It’s time we caught up with Polly Doll about the second part of her trip west. In early November she met up with her cousins in Salt Lake City and then headed to their cabin in southern Utah. From there she drove through the countryside and visited Kodachrome National Park (above video) and Brice Canyon National Park. The scenery was so spectacular that she could hardly believe her eyes! The Fall palette featured her favorite color combination, green and orange, with lots of subtle variations in between.
Polly really enjoyed the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City. She got up close to some gems, plaster animals and old bones. She’s looking forward to her next trip this winter, where she’s hoping to meet some real live animals up close!
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.
She helped the Mavor sisters make Speculaas, molded Dutch gingerbread cookies.
She drove south of Portland to Willamette Valley, Oregon’s wine making region.
It was really gorgeous out in the country. Polly loved Oregon!
On the drive up to Prince Edward Island, we stayed a night in Wiscassett, Maine, which was as pretty as advertised. These photos are from my early morning walk into town from our B&B.
We drove to Booth Bay Harbor, which is right down the road and had dinner with friends.
The next leg of the trip brought us just across the Canadian border to St. Andrews, NB, where I took another early morning walk through the neighborhood.
In the afternoon, we arrived at our friend’s cottage on the south east coast of Prince Edward Island. It sure was beautiful!
One day, we drove to the charming south coast village of Victoria for dinner and a concert.
After a wonderful visit to PEI, we headed home, stopping again in St. Andrews at the Rossmount Inn, where I took this photo of their spectacular background garden.
Five years ago, when we visited Turkey, the world was different. The news of violent clashes and turmoil in the country is upsetting, especially since I had the fortune of experiencing its astounding beauty and the gracious warmth of the Turkish people. I’ve taken this opportunity to review my photos of the trip and have selected a group of my favorites. You can see all of my posts about Turkey here.
I can’t remember a more glorious spring here on Cape Cod! The days are clear and warm, but not too hot, with zero humidity. And the yard is full of perfectly scaled vegetation and flowers for wee folk to ramble through, including bugle weed, forget-me-nots and buttercups. Here’s a selection of characters who escaped from my studio into the outdoors, some from my how-to book, Felt Wee Folk – New Adventures.
How about a lattice topped pie in an acorn cap?
Poppies are ready to pop.
Little Red Riding Hood makes her way across the bugle weed forest…
And a fairy bride and groom dance through a field of buttercups!
Here’s a glimpse at some of the many photos I’ve been taking in and around my studio with my phone camera. It’s really an excuse to play with my toys! I love how quick and easy it is to snap close-up images and share them on Facebook and Instagram. But, since not everyone wants to be tethered to multiple social media platforms, I thought I’d show a recent selection of my daily photos on this blog, too.
There are pictures of old and newer pieces, from my collection of insects made 37 years ago, to original bas relief children’s book illustrations, to newer wee folk characters from Felt Wee Folk. These days, I’m pretty busy working on some exciting projects that I can’t talk about yet, so my blog posts will be less frequent. If you’d like to keep up with regular posted images, I invite you to “like” my Facebook and Instagram pages.
Felt Wee Folk