I am thrilled to announce the newest pattern in my line: The Princess and the Pea Finger Puppet pattern. I had so much fun making this collection. I wanted the Princess to be sweet and sleepy and the Queen to be slightly bossy and a bit dominant as she is written in the original Hans Christian Andersen tale here. And, btw, no need for revisionist history here, peeps. He wrote it in 1835. Let’s just let it be, nkay?
Here is my version of the tale:
A prince is ready to find a young woman with whom he will share his heart and his life. His parents are very concerned with issues of class and good breeding, but he doesn’t care about all that. He just wants to find love. He looks high and low on his travels, but he can’t find his soul’s mate. So, he goes back home. One night there is a big rainstorm and a knock on the gate. The King opens the door to find a soggy young lady, drenched with rain. She claims to be a princess and seeks shelter. The Queen, wise shrew that she is, doubts the veracity of the girl’s credentials. So, she devises a test. The Queen places a single pea beneath a stack of twenty mattresses and twenty elder-down beds. If this so-called Princess can sleep under these conditions, then a Princess she is not. The Princess comes down to breakfast the next day looking decidedly dogged and droopy and says, “Oh, that bed was dreadful! I couldn’t sleep a wink in such a lumpy bed. My body is black and blue!” The Queen is thrilled to finally have made a proper royal match. The Prince doesn’t care a lick about that stuff and is mildly annoyed by the girl’s neuroses and entitlement. But he does find the Princess to be a very interesting conversationalist and he likes her smile quite a lot. The Princess is equally interested in the Prince…in fact, she is charmed by his good looks, kindness and keen interest in fly fishing. She asks him to be her husband and they live happily ever after—except for the hard parts, which they manage to get through. There. Now that is a true story.
Check back this week. The puppets will be in my new Shop! And these great photos were taken by Jill McNamara.
Oh my! That is adorable!!! That has always been one of my all time favorite children’s stories! (your version is up there too!) 😉
These are adorable! I remember loving finger puppets as a kid. Your new website and blog look great 🙂
I found your blog via your Lego sewing machine – LOVE your quilty Legoishy happiness here! I’ve often equated quilting and Lego’ing as being so much alike (though I’ve never stepped on a quilt in the middle of night and released a flood of expletives).
I just wanted to say hi and how nice it was to meet you at the Long Beach Quilt Festival! I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!
I just bought these from you yesterday in Long Beach & am so excited to start working on them! It was great to meet you & I can’t wait to check out more of you work on here.
I just met you yesterday at the Long Beach Quilt festival and just wanted to drop by and mention how cute your puppets are! They’re absolutely darling!
I can’t wait for more updates about what you’ve been up to!