Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Mind is a Wonderland

April is coming to a close quickly and the month just seemed to fly by! Rain and hail came frequently, and in equal measures we had the most beautiful warm spring weather imaginable. Even though the winds prevailed after a particularly warm weekend, this little mouse took her kayak out on Lake Folsom Monday with her husband and we paddled out to the island which is a wildlife sanctuary. High above the trees in the tallest Digger Pine is this large eagle's nest and we always look to see if we'll spot an eagle. Indeed we did as a mama eagle was in her nest with two little eaglets. Such a magnificent sight! So I hunkered down real low so I wouldn't be noticed and become a meal.

As you know, I hosted a mini challenge in the month of April for the Bleuette Sewing Club to make Alice costumes for their dolls. A drawing prize for one of my peg wooden paper dolls in an Alice theme was offered as incentive. The challenge was quite a success and the seamstresses made the most lovely and creative dresses inspired by the various illustrators of the Alice books. This week I put to the task of a second Alice in Wonderland peg wooden paper doll for the drawing. I chose the Tenniel illustrated paper dolls from a Shackman Company poster card. The pieces were intricate and lovely and they turned out beautifully. But what to do with them to make them different from anything I'd done before was a question for me.

I thought to make stands for them, but for some reason was having difficulty doing so. I decided then that they might make nice play dolls as is for the Bleuettes. Then three minutes after I turned out the lights to go to bed in my hole in the wall, it came to me that a peg board, or game board to display them on would be the answer. So I found a lovely garden scene and miniaturized it, pegged Alice and the White Rabbit and drilled two holes in the garden back drop, or peg board. Now the dolls had a place to play and a fine way to be displayed. They could be dressed in thier costumes and chase through the garden on their various adventures through Wonderland. I'll call this the Alice Peg Wooden Wonderland Peg Board. I'm so pleased with it, I may try it again for other little etrennes such as this.

I would also like to share Margie's fabulous Nursery Alice costume with you, expertly designed by a most talented seamstress and designer, Nicki Burley. In the photo Margie shows how much fun it is to have a little doll dressed just like her! If you love heirloom doll clothing with distinction and historical accuracy, keep your eyes out for more of Nicki's work as she's going to be sewing for me and designing her own patterns while creating a fabulous website.

Welcome May and all the flowers the April rains will bring!

Miss E. Mouse

1 comment:

  1. I love the pegboard idea Melissa! As well as a wonderful 'display' tool it gives a great background for the characters and enables a dimensionality that really adds to the whole arrangment. Congratulations!