Dimity Doormouse was reluctant about appearing in public.... after all, she was slightly embarrassed about being seen in gray and white". "Oh dear! Whatever will my pen pals think of me.... bland as a churchmouse without a lick of color on my poor little mousy body!!" But we at the Gazette managed to snap a few candid photos of Dimity when she wasn't looking....
Here she is, stuck to the honey pot...
And here she is licking clean her little pink tail ..... I mean grey and white tail.
and graciously accepting a thimble full of tea
"Oh Mistress dear, won't you pleeeese, give me a bit of color today? " I am having an important visitor from the west country... I simply CANNOT be seen like this! The Mistress has pity on poor little Dimity , she obliges, and collects her paints. "Would you prefer to be a little gray mouse or a little brown mouse?" " Oh most assuredly a gray mouse, just like my great grandmother Diadame Doormouse.
She was a divine shade of pewter!"
"OH yes! This shade of grey is quite becoming.
"Do you mean THIS shade of grey?"
"Well, I am rather partial to blues and greens and strawberries and pinks and sunflower and rose... If that wouldn't be too much trouble"
" How is this??"
Oh my! I am indeed a lovely little mouse after all....not a bit drab! Now I shan't be atoll ashamed to show my face to my dear penfriend, Bebe. Did I mention that she is quite a worldly mouse, most sophisticated?! Do you think Mistress, as long as you have your paints out.... you could possibly paint my cousins Diedra and Demelza? They would be simply mortified to meet Bebe in this condition!"
And the other members of our sewing circle????
"Well, states the Mistress, "I will have to get the turtle OFF the page first..."
AND YOU TOO!
there is one of your feathered friends, in full color."
"Oh, I do like Demelzas rosy pink apron...perhaps you could add a bit more rosy pink to my ears?"
"Gertie is a rather plain shrew, she LOOKS BEST in brown....after all, she IS a spinster."
Could you give her a stripey red and white apron, pleese?"
"We always let Diedre measure the twist, as she is quite frugal. My, have you noticed the price of twist these days?? Shameful!"
"Miss Miliken is quite cheerful, perhaps she could be sunny shade of yellow?"
"Oh Mistress! We are ever so grateful for the colors and in return we would be delighted to finish sewing the sampler for you!"
"However, we will leave a few stitches for Bebe, as she is a needlemouse extraordinaire, and has promised to show us her secrets for perfectly tiny embroidery stitches...
That is, after we teach her to lasso a goat,
shear a sheep
and ride a chicken...
after all, this IS Hopalong Hollow!
BEBE is the creation of the talented artist Penny White.
Tell me, have you ever tried painting as a little bird places her little head in your hand???
It AIN"T easy.
Yes, It seems Esther is becoming quite a willing studio assistant. She is always advising me on how NOT to paint feathers.
The above piece of art, which you are seeing in bits and pieces , is the TITLE page of my newest book,(in the works). After Dimity, Bebe and the sewing circle finish the stitching, I will show you the page in full.