For my birthday, I invited a couple girlfriends over to make fairy doors! It was a pretty inexpensive project, considering how much we got out of it. I got beautiful unfinished wooden doors special from this unfortunately-named etsy for $4.50 apiece (plus shipping), spent under 20 bucks at the dollar store getting whatever caught my eye, and plundered the family craft hoard for paint, glitter, moss, stickers, and other little bits of this and that. And then, of course, I spent a couple of weeks scouring the ground for twigs, acorns, leaves, seeds, and fallen pieces of bark. Decorating took a whole evening and was quite fiddly, playing with miniature stuff, but I think it could be simplified to be friendlier to younger crafters.
For me, the best part was seeing my friends come up with brilliant ideas inspired by all the interesting materials we had at hand. Mushrooms made with a bit of twig and half a styrofoam ball! Texture for the door using puffy stickers under a coat of paint! A little birchbark wishing well, with a roof made of twigs and walnuts!
Felt coasters. A hostess gift for a friend and fellow dyed-in-the wool Trek fan.
Inspired by this article and some interesting words, I made some hatpins as a Christmas present for a dear friend. The pins are about 3 inches long, and the decorations vary in size, and are made mostly of paper and glue.
Red Panda, Ailurus fulgens
Calgary Zoo, July 2011
Mechanical Horse, Calgary, AB
I have not been able to find the name of the artist who created this beautiful fellow, photographed here by Randene (Randene.tumblr.com)
A photo from last summer I had forgotten about. A tiny tree growing in a piece of scrap lumber in our yard.
Regina, Saskatchewan, November 2010
From eeumami’s Etsy. I own several of her earrings and they are universally delightful. The creator herself is, in my opinion, also universally delightful.
"This pair of earrings is about angles. The even, measured angles of the red jasper, illuminated by organic planes of tumbled citrine and hanging from solid sterling silver chain. The movement of the chain creates an eye-catching play of light within the citrine that inspired the angular yet organic ear hooks. The weight of the stones give these a lovely swing and a sly jingle."