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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Our beloved April....






The new little Shanty Garden is coming right along. I laid old bricks and creek rocks for pathways, and the Cowboy put some rusty old hog panels to provide some protection for the area.  We are watching each day for signs of life from the new little bulbs we planted a couple of weeks ago.  They are from Dutch Mill Bulbs Spring 2019 School Fundraiser.  They are guaranteed!  "...just add water!  Cover with soil, water, and enjoy a beautiful garden this Summer - guaranteed!"  How fun is that!







The little hummingbirds seem to like their new feeding station.  I am excited that, when the strong winds blow as they do here, there won't be a sticky, sweet mess across the porch.  And, the Cowboy is just happy to have his porch back.  





Some days the trail we walk seems quite crowded.  The cattle, intent now on their summer grazing, hardly give us a second look for they are so accustomed to seeing us walk amongst them.










These two feral hogs were photographed by me some time ago.


One day there were seven cousins of these wild critters on the trail.  Millie was excited to see them and tried to herd them up as a stock dog likes to do.  The cousins didn't seem to care for her little game and gave her a good little chase before they headed for the hills.  We haven't seen them since.




I take pictures almost every day of the pond.  It is always changed from the day before , especially at this time of year.  I just realized today that I don't even know what kind of tree grows on the little peninsula.  I will find out.




I continue to enjoy, but struggle to keep up, in Karen's Ledger class.  She stresses that it is a color study.  The first thing we did was choose an inspiration piece with colors we wanted to use in our work for the class.  I chose an old greeting card that my friend, Sarah, had sent to me.  It had originally been sent "To Nora, with Love, from Gwladys."

Karen asked me if I knew Nora and Gwladys, which, of course, I did not.  However, after that, I couldn't but help wonder about them, and began to think about making  Nora and Gwladys dolls.








I recently read, "Couture in Miniature" in an old 1991 Victoria magazine.  "How did resilient French dressmakers respond to the postwar fabric shortage that prevented them from producing full-size samples of their flamboyant, wasp-waisted materpieces?  Couturiers simply reduced the size of the challenge confronting them, opting to show off their fashions on exquisite doll-size mannequins.  One-hundred fifty of these elegant 30-inch-tall models starred in 'Theatre de la Mode,' a re-creation of the original show, which viewed through April 14, 1991 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City."

Dressed by such couturiers as Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Lanvin, and Worth, the dolls were intended to show the world that the devastation of the war years had failed to stifle the celebrated creativity of French fashion designers.  To mount the postwar exhibit, France's most talented milliners, hairdressers, shoemakers, glove makers, embroiderers, and furriers joined together dressing the dolls from head to toe in diminutive versions of their latest fashions.  Each tiny article of clothing was made with the same precision as those in a regular collection: zippers zipped, pockets held mouchoirs, and handstitched buttonholes opened and closed.  The small models even wore genuine scaled-down jewelry designed by Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Wow!  What a show!



Nora and Gwladys will be mannequin-styled dolls, but will be only about sixteen inches tall. I have already begun working on them, but summers are such a busy time here on the farm that I know I must be realistic in my goals.  I just hope to have these beautiful ladies finished by the time class ends next January.  


In the meantime, I have been working on weaving in Karen's class.  Most of the others have gone on to the next page, or the one after that, but I stayed with the weaving a little longer for I so enjoyed it.  I wonder what I should do with the long tails in the picture below...  I can't bring myself to cut them.  
 




I will paint this little girl soon.  She wants to be a real girl with a real dress and real shoes.  She has been here so long that we have grown close.  She knows me well.  I love her...




 I hope you all are having a great April.  Take care and Happy Trails....

                                                                                        




35 comments:

  1. What a wonderful oasis your little Shanty Garden is. I can imagine how peaceful to while away the hours reading, doing crafts or visiting with folks and watching the hummingbirds enjoy their buffet of sweetness.
    The cattle are probably drawn to Millie's cheerful nature.
    The wild critters is a bit unsettling. I'm thankful they didn't harm Millie in her attempts at playing herd with them.
    Your pond photo looks like a painting. Beautiful!
    I hold a great admiration for creators of miniatures and the accessories. Wow!
    Nora and Gwladys dolls, so exciting to be able to create new characters.
    Your little girl bust is bittersweet and haunting. I know she'll be an absolute beauty, full of life, when you get her finished.
    You've so much going on. I look forward to your updates on your projects.
    Wishing you a marvelous April. Happy trails to you too. :)

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments, E.C. Actually, it is a concern that the wild hogs might harm Millie. She is very fast and very smart, but I still worry about her.

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  2. Good morning, lovely post I enjoyed reading everything. great hummingbird station and area-they will love it
    This is a wonderful time of the year for a long walk for me the weather is perfect
    On your weaving you could add in some beads and knot it enjoy your week Hugs Kathy

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    1. Hello Kathy! Thanks for the tip on beads in the long fringes. I know you do this kind of work in your journals so I will take a look at what you have done with beads.

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  3. Your creativity knows no bounds, my friend. The Shanty Garden is so lovely and appointed so beautifully. I'm sure you will enjoy it immensely. Love the description of the guarantee of the bulbs! The feral hogs certainly would frighten me. Please take care as you take your lovely walks enjoying the peaceful beauty of your farm. The reflections in the pond are so pretty and peaceful. I couldn't help but think your weaving with its strings attached would be a great bookmark. Sending you wishes for a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Martha. Yes, the weaving piece would make a perfect bookmark. Maybe I will just let it float around in the ledger. I saw three or four tips of green in the bed where I planted the bulbs. :~)

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  4. Oh my gosh, I couldn't wait to comment on your new little garden and the hummingbird bird feeding station. I love them both! Then reading on...you are so talented. Your new dolls will be beautiful. That was such an interesting read. Oh, and your sweet little girl waiting to be a real girl. She is adorable. I would leave the tails on the woven piece. It is much too pretty to cut.

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    1. Henny, I think of you so much when I am out and about working in the gardens. Sometimes I just stand and stare just like you say you do. I really helps, doesn't it?

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  5. Your Shanty Garden is delightful! What a lovely, restful place to spend a little time in. Sorry to hear that feral hogs are finding your domain--they can be so destructive. Nora and Gwladys and friendship in the past are still inspiring folks--your friend Sarah, new dolls, and your ledger in progress! Thanks for an interesting visit to your part of the world. :)

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    1. Jen, I can only imagine how much Nora and Gwladys would have liked your mail art. You are so right about the destruction caused by feral hogs. I hope they stay in the hills for awhile.

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  6. Your blog is the perfect way to start the day :) Everything has seemed to come alive at this time of the year and you express it absolutely beautifully with your words and photographs. The shanty garden, the critters, the pond, your creative adventures - there's something for everyone here, and I love it all!
    Looking forward to seeing what's next in your corner of the world! Happy April!

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    1. Thank you, Chris. Spring was slow to come here, but things are happening fast now. You were way ahead of us this year with flowers blooming everywhere.

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  7. Love your Shanty garden and the hummingbird station. We don't have them here yet. They sure keep me busy when the do arrive. Those hogs looked scary and they can be aggressive and can dig up a pasture like a cultivator. Hope you weren't as close as you looked.

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    1. The hummingbirds are here now, so get ready Patti! The only drawback to having the feeders away from the house is that I have to walk farther to take down feeders to clean and refill. You are so right about the hogs digging up the pastures like a cultivator. It sounds like you have had experience with them. The only ones I am afraid of are the sows with young pigs.

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  8. I've just spent a delightful half-hour scrolling through some of your recent posts and am now a follower. I enjoyed every one of your beautiful scenic photos, and Millie too, of course! Your dolls are so enchanting, what a wonderfully artistic hobby. Do you make little quilts for your girls? I wanted to thank you for your sweet comments on my blog post yesterday but could find no email address to do so since Google is telling me that you are a 'no-reply' blogger. Perhaps if you respond to this comment you might leave an email address so I can respond back.

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    1. Talented quilters like you surely do make me want to make quilts for the dolls. One of these days I am going to do it! I so love your beautiful quilts!

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  9. OMG Your shanty garden is delightful and the flowers are well protected from the animals that love to nibble. I'm sure that it will bless you with many hours/days of delight. We're still feeling the cool weather and patches of snow , so it will be a short summer.... I'm hoping that it will not be too late for our humming birds...So I'll be so excited to see your pictures. What a beautiful walk you have shared... however I would be alittle intimidated by the hogs. .... The history of " Couture in Miniature " was fascinating...My mother was a designer so I have such a love for fashion. That little dolly of yours is a patient little girl and I can't wait to see how see evolves in your creative hands... This was a lovely post...ENJOY your week...Hugs

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    1. Thank you Zaa! You surely must have been greatly influenced by your designer mother to have become the amazing artist you are. How wonderful! The hummingbirds were late this year, but they are finally here flitting all about. I love them!

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  10. I looked over your post this morning and wanted to wait until I had more time to look again. You have so many goodies to share with us. I love the progression of your shanty's garden. It's wonderful to be able to go outside and play again. I look forward to seeing all your hummers buzzing about soon. Your walks are amazing; but I think I would be a little bit afraid of those hogs! The pond photo's are always beautiful. I love how you capture the reflections! I am loving the colors you chose as your project color study. Reminds me of the colors of Fall. I don't blame you for loving your precious doll...she is almost lifelike. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful things with us.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. Oh, yes, the colors of fall have always been my favorites. The colors in my project color study can be found in every room of the house. I hope you are having good weather for getting outside to play. You definitely had a long winter this year.

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  11. You do meet delightful characters on your walks, don't you. The pond is breathtaking with all those lovely reflections of the trees. How amazing those couture dolls are. I cannot imagine all the tiny details and of course all the hours spent on each gorgeous creation. Your girl has the sweetest face. I wonder what magic you will create with her? April, in your beautiful part of the world looks magical. Very, very soon your shanty's garden will be blooming ever so beautifully. How delightful it was for me to stroll around your little place and drink in all the beauty that surrounds you.

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    1. Thank you for visiting our little corner of the world. April is such a lovely month. I am already looking forward to my next visit to your "bottom of the world."

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  12. Your garden is just lovely.
    I don't think I'd like to meet up with those hogs!!

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    1. Karen, The hogs are usually more afraid of me than I am of them. I should think it would be more frightening to meet up with a bear.

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  13. I'm a bit late commenting and turning a little green with envy of your shanty garden and the bird feeding station. :) Will you ever find time to sit and enjoy the flowers, birds and bees? I hope to visit someday.

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    1. Maybe I will have time when I am finished with Nora and Gwladys. :~) The Cowboy had other plans for us today. You know how that goes! I think a visit is long overdue! Maybe you can come when the flowers from the fundraiser start to bloom.

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  14. Thanks for stopping by my post.
    I enjoyed reading that paragraph about french dress makers, I always enjoy antique dresses and any clothing articles.
    I'm sure you will be busy on the farm all summer and fall probably.

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  15. LOVE your garden area. So cute. Feral hogs, wow, we don't have things like that where I live in TN. We have our share of feral cats. That is so cool but I bet they are a pain in the backside.

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  16. What a beautiful walk! So glad that your dog chased the feral hogs away, as they can be quite dangerous! You captured a great photo of them, they are huge! The dolls you are creating now sound lovely, and I enjoyed your bit of history about how the French used dolls to share their creations after the war. That is quite amazing! The dolls you create are so lovely, and I will look forward, in time, to seeing your hard work come to completion. May you enjoy the beauty of spring as it unfolds its beauty in your world :) Your patio is full of delights and beauty! So much to enjoy :)

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  17. I love your garden. What a beautiful walk. Your patio sure is lovely. Happy spring!

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  18. beautiful garden and wonderful to feed the little birds. Such a great post and love the dolls. I love the mannequins and love that you are making two of them. Your other doll that you are working on is so beautiful too. You have so much energy and such devotion to your home and family and your love of gardening and doll making. I will enjoy seeing your mannequin dolls.

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  19. Between the garden, the walks with Millie, the paradise you live in, your Mr Cowboy, and your art work, you have a richly textured life. You don't need the hogs. :~P

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  20. How pretty your garden is! Your area with all of the wildlife and nature is beautiful!
    We have the feral hogs in our area. So thankful they have not come onto our property. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  21. Such a lovely garden area! Your area and wildlife photos are beautiful!

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