Inspiration pops up in the most unexpected places.
Last week, I was building a fire in our little wood burning stove.
A piece of kindling stopped me in my tracks…
It said: “Don’t burn me! There’s something special about me- wait till you see what’s inside me!”
so, I took it to the studio…. And, Tottie Tomato listened to what the piece of kindling
(from a tree that fell down in our neighborhood)
had to say.
A raggedy, curvy, bent, rough piece of upcycled wood that didn’t want to be burned,
told me a story about a Spoon Doll that was looking for a Best Friend to live upstairs….
So, I cut and carved and chisled and shaped…
Until she was ready to find her best friend.
I walked through the house, looking for the best friend who would live upstairs and have
adventures with ‘Dot’.
This oddly shaped Spoon Doll was telling me that the unusual basket ? or crown? ???
Was the ‘upstairs’ where her friend would live and that they were going to enjoy each other’s company.
Well…. friendship is one of life’s dearest treasures, so I listened when this little emerging Wooden Person
Asked a small mermaid, Siobhan, if she would like to move in ‘upstairs’.
Siobhan was delighted, and agreed to a little bit of carving adjustment so that she would fit her new accommodations:
Here’s Siobhan, all in pieces as she became smaller so she could move into her new shared home.
Dot provided comfort as Siobhan underwent her renovations.
After a lot of carving and sanding and painting and making of new joints,
the newly tiny Siobhan announced that since she is now smaller, that she wants a ‘Smaller Person Name’,
and that she is now to be known as ‘Sybbie’.
It was now time for Dot to receive her arms and to have a coat or two of shellac applied.
Dot objected, thinking that she didn’t like the sound of ‘shellac-ing’, so Tottie Tomato and Sybbie comforted her.
Tottie and Sybbie were getting in the way of progress, so I asked them to please move to the sofa to wait.
I gave them a journal to write in and a book to read, but I don’t think that they did either.
Spoon Doll Dot was very relieved to be completely finished, and needed a few moments to recover from
the whole carving and finishing thing.
Sybbie and Tottie Tomato told her that they had been through it all, too, so they were very sympathetic.
Brave little Sybbie even consented to being re-carved more than once to get to her final happy state!
Tottie Tomato had to go see to something else in the studio, so she left Dot and Sybbie to plan their
first great adventure.
Postcards from their first trip around the studio (their world as they know it so far)
will be posted in the next blog post. (Here is the link: LINK)