New Garden Trolls for Fairy Gardens

I’ve been having fun creating new Chubby Bubby Buddies and a new little character I have named a Garden Troll.  Trying to stick with the Scandinavian mythology so thought a troll would be the next best thing.  I made a few modelled after the Chubby Bubby Buddy but these guys are totally different.  This was my first attempt at using fibre for hair instead of polymer clay.  I had some 100% Peruvian wool.  I think it looks great.

The skin tone on these are made from a blend of Super Sculpey with a small amount of white Premo.  The clothes are made from Sculpey Premo and Katoclay blend.

Feet First

Feet First

Next bake before head and arms

Next bake before head and arms

Hmm just needs hair

Hmm just needs hair

Voila complete with shovel

Voila complete with shovel

His cousin in fall colours

His cousin in fall colours

Fairy Gardens

Well the first Spring Market has come and gone.  Lots of great comments on the new line of Chubby Bubby Buddies and Tomtes.  My next show is the Cranbrook Garden Show on July 6th.  This will be my third invite to the this show.  One of the organizers gave me a great tip for this year when we spoke at the Spring Market.

They have been doing workshops on fairy gardens so hint, hint maybe try some pieces that can be used in these indoor and outdoor gardens.

So for the past 2 days I have been in my studio coming up with some garden trolls that might work.  Should be on my Etsy and Indiemade sites within the week.

I had a great deal of fun playing around with polymer clay and my pan pastels to see what type of effect I could get.

Here are two group shots outside in my flower beds

Frolicking in my flower beds

Frolicking in my flower beds

Another group shot

Some closeup shots

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Mushroom idea

Mushroom idea

A mushroom troll

A mushroom troll

Mushroom number one

Mushroom number one

Rock Troll

Rock Troll

Next instalment is a prototype for a larger troll that I have had mulling around in my head for about a week now.

Heading for the Market

Well the end of May is not that far away.  And that means the first of three spring markets at the Cranbrook Farmer’s Market.  I have been busy designing a few new animals for my Chubby Bubby Buddy Collection.  Plus I just ordered gifts boxes for them as well.  Not sure if they will make it in time for the first market but I am still excited.

Now each little Chubby Bubby Buddy will come with a card with some fun facts about the animal it represents, a small cotton pouch so you can take him everywhere you go.  Then he is tucked in a small kraft gift box.

This is what my work table looks like when I get going.

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Hey who’s that at the back.

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Those troll just keep sneaking into the shot.

Here is a close up of the squirrel.

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More Chubby Bubby Buddies on the way.

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There’s that troll again.  H-m-m-m.

Cheers

 

Past lives and past work

Found more photographs from my macro days.  These were shot at Devil’s Punch Bowl Provincial Park in Prince Edward Island when I was still living there.  This is a picture of a maple tree in full fall colours using the zoom lens and playing with shutter speeds and before digital cameras.  These were shot with a Pentax K1000.

I think I laid under the tree for 30 minutes waiting for the sun to hit the tree just right.

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A troll in my studio

Okay so I have been trying to design a fun little troll to fit in with my tomte collection.  Not easy to make a cute troll.  Many ended up in the studio bin and not on the shelves.  This was my latest attempt.  He has been sitting on my studio table for the past week.  I kept him there so I could use him as a template for my next attempt.

Yesterday my husband popped his head into see what I was working on – tomtes of course- and he saw the troll just sitting looking all sad and lonely.  He loved it.  So here is a photo of the troll that is now down in my husband’s office.  I may have to make a few more.

There he is in amongst my new tomtes

There he is in amongst my new tomtes

A close up

A close up

 

April Showers

I find as an artist I am never really satisfied with one outlet for my creativity so over the years I have turned my hand, mind and eye to a number of creative pursuits.  The one I had the most fun with and made a bit of money too was photography.  It’s been awhile since I have picked up the camera for the pure enjoyment of taking photos.  Now it is to take photos of product to put on my website.

My plan today was to take is some spring air and get out of the office and studio for a day but alas it is raining.  Now don’t get me wrong I love the rain and it can make some interesting pics with all those spots on the lens but I think I will wait for another day.

So I have poured a cup of coffee and am going through some of my old photos when I was fascinated with macro photography.  So here a few things from my photography days.

More to come in later posts on the next rainy spring day.

Anticipation

Anticipation

Almost there

Almost there

Intruder Alert

Intruder Alert

A pollen shower

A pollen shower

My grumpy old schnauzer

I just got back from a walk with my 15 year old miniature schnauzer.  He no longer comes on our morning hikes as he just can’t do that distance anymore.  The spirit is willing but his body is showing signs of age.  But then again don’t we all.

So in the middle of the afternoon when I am feeling punkie and need to leave my studio I take him for a shorter walk.  As soon as the collar is on he is set and ready to go.  He fires off down the hill like a puppy then 5 minutes later he looks up at me totally exhausted as if I was to blame for his fatigue.

In our home he is known as the “last pet standing”.  He has outlived his schnauzer buddy, Dieter, and 2 crazy cats, one who loved him, the other not so much.

So we are back and I hear lots of contented sighing down at my feet.  So here is my little buddy, Truman plus some earlier pics of him when our house had many furry friends.

My little guy, Truman

My little guy, Truman

 

Truman and Dieter on the beach in Tofino in 2012.

Truman and Dieter on the beach in Tofino in 2012.

This is Molly, the cat who loved him.

This is Molly, the cat who loved him.

This is the cat who did not

This is the cat who did not