Last winter I found a rusty spiral wire---bed spring?---on my beach. I knew right away it would become a "nodder" ,
...a strange primitive sort of folkart sculpture/ toy that dates back to America's 1800s. A sort of make-do, like whirligigs and pin keeps.
Nodders are the great grandaddy of modern bobble dolls. Probably you've seen a famous baseball player nodding on the dashboard of some guy's pick-up? Yep, that's a nodder...as are hula girls and nodding Garfield the cat dolls.
It took me ever so long to make the figures. I love folkart images of Mr.Moon, the man in the moon...so I knew my nodder should be a Moon and a crow for autumn.
I did a rough sketch on the paper pad I use for a mousepad. I made patterns, then found out that unless I wanted a huge moon, it would be difficult to attractively form his profile.
I decide to print a drawing on muslin...none of my 7" sketches looked at all as interesting as my small "remember this idea" doodle. So I blew it up to size, I figured our mirror reverse. I carefully attached muslin to printer paper, fed it in...bleh! The printer went wacko. And spit it out. Again and again and again...
Finally I had two sides. I trapunto'd Mr Moon's features, sewed and stuffed him. Added glo-in-the-dark inked details.
I dug a nice piece of driftwood from my stash., added an old brass keyhole cover...
Missy Crow was simpler!
Will love prevail?
I made two Missy Crows, as I often do, I always make extras.
This pretty dove or sparrow holds a tiny quilt scrap heart.
Her base is a giant plastic button from my newest button box purchase. So she stands ever so nicely atop this Mason jar [but isn't attached permanently].
I also had the Eureka! moment for making Mason jars with tea lights...this is a primitive, scented wax votive from Michael's...battery operated, so it is safe if tucked int a bowl of potpourri. And of course will "burn'' even with the old zinc lid screwed on tight.
Golden candleight for a cold Autumn full-moon night.
gone to the beach....