the goose girl
Thanks for the out-pouring of kind words. The lucky winner of the beautiful yellow dress that Lynne made is Joslyn from www.simplelovely.blogspot.com. I hope you get lots of summer wear from this pretty creation of Lynne's.
Here's a dress of another sorts. A little more subdued in colors, a little more coverage on the shoulders and pockets in the front for holding our newest friends: this is the goose girl frock. Perfect for carrying baby geese (or ducks in this case!), or any other treasure that a little girl might find.
Have you ever read the story of the goose girl? I recounted it to my kids recently, and they listened, mesmerized. The four-year old especially loved the part about the long silvery locks of hair that revealed the true identity of the goose girl. This was an interesting detail from the story: silvery locks of hair. Usually the heroine of the fairy tales has golden locks of hair. What color of hair has silver highlights in it? I'm at a loss on this one (unless it be grey hair!) Though we know our princess was young and fair and good at tending her fowl. Can't you just picture her long strands of hair blowing in the wind, the geese feverishly pecking at the ground around her feet, the sky grey and forlorn? The princess has been tricked and lost her royal status (at least for the moment). Her favorite talking horse has been killed, his head thrown upon a stake at the gates of the city. The whole scene casts a greyish monochromatic color scheme. It's not bright red and green and gold like many of the other fairy tales.
In honor of the goose girl, I made a greyish dress and over-dress, that my girl was all too happy to wear, especially with the little ducklings tucked in the pockets (the ducks were not too happy about this!) Her collection of ducks (from www.mcmurrayhatchery.com) started at twelve, but has dwindled to four, and soon to be two. There are happy families with newspaper lined boxes full of peeping ducklings scattered throughout our neighborhood. Maybe when the ducks get big, we'll reunite them and reenact the goose girl scene. Though at this point, I don't think they'll fit in the pockets!