Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Spring Awakening".... the big reveal !

There is something to be said about finishing a project that you have poured your heart and soul into for the last 3-4 weeks. When someone tells you creating is like giving birth...well, you have to believe them.  Honestly, I have been wiped out since I put the final touches on the project, it's just ridiculous.  LOL  I am happy to say that I am finally finished with it and I think it came out way better than I had suspected.  :-)  I hope that you all will agree with me.  Some of you  might have already seen pictures posted up to my face book, but for those that have not yet seen them, I will post up a few here so you can see the final piece. 

Now, for the unveiling of that part that I was so anxiously awaiting to arrive in the mail that everyone was wondering what in the world could it possibly be?  :-D   I decided to try my hand at adding a "lighted fixture" to this project.  I wanted to create a little ambience so I decided I had the need for tiny fire flies to light the way!  How wonderful is that!   So, I had ordered some tiny little lights that I had to wire and solder to a power source of some kind...in this case, a little 3 volt battery pack with a switch.  Of course, the wires on the lights I ordered were not long enough, so I had to do some cutting and splicing of wires in order to get the length I needed that was necessary to achieve the look I was going for since I needed some sort of "vine" in the project that I could also use to attach the paper clay flowers to.  So, it took me 3 days to get all the piece wired together and soldered, completely connected to the battery source.  What an ordeal.  I went through 3 different types of battery options,  a single 3v battery with a button switch, a big batter pack with 2 AA batteries and a switch, and then finally I settled on a small double 3v battery pack with a tiny switch.  This was nice because I can tuck it away into the actual tree stump so that it is not visible, but still has easy access to it. I am delighted to say, that all of the hard work paid off because it really adds to the piece.  Now, let's suppose that down the road the lights stop working for some reason?  Pft, I hope that doesn't happen, but in the event it does...well, it's still a nice piece to look at even if the tiny fire flies do not light up.  :-D  I mean, really, you have to think about that kind of thing for down the road, especially if you are working with some sort of electronics.  *shrug*  But for now, suffice to say, they work, and I learned a pretty neat skill in the process.  Wiring and soldering a tiny light with a on/off switch!  :-) 

At any rate, I don't want to bore you with all those crazy details, let's get down to the meat of what we are here for, and that is to show you the completed project!  I hope you like her! 

She is called "Spring Awakening".  Her story is one of a newborn dryad, awakening for the first time to see what Mother Nature has gifted her.  Like all things magical and living, she is born into the Spring, when all tiny creatures seem to be born.   Little baby Spring has been tucked away safely into the shelter of a hallowed out tree stump, protected from all things wild in the wilderness, where should could grow safely into being.  The mushrooms beneath her are there to soften her fall once she is released from the umbilical cord of the tree from which she is birthed.  The ferns are there to serve as blankets to keep her warm when necessary, and the tiny flowers are there to watch over her, hide her, and protect her as she grows.  And, of course, the fire flies are there to offer her light and comfort in the darkness so that she can see the glorious world around her, even in the darkness.  Imagine seeing the world for the first time by the light of a fire fly!  How simply magical!

"Spring Awakening"

Close up of "Spring Awaking"

The total piece!

My hand so you can have a size comparison!

Side view of "Spring Awaking"

The back view of "Spring Awakening"

The other side view of "Spring Awakening"

"Spring Awakening" with her lighted fire fly friends!

Another close up detail of her tiny foot!

Close up detail of a flower and fire fly!

Close up of some mushrooms and dryad saddle mushrooms.

Unless "Spring Awakening" sells ahead of time, this is one of the pieces I plan on bringing with me to the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear show in Philadelphia coming up in May.  So, if you are planning on attending the show, you will be able to see her up front and personal with all of her tiny details.  If you want to see more pictures, here is a link to my album on Face Book where you can see about 25 total pictures of her; these here are just a sampling, but enough that you get a good idea of her final outcome.    https://www.facebook.com/lori.platt.96/media_set?set=a.647367768634237.1073741829.100000830608496&type=1

Also, since the Quinlan show is mentioned, I do have about 25 pamphlets of the show here that the Quinlan's sent out for the artist to distribute.  If you live in the area and might be interested in going to this wonderful show full of ONLY  OOAK one-of-a-kind dolls and one-of-a-kind teddy bears, just send me an email with your address and I can mail you out a pamphlet.  My email is lori@thepixieknoll.com   That also pertains to those folks looking for a little vacation get-away for something different to do, you might consider going to the show.  :-) 

Anyway, I am off and running to work on the next project.  This one is a HUGE project!!.  The only thing I will divulge about this one for now is that it is well-rooted in all things Celtic.  :-P 

In the meantime, as always, thank you for following along here at The Pixie Knoll.  I am glad you took a stroll with me here through the woods today.  :-) 

Have a great day folks!


  1. I love love love this piece and it truly is Spring awakening. OMGOSH...the fireflies....you're sure a clever gal. ^_^


  2. :-D Regi! You are a hoot! Thank you so much my dear friend! I'm glad you like her. Let's hope the fireflies do not loose their shine. LOL After all, I'm no electrician. But, either way, they are still clever enough to hold their own even if they stop working one day. :-) Thank you for your lovely compliment, my dear friend! <3