The Wee Peeple Newsletter     

 March 2008                Issue 13




~Celebrating One Year of Newsletters~ 


~by collecting the stories of the Wee Peeple Dolls~

The Dollmaker would love it if anyone out there has a cool Wee Peeple Doll Story to share!

She will publish stories told by the Wee Peeple patrons

about their experiences with the Wee Peeple Dolls!

Send such stories to Kandra: at


See the April Issue for the first story

 about a woman who was inspired by the Wee Peeple Dolls

to connect with her own creative muse,

following her bliss and starting her own business

creating ART HORSES.




Celebrating the First Year in Pictures!




There is much milling about amongst the unfinished dolls these days....

...a lot of talk about what to wear to...




Scarborough Faire

the Renaissance Festival!

 ~which opens in a matter of DAYS now!~

on Saturday, April 5th, 2008

...and WEE will be there....

Hope to see you Lords and Ladies there too!

(This show runs for 8 weekends, don't worry- there's plenty of thyme)

(Parsley, Sage Rosemary and Thyme- Collage by Emma Peters

which hangs behind my counter at

Scarborough Faire)



Meanwhile...behind the scenes...


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!


This month Wee would like to honor our Beverly Taylor, Woodwooker 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 Lady Kandra 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 (I mean 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 Lady Kandra happened to spy a most disturbing sight-

Don White had this 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 Lady Kandra refused to give it back to him

unless he told her who made it.

Under this kind of 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 Lady Kandra,

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. 

A fine well-mannered lady here mightily handling her chop saw

 in her cozy little workshop in the woods.



Well, the Lady Kandra 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 and to this day Bev makes all three sizes of the Wee Peeple Doll Stands.

PLUS: She also makes, in her cute little workshop in the woods,

the Mini-Wee Doll Bodies


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!

It's true!

One day about three years ago, Beverly Taylor, Woodworker Extraordinaire, asked the Lady Kandra

 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 Lady Kandra 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 Lady Kandra 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 Lady Kandra 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 Lady Kandra 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 Lady Kandra 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 will be very happy at Scarborough Faire, because they get to be in their

ANNUAL Scarborough Faire Mini-Wee Parade!






meet Seth the earthen cephalopod...

(sorry, I couldn't resist that)


  Cephalopod means "head-foot"

( really, it should be "head-feet" ),

since what they mean by "foot" 

is a cluster of tentacles that connects directly to the head.

fascinating, don't you think?

Ammonite - a hundred-million-year-old spiral cast in stone

Ok, so the Lady Kandra has a thing for the cephalopod fossils called Ammonites- 

She does the big double-take when she sees a ridged stone spiral embedded in the path..

   (and has been known to travel willingly quite a ways off the path to find one...)

shown below: what the living animals might have looked like

in those hundred-million-year-old seas...

just breezin along with their compadres in a pervasive prehistoric bliss...

just before that extinction incident....

(Cephalopod Images from the Internet)


The Lady Kandra was always quite fond of the spiral shells,

but the many-armed creature inside the shell is pretty darn interesting too-

The Squid and the Octopus are also obviously versions of the Head-Foot.



 Sculpting and Painting Cephalopods


The Lady Kandra has always wanted to surprise her brother Paul with a painting of a giant Octopus attacking a ship

(since he is a sea captain and could certainly appreciate this sort of subject matter... defying the proverbial Perils of the Deep and such....)


See what I mean- What fun! This is classic!


This is the kind of painting I want to do!


Of course, my favorite depiction, which really shows the friendly side of Cephalopods:



Anyway, the Lady Kandra had way too much fun collecting pictures like these

before she started painting and sculpting....



these are the Lady Kandra's Octopus Studies....

in painting and sculpture.........


preliminary study in oils for a painting


Working With CLAY

at this point the sculpture looked like a hand...

Right from the start the clay felt good- 

nothing like clay for the study of form

this is very hard clay

provided by Bill who uses it for making casts for bronze sculptures

this is pretty much what he looks like now-


I would like to try casting Seth in bronze when he is finished....hmmmm

of course then he will no longer be an "earthen" cephalopod...

Seth the Cephalopod

in bronze and in resin....

(might have to wait until after Scarborough Faire)...

meanwhile....he was the model for this painting....

the first in the series of Octopus-attacking-Ship paintings...hee hee...

in this one, the Octopus is just emerging from his pit and deciding he is hungry for 

~ ship! ~




Happy Anniversary to the Newsletter!

Don't forget to send in your own stories about the Wee Peeple in your lives!


Til next time....



and since Scarborough Faire is only a few days away now....

now it's:

Good Day to you, Lords and Ladies!

See you at the Faire!








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DATES: April 5th- Memorial Day, May 26th, 2008

















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 April 5th- Memorial Day, May 26th, 2008

(8 weekends)



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