Do you know, Bambi? We all know the Walt Disney version and the books that followed. Did you know that there is an original book?
Let me introduce you to Bastian
This sweet fellow was made by Helen Priem of Pip's Poppies. Helen is an accomplished painter as well as an accomplished doll artist and needle felt artist.
Oddly enough, it wasn't through these things that I love that I have grown to know Helen. It's through her bull terrier, Pinky. For some reason, I found Pinky's photo online and have never stopped looking at dear Pinky ...especially since her likeness resides with me, too. I never knew much about this wonderful breed and am smitten. Pinky is a well loved dog! People all over the world love Pinky...she is a special girl/dog.
Back to my my new doll! This little fellow, Bastian, has been following me around for weeks moving from room to room and never out of sight. Another friend gave me an old rocking chair and he found it. He likes to sit and read his book in it.
In fact, Bastian is sitting near me by the fireplace as I compose this blog. He is so very special. I pick him up frequently and he actually stands by himself. (He is proud of that!) Helen truly is a superb doll maker...his expression is priceless. This is where the art of painting meets the art of doll making and the result is really more than one could hope for!
So, I didn't forget about dolls. I will try to post them from time to time. There are some others here that want "face time" on the blog. They have their adventures and keep me busy...my sense of whimsy has not vanished. In this trouble world, dolls seem frivolous, but they also can bring a sense of childhood, wonder and imagination into one's life. Bastian stole my heart!
Hope you still have some wonder
in your life, too...it is important!
enjoy the day!