Thursday, February 08, 2007

mama cat (and her skirt-dwelling kittens)

Mama Cat

Oh, Mama Cat.


You wear clothes, an apron because you're both very busy an very tidy. Your children are all very well dressed and you keep them close to you, snug and tight in your skirt. Look at your three wonderful children.

I've been working on her for the past couple weeks in the same way I'd play with a doll. "Oh, what should we do with Mama Cat today?" Slowly, and with a lot of thought and memory, she's become who she is and a little reminder of things I've loved and continue to love. I had a doll kind of like her when I was a small child. It was a mother bunny with tiny round bunny babies kept in her skirt. A friend of my mother made it. Toys like this are fun because the self storage is more like a secret compartment, and I think that sort of magic makes dolls seem more real.

how it works

She's Beebs' now. It was a surprise, even though she watched me make her. Beebs fell for the dollies as I was putting them together, and even though I feel like a bit of a tormenter by not letting her know the kitties were for her, I think she liked watching the doll take shape.

Mama Cat's outfit was greatly inspired by this book. Gosh, I was inspired by so much while I was making this--the sometimes creepy big skirt lady in the Nutcracker (you know, all the polichinelles come out from under her skirt and dance?), Laura Ingalls Wilder's stories with their cloth dolls with dresses, childhood memories of that bunny doll, the linen & the way the blue fabric looks against the pink gingham, and all the wonderful things all of you crafters do with a needle and a thread.

family-photo style
family photo style

She may end up over here. I haven't decided yet.

So, two things before I forget. First, thank you for all the bathroom love. I can't wait to actually bathe in the tub instead of just looking at it. Second, if you're wondering what honeyflake got from us in the miniswap, it's over here.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Denise said...

I love Mama Cat :) and her three little babies are just adorable ^_^, I want to make a cute dolly to keep my daughters socks and Mama Cat is very inspiring.

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Courtney said...

That is simply beautiful. Love it.

3:54 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Oh my goodness. This is the sweetest thing ever. My oldest would love this. Thank for the inspiration.

9:01 AM  
Blogger amy said...

oh my. mama and babies are too cute! i love the soft palette, too.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous mo said...

I am so in love. You should submit it to the softie contest. It is charming and lovely. I love how she snuggles her babies.

4:05 PM  
Blogger norththreads said...

These are fabulous!!!!!
~cheers~
Ang

8:46 PM  
Blogger Dannielle said...

They are soooo sweet! I was surprised to see the secret skirt compartment. I thought their hiding place would be under the apron. You tricked me!

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Kristin said...

That is the most precious cat ever. I think you should enter in the contest for sure!

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Hi there! I just found your blog through Flickr. I live within an hour or so of Farmer City so we're sorta neighbors. Love the mama kitty. So sweet!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Sarah and Jack said...

She is so sweet!

7:01 PM  
Blogger indah said...

Qué bonita "mamá gata" :) Y qué bonitos trabajos. Gracias por compartirlos.

11:41 PM  
Anonymous andrea said...

I love these. Mama and baby kitties are so super sweet.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous shirley said...

That is just too cute. Love them.

3:23 AM  

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