a life handcrafted


Woollen Woods - art project by canopy


The Woollen Woods is an outdoor art project run by Canopy, which is a project of Eden Arts in the UK.

The project is about to display 1000s of woodland themed artworks in the woodlands of the beautiful Acorn Bank, which is property of the National Trust.

Schools, groups, organizations and individuals have been invited to take part to make fantastic woollen artworks that are hanging in the trees, and this spring they asked me if I wanted to take part in the project.

I took a look at some pictures of the wood and of other Canopy’s projects. I thought that this project is a funny idea and I like the place where it is happening, so I confirmed my participation. Because of the nice English countryside I thought it would be obvious to make some elves, but as it is an outdoor project running from April – November, and the elves wings are made of paper, it seemed to me not to be such a good idea. So I decided to make a bees mobile instead, which is in fact the very first kind of mobile I’ve ever made and still one of my favourites.

mobile with seven felted bees

This is the mobile ready to be shipped. I wish I was shipped to this wonderful place, too.

Here’s a link to the photo gallery – Do you think you can find my mobile there?


felted fairies with ladybug


The fairies and the ladybug

On a quiet autumn morning, the three little fairies awaked. They were surprised, all the leaves weren’t green anymore, the whole forest shimmered in an orange, yellow, red and brown light that morning. You must know it was the first autumn for these three little fairies, and so they asked her mother where all this colours come from. The fairy mother said: “This is a very big secret, and only the goddess of autumn knows it.” “Oh, can we ask her? Where might we find her?”, the little fairies asked excited. She thought about this for a while and said: “I think you could find her in the big old beech forest, that’s her haunt.”

The three fairies were in this big old beech forest once before, and so they knew that this forest was really old and very, very, big. The fairies looked a bit uncertain to each other, and the oldest said to her mother: “Would you come with us, please? Otherwise we wouldn’t find her, the forest is so big!” The fairy mother answered: “I’m so sorry, but I can’t come with you, the older fairies have to help with the preperations for the autumns feast, and anyone will be needed. Oh, don’t look so sad, I’m sure you three will find the goddesss, ask the animals. They will know the way.  If you will be friendly to them they will help you.”

So, after a fast breakfast the three little fairies said goodbye to her mother and flew away, towards the big old beech forest. They met a lot of animals, but her mother was not right. Not one of them knew the way to the goddess of autumn, some of them wouldn’t even talk with them, although they were really friendly to them, others told them the wrong way and others again, like the owl, wanted to sleep. Very desponded the three fairies made a little rest on a tree root. A long time no one of them said a word, the second eldest fairy said: “Now we have asked the bear, the mouse, the rabbit, the hedgehog, even the owl we asked, but none of them showed us the way to the goddess. I think it’s the best we fly back home.”

Suddenly a thin voice said: “What do you want to know?”, the fairies looked astonished, and one of them said: “Who is it?” The fairies looked around, and the thin voice said: “Here I am, in the snail shell!” Really, in one of the empty snail shell sat a little ladybug, and looked to the three fairies, and he asked again:”What do you want to know?” The eldest fairy took the ladybug out of the snail shell and put him on her hand. She said: “We are looking for the goddess of autumn, we asked many other animals, but none of them could help us, I’m sure you don’t know it either.” The ladybug answered: “Oh, don’t let yourself bee fooled because of my shortness, I must be more attentive than the big animals, and so I realize more than them, and of course I know the way to the goddess! Come a bit closer.” And the fairies came a bit closer and the ladybug whispered them something in theirs ears……..

The ladybug had right, he knew the way to the goddess of autumn and the fairies found her, but what the goddess said is really a very big secret, and if you would like to know this secret, walk through the big old beech forest and if you can’t find the way, don’t ask the big animals. Ask the little ladybug in the snail shell, he knows the way!

Since a few days we have decent summer, it’s hot, hot, hot. The perfect day for a treasure hunting in the creek. Fastly putting some food and drink in the car, and don’t forget the gumboots!

After a hot and adventurous drive we are there. It’s a very little creek, wild and romantic, but the best thing about it is, that you can find coloured pieces of glass, tumbled in the creek.

The glass nuggets find their way into the creek from a glass factory some kilometres upstream. I think it’s just the scrap from the process of making glass, but they’re quite beautiful.

At the moment I don’t know what to do with them, but I will come up with an idea, soon.

The creek "Kleine Ohe"lizard on the stone

Treasure hunting childrenMy picking after the first thirty minutes

The little water sprite rises......and shows her treasury
my preciousss

In our village there is an old railroad line. When I was a little child, and my mother couldn’t drive a car, we went very often with the train to our next town. It’s a very romantic route through a wild scenery. But one day it was over, the last train drove 1982. The route came up in a very rouinous condition, and so it rat to seed and became the home for different plants and animals, especially for snakes.

Then some people had the idea to make a bike way of it, but some train enthusiasts wanted the rail traffic back. This resulted in a very big squabbeling, but the train won, fortunately. So last year the rail traffic started again, indeed only for the weekends, but that’s better then nothing.

This weekend we drove with the train to Freyung. Actually we wanted to go trekking, but it began to rain very hard, and so we drove back. But we can do that next time.


On our way to the trainIlztalbahn











The train arrives

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