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Summer in the meadows

Willow and Amethyst had a race to see who could gather the greatest variety of flowers in an hour. Amethyst won by a landslide. She picked all the weeds that were blooming around the village. Willow forgot about weeds and only picked blossoms from the gardens. Such a fun day! Now the village has plenty of bouquets to  use in their shops and homes. Amethyst is turning many of the flowers into garlands to tie over the doorways.  So pretty. Flower Race

Finally – Super Summer weather!!!

After such a nice, mild winter it was so hard to enjoy the long, cold spring. All the elves and chipmunks hid in their houses and let the weeds grow. Now they have a yard filled with dandelion fluff. The elwen don’t mind. They gather all that fluff for pillows and mattresses. I’ve seen them running across my yard in the evening, gathering the puffy seed-heads into their little brown sacks.

In the meantime, the puppets are having a wonderful time at the Cooperstown Farmer’s Market. Here are three new ones that have joined the family.

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Now, time to plant radishes and cucumbers. Those are the ones the elves like best.

It’s Official!

The play is finished and printed. The puppets are made and waiting for schools and groups to order. Check it out. These elves have been very busy practicing their parts.

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Left:The Wise Woman, holding a copy of the puppet play.                        Right: Princess Spring and Prince Autumn

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Left: Oak and Jack ready for an adventure.                                                       Right: Willow, Nickolas the baker, Jack, Tom Trickster, Cedar and the Wise Woman.

The Puppet Play is ready for print

Soon I will have a printed copy of the puppet play ‘The Four Elements’ to show you. The folktale takes place in an elven village. The elves are in need of food and King Winter can’t help. The wise woman sends the villagers out to find Queen Summer, Princess Spring and Prince Autumn to get the elements of those seasons to help the villagers open the way to the food source they need. These four puppets are, from left to right, Princess Spring, King Winter, Queen Summer and Prince Autumn.


Coming Soon!! A puppet kit with play and 12 puppets

Here are the new puppets that will be included in a kit. The kit contains a full puppet play with instructions, a DVD on how to manipulate the puppets and a short skit, 12 puppets and all the props needed to perform the play,  everything you need except the stage. There are instructions on a few different stage ideas from very simple to more complex.  This kit will be perfect for schools and clubs, theater groups, etc.

Puppet Kit
Puppet Kit

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Time to Settle in for Winter

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All the puppets and gnomes, Robin Hood hats, Gnome homes and Woodland pillows for sale at the Cooperstown Farmer’s Market.

I am taking a break from the Market until Feb. 6th for the Cooperstown Winter Carnival. Be sure to come for that! There’s plenty going on around Cooperstown the entire weekend.  Winter hours at the market are 10am to 2pm and there are still lots of fun things to see there, and always yummy food!

I am busy making dragons and little marionette puppets for the new season.

Two More Saturdays before Christmas. Yikes!

Here are a few more new faces.  The elwen have been so busy making toys and cookies.  The workshop is filled to the brim.  Gingerbread houses, little gnome cookies, bumblebee lollipops and honey-butternut crunch are the elwen’s favorite holiday treats. (No, the lollipops aren’t made with bumblebees! They are made with honey and shaped like bumblebees.)

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Remember, the elwen are the little folk that live in the forests and meadows around our villages and farms. They are very small. Some of them are only 6 acorns tall.   Of course the rod puppets are bigger. It would be hard to see them if they were as small as the forest elwen.


Gnomes and Gnome homes

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I just wanted to have some pictures  of the gnomes and gnome homes I am busy making for the Christmas season. They are selling well at the Farmer’s Market in Cooperstown each Saturday and there will be a huge supply at the New York Mills Holiday Craft Fair on Dec. 5th and 6th. The puppets will be at both sights as usual. They are getting very excited for the holiday season!