Monday, April 5, 2010
Candace Wants to Travel!
Candace, just a few miles from the Mexican Border
Not a good idea to lean up against cholla cactus!
Candace came from a collection of rag dolls that my mother started collecting back in the early eighties from a local woman in Waterville, Maine. The woman was selling them for next to nothing and they had that folk/outsider art charm which led my mother to amass quite a collection. A collection that has become my legacy, my inheritance! Mom collected dozens of them and shared her source with other friends that lovingly grouped them on their sofas and nooks of their houses. She named them "Messalonskee Moppets" for the river that runs through that part of Maine.
I've been sharing them on Etsy but have come to realize that Candace is in need of some adventure in her life.
Candace does what she can to overcome her plain looks. Her eye replacement operation is still evidenced however you can see a hint of sadness in her very square face.
Perhaps a trip around the world will give her the joy that she very much deserves. I think even hemming her dress could brighten her spirits or any other sort of embellishing.
What I'm proposing is that we could send her from artist to artist, blogger to blogger. We'll need to document her trip. I'll post the photos here on my blog when she arrives at each destination.
I'd be happy to see her posing with your art or a spectacular place famous or private, garden spots, whatever ..... it's up to you! Some embellishing would be acceptable too although we don't want her to get too heavy for mailing. After I post her newest destination, you can put on your own blog as well with a link to mine. When you receive her take her photo, give her some attention, add a story if you like and send her on her way. I'd like her to return home after a year. I'll include a journal to document her world tour. You can decorate that too if you're feeling ambitious.
I'm thinking to begin her journey we can start with the first commenters here that would like to participate. I'll pick the first one randomly and we'll go through the list here. After that it will be up to the last recipient whom they would like to send it too.
I've made up a little journal for her too for people to record her story, and leave names and blog sites or even decorate.
Alright, we have some takers! I'm going to send her off tomorrow and we'll leave it to Kim from Gerushia's New World to send her off to the person of her choice. I've got the rest of you that responded on my list in this order - Betsy, John, Corrine, Heather, Cat, Kass and then Kim. we'll see how it goes after that! She's packed up an on her way now. Come on back and track her journey!