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Sunday, May 18, 2008

The cat that became an elephant

The transformation of any creation is the fuel for keeping magic in one's day. Like all my rag dolls, I can't seem to work from any set plan, but this is the signature of all my work really.

So, I set out to make a cat, but it turned into this little elephant. Ella Elephant likes to wear short dresses but no pants. This helps her go swimming like elephants like. She wears a pink ribbon to attract boy elephants. Her little tail is the sweetest little tail imaginable!

Ella Elephant is a one of a kind creatures, full of personality, and like any creature, can not be duplicated. I am working on other felted creatures, and want to do some 3D sets to place them in, like mini theater stories. It's still in my head.
It will most likely be a gigantic 3D mess, much like my monkey houses of past, but I will forge ahead with hammer, saw and nails. Martyn will cringe and step in. Soon perhaps he will build me a stage of some kind for theatrical performances with felt puppets and guest appearances from Phinias T. Barnum and others. [I have convinced him to make a special magic door to the "Pino's Pie Place" where the donkeys will be for the June 28th Pie Day].


Cathy said...

Short skirt, no pants, sweet little tail? She doesn't need a pink ribbon to attract boy elephants.

Ella is adorable! I love her big blue eyes.

salmonpoetry said...

how sweet! wonderful felting job, so expressive. very beautiful, the kind of stuffed toy all children should be able to have and hold. your dolls are such masterpieces!

Debbie said...

A stage for puppet shows is a great idea. Many years ago, in college, I worked with a group who put on puppet shows for kids. Even back then it was novel. The kids, adults too, were enchanted. I would love to walk through a magical door. You are so creative!

Amy Cameron Evans said...

this is wonderful! i love it!

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