Ondine

Ondine

I didn’t know it when she made this that the Ondine story was so dramatic. Here it is copied from Wikipedia:

In a German tale known as Sleep of Ondine, Ondine is a water nymph. She was very beautiful and, like all nymphs, immortal. However, should she fall in love with a mortal man and bear his child, she would lose her immortality.

Ondine eventually falls in love with a handsome knight, Sir Lawrence, and they were married. When they exchange vows, Lawrence vows to forever love and be faithful to her. A year after their marriage, Ondine gives birth to his child. From that moment on she begins to age. As Ondine’s physical attractiveness diminishes, Lawrence loses interest in his wife.

One afternoon, Ondine is walking near the stables when she hears the familiar snoring of her husband. When she enters the stable, she sees Lawrence lying in the arms of another woman. Ondine points her finger at him, which he feels as if kicked, waking him up with surprise. Ondine curses him, stating, “You swore faithfulness to me with every waking breath, and I accepted your oath. So be it. As long as you are awake, you shall have your breath, but should you ever fall asleep, then that breath will be taken from you and you will die!”

Lion and Mouse

Lion and Mouse

Lady and Gentleman

Lady and Gentleman

This lady and gentleman came from the wallpaper in my parents’ bedroom. This pillow looks as though it has seen better days…

Indian Lady

Indian Lady

Indian Lady

The design for this lady came from my bedroom wallpaper, which had panels with various scenes. I seem to remember that the lady had several men courting her!

A Couple of Holly Hobbits

Click a photo to see it in a larger size.

Giraffe Looking at Ice Cream Cone

Giraffe

Another Geisha

Geisha

This is quite large, though not as large as this other crewel geisha.