Weeks of stormy weather seemed to dictate the direction of our current nature table. Credit also goes to this one hundred year-old German folktale The Story of the Root Children by Sibylle Von Olfers that provided the basic ideas for creating the dolls and inspiration here.
This is the story of the "root children" living beneath the ground, with Old Mother Earth making colorful clothes for them to wear in the spring as they emerge as "flowers". The insects and the wind guide them along their journey as they travel through the seasons.
It's a simple, visual story about the cycles of nature. Mother Earth gathers up her harvest of "children" and puts them all to sleep for the winter, and this is where we've picked up the story in our diorama:: Summer is over and Autumn is moving toward Winter.
And here is kindly "Grandmother Winter" (my version of early winter) before Old Man Winter moves in and really lowers the boom with snow and ice!
Our dolls are made from pieces of wool, felt, and cotton. The lower half of their bodies are weighted with barley so they perch nicely. The arms are wrapped wire that can be posed or made to hold objects. This older IKEA media cabinet makes a great display area.