Identity Crisis, or even prairie dogs aspire to greatness

What’s that fancy word that means giving human qualities to animals?


Oh, yeah:


Such as this little prairie dog with aspirations to be more. He seemed to have goals. We added horns from a longhorn steer. Mechanical wings made of steampunk gears. A wristwatch so as not to miss an appointment with greatness. And a golden gear in his right hand, er, paw. Tiny goggles make him adventure-ready. Strength, style, whimsy, focus and a little je nais se quoi (my favorite French phrase which translates as “I don’t know what” but really means “when you see it, you’ll know it.”)

And while we named him “Identity Crisis,” something about this prairie dog said “I know who I am, and who I want to be;” he’s not just another rodent poseur.

One of a kind water globe (snow globe) with tiny embellished prairie dog under a four-inch glass globe. When shaken, the mythical creature is bathed in a sparkling shower of gold microdust. Wooden base is finished with a faux metallic paint, suggesting the patina of age and weathered metal. All images copyright (c) 2014 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

You are my Sunflower

There once was a girl who loved sunflowers, and animals, and rainbows, and riding her wooden swing high above the trees.

She loved to smile; she was kind and gentle, and thoughtful in her ways.

The world was a better place when she laughed.

She was perfect and she was loved.


“You Are My Sunflower” one of a kind sparkle dust snow globe. Mixed media, including metal and wire sculpture in liquid under glass. All images and designs copyright (c) 2014 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

Grow Old With Me (sparkle water globe)

A wisp of a lyric, written on the wind, “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.

– John Lennon and Robert Browning had the same idea.


Along those simple lines, a snow globe holds a couple of indeterminate age, holding each other as the world swirls round them.

Shake the globe and the liquid fills with glittering sparkles of gold; each tiny star a memory, each memory a brick in the life that’s built together.

One of a kind snow globe/water ball, all images and design copyright (c) 2014 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

Not a Level Playing Field – football meets Escher waterglobe

Not a Level Playing Field snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado

Ever heard the saying “it’s not a level playing field?”  I’m a football fan — don’t laugh, I swear it! And in recent years, the teams I’ve been following struggled. More than a little.

There’s not a lot of ways to put this nicely, but sometimes it just looks like we aren’t on the same page, or in the same book, or even in the same library. And boom goes the dynamite! What captures this season for me is how everyone is doing their job, doing what they should do and still … still … apparently not able to play the game as a team, as a unit. The quarterback throws on one plane, the wide receiver runs on another, linemen are upside down and sideways. Yep, looks familiar.

Why is it that some teams take a deep breath and think and act as a single entity, and others, full of heart and life and talent, can’t seem to find their way? Heck, if I knew that, I’d be coaching. For real.

I figure mixing M.C. Escher’s warped staircases and American football in a snow globe makes just about as much sense as our season.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

All images and designs copyright (c) Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.