I was digging through some of the mini drawers a little bit ago and I found some more pets for Tessie to add to her menagerie.
See the cute little basket full of furry little animals that Tessie is so entranced with? I first saw these at least 25 years ago. I can't tell you who thought them up, but whoever it was, I am happy that they did. They are pussy willows! I have one that has lasted all that time.
The one that I have was made like this. It is simply the top of an acorn with the pussy willow glued inside. If you look at the end of the pussy willow straight on, you will see two dark spots that look like eyes. Some of them are dark enough that you don't have to ink them in. In this case, I used a fine line Sharpie to enhance the eyes. The nose is the bud end that breaks off of the plant.
The one that I bought was advertised as a "kitten". Somehow, I see them more as baby hedgehogs.Whatever they are, they make cute pets.
The other one that I found is a dog that I made about 20 years ago for a class that I was teaching on fancy clothespin dolls. He is a sawed off clothespin with leather scraps for ears. The rest of him is drawn and painted on with a Pigma pen and acrylics. He has a leather collar and a fancy tag similar to the one that Spike wears. Spike is getting jealous.
I don't have any of the dolls left. I do have clothespins.....Hmmmm. Off on another tangent. I am going now to look for clothespins.
See you tomorrow.