I stared at these stairs for a long time. How exactly could Rana the goat woman walk down such a steep path (on the left)? Rustic steps were in order.
I let me hands work without my head once again and sawed some branches for risers and braces with newspaper/cardboard-based steps to fit. I checked the stride with the Rana stand in puppet, looked great, really charming on the set. I'll keep going until the pathway from her door to the stream makes sense.
I Googled for images of a "primitive natural steep footpath" (Don't you love using the Internet this way?!) and got a series of truly helpful reference images (below). I had no idea how to make it happen, especially since I thought I was done with building the set. But I realized the steps on the pathway had to be built up with papier maché and be be made to look like ground before I could begin to plant the grass and other foliage.
Christmas 08 Workshop has begun as well
This year the Vintage toy is animation related and far far easier to create than any so far. I believe I can do this in the time allotted before mailout. Hmm, I wonder what can be made with these wooden shapes for Christmas? hohoho. You'll see if you're on my card list! (email your mailing address (kept private always) to nobledesign[at]sbcglobal[dot]net with "xmas" in the title and you're on it!)
And... KIDDING! Found this on Cuteoverload.com and couldn't resist pretending that I'd made an even tinier caterpillar! Willyou look at how small those wild whiskers are?!