Hello again! Want to meet Griselda? She comes from an old nursery rhyme.
There was an old woman . . . .
Tossed up in a basket . . .
Seventeen times as high as the moon!
And what she did there, I could not but ask it — for with her she carried a broom . . .
“Old woman, old woman, old woman,” said I, “Whither oh whither oh whither so high?”
“To sweep the cobwebs from the sky.”
“And I’ll be back again, by and by!”
I loved working on Griselda! She was so friendly and sweet and just seemed to want to come to life. I particularly enjoyed costuming her. Isn’t the fabric of her bodice and overskirt perfect for sky-sweeping? It looks like stars to me. (It used to be a necktie. I was so excited when I found it!)
And this was my first attempt at sculpting shoes. I thought they turned out pretty well!
Oh, and I made her basket too. I couldn’t find one that looked right and was small enough, so I used a little box. I glued pieces of bamboo skewers onto it and covered it with raffia. Boy did that take a long time! Who knew raffia and glue don’t play well together? But it was worth it. See? It’s not really a basket — it just looks like one from the outside.
Dearly Beloved says Griselda looks like Mother Goose, and I agree. She was clearly influenced by the cover of the Mother Goose book I had as a child. Which — now that I look at it as an adult — is kinda creepy. Mother Goose looks a lot like a witch. And I think she must have kidnapped that baby, which appears to be about to fall out of the basket! (And the goose doesn’t look all that happy either.)
Sheesh — I’m surprised I didn’t have nightmares. Maybe that’s why I’m afraid of heights to this day.
But Griselda would never kidnap a baby. She’s much too sweet. She just keeps things nice and tidy up in the sky.
Well that’s all for today, darlings. Ta-ta! See you next time, when I’ll bring along THREE new friends!