Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Little Turtles Made of Clay

What do you do when it starts snowing... in mid May? Well, first you run around outside in the wrong clothes (aka not a snow suit) unhooking all the hoses and turning off irrigation pipes so nothing freezes and cracks. Then you breeeeeathe in deeply and smile, admiring the beautiful weather. Then you shiver and run inside to sit by the heater and make clay turtles. I'm pretty sure that's standard snow procedure. There must be basements and attics full of turtles all across America's cold weather climates. Mmmhmmm.

I made my green one first. Then we had all this excess pink clay and beads because Mom and I both have an aversion to the color. I have one pink handkerchief that I love, and a pink rose bush, but that's it. So I decided to dive in and make the prettiest, pinkest, princess girly girl turtle possible. I found myself a little nauseous during the process, but I have to say the end product wasn't so bad. So I made another.

And now I have a turtle bride (complete with lace veil and tiny gold ring, and real pearls, her bridesmaid, and a flower girl. Flower... turtle?

It's safe to say that I never want to make another clay rose again. I guess I didn't put anything to show scale in the photos, but those roses are less than a quarter inch big. I mean small. I think I need glasses after making so many of the things. Plus I used wire hardly thicker than hair to secure them to the shells, which required a steady enough hand that I can now perform brain surgery. I think next time it snows, which may or may not be next winter, I should just gather up a few snowflakes and trace them into rice paper thin sheets of clay for my next turtle's ornamentation. It would be easier than making roses. And don't even get me started on the seed beads. Aka grain of sand beads.


Anonymous said...

those are wonderful, lala! so many talents you have. you should put them in your mom's July 4th sale.
love, granny

jill said...

I am so putting my order in for a green one. I LOVE them. You rock! I'm serious. Jay and I are going to come see you guys one of these days. Is Morgie going to visit you anytime soon? And the snow....(we got 6 inches here too) is that CRAZY??!!

Anonymous said...


hay jill, morgan is coming in june....we'll let you know when.....


Robert said...

Hilarious, Hermitgirl. I hope it snows again soon.

stella said...

OMG, I was just catching up on your blog and I saw that you have moved to Arizona! There was a post where you said that you loved the smell...I completely know what you mean!

I went to college in Flagstaff and when I would drive north from a weekend home in Phoenix, my favorite thing would be to roll down my window once I got into the forest and breath in that amazing smell of the ponderosa pines. Oh, and if you hug a tree up there and smell the bark of the pine trees, they smell like chocolate or vanilla. I'm serious. try it!

And the view of the stars really is amazing. You can actually see the milky way. Aww, I miss home now. sniff.

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