Interesting things happen at the intersection of real and pretend. There is a shift, scale becomes playful and there is instant magic, instant enchantment. Nothing is certain and anything is possible.
That intersection is always on my mind when I’m making something, especially the little birds. I love to photograph them in the park or a forest. It is still one of my favorite things to do.
The forest casts its own spell, offers its mystery and magic. And the camera adds to it, it drops a glass dome over the moment and crystallizes the atmosphere.
It creates a world where if you just look a little closer, a little sharper, you might catch a glimpse of little birds exploring or tiny bunnies in joyful procession. Maybe they’ve been there all along and you just never noticed before.
About those bunnies…
My sister made them from the very nice mice pattern (just add long ears) a couple years ago and took the photo. I love their expressions.
And it’s bunny season and almost spring, make some bunnies and take a photo! I’d love to see. Use #annwoodpattern on instagram.
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A beautiful and wonderfully expressive, melancholy little bear, will, a christmas gift handmade by my sister becky (note on the picture- taken using the handiest little tripod ever – a gift from my sister Catherine).
And a couple new owls in progress.
My sister becky puts things up and she surprised me with a box of her homemade preserves this week. Besides the strawberry and rhubarb orange in the photo there is also a lime raisin chutney that I already put too big a dent in to photograph. They are all unimaginably delicious. Enjoy the holiday, there will be new little birds available shortly after and I’m thinking about maybe bringing back the daily bird for a little while. You can join the mailing list for updates or just check back here.
I thought I was going to make a cora today but an alice turned up. She is the daily bird and she will be in the shop at 8pm est.
This very mini pincushion is a surprise that came in the mail from my sister becky. It’s felted and has a little removable crocheted base.
My sister Becky made me this little terrarium for Christmas and I could not be more pleased with it.
It’s in a hand-blown Victorian fishbowl that has a ruffled edge and all sorts of beautiful little bubbles and imperfections in the glass. She collected the little mosses and plants for the mini landscape over the summer. It’s truly spectacular and a perfect home for this tiny donkey I’ve been saving for something for years.
I’ve been in kind of a wheel spinning, non productive post holiday fog. I’ve got lot’s of stuff I should be doing, would even like to be doing, but instead of really focusing on any of it I keep doing stuff like spending HOURS making a new pin cushion.
*Thanks to everybody who’s bidding at the Kim Benefit on Ebay, people are being incredibly generous*
Look what I got, it’s lovely isn’t it?
It was a surprise present from my very crafty, fiberish, knitting, spinning, felting sister Becky. She makes lots of wonderful stuff including bears with amazing personalities and everything always in astounding colors and color combinations. I would love to post more of them if only she would send me pictures. I’m optimistically adding a becky things category.