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Monday, November 21, 2011

Wynken, Blynken And Nod

Hello my dear friends,

today I would like to share my newest creation with you and I am thrilled that it is now finished. It has taken me many attempts before I was happy with the result and I have been so very busy with my Mom still in hospital that I haven't been able to create much lately. On top of everything else she is now recovering from a nasty pneumonia. My family and I take one day at a time. 

I am not sure if any of you have ever watched the movie "Dennis the Menace" and seen the part where Dennis is having a sleepover at Mr. Wilson's house and Mrs. Wilson recites her favourite poem of  "Wynken, Blynken and Nod" to Dennis as he is trying to fall asleep. Since that day I have always loved this poem, well, actually it is a old dutch lullaby and not just a poem!

It was written by Eugene Field...

and here is a picture of the original sheet music to the lullaby.

Going back few weeks ago I was getting my out-of-house chores done when I went for a short stop at one of the thrift stores I visit and I saw a pair of small dutch wooden shoes. Unfortunately not thinking of my favourite poem I didn't buy them and of course when I had the idea for this creation they were gone! Wooden shoes aren't something you tend to find that often these days so I had to come up with a solution...

It was then I remembered Ann Wood ~  she makes the most amazing ships out of cereal boxes with fabric sails amongst other most beautiful creations! You should really go and visit her blog to see for yourself!

That's when I knew how to tackle my quest on how to get my hands on a "wooden shoe" without having to wait or search for long ~ I am not good at the waiting game when it comes to finding something I need for a creation! I sat down and started designing my wooden shoe made out of cardboard. I was hoping  to get it right the first time, but as they say " try, try again" I did and after several attempts I finally had what I wanted ~ not perfect but I liked it ~ my "wooden" shoe. The rest of this creation just came to me suddenly and I entered it into my idea little booklet where it stayed until it was time to become reality.

This is what I really love about a creation!

It is when this ...

... and this ...

... become this!!

My Wynken, Blynken and Nod creation!
I will let the pictures do the talking and hope you like what I have created.

I just love my little star punch! Combined with book pages and glitter ~ perfect stars!

I am so happy the way this creation came together and I can't wait to come up with a new idea for my next  creating adventure!

I hope you are all well and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. beautiful beautiful beautiful...love it!!! :)

  2. You know that i am Dutch.
    And you know that many Dutchmen are still have wooden shoes.
    But i never saw such a lovely sweet wooden shoe, made with your heart.
    So i just can say: i love it.
    So beautiful.
    Do i need te say more?

  3. Breathtaking.... you have been gifted with a talent of creating *The*Most*Wonderful *Imaginary*Magical*Places* I think this is my Most favorite yet (it's right up there with the Witches short story) anyway I enjoyed. Thanks for sharing. Warm Hugs,

  4. Brilliant! I have no idea how you managed to make a paper wooden shoe, but heck, it looks fantastic. And what a magical boat it turned into. The whole project is absolutely gorgeous.

  5. It is fabulous, Karen! I'm SO glad you didn't give up! :) Just love that lullaby too. You are a very talented artist, my dear!
    I am still praying for your Mom!

  6. Wonderful....I love that poem too. Great wooden shoe!

  7. It is lovely!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  8. Just came by to say Hi.
    Always such cuteness here.


  9. This is so lovely and creative..and what a darling "wooden shoe". I too remember "Mrs. Wilson" the wonderful Joan Plowright reciting Wynken, Blynken and Nod and fell in love with it just like you. What a wonderful tribute you've "imagined".

  10. This comment was left for me via e-mail by Carole.
    You are astoundingly creative. I just love this amazing project. I don't even know how I got here...4 am couldn't sleep...go online and followed a few links only to discover your wonderful blog and tutorials. Good stuff thanks for sharing;)

    I know it was your hymn page feather I saw on Pinterest. Very clever Love that too.

    Be well and craft on....