Bedelia the Mermaid and where she came from

Once upon a time, there was a very, very old wooden bed frame.

It was so old that parts of it broke, and so it was taken apart and about to be thrown in the trash, when someone thought… wait… we know someone who makes things come to life again….

They gave the broken old bed frame to my son, who offered a piece of it to me:

It was very heavy old wood, which soon revealed itself to be exceedingly HARD… and I mean H.A.R.D wood!

I cut out 2 little mermaids from the former bed frame, wiggling around to try to deal with long notches, deep channels and bored out holes that large screws had once lived in.

I sanded the varnish off one set of mermaid blanks, and then remembered to take a picture of the ‘under construction’ stage… some of those scraps of wood are not useable for carving because they have hardware embedded.

Oh my word!  Carving the old hardwood was incredibly challenging, and there were a couple of nights when I was carving until the wee small hours.

I was so happy to finish carving Bedelia, but the incredible hardness and knife dulling properties of the wood made it oh so NOT fun to carve.

So, I am conducting an experiment:

Bedelia’s sister had a long lovely soak, which I hope will make the wood more carving friendly.

And now, oh, poor little mermaid!

She’s in the freezer, waiting for me to have enough time to carve her!

My fingers are crossed that I haven’t destroyed the wood with the soaking and the freezing,

and that I will be able to release the latent mermaid from her cryogenic state soon and more easily than Bedelia!

The next stage of bringing Bedelia to life was to burn and paint her Mermaid scales:

And then assemble her, making all her joints function:

Bedelia wanted to have some Mermaidly fun, so she went for a swim:

Which was a lot of fun, but very tiring, so she came back and relaxed in the studio.

Tottie Tomato went and made Bedelia a lovely cup of tea.

But she was still cold from the wild waves, so I went rummaging through the box of threads that I inherited from my Mother.

And crocheted a lace shawl for Bedelia.

She’s very happy and is looking forward to meeting all the other dolls in the studio.

She is  hopeful that I will get to carving her poor icy sister, very soon!

I hope so, too… but the studio has been a busy place lately, the icy mermaid will have to fit in with the other magic that is being stirred up!

I am so pleased to now be part of a lovely blogging group: Scrap Happy,  that was begun 6 years ago by Kate Chiconi and her friend, Gun, in Sweden.

The Scrap Happy bloggers all post once a month on the 15th about the wonderful things that they are creating from scraps of this and that, and none of it new….

please check out their blog posts, too.   😀

Kate Gun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
KerryClaireJeanJon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, NanetteAnn, NancyDawn 2, Noreen,
Bear and Carol



Filed under carving wood, doll & dolls & dollmaking & doll making, eco crafts & green projects, lace making, mermaid, Tottie Tomato Loves, Uncategorized, upcycling, wooden dolls, woodwork

21 responses to “Bedelia the Mermaid and where she came from

  1. What a lovely story and what a great work!

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  2. minilooms11

    I love this little charming mermaid💖

    On Mon, Mar 15, 2021, 3:02 AM Tottie Talks Crafts Blog wrote:

    > tottietalkscrafts posted: “Once upon a time, there was a very, very old > wooden bed frame. It was so old that parts of it broke, and so it was taken > apart and about to be thrown in the trash, when someone thought… wait… > we know someone who makes things come to life again…. ” >

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    • Thank you so much- she was incredibly challenging to carve, but she’s a real little honey now, so I guess it was worth it, although at the time I was not convinced that I was going to be able to find the doll in the rock hard wood!


  3. She’s a darling, I hope her frozen sister will be less problematic as she progresses!

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    • Thank you 🙂 and, oh my goodness, I hope so, too! Poor Bedelia was such a struggle to carve, but I love her to pieces now. I am hoping that a touch of hypothermia will make ‘Frozen Charlotte’ much more compliant in the carving! I hope I haven’t damaged the wood with my watery and icy experiment.


  4. hopefully you can enjoy Bedelia now the difficult carving is finished. can’t wait to hear how Charlotte’s experiment works out. Welcome to the group.

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    • Thank you so much, and oh yes, I really am enjoying Bedelia- even though she was such a challenge to carve- whew! I can hear Frozen Charlotte calling to me from the freezer, so I am going to have to liberate her from her icy state and start carving! Hopefully, she’s not as daunting to carve as her sister was! 🙂


  5. Melanie S Irwin

    Hello! I’m always excited to see an emial from Tottie! Your stories are so much fun, and your many talents are inspiring.

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  6. Lovely to have you in the group! We need many more Scrappy creations that are NOT made of fabric or yarn, and your little people are perfect.

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  7. Thanks, Kate! It’s a delight to be part of the group! Looking forward to more great Scrap Happy days! 😀


  8. DStuart

    Beautiful carving and cute story, love it!

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  9. Oh I wish I had the carving skills to create a doll…mine leaves off at carving spoons and those aren’t pretty, just useful. I’m part of ScrapHappy too. Have a great week.. Can’t wait to see Bedelias sister!


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