Welcome to Magpieheaven! Just a quick mention that yesterday I spent a lovely day at Stamperama, Stevenage meeting up with old and new friends: Helen, Lin, Deborah, Kirsten, Margaret, Jo Jo and Jo Myhill. It was great to see Leandra and her daughter, Courtney demoing the new and beautiful PaperArtsy stamps and paint colours and Liz Borer in person demoing her new stamp collection. I hope I haven't left anybody out
The title today doesn't refer to HRH Queen Elizabeth the Second, who I have never met and who did not make an appearance at Stamperama! It refers to my second doll who stepped out of the bunk beds to meet me! She is based on the Queen of Hearts from Lewis Carroll's Alice adventures. I can't express how rewarding Mary Jane Chadbourne's online course has been. This is just a picture post today with a few glimpses of Queenie, as I call her!
She holds a looking-glass in which Alice is reflected and tells us to 'Reflect' - 'commands' perhaps would be the more appropriate word!
If you click on the image you might be able to see the little White Rabbit charm at the corner of the looking glass.
I wanted to make the base resemble a nice fat book! There is nothing like the feel of a book in your hand, the smell of the pages and the excitement as those pages stack up.
Some of my happiest memories are of reading stories to our children as they snuggled up in their bunk beds, and I reckon those beds have absorbed many, many tales! The back of the Queen shows her sleeping and the book firmly shut and waiting for another day.
When we turn her around her face tells something of Alice's adventures!
She's a formidable lady, but as I painted her face, she refused to be as terrifying as Carroll portrayed her! Maybe Queenie has a soft side and puts on a bit of a ferocious show for the courtiers!
Here she is on the Magpie mantle-piece, having a chat with her companion, Perdita and a little distracted by the tiny Mad Hatter at their feet, who will keep interrupting! She loves her new home in front of the looking glass too! Two dolls finished now! Today I hope to spend some time working on the third bunk-bed girl. I wonder what her character will be? Thank you so much for stopping by Magpieheaven today! Have a lovely creative week!