Here it is. The fruit of playful imaginings, inspired by the fabric at hand, no doubt. In any case, I was looking forward to putting this little guy together. It was playing against the screen of my imagination, begging for a place in the order of things.
It was time for something different. Of course, the focus tends to shift back to replenishing good sellers that dwindle to nothing, consistently. No complaints. This is what I want, after all. But it can be challenging to live with new ideas that take on life and even a conscience of their own, it seems. It gets to a point where you have to sooth it, as though it were a child, begging to play. “Not yet,” you plead. “I need to finish this or that first. Then I can give you my full attention. Isn’t that what you want?”
Then, we meet. At last. The living object of my imagination rests in my hand and it feels right. I think the wait is an important part of the process. It helps define the shape, so that when it is born it has an undeniable presence of its own. Or it’s all in my head. It does not matter. It is real anyway.
It does not have a tail? No. I doesn’t. The shape, the outline, is all that is required to make a connection. The soul is in the eyes, after all. This little guy could be the first in a line of animal-inspired buddies for children and the young at heart. Or how about this: it could be a tooth fairy mouse!
Eleven more await assembly. They will be distributed among my four sales point locations. 7 1/2 inches tall. Color schemes will vary.
This little guy just happened. One night, recently, perhaps while working on some other art project, I imagined a little friend that could fit in the hand. I started to play with twine and a shape took form.
This weekend, I chanced a short road trip to the arts supply store in St. Albans. I need to drive away once in a while. I so enjoy the isolation of the car. I’ve always loved driving. Anyway, I had a few items in mind, thinking I might add just a small silver heart somewhere on the doll’s attire. However, the selection was sparse this time so I decided to improvise. When I found the red button hearts, I was not certain I would use them at all, but I just felt compelled to get them anyway.
I wanted this little guy to be simple. I like to keep my prices down and very reasonable and sometimes I get carried away spending a lot of time on unnecessary details and feeling that while I am being fair to customers, I am actually cheating myself. I am learning to find balance. Most of all, I am learning that it is the items I keep the simplest that end up being the ones I am most pleased with. Perhaps it is precisely because they seem to flow into being, effortlessly. We always put the energy of our moods into all that we do, somehow. This was a playful and carefree creation.
I am not certain how I will attach the little note cards, but they just jumped at me and I immediately knew that a little love messenger needed a way to convey its message, whether it be indeed to a Valentine or to a beloved friend, parent or sibling.
Several of these will be available at Ornament Studio later this week.