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« on: June 09, 2012 02:06:37 PM »

Baba Yaga is a Russian witch goddess that is very popular in Russian fairy tales. Her house stands in the forest on chicken legs amidst a garden fenced with the bones of her victims. She was known to eat people who came to close to her house and was especially fond of children. The house would even chase them through the forest.
A variant of the stories is that Baba Yaga also had a flying cauldron that she rode in instead of flying on a broom.
There are many aspects and representations of her in Russian culture. I grew up reading about her (I'm not Russian, but was widely read as a child) and have used her as inspiration for my houses with feet.
When my partner (Wulf) in the the Wicked Forest Matchbox swap listed Baba Yaga as a possible choice for his matchbox, I knew I had to do her strange house.

The chicken legs I made from polymer clay, the house is paper and sits on a matchbox that is 1inch by 1 1/2 inches.


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Pull the matchbox open and you can get a peek of the picked clean remains of her victims.

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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2012 02:09:32 PM »

Shut the front door! That's amazing!  Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2012 02:10:41 PM »

The window is teensy and the chicken feet look so real.  This is just favorite.
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2012 02:32:45 PM »

This is just perfection incarnate. You did such a wonderful job on it. However did you bring yourself to mail it away? Did a little tear crawl down your face when you handed it over to the postie?
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2012 03:25:13 PM »

Love! The feet are my most favourite part Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2012 03:39:08 PM »

So super cool - even more amazing when imagining the scale!  This rocks.   Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2012 04:06:22 PM »

I agree with Racky - how on earth did you bring yourself to mail this away?!  I love the story of Baba Yaga and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition has a movement dedicated to Baba Yaga which I loved playing!  This house is just so amazing!  Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2012 04:15:07 PM »

This is just perfection incarnate. You did such a wonderful job on it. However did you bring yourself to mail it away? Did a little tear crawl down your face when you handed it over to the postie?

There was much sighing when I wrapped it up.  Cheesy
Thanks for all the kind and encouraging words, ladies. You are very inspiring to me!
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2012 04:26:42 PM »

Chicken feet??? Holy crap - that is just too fan- freaking-tabulous!! Love it!!!
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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2012 04:32:22 PM »

oh wow, cackle!  You did an amazing job on those chicken legs, too!  Awesome!!
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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2012 05:05:23 PM »

this is so wonderful..I can just see it running through the forest chasing someone! Pinned it! and for sure THIS ROCKS!
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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2012 05:44:08 AM »

I love how you caught the feeling reading about Baba Yagas gives one as a child- and it's pure perfection, even if one doesn't know about russian fairy tales. I am so in love with the wee tiny drawer and the chicken legs- an awesome project ! Grin
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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2012 11:17:22 AM »

 I love this! So amazing and all the tiny details! Absolutely beautiful. I love crazy fairy tales. I grew up in part in Germany and when I got to the states I couldn't believe how lame the fairy tales are here. LOL!
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« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2012 10:20:43 PM »

I really like this piece -- it's the all the best parts of fairy tale darkness wrapped up in one little matchbox.
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« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2012 11:55:51 PM »

Those chicken feet are ah-mazing!!  I mean the whole Baba Yaga house is amazing...but those feet are over the top!
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« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2012 06:21:37 PM »

Oooh! Mussorgsky's "Pictures At An Exhibition"! I hadn't thought of that. I immediately had to pull out our scratchy old LP and play it! "The House of Baba Yaga" is brief but wonderfully scary.

This is one of those swap items that I can hardly believe I get to keep. I know I should share it with others, but I won't. It's all mine. Grin

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« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2012 07:50:00 PM »

Oooh! Mussorgsky's "Pictures At An Exhibition"! I hadn't thought of that. I immediately had to pull out our scratchy old LP and play it! "The House of Baba Yaga" is brief but wonderfully scary.

This is one of those swap items that I can hardly believe I get to keep. I know I should share it with others, but I won't. It's all mine. Grin

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« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2012 07:07:37 AM »

Wow. Amazing. I mean, really, amazing.
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« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2012 09:06:17 AM »

wow that is just fabulous..but then you are an amazing amazing artist...I am sooo jealous of your skills!  Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2012 09:09:20 AM »

That is just fantastic! I love Baba Yaga, too. You did such a great job with the feet!
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« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2012 10:53:50 AM »

How astounding!!!  Absolutely fantastic.  I had a book with a Baba Yaga tale that scared the life out of me when I was little.  So fantastic, I love this.
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« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2012 09:01:32 PM »

Okay I agree that the chicken feet are amazing, but how about putting the bones in the matchbox part?! Great, great, great touch there for a wicked forest theme. Baba Yaga scared the heck out of me as a kid but hero/ines like Prince Ivan and Vasilisa kept me coming back. Simply stunning work on her house!
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« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2012 01:48:04 PM »

I always loved those Baba Yaga stories, too!  (I'm a sucker for fairy tales!   Cheesy)  You did such a fabulous job on this!  This rocks, and pinned!!
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« Reply #23 on: June 16, 2012 09:55:29 AM »

That is absolutely amazing. Everything from the chicken feet to the house to the bony remains. Fantastic. Cheesy

(I must admit that my first thought was actually Terry Pratchett because there's a house on chicken feet in Witches Abroad.)

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« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2012 08:35:30 AM »

the whole thing is AMAZING!  I'm really in awe of what can be done with matchboxes!!  and, as mentioned, the chicken feet are fantastic!
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« Reply #25 on: June 27, 2012 11:22:55 AM »

Another magical creation. Love it.
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« Reply #26 on: July 12, 2012 06:59:12 AM »

I majored in Russian in college, and never got the whole Baba-Yagga thing.  "What's scary about a stupid house with chicken legs?" I thought.

I get it now.  That's freaky.  Incredibly clever, and freaky.  That would have haunted me if I'd seen it in a fairy tale at six years old!

Wonderful job!
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Wow! Really, oh my, that's amazing, I'm breathless. It looks like something out of a Miyazaki Movie. Love the fairy tale quality to it, and your technical skill is astounding.  Shocked
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« Reply #28 on: September 22, 2012 05:01:29 AM »

I spent a lot of time gazing at this house and its legs and all the fantastic details, trying to decide what's my favorite detail, but failed. It is so so perfect and desirable! truly a work of art.

Thanks for the chance to see this.
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Oh my gosh this is FABULOUS!! I love everything about it!! Thank you so much for sharing; it's precious.
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« Reply #31 on: December 12, 2014 06:52:23 AM »

Wow.... In-freaking-credible! i can't imagine the intimidation taking such a project on!
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« Reply #33 on: March 13, 2015 11:55:43 PM »

This is absolutely blimmin amazing
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« Reply #34 on: March 14, 2015 10:30:13 AM »

This is STILL one of my favorite things ever.
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« Reply #35 on: March 16, 2015 08:27:09 AM »

Thank you all! I have to admit, I still love it. Glad it has a good home with Wulf.
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« Reply #36 on: June 30, 2015 07:13:33 PM »

It certainly does have a good home here. In fact, just the other day I caught sight of it unexpectedly and was amazed and enchanted all over again!

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