The first piece is called "Laughing Santa." I was working on an idea earlier this year about a laughing man and his jiggling belly. I was going to call it "Belly Laugh." I realized it would work well as a Santa recalling the line from the poem Twas the Night Before Christmas, "and it shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly." I ended up making 5 of these, one for each of my 4 brotheres and sisters and one for my daughter and her family.
The second piece is called "Dorothy's Shoes." My other daughter loves "The Wizard of Oz." I thought it would be fairly simple to make a pair of shoes click their heels 3 times. I decide to look around the internet to see if anyone else had the same idea and there was. It is a beautiful piece with a mechanism made of brass. Unfortunately I can no longer locate the video demonstrating it, the best I can do is a picture. The shoes would rotate its heels up and click 3 times and then return to the ground. I knew if I made one it would have to do the same. My mechanism is simple but effective. I also was able to include a music box that plays "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" as you crank it. On the opposite side of the crank I have the wicked witch flying over the Emerald City just after skywriting "Surrender Dorothy."
I hope you enjoy them.