The Wee Peeple Newsletter

February  2013                   Issue  72



because nothing says

"Be My Valentine"



American Gothic!




American Gothic

....painted in 1930 by Grant Wood...

...named for the Gothic styling of the farmhouse window in the background...

The models for the famous painting were

Grant Wood's

30-year old sister

and his 62-year old

family dentist.


Intended to be a portrait of a man and his daughter

not a husband and wife... This Iconic Painting became

One of the most parodied images of all time.



And really, you have to see this page

of Google Images:


How could one painting inspire so MUCH parody?


...seriously, folks...
Lego American Gothic
American Gothic Brothers
American Gothic Switched
Funny Face American Gothic
Warm Christmas American Gothic
Dog American Gothic
Picnic American Gothic
Bombshell American Gothic
Farmer's Daughter Go-Go Club
Amazon Robot American Gothic
Feet American Gothic
Skelton American Gothic
Amish American Gothic
Woody American Gothic
Gas Mask American Gothic
Arrested Development American Gothic
Hunting American Gothic
Alien American Gothic
Robot American Gothic
Deer American Gothic
American Gothic Scream
Invisable American Gothic
Alien American Gothic
Superman American Gothic
Beer & Cigarette American Gothic
Valentine's Day American Gothic
Mythbusters American Gothic
Pilot American Gothic
Buy at

and now even Wee Peeple American Gothic



Are the Wees going Goth?




naw... just Experiments with Plasti-Dip...

Originally used to restore the plastic handles of burnt-up tools...

This liquid plastic could have dollmaking applications...

Starting with Bird Beaks...

Going Gothic? Maybe not so much as

Going Surreal...



Once upon a Dreamtime...

a Fire Drake dropped a House on a collection of old Jars...

it was just a small house.... but still...

Remember those old Morolene jars from the Bottle Hunt?

(Morolene was the Vaseline of the 1930's)


well, now

Morolene Jars are BACK on the Dollmaker's windowsill.

The same kinds of jars she lost in the fire!

Happily found again at the Bastrop City-wide Garage Sale.

when we are walking around thinking- This is no garage sale! This is all Antiques!'s a thrill to stumble upon a lone dusty wooden crate...

...pale rainbows shimmering through shrouded glass....

a Joy to pull up a chair and excavate through old bottles and jars leisurely...

chatting with the vendor,

and afterwards, strolling away, with a manageable armload of excellent old jars

and without

 thousands of demonic sticker burrs velcroed firmly to

hair, pants, socks, shoelaces, underwear, eyelashes etc.



Visit this link to read the original Bottle Hunt Story



The Dollmaker attended the EMPTY BOWL PROJECT this month

(benefitting the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry)

where she sampled many delicious soups (20 local Restaurants participated)

and selected an ART BOWL





Remember the Doll Club...?

The Dollmaker is finally joining in The Monthly Challenges again!

And the February 2013 ADO Challenge is:



Almost every

member who 

accepted the February

Water Challenge

 made a

Mermaid Doll !!!


 So the Dollmaker promptly jumped on that bandwagon

With this

Mermaid Doll:

But then she couldn't make just one...

In fact, she couldn't make just ten... or twenty...

alright.  a Mermaid Doll Explosion is Rocking the Nether World!

Check them out at Scarborough Faire (the Netherssance Festival)

coming up in April

at the shoppe called

(formerly the Wee Peeple Doll Arte Gallerie)

now known as


will have an AMAZING new variety of magical artifacts

such as SCROLLS

alongside the Wee Peeple Dolls!




...salvaging Tile Fragments...


Resting at Home among the

Burned Bricks and Tile Fragments

 evidence of Mosaic Fever raging through the Peach House Gardens

but the Dollmaker missed the merry companionship of the songbirds

so she included...

And the very next day, here they came!

Wild bird singers looping and flitting about!

yay! Love the birds!


We haven't had a story in a long time....

So... here is a story for our early Spring:

(the Dollmaker did NOT write this story!)



There was once an Emperor from China who had no children

and needed to choose a successor.

Thousands of children from across the kingdom came to the palace

and were surprised when the Emperor exclaimed that he was going to choose

one of them. He gave them all a seed. They were to go home to their villages,

plant the seed in a pot and tend it for a year. When they returned in a year,

the Emperor would judge their efforts and choose his successor.

One boy named Ling was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed.

He went home and excitedly told his mother the story.

She helped him get a pot and some potting soil, and he planted the seed

and watered it carefully.

Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.

After about three weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds

 and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Ling kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.

Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by. Still nothing.

By now, others were talking about their plants but Ling didn't have a plant,

and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by; still nothing in Ling's pot.

He just knew he had killed his seed.

Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing.

Ling didn't say anything to his friends, however.

He just kept waiting for his seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all of the youths of the kingdom brought their plants

to the emperor for inspection.

Ling told his mother that he wasn't going to take an empty pot

but his mother said he must be honest about what happened.

Ling felt sick to his stomach, but he knew his mother was right.

He took his empty pot to the palace.

When Ling arrived, he was amazed

at the variety of plants grown by the other youths.

They were beautiful - in all shape and sizes. Ling put his empty pot on the floor

and many of the other kids laughed at him.

A few felt sorry for him and just said, "Hey nice try."

When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the young people.

Ling just tried to hide in the back.

"My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown," said the emperor.

"Today, one of you will be appointed the next emperor!"

All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room

with his empty pot. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front.

Ling was terrified.

"The emperor knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me killed!"

When Ling got to the front, the emperor asked his name.

"My name is Ling," he replied. All the kids were laughing and making fun of him.

The emperor asked everyone to quiet down.

He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd,

"Behold your new emperor! His name is Ling!"

Ling couldn't believe it. Ling couldn't even grow his seed.

How could he be the new emperor?

Then the emperor said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone here a seed.

I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today.

But I gave you all boiled seeds, which would not grow.

All of you, except Ling, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.

When you found that the seed would not grow,

you substituted another seed for the one I gave you.

Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty

to bring me a pot with my seed in it.

Therefore, he is the one who will be the new emperor!"




 The Dollmaker is planting alright..

Blueberries, Asparagus  

Tomatoes, Melons, and Pomegranates, so far....

and all on their own, about a month early...

right in the middle of the parched and rocky driveway...

Welcome Back, Bluebonnets!


Also: to Cindy Wexler, David Roe and the Universe:



Kandra Niagra, Dollmaker

512-332-6680    cell phone

PO Box 326

Smithville, TX  78957



April 6  to  May 27

The Wee Peeple Doll Shoppe

at Scarborough Faire this year

will be called:

yes, "Amazing"

Shoppe # 158

In October and November: the

Shoppe #145





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