Sunday, July 6, 2008

How To Dress A Toad

So it's been a few days since I posted last. The big party was pretty exhausting, but that is not the reason I've been quiet lately. I've been very busy working on dolls!

I have two deadlines in July for special dolls. One is already gone for an exhibit, but here are pictures. The exhibit is at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and our doll club is displaying dolls inspired by children's story books. These will be displayed in the rotunda as you enter the library and there are some great dolls in the group. You will want to see these if you are anywhere near Topeka, Kansas!

My book is "Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame - a real classic. I've always loved the slightly crazy Mr. Toad and his obsession with motor cars.

Let me tell you, folks, creating a toad is not as easy as it looks! But, getting him into his clothes - well, that's another story all together!!

First of all, toads have these huge feet. Thank goodness they are a bit flexible! Those trouser legs were just a wee bit skinny!

With such a generous belly, keeping the pants up once they are on is also challenging. Solution? A bit of needle and thread. Ouch! That's got to smart!

A lovely vest, complete with watch pocket, is next. Nice fit.

Good thing this toad is double-jointed. Putting on a jacket calls for extreme acrobatics sometimes!

It does help to put the sleeves on last. After all, he won't be taking the jacket off and on every day.

Whew! He's dressed at last. Got his driving goggles and - er, what's that in his other hand?

Oh dear. Another motor car in the ditch! Oh, Toad. When will you learn?


Vicki W said...

He's awesome!!

Anonymous said...

Liz - Toad is fabulous - adorable - really too cute to be a toad. I hope you can show some photos from the display - it sounds wonderful

Scotstitcher said...

Toad is GORGEOUS! It's almost a shame to dress him and hide his lovely green belly, but the clothes really made his character shine through. Would also love to see some photos from the display if you can.