Mom lives in a nursing home and cannot do a thing anymore, not even read. Her dementia is so bad, she does not even register that the radio is on. what the heck to get someone like that for Christmas??
I decided to make her a nightlight since the place gets totally dark at bedtime and a small light might make her feel less alone. she has always adored natural elements and was an avid birdwatcher all her life.
Here is a pic of it lit in the dark. why it is pink is anyone's guess. Most of the light comes out the top of the hollowed out branch. There are also small openings at the sides where it escapes. the base is wood with dried fern frondie-seedie thingies on it.
A closeup of the pileated woodpecker...
His tail is supposed to be flush to the bark as it would be naturally but i could not do this without busting the tender sculpy.
she did not say a word when she opened it and the only comment I have heard from her about it is to point at it and cry. eventually she says "that is supposed to be off." But I take great comfort in the fact that it has not wound up in her trash, where absolutely everything goes. she puts books, money, unread mail, toothbrushes, and the kitchen sink there.
I did love making this for her.