Tuesday, April 6, 2010

"DRINK ME" or "EAT ME" What should Alice do?

There seemed to be no use in waiting by the little door, so she went back to the table, half hoping she might find another key on it, or at any rate a book of rules for shutting people up like telescopes: this time she found a little bottle on it, ("which certainly was not here before," said Alice), and tied round the neck of the bottle was a paper label, with the words "DRINK ME" beautifully printed on it in large letters.It was all very well to say "Drink me," but the wise little Alice was not going to do that in a hurry. "No, I'll look first," she said, "and see whether it's marked 'poison' or not"; for she had read several nice little stories about children who had got burnt, and eaten up by wild beasts, and other unpleasant things, all because they would not remember the simple rules their friends had taught them: such as, that a red-hot poker will burn you if you hold it too long; and that, if you cut your finger very deeply with a knife, it usually bleeds; and she had never forgotten that, if you drink much from a bottle marked "poison," it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.However, this bottle was not marked "poison," so Alice ventured to taste it, and, finding it very nice (it had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffy, and hot buttered toast), she very soon finished it off.

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If you have been following my "Alice" Series of ooaks then you should know that this is yet another small paragraph from the original Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland". It is such an amazing story and one that truly describes all the characters so wonderfully but still leaves that tiny bit left for your own imagination to take over. So that's just what I did......

Alice is sitting like such a little lady in the only chair she could find. One that as you can see is WAY to large for such a small girl. She is trying to decide if she needs to drink or eat. She so wants to visit the garden she saw through the tiny keyhole behind the curtain. She is looking as though she is asking you, "What should I do? Do what the little bottle says and "Drink Me" or what the tiny cake says and "Eat Me"? Oh dear...oh dear....such big decisions!!!

Alice is one of my Southern Ooaks. She has a strong wire armature that is covered in wool yarn. Although she is made in the same fashion as one of my gently poseable sculpts she is in a permanent stance, a very lady like sitting position....her tiny foot crossed behind the other. Her face, hands and shoes were sculpted out of Prosculpt clay and then detailed using acrylic paints. Her eyes are bone beads that have been hand painted using acrylic paints and then sealed. Her costume was hand sewn using vintage fabrics. Her collar and apron were sewn using a vintage cotton and crochet dollie. Her stockings are made from a vintage sweater. Her hair is lambswool. The "Drink Me" bottle is made from a tiny insert of plastic and clay with a purple hue glass bead as the stopper. The clay was dusted in a fine MICA powder before baking to give it an antique finish. The sign is paper with a hemp tassel and tie. The "Eat Me" is made from clay and then rubbed and detailed using acrylic paints. The tiny sign is made from paper and attached with a twisted copper wire. Alice sits at 7 3/4 inches. Her red chair stands at 12 inches and is 5 1/2 inches across. Alice can be removed from her chair and sat on something else if so desired. Please remember that my ooaks are collector's items and NOT toys.

Alice is looking forward to going to the Tea Party at the Art & Soul gallery soon. She will be joining the Mad Hatter and March Hare. SO hope that March Hare behaves and doesn't throw a teacup at her. ^_^

As always, thank you for stopping by and seeing my latest ooaks. I do believe I enjoy sharing them almost as much as I do designing and making them. ALMOST!!!!



  1. Wow - she looks great! What a tremendous job you did in creating Alice - and such attention to all the small details. Beautiful work! Theresa :)

  2. Every time I stop by I am just amazed! You have done it again. She is beautiful and so full of life! What a wonderful creation.

  3. So amazing!!!! I can you spent a lot of time on this one!

  4. My jaw hit the floor on this piece. Regi, you are an amazing artist. I REALLY love Alice. She is SO detailed and just fabulous! Hugs!

  5. Regi, she's fantastic! Love all of the little details.