A Victorious Return

What’s Shakin’ Cats and Kittens?

Did you miss me while I was away on an unannounced hiatus? I certainly missed you! Let me tell you my tale of sorrow, joy, hope and pudding pops. Recently, while on holiday in the lush gardens of AstroturfTopia I was accidentally swallowed whole by a giant sloth. I messily made my way through the belly of the beast (having luckily brought a few snacks and a spot of tea in my purse) in just under 13 days. This journey was many things, stinky, enlightening, disgusting and most of all squishy. I realized when I made it back into the land of the living, that I had learned much and should share it with the world. So I sat down and composed an epic poem to post right here on this very blog. Though the scientists were soon after me. You see, I had gained an actual understanding of the inner workings of giant sloths. So I then spent a few weeks writing a dissertation on the subject to appease my academic followers. Lastly, I noticed my calendar had me schedule for a few weeks of “me time.” I had set the weeks aside to meditate on the fantastic accomplishments I have achieved and to perfect my honey mustard dressing recipe. Finally I am ready to return to your loving embrace and preach my always sensical observations.

So what have I been crafting of late? Many, many fantastic things! There were some secrety projects I will gladly announce when they grace the pages of my worky magazines (and TV shows). Then there were the terrariums. I started up quite a few wee growing things late this spring. My intention is to personalize each one for friends. The first one I made up was for cycling couple I know.


Their terrarium is filled with dwarf thyme (all the terrariums host something edible) and featured a wee picnic scene. The blanket is just a small piece of gingham oil cloth. I found a few bicycle charms online and planted them in the dirt.

TerrorAren’t wee worlds just delightful? I love them so! When in need of wee eye candy I like to take a hop, skip and bum-fizzle over to these fantastic websites:

Take a peek at this Beetlejuice Terrarium built to entice the ladies.

Enjoy these fascinating scenes from Colossal, they are wee and happtastic!

Ah to live in a matchbox garden! Such a life would be fantastic.

Christopher Boffoli is making the world a magical place with his photo taking abilities.

Whelp lords and ladies of the night, I am off to launch my first ship. It might be a dinghy but I will be sure to christen it with all the necessary pomp, don’t you worry.


Henny Penny

For All the Lovers Out There

Aloha Readers and Accidental Clickers,

As yesterday was Valentine’s day my fingers were up to love inspired things. I tore the craft room apart fashioning an outfit that was alluring and domestic. Nothing says “I love you sugar daddy” like a see through chefs hat made out of the finest crocheted mesh my fingers could muster. Alas that little gem was torn to shreds during the evening’s festivities. As for the other item I made, I had to wait for Mr. McCluckin’ to complete his Valentine’s day treasure hunt before I could post this exciting blog entry. Hope your holiday was filled with whatever form of love you prefer. Maybe you’re into tropical fishes, or celery popsicles, or you just can’t get enough fake grass in your life, whatever your love might be, let’s celebrate it!

I happen to especially heart the number one rooster in my life, Mr. McCluckin’. He’s really a swell fellow and this Valentine’s day he gifted me with something quite astonishing, a trip to Maker’s Faire San Francisco! Can you believe it? I’ve not spent any extensive time in San Francisco and to be honest this trip will mostly involve sleeping, eating, and visiting the faire, but either way the city by the bay and I will be sure to cozy up this May.

I had no idea he was planning something so grand. I made him a tiny little diorama using ash we brought back from Iceland in 2010. You may recall the giant angry volcano that was causing so much European air traffic trouble? Well we happened to be in Iceland during that same time and of course we went out to take a peek at the eruption. All we could see was an ash cloud and hear it’s angry bellowing. Though while traipsing about the exploding countryside we collected a sandwich baggie of freshly minted ash before departing to safer distances.

The skewed look is so divine!

I used an IKEA glass jar I’ve had for a few years and a golf tee to base the little people upon. I like that they look like they’re just taking a walk in a sea of ash. What sort of desperate world are these people from? Maybe they have exciting hobbies like hunting fish with their bare hands or postage stamp collecting.

The treasure hunt for Mr. McCluckin’ was a huge success. I took several photos of things around our house and altered them using the Camera+ app on my iPhone. He was truly tricked on several occasions. Here are a few of the photos:

Well keep up the good work chums, I’m off to a magical land of hot springs that make human soup and breweries you can sleep atop, known as Glenwood Springs. I will see you next week!

Tally ho!

Henny Penny