty will be going to a new home(and getting a real name) in a few weeks.

 

 

 

 

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