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The Saturday of Convolution, I was able to participate in the Finding Your Troll Tale Workshop with the Frouds. If you have not a had a chance to see Brian and Wendy’s latest book, you should make an effort to do so. In it you get to meet the Froudian Trolls, who are defined by the stories they know. The trolls tie items to their tails which help them remember each story. The workshop started with a meditation directed by Wendy, followed by sketching or writing down things we saw during the meditation. Then we worked on making our own troll tails, using a stick as our tail. It was a wonderful experience. I was able to get photos of several of the projects made in the workshop. I was not able to get a group photo and am apparently too silly to have someone take a photo of me with mine. I also did not get everyone’s name, but I did get their permission to use their photos here.

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This lovely couple was also in the mask making workshop.

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My friend Sherri, who is lovely and so talented.

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Kimmi, who put together an incredible convention.

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My table mate for the workshop.

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This gentleman was also in the mask making work shop.

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Michelle and Alan, I’m so glad that I got to meet them.

Toby with his incredible creation

Toby with his incredible creation

If you ever get the chance to take a class or participate in a workshop with any of the Frouds, I really hope you will do it. They are all wonderful to work with and learn from. You may also want to check out Froud Meditations, Pathways to Faery. It is an app for idevices and available as an MP3 from Amazon.

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Happy Friday! It is very busy here at Woodland Whimsy. I have committed to doing four shows in the first three weeks of December. The work shop is busy and the felting needles are flying.

Purple Mushroom

Purple Mushroom

This is another mushroom I found on a hike in the North Idaho woods. This was taken either the first or second time I was up there. The mushrooms were fantastic on that trip. I haven’t seen mushrooms this color since. (That probably means I just haven’t been there when they were out and about.) There are fantastic hiking trails all around Priest Lake. This photo was taken on the Beaver Creek Trail. It is a wide easy path. We usually hike in about three miles and have lunch at the first camp site, then hike back out.

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I had the wonderful experience of attending Convolution in Burlingame this past weekend. It is a second year convention and it was incredible. There were a couple of bobbles at the beginning, I have no doubt that there will be fewer next year. The guest list was incredible: Brian, Wendy, and Toby Froud; Richard and Wendy Pini, Richard Kadrey, Ivan Van Norman, Tricky Pixy, M. Todd Gallowglas, and way too many more to list. I was fortunate to be able to take both of the workshops offered by the Frouds. The mask making workshop was on Friday afternoon. It was listed as a workshop led by Toby, but all three of them were there teaching us how to make beautiful masks. It was incredible. I thought I would share a photo of the masks that we all made.

Everyone's Mask

Everyone’s Mask

I was able to wear my mask to the Goblin Ball on Saturday night. I think it went with my costume pretty well.

My best friend and me at the Goblin Ball.

My best friend and me at the Goblin Ball.

I am already registered for next year’s convention. Tanya Huff is one of the guests of honor. The only thing up for Convolution 2014 is registration, but you should go check out what happened this year.

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House Hobs by their very nature don’t get out very often. However, our family has several birthdays right around the first of September. Since another family function had most of us in the same general area, which almost never happens. We got together to celebrate some birthdays and Henry wanted to come. It was a breezy day at Lake Tahoe the day of the party.

Climbing up to check out the lake

Climbing up to check out the lake

Henry scrambled up a tree so he could get a good view of the lake. It was overcast, so the lake really had a moody look about it.

 

Ready for balloons

Ready for balloons

Henry was anxious to help blow up the balloons. He got every thing he needed together so he was ready to go.

Filling with Helium

Filling with Helium

Henry controlled the flow of Helium as the balloons were filled.

Tying the balloons together

Tying the balloons together

After the balloons where filled with Helium, Henry helped tie them together to make a balloon arch.

Arch being made

Arch being made

My awesome husband posing somewhat unwillingly to display the balloons Henry is helping him tie together. Sadly, it was way to windy to get a clear photo of the balloon arch once it was done.

Snack time

Snack time

After getting the balloon arch put together, it was time for a snack. My grandson(who is mean mugging me in this photo) very nicely shared his sandwich with Henry.

In the next blog post, Henry will take a look at the cold, cold lake and presents will be opened.

 

 

 

 

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Good Monday morning! I hope you are having an awesome start to your week. While we were on vacation, My fantastic mother in law arranged for some of the family to go horse back riding. I didn’t go, I was involved in a project with my father in law. Mike thought that Pierre would like to tag along and ride too.

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Checking it out from a safe distance

“Please lift me up so I can see,” asked Pierre. He had never been around horses before and was a little bit nervous. (This is my beautiful mother in law, Charlotte.)

Going to meet the horses

Going to meet the horses

Pretty soon Pierre was ready for a closer look. Mike(my awesome husband) gave Pierre a hand in getting closer.

Getting comfortable

Getting comfortable

They found a nice post for Pierre to hang out on while he was getting used to being so close to the horses. “They are so big!” exclaimed Pierre.

About ready for the next step

About ready for the next step

It wasn’t too long before Pierre was ready to get even closer.

Startled

Startled

Pierre climbed up on the fence close to the horses. This horse neighed at Pierre to greet him. He was so startled he almost fell off the fence. Heather(my daughter in law) explained to Pierre that the horse was just saying hello.

Making friends

Making friends

“I can’t believe how soft their noses are,” whispered Pierre as he stroked the horse and fed her a bit of apple.

Pierre’s adventure with the horses will continue in my next blog post.¬† If you would like to see more of my art work, you can do so at my web site Woodland Whimsy or my facebook page.

The photos in this post were taken by my husband, Mike and my son, Kyle.

 

 

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This is the last episode of Sammy’s New Zealand/Australia adventures. His traveling companions had many wonderful adventures in Australia, but Sammy was worn out and seemed to have picked up a bit of a bug. He spent most of the Australia leg of the journey recouping. He couldn’t pass up a trip to the incredible De Bortolli Winery though. Sammy doesn’t drink, but he is very interested in things that grow and how things work.

Over looking the vines

Over looking the vines

Sammy was so happy to be able to see the rows and rows of grapes growing in the fields

Checking out the gardens

Checking out the gardens

He also enjoyed a lovely stroll through the beautiful  gardens.  After his stroll, Sammy was completely worn out. He snuggled down in a pocket and went to sleep while his traveling companions enjoyed tasting and selecting the wines they purchased.

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On the same day that he visited Hobbiton, Sammy also got to stop quickly by Karangahake Gorge at the Crown Battery. This is a gold mining area.

 

Pretty flowers

Pretty flowers

“These flowers are very pretty, but I can’t see anything else.” exclaimed Sammy

Over looking the gorge

Over looking the gorge

“That is better, thank you. Could you help me get a little bit closer though?” Sammy asked

A closer look

A closer look

“That is perfect! I can see everything down there now.” Sammy said happily.

Home for the evening

Home for the evening

After his adventure filled day at Hobbiton and the Karangahake Gorge, Sammy was ready to rest for the evening.

A bed of his own

A bed of his own

Sammy had a regular sized bed all to himself. It was so luxurious. Sammy really needed to get a good night’s sleep. In the morning, he would be walking into Mordor.

I hope you are enjoying Sammy’s New Zealand adventures. All photographs are courtesy of Stacy Sandstedt. If you like Sammy and would like to see more of my work, you can see a lot of it on my facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Woodland-Whimsy/152926771418841

 

 

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