The hippo is pooing

 

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Well another powerful animal totem.  And why the hippo?  When I was stumped and couldn’t come up with a new animal totem to design for the Chubby Bubby Buddy line I remembered my trip to the Calgary Zoo in 2014.

We took our Brownie troop for an overnight stay at the African Savannah Building.  There were meerkats, red river hogs, giraffes, snakes and 2 hippos named, Lobi and Sparky.  Oh yes and one very loud peacock.

The girls learned about the animals that live in the African Savannah including two interesting facts about Hippos.  The first are their teeth which, according to zoo staff, can bite a small boat in half.  Needless to say we had a few girls who wanted to move their cots and sleeping bags away from the hippo pool where they came nose to nose with the mighty beast.

The second is the flinging of the poo which is designed to spread the poo over a wider area and thereby marking territory.  There was even a warning sign in the “spray zone”.  Of course there is nothing better than a good poo story to amuse a gaggle of 7 and 8 year old girls.  Well we waited all night and early into the next morning but Lobi and Sparky opted for the comforts of the water and never headed up into the spray zone.

However, the whole event would have been missed had it not been for our resident stragglers and dawdlers.  Huddled by the Savannah building exit, desperately needed a copy of coffee, a chorus of voices could heard from the distance – “The hippo is pooping!!  the hippo is pooping!!”  I never saw 30 girls and adults move so fast toward this type of animal activity.  It was quite the sight.

And don’t forget the hippo, also known as the “water horse” reminds us to break out of our rut and focus our creativity energies in a new direction.

Till next time.

Cheers

Lyndell

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What’s in a dream?

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Walt Disney

Last night I dreamt I was locked in a very well known department store for the entire night.  Wow, how could they not know that I was still in the store?  How could they not hear the shopping cart as it squeaked its way through the aisles?  Did they not listen?  Did they not check the store and call out. “is anyone still here?”  No, they just dimmed the lights and left me there – alone.

So after my initial anger, fear and terror set in I made my way to the main entrance and found the doors locked – from the outside.  I pressed my face against the cold hard glass  and reached into my purse for my car keys.  My little flashlight would guide my way.

I slowly turned and faced the wide expanse of the store and then to my delight I realized it was mine, all mine.  The clothes, the accessories, the appliances, the toys, ohh-h-h-h and the Wii.

I headed to camping and housewares and collected lamps, extra batteries, and a miner’s headlamp.  Like Hansel and Gretel with their breadcrumbs through the forest I left a trail of camping lights so I could retrace my steps if necessary.  I knew my flashlight would not last for long.

I headed to cosmetics for a much needed mani/pedi, fingernail decals and all.  I sprayed my hair purple, poofed it up with Dippity-doo, and shone my headlamp in the direction of the Toy Department.  The first order of business: build an entire Star Wars set out of Lego, Death Star canteen included.

Throughout the night I made my way to each department eventually ending back in camping supplies.  I crawled into my 5-man tent and curled up in a large down-filled sleeping bag.

That’s where they found me the next morning.  They waded their way through my fortress of half-opened boxes, chip bags and ice cream tubs to wake me.  I rubbed my eyes, reached into my purse and slowly but steadily handed them by credit card.

Till next time.

Cheers

Lyndell

©2014 Lyndell Classon and Classon Creations

Friendship at its deepest level

Sam the skunk is prone to panic attacks and moments of fear.  Not good when you’re a skunk.  But his buddies decided it was time to take him out of his comfort zone and head out for a hike.  So they left my studio and up they went to the top of the mountain; singing, whistling, and humming away.  Sam was in the zone and feeling good.  Once on the peak they took in a few rays and relaxed in the warmth of the afternoon sun.

Then it happened.  They heard a loud noise just beyond the peak.  Knowing Sam’s fears his friends turned toward the noise in preparation to defend themselves and Sam.  But Sam’s panic got the better of him and well you know what happened next.  Yep.  Poof.  It just snuck out.

Ooops.  So Sorry.

Ooops. So Sorry.

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” ~ Walter Winchell

Taking the Plunge

Well, I have gone and done it.  I have ventured out to sea and into the uncharted waters of my own website.  Now this may sound strange to some of you but this is new for me.  I am still trying to understand this whole new world of social media and marketing online.  All totally foreign to me but I promised myself that I would get my a website up and running this year and I have finally done.  So My Shopify Website is up and running although I am sure there is much tweaking to be done.

So in honour of this new venture here is a picture from our trip to Tofino, BC.  Notice how my schnauzers are looking out to sea as if to say “Mom, it’s time for a new adventure.  Let’s do it.”

Here I am with my 2 favourite furry friends

Here I am with my 2 favourite furry friends

Hug a walrus today

Well, another new fun animal totem has emerged from my studio.  The Walrus Totem.  I was not sure which colour to use but then opted for blue, the colour of water, the walrus’ favourite habitat.  If you have ever watched them they are a bit clumsy on land but in the water graceful and effortless.

The walrus reminds us to take the path of least resistance and remember when one crosses your path to stop and hug someone you care about.

Happy walrus

 

“A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.”~ Bil Keane

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.