Today we started what will be a two week project; Mermaids - for play and for our summer season tables. Over the holidays my friend Mary-Jane hand made some shimering silky tail felt; this morning we chose our tails and made the doll's heads.
This is one MJ made a few years ago.
Next week we will assemble the dolls, give them hair and embelishments.
There sits a lovely maiden above so wondrous fair,
With shining jewels laden, She combs her golden hair.
It falls through her comb in a shower, and over the valley rings
A song of mysterious power that lovely maiden sings
MJ says she is very happy for me to share the pattern with you, and I'll do that next week. If you want to get started on your head it needs to be about a 13cm circumference. Moonchild studio has a very good step by step tutorial if you have never made a head before or need reminding.
I have been quite distracted today - only made half a head all morning! My big girl has gone away on her first school camp. They have gone to Kiah Park in Gympie - about 160km north of Brisbane. The park has 315 beautiful acres of farm and peaceful surroundings with guinea fowl, poultry, pigs, cows and horses. The camp follows on from the childrens farming main lesson blocks and I think they even get to milk a cow.
Two quiet afternoons with just me and the wee girl, two evenings without constant chatter, two nights with her away from my bed (no toenails in my thigh), two mornings I don't have to pack a lunch box and walk to the bus stop at 0730...I'm going to miss her (she is going to have ball!)