Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Jeri,s Garden Tours, soon to come.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

PinKeeps, fuzzyfolk and eggs in the nursery

Greetings from the Hollow!
I promised to post pictures of some new Fuzzyfolk for my show customers so you can see who is coming to the  Fiber Festival and the Country Living Fair with me.

3 more new BUNS...
  are some of the latest little folk that will be available for adoption.
 Lucy Honeychurch,
Mohair, our sheeps wool and alpaca
Lucy sits comfortably on her quilted pinkeep; she is a nice companion whilst you stitch, and may sing a little tune or recite poetry for you.
 Her head is jointed to move from side to side, she is  5" long.
Maxim Bunwinkie
Long white mohair, Sheeps wool and Alpaca
He is 5" tall with jointed head and arms and sits on an embroidered Pinkeep.
 His feet are nearly as big as his carrot! He will hold your needles and won't even mind it if you poke them into his carrot.

Corky Whiskerkins
 stands 6" to the top of his ears,
He stands atop a pincushion made of old quilt, it matches his little vest. His arms and head are jointed.He will freely dispense advise on growing roses, as these are his favorite flowers of all.

Whether or not you are a needleworker, everyone needs a pincushion because we all use pins!
I also have 2 new squirrels with luxurious tails, and lots of gossip.
Louella  Bean and Tippy Holly
discuss the price of  cabbage.

 Louella Bean has articulated arms and head, jointed legs, little fingers and long toes
10" tall.
  She is made from mohair, Alpaca and sheep wool
Stuffed with wool....and acorns

Her best friend, Tippy Holly is fashioned of Long Mohair, Sheep's wool and  Alpaca.
She has articulated arms and head with jointed legs and glass eyes. She stands 10" tall.
SHE HAS A PORTLY TUMMY and looks best in her favorite cranberry colored bonnet.
I've enjoyed making these little characters, they've become part of the family. It will be difficult to part with them, but I am sure someone else will love them as much as me.
 If there is someone you really like, just email me and I will reserve it  for you. Otherwise, these will come with me to shows, go in my shop here in the Hollow, or my newly opened Etsy.
Also... news at the nursery!
This year we will have lots of baby duckling, peacocks AND even some goslings; FOUR of my ladies are currently sitting on their eggs!
 Who knows? you may want to adopt a baby bird this year! 

Friday, April 10, 2015

little buds, precious spring blooms...

 Do you concur?

With coffee in hand, first thing in the morning, I stroll the gardens surrounding the house and grounds, searching for LIFE;
and finding it in the most delicate of colors and forms
and the heart shaped leaves of Violets.
 and lounging near the pond,

The good earth promises much more to come;
 the softness of the Spring breeze tickles the feathers of all who venture into the garden.

I spent a week re-inventing the Potager Garden off the side porch.
 It is my traditional routine, every year, to enlarge and re-invent this Potagerie.
When first I planted it, the plot covered only about 70 square feet.

Now, it covers about 540 sq. feet,
separated into individual beds with timbers, rock and brick...Hopalong Hollowscaping.
"We" plant a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, roses and ground-covers in this garden.
I always have a lot of help with cultivating.
But these little feathered gardeners need constant reminding."Dig AROUND the plants, not INTO the plants!"
There is plenty more to sink into the earth, but we have a lot of time;
for this will continue all season long... I love that. Do you love to dig in the soil ?
 A dozen ladies visited here a few days back, they were purchasing books and art, and they brought me a lovely gift.
Now isn't that exactly what we garden folk love??!
More things to fill in the garden!
 Here's wishing you all  beautiful beginnings this Spring!
A quick flick.. you can't hear a word I am saying, but that doesn't matter, just feel that breeze....

Friday, March 27, 2015

Easter Parade... book winner

Do you remember an Easter Parade like this?
 You may, if you are my age....
 These funny little Easter toys date from the 30's to 50's. This rabbit is my favorite, look at the cunning outfit and the cute little designs on the wheels of his cart!

 If you put marbles in the top of the hens head, then press down on her backside,
she will lay colored eggs for you.

 Paper and Lithographed eggs from Germany have been produced for years.
 The really dark one on the left, I have had for 40 years; the lithographed art is fading out, but I can still make out bunny images all over the surface.
 The designs on the eggs are so charming, and even the interiors are covered in delightful tiny paper patterns:
As sweet as Ducky Waddles; and speaking of ducks and such....
 I took a little time today to do some Scrafitto eggs. I mentioned these last year.
Scrafitto is simply the folk art of scratching a layer of surface off, to find another color beneath.
 In the case of these eggs (from my Geese and Ducks) I have "scratched" away the top layer of dye to find the white eggshell beneath.

 This large goose egg has 4 laying geese all around the shell.

The Goose egg below has 4 different bird images.
Basically, I am etching into the egg shell, to create:

 Art on an eggshell.
Songbirds and leaping buns!

I love making these, especially since we cannot possibly EAT all these eggs.
 My post from last March explains this folk-art in more detail, if you wish to try it!
Book is MITZI... 
 Mitzi, send me your address and I will send you a book!
 I have  a squirrely girl here...
 but she hasn't got a tail yet
 So I will introduce her next week.
See you soon!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

More Fuzzyfoots and the 10th anniversary of Hopalong Jack

Meet Mr Maxwell.. he loves his kibble, you can tell by his chubby tum tum. In fact, he is rather chunky all round, from his toesies to his nosey and his fluffy fat tail.

Mr. Maxwell doesn't chase mice, he would rather sit on the floor and play with his toys.
He is 12" tall and fully jointed with weighted feet.
Stitched with mohair and Needle felted with sheep's wool and Alpaca.

 Esker Fuzzyfoot is
  a  lovable little bun that sits in your palm at 6" tall to the top of his head and 9" to the tips of his ears.

His head is articulated to turn any which way, his arms and legs are jointed. He is a very proper young bun, with excellent manners. and a love for good conversation.
His footsies are weighted and handstitched.
 Fashioned of long mohair and Needle felted with sheep's wool and Alpaca, Esker is quite kissable.

Above is Poppins Bunwinkie. This handsome chap would rather be in the garden, poking in the radish bed than posing for pictures.
He has articulated arms and head with jointed and weighted legs.
Stitched with white mohair and Needle felted with Black Alpaca wool and sheep's wool from my Linclon Finn, Beatrix.
His vest has shoe buttons, embroidery and is festooned with his favorite vegetables. It  is removable by unsnapping at the shoulders.
 He sits or stands beautifully!

Three jolly inhabitants of Hopalong Hollow!
Next week, I will introduce you to some squirrels and chippys.
 Now I hope you will join me as I celebrate the 10th anniversary of my first and foremost little rabbit, Hopalong Jack.

  My Book, "Hopalong Jack and the Blue Bunnies" was first published in 2005 and has just been reprinted for the 9th time! We are expecting 6000 books to arrive next week. I am always delightfully surprised when I meet a child of 7 to 9 years old at an art show, and learn that he or she has loved this book since they were "little" (little, being 1 to 2 years old).  It  is exciting for a book creator, to know that one's books have become a keepsake and a childhood memory, but this is not a storybook for children alone, as 1/3 of my customers purchase my books for an adult. Aren't YOU a child at heart too?

Since Hopalong Jack was the impetus for  Hopalong Hollow and thus, all following books and woolen characters, it seems odd that I have not yet reproduced HIM in 3-D as yet. I will do it soon.
To celebrate Jacks 10th anniversary, and in time for Easter, I offer a chance to win  a signed copy of Hopalong Jack. Just leave a message or an email, I will draw a name  next week. It doesn't matter if you already own the book, if you win, it makes a lovely gift for someone else.
Cheers from Hopalong Hollow!