posted by Lucy
I would like to introduce Mr. Cardinal, Jack, Bobbin, Pippet and Phronsie. They live in Mr. Cardinal’s nest which I help move every once in a while, when he wants a change of scene. He adopted Jack one day when he found him, orphaned, hiding behind a stone. Mr. Cardinal came upon the other three in a similar fashion, lost and hiding on the forest floor.
One morning the nest dwellers woke to find that the ground was covered in a fluffy blanket of snow. As soon as possible (breakfast was eaten with haste as never before) Bobbin, Pippet and Phronsie set out with the sled to their little sledding hill. They wanted Jack to come, but he wasn’t interested. “Who needs sledding when you’ve got wings?” he said, flying round and round, trying to dodge snowflakes.
The others had a glorious time, whizzing down that snowy slope.
When they finally grew tired of sledding, they built a snow fort, with a snowman to guard it.
At last , cold and hungry, Bobbin, Pippet and Phronsie went home to eat a good dinner of bread and butter with rosehip jam and then snuggled down in the cozy nest.
I needle felted these guys months apart from each other, but I began to develop stories for them all together a couple months ago, when I finished Jack and Pippet. I love them so much that I could never part with them. I could make different ones to sell, but I couldn’t give up this dear family. I also made the sled out of popsicle sticks, decorated it with colored micron pen and varnished it with polyurethane.