As you know... the Wee Peeple Dolls are "free-standing"
because they have dowel armatures and wooden bases-
The Dollmaker does not make these wooden bases...
so who does make these wooden bases?
Bev Taylor- WoodWorker Extraordinaire!
...She who is responsible for making the stands which allow the Wee Peeple Dolls to be Free-standing!
Beverly started out making Portals. These really cool little Doll-sized Doorways . She had no idea she was going to become
~the Wee Patron Saint of Stands, High Priestess of Wooden Doll Bodies~
It all started a few years ago~ innocent that she was- ah, weren't we all~ she allowed the scurrilous sage, Don White! (of Don White's White Wizards) to display one of her "Magical Portals" in his Wizard Shoppe....
The Dollmaker was out running errands that day-
and since the White Wizard is one of her oldest friends and conspiratores, she was naturally drawn to visit him at his new shoppe that day, to berate (commiserate with) him for losing his old shoppe and the famous wishing well fountain where one of his famous white wizards was always (discretely) taking a wizz...
fortunately Don White was not there at the time to receive his berating (commiserating).
But then the Dollmaker happened to spy a most disturbing sight- Don White had a magical portal- a perfect portal for the Wee Dolls- but he had it hanging on the wall- where it didn't make any sense- these Portals are not wall hangings!- it was a DOORWAY.
What could she do but take it away from him... he obviously did not know how to properly display this fine doorway, and so she left word with his employee for him to pick it up at her shoppe, where he would have to face her~ and the music, and also tell her who made the darling small magical portal because his employee told her that he didn't make it.
Don White did indeed come for the stolen Portal, whereupon, after hugs and salutations, the Dollmaker refused to give it back to him unless he told her who made it.
Under duress he confessed that he did not make the portal (this she already knew), but mumbled that he was doing a favor for a kindly little old lady who was his neighbor in the forests of Magnolia
~ Bev Taylor, of TR Workshop~
it sounded like Santa's Workshop to the Dollmaker,
who thereupon determined that Don White would never have the Magical Portal back again,
for she decided right then and there that she was going to meet this woman, Bev Taylor, and buy the stolen Portal from her directly, and furthermore order some more Magical Portals for around the Wee Peeple Doll Kingdom.
The Lady Kandra was actually filled with a certain giddy kind of glee about the whole thing.
Beverly Taylor, folks. Mightily handling her chop saw
in her cozy little workshop in the woods.
Well, the Dollmaker and the Wood Goddess Beverly Taylor met, Lords and Ladies, and (first of all, she is anything but a "little old lady"- she is a capable and mature Tall-Water Goddess, proprietress of her own Cottage Industry)- and I can assure you, a jolly business relationship started that day.
She agreed to look at the plans for the stands began cutting the wood that evening.
To this day Bev makes all the Doll stands and all sizes of wooden doll bodies for the Dollmaker, as well.
Thanks BEV! You're the best!
The MiniWee Dolls
Dolls just want to have fun.
Did you know that the first Mini-Wee Dolls started out as CANDLES!
One day about three years ago, Beverly Taylor, Woodworker Extraordinaire, asked the Dollmaker if she would like some wooden candles made for the Wee Peeple Dolls to hold.
"Oh, splendid! Made of WOOD! Hmm, yes, much better than using real candles..." The Dollmaker thought to herself- this way nobody will light them. If we use real candles somebody might think it's okay to light them, which of course would be a flaming disaster.
So it was agreed and Bev set out to make the wooden candles- but when they came in the mail the little wooden candles turned out to be too big for the Wee Peeple to hold.
Still, the little wooden candles were so cute!
Not too long after that, the Dollmaker was musing upon some ideas for a small doll- a doll under six inches tall, and she was casting around for something to use as the base or armature for these new smaller dolls...
Suddenly she saw the little wooden candles.
And the Dollmaker knew she had her new doll body.
She called Bev and asked that the candle "flame" be rounded off into a head, and the "wick" carved in more to make a neck, and asked her to figure out how to make the base wider.
All these things Bev did.
When the Dollmaker got the new wooden doll bodies in the mail, she was beside herself with glee. She started making dolls out of them, and she couldn't stop.
Night and day she just kept on and on making more and more of these fun little dolls. She loved their small size and she loved making eyelashes and she loved how floofy and silly and fun and fast and easy they were to make and to handle.
The Dollmaker was like a woman possessed. She went on shopping sprees buying crazy floofy things to add to the dolls. Hair ties made of cut ribbon looked like doll dresses to her! Fancy furry fabrics looked like coats; Mini-heads were adorned with small flowers and acorn husks!
The Dollmaker made so many dolls she had to re-order doll bodies and stands from Bev in only two weeks time!
Bev started calling them the Mini-Wees, since they were a mini version of the Wee Peeple Dolls, and the name stuck.
The first Mini-Wees did not have arms. Now they do.
Now they even have their own houses!
Above all else- Mini-Wees love parades.
Riding in Duck Floats- now this is Dolls having fun.
They were very happy at Scarborough Faire, because they got to be in their own
Scarborough Faire Mini-Wee Parade!
Kandra Niagra, Dollmaker
PO Box 326
Smithville, Texas 78957
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