Fairies and Unicorns. All the girls here at the Bungalow love the fairies’ newest friend: The Unicorn. I hope you’ll love them too.
Just wrapped up a wholesale order for 125 magic wands. Sounds like picture time. I think I’ll have to do a follow up post showcasing the more than 125 pictures I took ( I did not realize the continuous shutter scaled down the size of each picture ).
The full title:
“Pa Never Thought Much of the Sinkhole Until the Dragon Came out of It”
wood + geode + dragon
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More about this piece:
Pa stands outside the barn eying the infant dragon crawling from her egg. Another figure watches the scene from the porch.
I sell at a weekly farmer’s market along with some guys selling rocks, minerals, and gems. I picked up some pieces of quartz and some geodes. What to do with them? I started off with the quartz and channeling Renaissance Festivals past I thought of wizards and dragons. So I start doodling castles and imaginary lands, but I wasn’t feeling it.
I liked the dragon idea though. Then poof - a farm hits me. A dragon crawling out of a sinkhole! I put down the pencil and start digging around the shop. The top board is a piece of maple I had been saving for a furniture piece (a table), but I thought it made a great sinkhole. A piece of oak made the perfect subterranean earth.
Originally the geode was to be the mouth of a cave, but the scale of the buildings and the process said the geode served better as an egg. Pa thought the egg just another hunk of rock and earth. The sinkhole a convenient dump. Now though. Now he doesn’t know what to make of it.
The geode is from an Indiana creek. The top board is maple with natural knot hole. The lower board is oak. The other woods are a mix of poplar, walnut, hickory, cedar, oak (again), maple (again), walnut, and cherry. While not built to scale, the buildings are roughly an eighth of an inch to a foot.
wood + wax + copper
I’ve had this piece of wood laying around the shop for years now. A slice of red oak covered in red wax. When a tree is cut down and ripped into rough lumber the ends of the boards are coated in wax (or something similar) to prevent the wood from drying quickly. This piece of lumber was overly slathered in wax – it’s different – it looks cool. I kept it to the side.
So what you see is naturally unnatural. I applied the little walnut structures and inserted the copper wire. During the production of this piece I slightly damaged an existing flaw in the wood. Care will need to be exercised to avoid further degradation.
A few new items alongside some Happy Bungalow classics. State clocks made from super-smooth lumber and state maps made from plywood and repurposed hardware.
I received a call from an out of town publication today. They want to use an cutting image for a future magazine. Score! How did they find me? I did a little private eye work on google – searching for the image the magazine sent me and wants to use. The pic turns up on another site I’m not familiar with. “Oh, how nice that someone is spreading the Bungalow love.”
WRONG! I click on the link and my anti-virus software turns red, flashes, and blares out some duck-and-cover warning. I immediately dive under my desk. My computer says, “threat neutralized.” PHEW. Back at the screen I see that someone is using my cutting board image in some sort of phishy redirect scheme. Lesson learned – don’t click on anything before double checking the actual URL.
Well, at least we’ll be in another magazine.
People ask me if I live in a happy bungalow. 95% of the time. Here’s proof:
A mixing of the toy worlds! Not only are Happy Bungalow toys mixing with those rascally store bought toys, but if you look closely you’ll see cars taking a snooze on some dollhouse beds. So here are some castle prototype parts, dollhouse bookend furniture pieces, a wood fairy, along with some old Legos of mine, and loads of toy cars.
The castle is built from Castle Bookend prototypes that predate the official launch of Happy Bungalow. I wasn’t able to quite work out the mechanics of the castle. Maybe we’ll take another look at it some time.