Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sigh. . . . . . .

She is finished at last. . . . 
I always forget how long it takes. The legs were not that difficult, some sturdy wire did the job and now she stands firm !
I think she my all time favourite now. . . . . 




 She is in my Etsy shop :-)


Helen X

p.s. I think she makes a cute Christmas card, you can download her pic :-)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Baby roe deer :-)

Nope, not finished yet :-( but here's a cute video where you can hear the sound of a fawn calling it's Mom
Don't worry, Mom is around !
http://youtu.be/HFLrrnilggI


Thursday, November 24, 2011

❆ ❆ Baby roe deer girl ❆❆

I had no chance to work on her yesterday, sometimes things pop up and you have no choice but go with the flow. . . .
I was up early this morning and  finished her head just about now. I couldn't wait to see her with legs so I took Robin's advice and made the front legs of wooden dowels, the hind legs are bend, so I used wire for those.
Now, I have her standing on my kitchen table and try to see if they are the right size. 
It's better to put her away and don't look at her until tomorrow morning.
If you are working for hours and hours on a project you have to take a distance.
I took some photo's ( this will help too, also looking at it in the mirror) and I tell you: I looove her !

 It's funny, when I'm working on a animals head, there comes a point that you see it come to life and it's a strange feeling poking it with a needle :-)

Helen X

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

❆ Not Rudolf . . . . . . .or Bambi.. . . . . .

It's his little niece, a roe deer fawn :-)
This is how I start an animal, a bit of wool here a bit of wool there. Then I start with the eyes and from there first one side of the face. If the head is okay, I can see if the body needs adjusting ( smaller/bigger).
I'm planning to make her stand up with looooong legs, mmmm that is not going to be easy but what's in my head isn't in my☟.





Helen X

Monday, November 21, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Someone's lurking . . . . .

Pheeew, I promised further pics and so on about the house but I needed to make things. . . 
I had a X- mas present to finish and I can't show you :-( , my dear friend Barby who is the one receiving it is also reading this blog and it's a surprise ( she knows about the present but she don't know what it is )

Well, when I'm busy creating, all kind of animals cross my mind and as soon as I finished Barby's F. . oops, I started a new birdie, Helen H posted  a beautiful photo of a snowy owl a while ago and it wouldn't go out of my head. 
So here he is, not finished yet :
 Haaa, it feels so good creating again !
I'm especially looking forward to making his big feet :-)

I commented on your lovely comments  on my previous post but it's gone ! I don't know what happened !!!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

We are back part 2 :-)

First ; I apologize for being away so long !

I had so much on my mind since we were in Germany, my brain wouldn't stop thinking of the possibilities with the house and I had a lot of things to organize. In between I made some owls, list them on Etsy  and off we went again to Germany.
Our car was so full of stuff , Pinky had to sit at my feet and tho she made herself nice and comfortable I sat for 4 1/2 hours with my feet at the same uncomfortable position :-) but once we were there it was all good and well.
We started working the next morning, some window sills had to be painted and there was this wardrobe from Erik I really want to turn into a TV cabinet.
I don't like looking at a TV or CD players and thought it would all fit in this cupboard.
There was a sort of niche in the wall that could be used for the TV but every time I saw the niche it looked to me as a window that couldn't be opened.
The niche is in the middle of the wall . . . . .
So, there was the Ikea wardrobe, some paint, new hinges et Voila ! I added some Ivy leaves in relief  to give it a bit of Schwung ( flair)
The relief is very easy to make: I made a template of Vinyl flooring that's about 1/16 inch. and use a water base paste wood filler.
You put the template on the wood ( there must be a coat of primer or paint on the wood) and then you spread the filler on ( the same way you fill holes with putty). Take away the template and let it dry, after 15 minutes when the filler is dry you sand it a bit and you can paint it in the final colour. 

I hope I explained it simple, if not I could make photo's of the process if anyone is interested.
I was very pleased with the result !
Erik painted the windowsills and that was all for the day !

I told you in my last post about the Marten. . . . It's the cutest animal !

Well, we think there is one living in the attic, it keeps away rats and mice but it sometimes forget to eat the prey and it will rot and I think that's why there was a strange smell in the upstairs bedroom :-( . There are devices that makes high sounds to scare off the Marten but after some investigation I found it will work for a while but eventually they will come back.
We let him be for now. . . . 


The following day it was chilly and misty and everything looked so beautiful we went for a walk with Pinky.
This wooded area is huge and it's a fact one could walk all the way to France through this forest. The autumn colours were so gorgeous and some flowers were still blooming...


That night we heard a strange eerie sound and when we saw our neighbour Helmut the next morning we asked him what it could be. Probably a fox he said ( he knows all about wildlife ) and when we were home again we searched the internet and YES ! this was the sound :
If you listen to the sound at 1.39 min. you can imagine the chills that ran over our spines :-)not from fear but if you've never heard that sound before it's very impressive !

Back to work !
We bought some beautiful black and white marble tiles in the Netherlands and we wanted them in the living room where there once was a chimney . We really love to have a wood burning stove but the chimney has to be modified and that costs a lot of money so we decided to go for a fake fire and mantle and after tiling the floor ( we never did that before ) we installed the fake and well, the effect was surprisingly good !
I could see stockings and green decorations hanging on the mantle piece ! 
Okay, that's it for now !
Follow up tomorrow !!