barby303's Shop Announcement

NOTE: Please email if you would like to be notified when I list new critters for sale on Etsy. WELCOME to the mystical magical world of "Rodanta!" As the story goes.....there is a village deep in the forest called "Rodanta." A unique and wondrous place. There live the creatures of the forest, mostly mice, however many bunnies live there too, plus a few squirrels and other creatures. The village is always watched over by the birds of the sky...... such as owls, blue jays, crows and much more. In the village is "Helen's Well of Wisdom." Many gather there to drink from that well, as the spirit of an elfin girl that roamed the forest lives there. Any one who needs to be refreshed, and receive sage advice, certainly drinks from "Helen's Well."

Many Gnomes live near "Rodanta" and they watch over the village creatures also. It is not often one sees a Gnome though, and if you do, you are blessed with a smile on your face for life! You may see a fox or squirrel with that grin, they must have given the Gnomes a ride through the forest! When extreme danger may enter the forest, which is not often, the crow gives a warning call that gathers all of the grand owls of the forest! They will battle to the death, if need be, to protect "Rodanta." There is an "Uldra" that lives in the forest too, he can be a bit disconcerting to all, however he is pretty harmless.

The Pixie of the forest is a kind little Pixie, no one really knows if the Pixie is a girl or boy, however the Pixie tends to all of the tiny birds of the forest, and places them back up in their nests if they fall out. The Pixie also calls on the forest mice to help her assist a baby deer stand, after the birth. Bats even come to the Pixie, if need be, to protect the wee Pixie. They will flash signs upward to the sky for help, and soon the sky is filled with bats who try to drive away any threat. If that does not work, the crows come to bombard the intruder with their sharp beaks, and lastly the owls, and they always take care of the matter!

You might see a little bearded man in his red suit flying above on a donkey, ahhhhh yes, keep your eyes open for that fellow! He is dearly loved by all.

The forest creatures are very happy, so they decided to make a special place called "The Dancing Place." A wonderful spot to gather, to laugh, and tell stories of their day in the forest. Rapunzel's cottage is not far from this place. She tends to the sheep of the forest and spins their fine wooly-hair into golden threads. This was made for the beloved King Gnome "Ollamh's" finest clothing. The King watches over the forest too, and he carries many special powers.

There is a garden in the forest village too! Everyone tends to the garden and eats from the garden. Florence Bunningtale is the bunny who picks the veggies and turns them into healing soups and stews. Her Grandpa "Sir Vancelot" passed on his knowledge to his granddaughter Florence, however he still cares for many who may have a bit of an ache or pain.

Nearby is a walking trail, with a bridge over "Barby's Creek." Waterfalls always provide a musical and happy sound. The creatures of the forest love walking near water, and it all stems from "Finnian's Spring," an endless supply of fresh cool water.

Cascading around the village is the magical caterpillar tree, and many of the very young creatures play hide and seek in that tree. There is always a nose here or there peeking from the caterpillar tree. Nearby is a magical flower garden and anyone who picks a flower from that garden will laugh with glee, and pass the flower on to another.... to continue the joy!

The hollow tree, so warm and inviting, where forest creatures can take a nap or just peek through the holes to watch the other forest creatures play. And when wanting to explore or just get out of the rain, Manderson's Cave is just the place! One can only hope to catch a glimpse of this fine forest, and the tiny village......ahhhh yes, "Rodanta" ......a mystical, magical.......happy place!

Above Story Copyright 2015

As some of you may know, I lost my dear friend Helen Visser Priem to cancer last year. Helen created most of the cohorts for my wee critters, and you can see them in my listings. Owls, baby boar, crow, blue jay, Gnomes, a fox, Pixie and more. We often spoke of what "Rodanta" was to us in our imagination, as our creatures shared the forest.

Recently a very kind man emailed me. We became instant friends and he understood Helen's and my dream of "Rodanta." This dear man sent me drawings of what he thought was in Helen's and my mind, and it was as if he knew all along, the perfectly happy place we called "Rodanta." To my amazement, this lovely man offered to create the village of "Rodanta!" He is an incredible artist and creates dioramas of enchanting wondrous places. As he wrote his vision to me regarding this magical place we call "Rodanta," I combined his words, mine and Helen's in the story.

The dream we had, is going to come to fruition, through Vance, this delightful man! I am hoping in time, Vance and I may carry on the stories of "Rodanta," as Helen and I did while she blessed this earth with her love, compassion and beauty. I think she would like that......blessings to you my friend!

Before purchasing a class from me, please check the description for the critter or doll you would be making on the listing, it is always the 2nd photo. I also sell the actual critters off and on, so stop by if you are interested.

If I have a critter up for adoption it will say "ADOPT" on the title line. The rest are classes and kits.

If you look on the upper left area of my shop you will see my shop sections. If I have a critter up for adoption you will see the section listing what type of critter is up for adoption.

I have many classes posted in my Etsy shop, however most are repeats of the same dressed bunny and mouse class. I do this so you may see many of the different dressed critters I have made to inspire you to create your own! The class critter you will be making is normally shown on the 2nd photo in the listing. Please read the descriptions carefully.

Also please check out my niece's wonderful designs in her Etsy store at: