It is a single of the a lot of intricate scenes Victoria “Vicky” Walman, 100, results in applying rocks, bits of dried moss, back garden squander and her own creativity.
A rag rug weaver and knitter who can make mug mats and place mats, way too, Walman claimed she did a ton of knitting soon after her partner handed absent, but she started off to appear all-around to see what else she could do.
“I was not likely to be by yourself and have practically nothing to do,” Walman mentioned.
About two decades ago, she started to make the little rock creations, some of which she’s offered and some of which she’s provided away as presents.
“As time goes by, each time I thought of some thing, I would make them,” she explained.
A tray of crystal bead snowmen rests on her worktable, waiting around to come across a dwelling for Christmas gifts she’s building.
She builds little fences, chairs and tables from dried flower stems she finds outdoors her household in Villa Rita.
Centenarian Victoria Walman factors out two modest rocks painted to glance like chickens in close proximity to a fence on a single of her scenes in her apartment in Superior on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.
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“Everything is created from purely natural things,” Walman mentioned.
On the other hand, she said some of the options — these kinds of as small birds, beads and people — ended up bought. Miniature home furnishings she observed at Passion Foyer were being just much too major for the tiny scenes she creates, Walman said.
She sticks with modest layouts simply because applying more substantial rocks would make them way too heavy.
“I don’t know how she can see all that things,” stated Arnie Prochazka, Walman’s son who can help find the rocks for her artistry. “I simply cannot … It’s way much too little for me to mess with.”
Centenarian Victoria Walman holds one particular of her creations in her condominium in Top-quality on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.
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Several of Walman’s rock creations have a mushroom concept.
“I really don’t even like mushrooms,” Walman explained. “I just can’t take in them.”
She explained goes by way of a whole lot of nail polish to give the stone mushroom’s the “slippery” search.
Numerous of the rocks she uses just have purely natural capabilities that lend themselves to the artistry, these types of as a rock that appears like it has a pair of eyes and a single that resembled a turtle’s shell, which she in a natural way turned into a turtle.
“Nobody’s having that turtle,” Walman stated.
Centenarian Victoria Walman holds a turtle she developed working with a rock and bits of pine cone in her apartment in Superior on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.
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“I give her all varieties of credit score,” Prochazka reported. “I would not consider of that sort of stuff.”
Among her up coming initiatives are Xmas items for her relatives. She also has a Xmas scene prepared that will be encased in glass. It will function dabs of white paint on moss to look like snow and snowmen she’s produced, Walman mentioned.
Prochazka said Walman has constantly been creative, from turning material bails from Goodwill into rugs, to knitting hats, scarfs and mittens, and beading mug and position mats.
“That could be my blue denims as far as I know,” Prochazka stated, pointing to a pair of woven rugs folded about a chair. “Every time I went by way of jeans, she desired blue denims mainly because folks truly wanted blue rugs.”
Walman said she at the time wove a rug lengthy plenty of to build a stairway runner but the staircase was measured incorrect and the runner was 6 inches too shorter. The woman acquired it in any case, as very well as a second runner made to fit the staircase.
“It’s a treasure that she’s bought here,” Prochazka said. “… Who knows what she’s likely to do next 12 months. She’s only 100. She isn’t slowing down any.”
Centenarian Victoria Walman retains a scene she established utilizing rocks as mushrooms, bits of moss, sticks as a fence, paint and even a miniature rabbit at her apartment in Outstanding on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.
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