Pixie Wallow ~ Pixie Crafting with Little Cobs

At my Grandsons, Little Cobs, school they have a ‘project’ which involves a teddy bear called Barnaby.  Each child in the class gets to take Barnaby the Bear home with them for a few days, and Barnaby gets to spend time sharing the family outings, games, toys, meals, visits etc., and the children (with the help of parents, guardians, grandparents) write the story of what Barnaby has been doing while he’s been staying with them.

Little Cobs Daddy (Son in Law) told me about Barnaby, and suggested that perhaps Barnaby Bear would like to come with Little Cobs to visit Grammy and Grandad, and maybe Grammy could do some crafting with Little Cobs and take photographs, print them out and they could then be included in the story book of Barnaby’s time spent with Little Cobs and all the things he did.

And this is the [mostly pictorial] story of how Barnaby Bear came to visit Grammy and Grandad and joined in with some crafting with Little Cobs and his Grammy.

I’ve made little tiny things for years (and years and years – more than I care to own up to)I love small detailAnd ... I used to make little houses, paint and attach them to various items and used to sell them for just enough money to cover the costs of actually making them.  Now about a month ago, Pinterest (that well known joyful time-waster) sent me an email with pictures of things it suggested I might like.  Among those photos were some little Fairy Houses which reminded me of the Fairy homes I used to make many years ago.  This gave me an idea for what I thought Little Cobs, and Barnaby Bear, might like to make, and the following photographs show you what happened, how it happened, who made it happen, and how it all turned out in the end.

Once upon a time, two and a half weeks ago, there was a boy, a bear, a mug and some clay….

2 Making Pixie Houses for Pixie Wallow
I showed Little Cobs how to make a tiny Pixie House using clay.  My bright little chap got the idea first time and, using just two fingers, he made two perfect little houses, while Barnaby Bear watched and learned.
3 Look what I made Barnaby Pixie Wallow
The little boy then made some Mushroom Caps, and held them up for Barnaby Bear to pass his expert eye over.  Barnaby, as it turned out, is an expert at all things Fairy and Pixie.  What a stroke of luck that was!
4 Pixie Houses and Mushroom Tops
Progress  …  Two expertly created Pixie Houses, and two miraculous, magical, Mushroom Caps.

5 Painting the Mushrooms
We put the newly made clay pieces to one side and filled the chosen mug and fixed moss in place, to give the feeling of being in Fairy/Pixie Land. (see the Mug Garden over to the left of the photo).  Next came PAINTING!  The little boy – aka Little Cobs, is pretty expert at using a paint brush now and I’m wondering if perhaps I could get him doing a bit of decorating around Cobweb TowersFree child labour – and at my favourite price. lol
6 Barnaby helping with quality control
As you can see, Barnaby Bear was definitely taking his job as Quality Control Bear, very seriously indeed!

It’s a really pretty plate – but not one we use for food.  It just sits around waiting for some passing crafter to blob paint onto it in order to give it a use.  

7 Pixie Houses and mushroom in a mug
Once all the paint was dry, and after the artist had had an afternoon snack and a bit of a play, Little Cobs placed all his beautiful handmade pieces in the places he wanted them to be so that he could check for position.  Once perfect, he gave the go ahead for everything to be fixed in place.

A few small resin flowers were added, just for artisticness, (not a real word but it’s so ‘juicy’ that once I’d made it up I simply had to use it), a couple of teeny tiny pine cones and some general florestry bits – just to make it feel like home to any passing Fairy or Pixie who might be looking for a place for the summer.

Pixie Wallow Houses Mushrooms and Barnaby Bear
Barnaby Bear suggested that the whole scene needed a name, so Little Cobs and I came up with Pixie Wallow, and Grammy built a name label on the computer and printed it out for Little Cobs to fix it to the outside of the cup, so that everyone knew what it was.

I’m reliably informed that Barnaby was very happy with Pixie Wallow, and it passed the Inspection Test with a gold star!

7 Pixie Houses and mushroom in a mug

8 Close up of Pixie Houses and Mushrooms
It’s ready for a close up, Mr. Demille …  (those who’ve watched Sunset Boulevard will get that one).

All the painting is Little Cobs own, apart from tiny bits where I showed him what he needed to do before I handed over the paint brush, and two spots on one of the Mushroom caps, just to show him how to get that magical ‘dot’ in the right place, in the right size.  He made the houses, the mushroom caps and was the ideas man for how the whole scene was to look.

Little Cobs, Barnaby Bear and myself had an absolutely great time making this.  Lots of laughs and lots of stories about who would eventually live in the Pixie Houses, and who would come and sit on the mushrooms and play in the garden.

Before I go may I share a surprise that I had a couple of days ago.  I got sent an Anniversary Achievement by WordPress . . .

Wordpress 4 year Anniversary

…  four years!  FOUR YEARS I’ve been blogging, and yet if you’d have asked me I would have guessed about…  maybe 2 to 2 and a half years tops.  I can hardly believe it.  Four years,  and I’ve loved every single day of it, and that’s because I’ve shared it with you.

I’ve made so many lovely friends via my blog and have and am enjoying so many blogs which are owned by others.

So thank you, dear reader, for filling my last four years with joy and fun.  I’ve loved getting to know you and hope to continue doing so, and also hope to get to know all the new people who join The Cobweborium Emporium,  or that I find in blog land.

Thank you so much for coming today and sharing Pixie Wallow.  Have a truly blessed rest of your day.

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Author: The Art of Cobwebs - aka:- thecobweboriumemporium

Hello. I'm 'Cobwebs'. I live in a wee little cottage in the South of England, aptly called Cobweb Cottage. This little dwelling really is a cobweb factory. Not inside (well, occasionally) - but outside - flipping heck! This information should give you a clue as to why my blog is called The Art of Cobwebs aka: The Cobweborium Emporium. I've been arty and crafty from a very young age, and although my crafts have sometimes turned a corner and taken me in another direction, I've always crafted in some way, shape or form. One day, in the blink of an eye, life changed somewhat for me and the consequences were many. I had to find a new way of being 'artistic'. Card making; scrap-booking; producing ATC's and ACEO's; needle felting; Polymer clay; painting- but in a more relaxed style than I had before, and sewing, - are all things which I visit, as and when life allows. I've fairy recently become a Textile Artist and am enjoying this new creative outlet very much as it offers me so much scope for letting my imagination run through a grassy field and feel the wind in my hair - (mentally, of course). I love to create. To make things. I truthfully believe that the best gifts in the world are those in which you've given your time, rather than your cash. Thank you so much for visiting. Please visit my blog (link below) and have a look around. I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy, even if it's only a handful of jokes! (yes, seriously - there really are jokes!) Wishing you a truly blessed rest of your day! ~ Cobs. <3

47 thoughts on “Pixie Wallow ~ Pixie Crafting with Little Cobs”

    1. Wallowed in Pixie Dust … coooo, Anne, I can see you twinkling from here! LOL. ❀
      As for 'expert' – see that's the Pixie Dust talking. It will wear off within 24 hours. πŸ˜€

      Aw .. you've given me my first chuckle of the Day Anne. My mind is filled with a video on a loop, of you being rolled in Pixie Dust by those rascal Fairy and Pixies that you have living there. Fabulously warm, wonderful, tickly image that I won't ever forget.
      God Bless you Anne.
      Sending love ~ Cobs. xxx

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    1. Hello Chicken πŸ˜€
      You’ve hit the nail right on the head. It was just the most fun and I’m so glad that I took so many photos (there are more than are here in this post) as I remember each moment and feel the love and pride for this little child that I experienced at the moment each photo was taken.
      Tickled pink that you too love Pixie Wallow. Thank you my lovely friend, both for coming and for taking the time to leave a comment.

      Have a blessed day. Much love ~ Cobs. xxx

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  1. Good morning dear Cobs!

    Oh how I love Pixie Wallow! How well done by Little Cobs and I hope Barnaby enjoyed his stay too. I used to love making things with my grandmother, there’s something really special about Grandparent TimeπŸ’•

    Have a wonderful day – and I happen to know a couple of prospective tenants from the wild patch at the bottom of my garden…their little houses were crushed under the weight of the recent snow so they’ve been using an empty snail shell…
    πŸ˜ΊπŸ’•xxx

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    1. Empty snail shells! Ooo, they can hold the contents of dreams and magical things, which you already know because you’ve got a tenancy in one of your empty snail shells in your garden! ❀ ❀ ❀

      Grandparent time – not sure who gets the most out of it – children or their grandparents, but you're absolutely right – it really is special time.

      Thank you so much for coming Samantha, and for the lovely comment.
      Hve a blessed day my friend ~ Cobs. xxx

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  2. How absolutely magically fantabidosie! What a lovely scene and what magical memories to keep forever! What a great grammy you are! Congrats on 4 very informative years and laughter you have given us too πŸ™‚ Hugs x

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    1. Ohhh I’m SO glad to see you Kim. I’ve visited your blog so many times over the past few weeks, each time hoping for a post from you, or looking for a place that I could leave you a message to ask if everything was OK in your world. It was then that I realised that you don’t allow comments after a certain length of time, so I had no way of contacting you to check that things were fine and groovy in your world!
      (I guessed that you were in the ‘moving house’ stage, but you seemed to be gone for ages and so I got worried). So, so glad to hear from you today. πŸ™‚

      Thank you for your lovely comment. 4 years! I couldn’t believe it when I received it. Really doesn’t feel that long.

      Hope your house move went smoothly and that you’re all settled down now and finding happiness in your new home and new Country.
      Buckets of Squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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      1. Yes thank you, Moved in December but it has taken until now to get all the building work done, and now I’m in the land of job hunting, so haven’t had a minute to draw breath! I have missed reading your blog, but caught it as often as I could but hardly even entered the world of internet as I was busy being Kim – Jack of all trades builder! Learnt a bit too. Have only made a few cards but hope to start back into blog land very shortly, and must try and sort out this contact thing, very amiss of me! So glad to hear from you and lots of squidges right back at you πŸ™‚ x

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        1. VERY good luck with the job hunting.
          I’m so happy for you, that you have had a smooth move, and that the building work is all done and dusted (dusted being the operative word. LOL)
          Sending much love to you in your corner, from me in mine. ~ Cobs. xxx

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  3. Well you have done gone and done it again. Just magic! Little Cob and Barnaby are the cats meow.. I do love that bear. I use to follow a wonderful crafter from S Africa who crafted the most wonderful teddybears. Haven’t seen her lately….will need to look her up.
    Back to Little Cob….I think the rest of his class will be so jealous. Unfortunately not everyone has a magical Grammy. Cheers to little Cob and Barnaby. Well done! xoxo

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    1. Hello Beverly πŸ˜€ Great to see you.
      Little Cobs really surprised me after I’d shown him just the one time how to make a fairy house, and then I screwed the clay up and gave him a pinch of clay to see if he could make one himself.

      Totally blown away at how quickly he’d got the idea and made the houses. Bless his little heart.

      Your blogging friend in S.Africa … she sounds like she’s worth a look up. I hope you find her easily and that she’s fine and groovy.

      Magical? Me? Ohhh, you’ve got those rose tinted glasses on again, haven’t you! lol

      Thank you for coming Bev, and for taking the time to write a comment.
      Bless your beautiful heart.
      Buckets of love being sent your way. ~ Cobs. xxx

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  4. Ah Cobs, your posts always make smile.
    I remember Sarah doing the same thing at 5, with a bear named Cuddles (Barnaby’s cousin?)
    What a privileged little boy he is to have a grandma like you to craft with and wander with into a fun, imaginary world!

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    1. I’m so happy that you got a smile from reading this post. How fabulous that your daughter’s school had a similar project when she was 5. Great project.

      As for Little Cobs being privileged, well I’m not sure about that, but I do know that I’m truly blessed by having this little boy in my life. He’s an amazing inspiration and a source of unending joy. His imagination seems to have blossomed into life in the last year and I continually feel I could cry with thanks that he can finally ‘see’ all those things which exist within the magical world inside his mind. It means that stories don’t have to be just something read from a book, but something which we can ‘make up’ as we go along and chose the direction in which it goes. Life becomes bigger, wider, broader, higher, deeper … when a child finds his imagination. All things are possible.

      Thank you for coming, and for taking the time to leave a comment, Sharon.
      Your comments, and support, and love, are very much appreciated.
      Have a truly blessed rest of your day my friend. ~ Cobs. x

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  5. Lovely story and Barnaby Bear would have loved his visit. It looked like he did and wee Cobs looked very “into” his work. πŸ˜‰
    It seems you all have so much fun together and I am glad that wee Cobs likes to make things with his little hands, teaches them a lot at this stage.
    I am sure that a couple wee fairie will love to visit, maybe even take up roots in that lovely fairie cups.

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    1. Hello Sue, πŸ™‚ aw, it’s great to see you.
      I’m so happy that you got some enjoyment out of this post.

      You’re right, Little Cobs really does like to make things. We collected him from school today and he came back to Cobweb Towers for his tea. He’d obviously worked out at some point today what he wanted to do as he came with a mental list which he began firing off in the car …
      “When we get home, we can go for a walk, yes?”
      He LOVES to go for a walk with Grandad.
      Now he can’t walk very far as (because he has Cerebral Palsy) his calf muscles can get very quickly over-worked, and this causes him the most awful pain – not just on the day he’s walked too far, but for some days afterwards. So any walk has to be kept pretty short. But we’re lucky in where we live for in one direction its sheep and cows fields. In the other direction is a Magical Forest (it’s a woodland – not too small, not too big, unless you want to keep walking) So he has a great time which ever direction they go.

      When he got home, he took his coat off, hung it up and went straight to the table in the conservatory calling out after him …. “Can we make something now, Grammy?”.
      Since his tea (early evening dinner) was almost ready, we had a trip to the craft room and decided that perhaps painting and stamping might be the order of the day, and we’d make something with clay when he came for the day on Saturday. So
      I think I have my instructions for my ‘Saturday Job’ this week. LOL

      Thank you so much for coming Sue, and for the lovely comment. I’m so thankful to you for your support and company.
      Sending much love ~ Cobs. xxx ❀

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  6. That was a fantastic tutorial and day for Barnaby, as well as Little Cobs. Good thing your SIL knows the best way for a little teddy bear to enjoy his time with Little Cobs was to send him your way for lots of fun and play πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see if some fairies show up!

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    1. Hello Paula! πŸ˜€
      Tickled pink that you liked the post and Pixie Wallow project with Little Cobs and Barnaby Bear.
      If any Fairies turn up and decide to make Pixie Wallow their summer home, I’ll certainly let you know. πŸ˜€

      Thanks for coming Paula, and for the fabulous comment.
      Squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  7. You truly are crafty, Cobs, and an awesome gramma to take the time to help little Cobs with this project. It turned out great and I bet his classmates and teacher will be amazed by the fairie village in a cup.

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    1. I’m not sure who got the most out of the project … but I reckon it was actually me. I watched his little face as he was shaping the clay into what he visioned inside his head, I wanted to cry with happiness.

      Tickled pink that you liked his crafty time with his project Bear.
      Thank you so much for coming, and for the lovely comment.
      Have a blessed rest of your day. ~ Cobs. xxx

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  8. That is so adorable and sweet!!! It was a great idea. I absolutely LOVE the project. Such a beautiful home for a lovely little fairie. Little Cobbs did a fantastic job creating it!

    Happy 4 Year Blogversary my lovely friend!!!!! 4 Years you have blessed us with your wonderful projects and imagination and taught us so much. We are lucky to have you. Cheers to many more eqaually inspiring years!!!!

    Have a lovely week!! xoxoxoxoxoxox ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ =)

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    1. Ohhh bless your beautiful heart Tam. Thank you. 4 years of you putting up with me. You deserve an award yourself!

      Thrilled that you like the project Little Cobs did. He really enjoyed himself, and so did I!
      Thanks for coming Tam and for the lovely comment.
      Sending love ~ Cobs. xxx

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  9. A totally magical make. I would love to see who lives in your tiny village but I suspect that they would be so small I would have trouble seeing them. Little Cobs did an amazing job with making mushrooms and all the painting.

    What fun to have the class bear home. I was overjoyed when my daughter daughter had just broken up for the summer holidays at the end of year one and declared that we had the class bear for 6 whole weeks……….. I did suggest we buried him on the beach πŸ˜‚ Hxx

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    1. Actually laughing out loud here.
      6 weeks!!! Ohh heck! That would drive me over the edge. Trying to remember to take photos and make notes of things so that you could ‘document’ them all for school… well my goodness, 6 weeks!!! – that would be a step too far for me. (I’d also have the added fear of losing him, or the dog taking a shine to him. LOLOLOL (oh my! can you imagine?! LOL)

      You’ll have to draw the Faery Folk who decide to come and spend time in the Fairy Cottages – for their holibobs! We do, after all, live by the sea!

      Aw, thanks for coming Hannah and for the lovely comment.
      Squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  10. Oh what a cute little cup of cuteness! He looks like he had so much fun! It must be a “thing” with schools now to have a stuffed buddy follow a child throughout their day with them recording what they did with photos to share with their classmates. My great-nephew had a Zebra (I forget his name) last weekend that followed him all weekend (he was lucky enough to get him on Friday). He visited his Great Aunt and Uncle (that’s me!) on Sunday and we recorded doing silly things and just having fun! Zebra was included in everything we did and went everywhere with Maxx. Such fun for the children! Loved it that you got to be included in the Bear’s story! πŸ™‚

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    1. Oooo that Zebra sounds like he’s having a ton of fun.
      This idea seems to be a world-wide one, and I’m now beginning to think that perhaps I could hire myself out as one of these ‘take home toys’. I reckon I’d be lots of fun and I’d eat with them and sleep at the same times as they do.
      Hmmm…. I reckon I could be onto an idea here.
      (lol)
      Squidges to you Nancee ~ Cobs. xxx

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    1. Thank you Mrs.C. Barnaby would be very welcome…. or perhaps a cousin or other. Barnaby looked like he needed a well earned rest by the time he came to visit us. If you know what I mean. πŸ˜‰
      Sending buckets of love ~ Cobs. xxx

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  11. Okay I found your blog through this post and it was too adorable. And the project is amazing. My own fairy garden currently is in pieces. Maybe that’s what I need to help me finish it. A bear to tell me what details I need to finish.

    Little Cobs’ fairy garden though… Looks more amazing than mine!

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    1. Hello, Welcome to blogging, Traveler Wanted. πŸ™‚
      Thank you for coming for a visit, and for your lovely comment.

      I’m tickled that you like the Pixie Wallow Fairy Garden cup, made by Little Cobs – with a little help from Grammy, and, of course, the bear. lol.

      I hope you manage to get your own Fairy garden back together again very soon.

      Thank you for coming. Lovely to meet you at the start of your new venture into Blogging. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it once you get into it. It’s lots of fun, and the people you’ll get to ‘meet’ in blogland are just incredible.

      Very good luck with your new blog ~ Cobs. πŸ˜€

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