Hopalong Hollow....

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

Jeri,s Garden Tours, soon to come.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Greetings and a hearty honk honk from the Hollow!

Hello from the Hollow, I've had a hectic 2 months!
But now, the Country Living Fair and the Fiber fest are behind me, and I can relax a little. Well, if you can call it relaxing to pull weeds, haul stones, plant trees and lay walkways. I can!
Firstly, the Fair was GREAT, AFTER the threat of tornadoes passed!
 I met a few blog readers who were kind enough to make themselves be known to me and we sold plenty of art, books and  oh dear... Fuzzyfoots and Featherweights.
Many little folks found new homes... I will miss them! A few larger Fuzzyfoots departed and All but 2 of the smaller buns were adopted.
I worked on these 2 ladies in the hotel room as they were not quite together; needing a stitch here, a button there, and whisker or two.
I knew they were being adopted on Sunday at the Fair and wanted them to look their best.
Their new mommies were pleased to meet them!
I know they will be well cared for and loved.
 There were little people on every shelf and table, this table was packed tight, but thinned out quite a bit Not everyone found a new home, but that is fine by me...
I just get to keep them longer.
 When we arrived home, the gardens were bursting at the seams!
 This section of the  potager is going strong, just look at those marvelous colors.

The "Goat garden" which I completely renewed last summer is coming into it's own,
The side garden is beginning to flourish, even the slope plants are about a foot tall already, as are some weeds; I know what I will be doing this week...
 Mathilda the goose is sitting on her (and her best friend Alice's) NINE eggs. She has nested in this corner in the Potager, right off the walkway, where she is disturbed daily by any number of strolling ducks, dogs and chickens. She chose a busy thoroughfare, I'm afraid.
The lovely Hettie Pepper has chosen a nest as well, as I discovered 2 of her eggs in this garden,
Ouside my potting shed... which is now a small Mercantile.
 Can't wait to show you what I have done inside this little building.
  On a more solemn  note, I would like to pay tribute to my dear little friend, Peepers, who quietly passed away last week.  
I painted her portrait when she was 3yrs old, giving her a tail she never had. For she was born without a tail as were 7 of her kittens.

  No condolences are necessary, she was lucky to die of old age, here at home, age 18yrs.  She had 2 litters and a good life here in the Hollow.
I still have 2 of her daughters, they are 16 yrs old. Cats are stoic about death, and seem to accept it quite peacefully, in fact, she was purring much throughout her last hours. We can learn much from felines.
 Good bye sweet girl.

Below is her daughter Sasha, who will be gardening with me all summer.
Since I have a good deal of time off from shows, I plan on bombarding my blog with lots of garden posts and videos, hope you'll be on board!
Until then, Cheers and Happy gardening!

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!