Flying Fox Studio

Just comments about my art, kids, animals and the eccentricity of it all.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Obviously I have not been posting.
I have not been doing any art work either. Not only has my leg been messed up but I have a nasty bit of tendinitis in my right arm. So I thought if maybe I changed up my arm movements a little bit the pain would ease. It didn't work. My arm is worse but I am getting some old projects done!
For years now I have had antique dining room chairs with no seat pads because I could not make up my mind what to do with them, I had considered needle point but decided to hook some wool "rugs" as pads. Two seats done two to go, and I have also re-addressed the hooked rugs I started a loooooong time ago.
As soon as I got the wool box out, the cats took over. It must be wool fumes or something, they just love the stuff.
Lynx made a nice nest under the hoop with the rug in it and Yoda (queen of the world) took over the box of wool fabric and cut strips.
As you can see she is pretty darn relaxed.
The other day I was reading a blog and the writer had posted darling pics of the doll house she had been making for her daughters. So cute. I had three sons and my totally un-biased opinion is that they are pretty stinking wonderful young men.
But. Little boys did not want a doll house so when they were little I made them a toy ship.
There are three little sailors, and the deck opens up on leather hinges as a "hold" for all their little sailor stuff. The sails are handmade heavy paper.
There is a chest with tiny gold coins and a treasure map, buckets and little mops for swabbing the deck, a chest with plates an minuscule silverware, pots and pans, a bird in a cage, tiny ham slices and slices of bread for sandwiches, bottles of rootbeer, carrots, sacks of flour and grain, apples, tiny oil lamps and a ships log.

One thing my youngest son always wanted and I never got around to doing was a sea serpent.
This week I got the stuff together and after all these years I am finally going to do the "monster".
It will be on wheels and have a spring in the tail so the tail moves.
Now the big question is, what if I made a couple more of these and put them on Etsy. They would be several hundred dollars and not really a toy but a piece of folk art.
Any opinions? Anybody? What do you think?


  1. Oh Maren!-that toy ship is just wonderful! For about 10 years or so, I made dollhouses and miniature rooms and all that-but your ship is just great-a wonderful folk art toy. Can't wait to see the sea monster! I do think they would sell, but not sure if on ETSY--but if you get good traffic on Etsy, it would be worth a try-if they don't sell there, maybe somewhere else. So sorry that you have the double whammy of your leg and now your arm! UGH!!

  2. P.S. How do the cats get along with Burgess???

  3. Every day I wonder why I have no skills or talent or hobbies.....and I see it's because you have enough for several people....this is little ship is soooo wonderful.....Is there anything that you don't do? Loves!