frozen Charlotte doll from the past two nights. (Sandy Webster wrote and filled me in on the identity of that doll. F told me more about how she found it. My little statue was apparently made in Dresden but was a factory reject. F found it in a bucket in a very nice antique store. The store owner was startled that she wanted to buy a couple of them because of their imperfections. I wish I could find the whole bucket full! ) Check out the link to find out more than you ever wanted to know about these interesting creatures. I love mine in its broken and flawed state better than the spiffed up collectables, but then I really like the three unspiffy objects on this page.
On the left is my trusty weather virgin, who faithfully predicts the weather after nearly twenty years of gathering dust on a shelf in my studio. Her glittery apron-like pink thing turns blue when when fair weather is coming and pinkish when rain is in the forecast. Next to her is Longing Man, a small ceramic figure with no facial features or clothing but with the word Longing written across his chest. I bought him from a junk store, and he hangs on the wall, waiting and longing, thanks to a hole in the back of his neck.
On the right is a clunky, heavily cast lizard from a market stall near the entrance to Pompeii in Italy. He could be a paperweight, but I just keep him on my studio fireplace shelf where he stares out of his glinty eye day and night. He kind of looks like an ash-covered victim of Vesuvius.