It’s been a long time since I’ve done a 3D design, I can’t wait to see how this one turns out! It is inspired by my grandmother & childhood, in two ways – one game I played with my cousins at Grammy’s house was “hide the thimble,” where you would (surprise) hide a thimble in plain sight and see who could find it first. My Grammy had quite a few thimbles, being a talented seamstress; she used to make tiny felt outfits for my Troll doll collection!
The hermit crab part of this was inspired by my annual visits to Cape Cod as a child, in Brewster specifically. If you’ve never been, Brewster is worth a visit for the flats alone – when the tide goes out, it goes FAR, and you can see a lot of interesting sea creatures while walking out there. The kids (me included) liked to dig long, maze-like systems of sand castles, pools & paths from the beach back into the sea, putting hermit crabs at the beginning to see how long it would take for them to make it to the end. The poor crabs probably didn’t appreciate our harassment, but they were quite smart, so it never took them very long!