Victorian Skater Pond Scene

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Blog series by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) updated 10-03-2010 06:43 PM 9 parts 58931 reads 37 comments total

Part 1: Sophie and Claude in a One Horse Open Sleigh

08-14-2010 01:14 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

This is a project that I will show as an ongoing work in progress. When I was a little girl, my grandparents had the most wonderful Christmas decorations. They had some beautiful hand-blown glass ornaments from Czechoslovakia among other treasures. One of my all time favorite decorations that they had was a little skating pond scene which they placed under the tree every year. The pond itself was a round mirror and the figures were made of (what I now know is) painted lead. We would u...

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Part 2: Meet "Mr. Snowman"

08-17-2010 03:18 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

“Mr. Snowman” is the second of the Skating Pond series which I am recreating. I love his little plaid scarf! Painting plaids is really fun and a bit of a challenge when I am doing so on such a tiny piece. He also looks a little more ‘fluffy’ in person. I am just going to keep scanning in the pieces now for consistency. When they are all done, I will take real photos using a camera and they may look a bit different. The snowman in the original set looked kind of ...

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Part 3: "Sonja"

08-20-2010 01:37 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

As I am creating and writing down the instructions for the skating pond figures, I see the need to give the characters names. There are many ‘skating boys’ and ‘skating girls’ and I found that it will become quite confusing if I fail to name them individually. Numbering them would seem so impersonal for such a personal project. Sonja is not modeled from anything in particular in the original set of figurines. Many of the characters that I am doing are not. There...

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Part 4: "Pierre"

08-25-2010 01:31 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

Time to add a boy skater into the mix, I figured. This is Pierre. Although Pierre is not a child, he still looks like he may have a little bit of mischief left in him. I can see him zipping around the ice, weaving through the couples holding hands and wobbly children at an amazing speed. Better be careful, Pierre! You don’t want to knock anyone over! From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures I hope you all enjoy him! :)

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Part 5: "Edouard" and "Dora"

09-08-2010 02:34 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Well, it looks as if I was right! Pierre seems to have gotten a little too reckless and knocked poor Edouard over! What a nuisance! From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures But thank goodness Dora is there to help him get back on his feet. You know what they say . . . behind every great man is a woman! (Well, at least the women say that!) From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

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Part 6: Anna and Jacqueline

09-24-2010 01:50 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Anna and Jacqueline are sisters. Although they sometimes quarrel, they are truly best friends. Anna, the eldest of the two is quite a tomboy. She loves to run and climb and play sports. Her mother bought her a wonderful woolen plaid coat in hopes of encouraging her to act more like a ‘lady’, but Anna sees it more of a nuisance. Why does she have to be a girl anyway? Jacqueline, on the other hand, loves being a girl. Her favorite playthings are her soft, cuddly teddy bear...

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Part 7: Stephen - The Little Sledding Boy

09-25-2010 06:44 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Stephen loves sledding. Although he tried his best at ice skating, for some reason he wound up slidng on his bottom more than gliding on his skates. Last Christmas Santa brought his a beautiful red sled. Stephen was thrilled! He couldn’t wait to pull that sled up the highest hill in town and come soaring back down. Now THIS was fun! From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures No more skinny blades for him! He is riding in style from now on!

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Part 8: Carilynn - Stephen's Mother

09-30-2010 12:44 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

After a long day of cleaning the house and doing some baking for the holidays, Carilynn made a nice, comforting supper for her family. She had a steaming pot of chili on the stove and caramel baked apples with raisins and walnuts baking in the oven But where was Stephen? He was supposed to be home before dark. Carilynn left her warm kitchen and headed for the skating pond where she was sure to find Stephen playing with his friends on his beautiful red sled. He will probably be too tire...

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Part 9: Phillipe

10-03-2010 06:43 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Phillipe has been competitive all of his young life. From the time he was in play school, he always wanted to have the tallest block castle or be the last one left in the spelling bee. Some found him to be too competitive, but most saw him as someone who was destined to be enterprising and successful. Now he was a teen and on this cold winter day he is bound and determined to build the best snowman ever. Never mind that little snowman on the other side of the pond -HIS snowman would be ...

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