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.
©Lyndell Classon and Classon Creations
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.
“A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.”~ Bil Keane
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.
Hey who’s that at the back.
Those troll just keep sneaking into the shot.
Here is a close up of the squirrel.
More Chubby Bubby Buddies on the way.
There’s that troll again. H-m-m-m.
Now don’t panic when you look at this photo. That’s not a bottle of insecticide in that spray bottle. But these little clay ladybugs do have to go through an alcohol bath to remove any residue and oils that may be on the clay after firing. It also helps the varnish “stick” to the clay. Once they are dry they will get three coats for varnish. I will post more pictures to show the process of how these pendants go together. Wish I had more time to type today but I am going to take advantage of the spring weather and get outside. Cheers.
Ready for the next stage of production
Well it’s now spring and wouldn’t you know it it’s snowing outside. So I sat in front of a lump of black clay until it spoke to me. And it cried out ladybug. So that is what is now firing in the oven. Eight cute little ladybug pendants. Four in blue and four in red. Yes there are blue ladybugs. One species is commonly known as the Steelblue Ladybug introduced to New Zealand from Australia in 1899 to 1905. There are over 300 different kinds of ladybugs in North America and they come in a variety of colours, red, orange, blue, yellow, white and pink. So if these little fellows turn out after firing I may just have to make the whole range of colours.
These lumps of black clay will become ladybug pendants
See what a little bit of colour can do
And then the spots
Well here are a few shots of the completed garden critters. The butterflies are plant stakes for your household plants or you can even use them in your flower boxes outside. The ladybugs are actually fridge magnets but I couldn’t resist lining them up outside on the deck. My husband loves the ladybugs so I am now back in the studio again making more this week. Not sure if they will be ready for the show but they will be fun to have on Etsy.
They escaped from the fridge and made it outside
Well here are a few of my new critters. They are not quite complete but thought I would show their progress. Just a bit of paint and their wire stakes to hold them in your favourite flower pots. Hope to have this done soon. However, it is the holiday weekend in Canada and I have family coming in so I may not have them finished and ready to show for a few days. I will most definitely take photos before they go off to the Garden Tour on July 8th.