Needle Nonsense revisit

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While cleaning up my studio last summer, I came across a plastic bag full of small characters and other props I’d made years ago. The items were used in place of words in a rebus I wrote and illustrated sometime around 2000 for Threads Magazine’s Closures page.

Since then, I’ve shared cell phone photos on Instagram and Facebook of little things I’ve found around my studio. The easiest way to do this was to hold them in my left hand while clicking the camera with my right hand. I realized that showing the scale of these tiny objects with a human hand as a reference point makes you see them differently. The uptick in viewer responses to these images led me to look for more small scale items to photograph in my fingers.

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I looked at the printed rebus again and noticed how the images floating on the white page give no sense of scale. Other than the found objects like the buttons, needle and spools of thread, there’s no way of knowing the real size of the handmade objects.

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With these new photos, you can see just how small everything is.

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Polly in the Galapagos

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Polly just returned from a fascinating trip to the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador. She dressed in an outfit suitable for a Charles Darwin expedition in the 1830’s. The excessive heat and humidity were a challenge in her long skirt, but at least she didn’t have to put sun screen on her wooden face. In this photo, you can barely make out the piles of sun bathing sea iguanas on the black volcanic rocks. A brown baby sea lion nestled in the rocks and slept through the photo session, while another looked on from the water’s edge.

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Having nothing to fear, the animals were oblivious to humans. We were told that they don’t sleep close together because of affection, but to keep themselves warm. Polly took along a collection bag and straw hat for protection from the equatorial sun.

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This is as close as she got to some land iguanas.

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She hiked up to a high lookout on one of the islands…

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and climbed cactus plants.

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The giant tortoises were impressively old and slow.

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While the Sally Lightfoot crabs were gaudy and fast.

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This young sea lion slumbered on a bench. Polly resisted the temptation to tickle its whiskers.

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Polly got a kick out of posing in front a photo collage of Charles Darwin, who was in his 20’s when he visited the Galapagos Islands in 1831. His theory of evolution, The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, based mainly on his observations there was published in 1859. More photos of the trip, with closeups of the animals go here.

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Polly in Oregon

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Polly came along on our trip to Oregon. She was mesmerized by the beauty inside the Lan Su Chinese Garden in the heart of Portland.

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She helped the Mavor sisters make Speculaas, molded Dutch gingerbread cookies.

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She drove south of Portland to Willamette Valley, Oregon’s wine making region.

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It was really gorgeous out in the country. Polly loved Oregon!

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Nasty Fairy Force deployment

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The NASTY Fairy Force is eager to take flight and follow their important humanitarian mission. This special unit has been assigned to uplift the disheartened and guard against bullying and harassment in the homeland and overseas. NASTY may look cute, but can she sting! The swarm of 25 fairies will be deployed on Saturday, Nov. 19th at 10 AM EST, in my ETSY shop. First come, first served.

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Months of preparation have led up to their readiness, with an extra push at the end to help meet this week’s emergency call for action. May the Fairy Force be with you!

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Polly’s travels

While Polly is away, let’s take this opportunity to review her previous traveling outfits and adventures. As you can see in the following photos, Polly doesn’t mind posing in front of the camera. Dressing appropriately is her first priority. She is sure to share her experiences in Oregon and Utah when she returns. In the meantime, check out Polly’s travelogue on Instagram and Facebook. See if you can pick out where she’s been. Answers are at the bottom of this post.

Antarctica, Cuba, Yosemite, Provence, Ireland, San Francisco, Scotland and Prince Edward Island.

Polly heads west

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Polly will be traveling again! We’re heading west to visit my sister in Portland, Oregon and my cousins in Utah. During a visit a few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting several blog followers at a talk/book signing in Portland, so I thought it would be nice to arrange another event while we’re in town. This time, I will talk briefly about my work and sign books on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm at A Children’s Place.

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Polly needed a new outfit for the trip, of course. She decided on a colorful cotton batik skirt and turquoise top to compliment her favorite red vest. She’s always had a weakness for western attire, so I made a custom cowgirl hat.

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Polly is excited to be traveling west, across the whole continent and looks forward to sharing her adventures on Instagram and Facebook.

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Meet the Frost family!

frostfamilyposterI am very pleased to introduce the 5 members of the Frost Family. Mom, Dad, brother, sister and baby are all dressed warmly for the coming winter. They are doll-house sized, from 4.5” to 2.5”, with hand embroidered wool felt outfits and acorn capped painted wooden heads. Even though they are sturdy enough to be played with by children, they aren’t just for children and can be appreciated by all ages. Every once in a while I make a group of related wee folk dolls and offer them as a fundraiser for a local non-profit organization. The Frost family will be raffled to benefit the Waldorf School of Cape Cod.

If you visit this blog regularly, you’ll know that I don’t sell one-of-a-kind dolls, so this is a rare chance to have a unique family of wee folk, all hand-stitched by yours truly. Raffle tickets ($5.00 each, 5 for $20.00) may be purchased online here. The raffle is open to all world-wide and the prize will be sent to the winner, where ever they live.

Previous raffles include the Fairy Family and the Oakleys. You can get a behind the scene glimpse at the process of making the Frost Family below…

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I made the dolls and stitched their wool felt clothes over the summer.

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I just loved picking out the felt colors for the Frost Family’s warm winter clothing. They are a variation of doll house sized dolls from my how-to book, Felt Wee Folk: New Adventures. The doll armatures are extra sturdy (as taught in the book), so as to hold up better to multiple posing and general play by children (or adults).

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I added sparkling accents with metallic thread.

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French knots make polka-dots on the baby’s jump sit.

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Here’s the set-up for the Frost family’s photo shoot, before “snow” (kosher salt) was sprinkled around. The Frost Family is on display at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod until the raffle drawing, which will be during their popular Holiday Faire on Sat., Nov. 19th. Raffle tickets may be purchased online here. Good luck!

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