Thursday, January 13, 2011

Back Up and Running (with scissors)


Just for the record the root canal turned out to be no big deal. So thankful.
Here are two of my skinny-legged friends. Any guesses? The pail of water should be the give away. Jack and Jill, mais oui. And now that I notice it, Jill surely has short arms so it's a good thing she has her clothing custom made.
Jack and Jill live in Winston-Salem with two of my little grandgirls. They are my copy-cat versions from a wonderful book that you need to know about. It's "Pocketful of Posies" by the uber-talented Salley Mavor. This treasury of nursery rhymes is illustrated with Salley's over-the-top, unbelievably gorgeous, hyper-detailed wool felt panoramas. They are to die for. Each of your favorite nursery rhyme characters from Little Miss Muffett to Wee Willie Winkie is painstakingly crafted with hand-painted wood bead heads, wool felt clothing, and assorted notions, buttons, clippies, beads and other cleverly disguised objects. You'll find them each part of an intricately embroidered and embellished scene from the rhyme. I'm telling you, you ain't seen nothin' like it nowhere, nohow!
Two years ago my Winston-Salem daughter gave me Salley's instructional book "Felt Wee Folk" that in illustrated step-by-step instructions, tells you how you, too, can learn to make fairies, fairy-tale creatures, kings, wizards, and other assorted adorable little creatures that are a delight to children, their parents and we grandparents. Reading her books, her blog http://www.weefolk.wordpress.com/ and making the little dolls is so much fun that I am always hoping no one will notice that we do indeed need clean clothes and supper on the table.
You can navigate to Salley's shop via her blog or go straight to http://www.weefolkstudio.com/ to look at the traveling exhibit from Pocketful of Posies, view and purchase her books or her ready-to-love wee folk. You'll be so glad to get to know Salley. I'm surely glad that I did.

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