Monthly Archives: August 2014

Little Miss Muffet – The True Story

All Dolled Up issued a summer challenge to its members: to make a doll inspired by a nursery rhyme.  I chose “Little Miss Muffet” as the nursery rhyme, but I did not choose to do Little Miss Muffet as my doll.  Instead, I did the spider, Miss Aranea Arachnid, and her lawyer Magnus Pie (a magpie).  I wrote a little story to accompany the dolls.

The Case of LIttle Miss Muffet Versus Miss Aranea Arachnid

Miss Aranea Arachnid

Miss Aranea Arachnid




Miss Aranea Arachnid is on trial for assault of Miss Muffet which Miss Muffet alleges resulted in her suffering psychological trauma.

Miss Muffet claims that she is too traumatized to testify.

The only witness a M. Goose had this to say

“Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.”


The defence counsel Magnus Pie, Esquire’s summation to the jury was as follows:

Magnus Pie, Esquire

Magnus Pie, Esquire

Esteemed members of the jury, I hope that you will put aside your prejudices against the much maligned Arachnid family and judge this case solely on its merits.

This is clearly a case of racial profiling. Miss Aranea Arachnid was simply minding her own business and clearly not engaging in any confrontational or threatening activities when the so-called assault occurred. The scene of the alleged crime – the tuffet – belongs to the defendant, Miss Arachnid and she was in residence when Miss Muffet invaded her territory, clumped herself down, and proceeded to eat her curds and whey.  In so doing she narrowly missed murdering my client. Miss Arachnid in fact suffered a concussion when Miss Muffet’s skirts thundered down on top of her.  Barely conscious, she crawled out from under Miss Muffet’s petticoats and proceeded towards what she thought was her web.  At this point she was seen by Miss Muffet who dropped her curds and whey, narrowly missing bludgeoning my client again and left the scene of the crime.

Aranea, that is, Miss Arachnid, still suffers from headaches, a lingering symptom of her injuries.

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The prosecution has not been able to present any evidence that Miss Arachnid displayed any threatening behaviour towards Miss Muffet or anyone else for that matter.  Miss Muffet clearly had no business being anywhere near Miss Arachnid’s tuffet and any psychological trauma she may have suffered from this incident is not the fault of my client but due entirely to Miss Muffet’s own actions and to her extreme prejudice against members of my client’s family.

The evidence presented clearly exonerates Miss Aranea Arachnid and I believe that you, venerable members of the jury, after careful consideration of the facts can only find Miss Aranea Arachnid NOT Guilty of all charges.

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The nursery rhyme, Little Miss Muffet, is quoted from I. Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd ed, 1997), pp 323-4 via

Almost There

I have been working on  a couple of dolls since June. Both started out as prototypes in muslin and then various parts were redone a couple more times because they just didn’t look the way I wanted them to.


M. Pie in progress

M. Pie in progress

This one has all the pieces done, they just have to be sewn together. Then I ‘ll paint the face and do the hair.

Birds of a Feather

This past week I got together with a couple of friends to paint and play with polymer clay.  Julie  drove up from Brockville to stay with me for a few days.  Margo is a neighbour  here in Calabogie who joined us each day.

Day 1

Margo doodled with pencil and coloured pencils .

balloon-doodles bird-doodle

Margo doodling

Margo doodling



Julie finished a watercolour she had brought with her and then switched to pastels to work on a Great Blue Heron we had seen earlier that day.


Julie’s watercolour


I worked in pastels on an Osprey that I had photographed a few weeks ago.




Day 2

We got out the polymer clay and my toaster oven and made heads.


Julie working on a polymer clay head

Margo working

Margo working

Julie's head - in progress

Julie’s head – in progress

Last batch of the day - just out of the oven

Last batch of the day – just out of the oven


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