serena mccarroll

Okay, now here, one of my foster-children had this piece of fur. Okay? And she said to me, "Mom, what can we do with this?". I said, "Oh, wait and see. We will do something with this." Alright? So, here was a round ring...iron...kind of a ring. And what are we going to do? We'll fix up something real nice. So all around here I wove wool. And some years ago I had dog wool spun in Innisfail, Alberta, for knitting and weaving. Ok? And that's this dog wool, here. Now, These are little sea shells. A shell from around a slew, okay, like that... Now how to fasten this in here? So I took some nylon stockings, cut them in strips, braided them and fastened them on, like this, you see. Like this, oh, you can't see that there. Okay? And sewed these buttons on. And these are squirrel tails, from a squirrel. And some from a gopher. And some from a squirrel. Little tails to kind of make something kind of interesting out of it. So...and then my grandson made me a little stand...to stand on. Or you can hang him up. Yeah.

 

serena mccarroll

Early in the morning, Billy the goat decided to go out for a stroll. Okay, so out he goes. He lands up in the - I call them among Grandma’s posies. But before he did, he decided to make a fire to heat up some water, and the chimney is smoking. You see how nicely smoking? So out he comes to smell the flowers and that’s... among the flowers or whatever you want to call it. Yeah. Early in the morning you can just imagine it. Walking to Grandma’s through to the flower garden. The mother didn’t like, the boss didn’t, like that too much. And somehow I just found this frame. And it just fitted the, you understand what I mean. But you know, all these seeds, you’ve gotta have a tweezer and pick up each and every one. And make sure they stay on. Yeah.

 

serena mccarroll

This is a piece of wood my neighbour cut from a tree. Okay, he cut from a tree. And he gave that to me. And now comes Lethbridge in the scene. I have a brother, of course he passed on now, but his wife is still there. Dietzel. Okay. So I...and he said he had a friend living down in the coulie. For a glass - for any work - for a glass of beer, he would do this. So I sent this piece of wood down to my brother and told him: whatever he can create with this, he should. And that man did. And he said he couldn’t carve any deeper because there was nothing there to cut deep enough. So okay now, when it came - and this is how it came - and I stained it, and then I went and got... Now look here. Do you see this here? It’s a muskrat skin. A muskrat skin. And I, for years, I’ve always cut out little pictures here and there. And around in a box of my scrap papers were these two claws. Okay, now mister, you imagine now, here runs that little squirrel, all of a sudden on top of him sits that big, here, his claws and he’s holding him. Holding him, okay? See, that’s what I created here. But then it needed a little more, something? Here. And I put these... (laughter)

 

serena mccarroll

Here. Look here. A little hanging. Okay, what do you get out of this? Antartica. The Antarctica. And guess what? Do you see the red? Do you see the little variation in colour? Okay, so he’s - one morning, he said to her, "Do you know what, sweetheart? Look, the sun is out, look at all the different colours on the ice, hmmm..." he said, "look at that". And look how bashful she listens. You see that? "Oh, come on honey, tell me more!". (laughter) Well, it's my own creation!