Saturday, 13 February 2010

Carnival



Since this is the last weekend before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, Glenn Closeenough and her husband Sean Kommer'u have invited to Carnival in Venetian style with capes and masks. And everyone is here, Nora and Helmer with their children Tomy and Annika, Henrik's twin brother Henrik and his wife Carol Line, Carol's cousin Polly Line, Cocco Flanell, Arne Vaa and Karl Edo Spook, Glenn Closenough's sister Fiolett paa Traadén, and the other aunt of Helmer and Henrik; Dolly Barton. Can you tell who's who?

Nora has also invited the new French teacher at her school, the handsome Jean-Marie du Bédauré, recently moved in from Paris. He's the man with the red mask.



Helmer thinks Nora looks like a new woman tonight and feels a little bit jealous when he sees how she and the other women gather around the Frenchman.



Even though her nephew Bart Ender Barton isn't around tonight, Dolly Barton prefers the bar.
Polly Line thinks it's nice to meet new people but her mind wanders away while she's talking to Jean-Marie and Fiolett paa Traadén. After the nice evening in the pub on New Years Eve, she had told the tall handsome stranger about the party. She still didn't know his name, so she couldn't get Glenn Closenough to send him an invitation, but she hopes he will turn up anyway. But now most of the evening has passed and the only handsome stranger is Jean-Marie.





Suddenly - there he is! Polly Line's heart makes a jump of joy! But, he doesn't stop or even look at her! He just walks straight across the room towards the hostess, Glenn Closenough.



Polly Line is left quite confused and heartbroken.



But after what seems like hours, his conversation with Closenough is over and he turns around again, but then stops and chats for a while with Nora. Polly Line's mind is so occupied looking at them, she doesn't even notice that Jean-Marie seems quite taken with her.



A happy ending?



Credits: Annika's costume and the masks are from Polly pocket and painted with nailpolish by me and my children. Bendik has made Tomy's costume, the rest of the capes I have made.

24 comments:

Norma said...

A carnival, what fun!!!!!!!

dale said...

Cute!

(cue the love story music)

;)

Amy's Miniatures And Smalls said...

Oh my gosh... I still just love his red gym shoes. I can only imagine what would happen if the lights suddenly went out. Great BLOG! What a wonderul array of fantasy. You rock!

Rebecca said...

Oh, Polly Line, with this tall handsome stranger your heart will be broken in the end anyway. Maybe it would be worth it - who knows?
Glorious costumes - you have put so much work into them! I love them, and the story :-)

callsmall said...

Unique story, and shows lots of work! Very enjoyable :)

Lize said...

WOW! Lovely costumes and masks!

I think she fell in love with his All star shoes! Just that little bit of red under his robes would make my heart beat faster!


Lovely story!

Oese said...

Der große gutaussehende Fremde!
Seine roten Turnschuhe sind der Hit. Was für eine tolle Geschichtenerzählerin du bist. Die Karnevalsmasken sehen echt toll aus.
Und wieviele Stunden hast du bloß dafür gebraucht?
Ich bin beeindruckt.

Pubdoll said...

Thanks Norma, at least I had fun, even though taking the pictures was a nightmare, when the party had been going on for some time it became increasingly difficult to get them all to stand on their own feet, so they would fall over, knocking down fruit stands and candy bowls :-)

Pubdoll said...

Thanks Dale, I thought about adding some Vivaldi music, since that's the music I connect with Venice. But I was too tired to figure out how.

Pubdoll said...

Thank you so very much Amy! I think your imagination and stories rock too!

Christel Jensen said...

Kjempeflott:) Ser ut som du har lagt ned mye arbeid i karnevalet. Morsomt å se:)

püppilottchen said...

CARNIVAL!!! what a great idea, helene :) and you are a really good storryteller, too! the handsome stranger is so mysterious! poor, poor polly line, she doesn´t realize that jean mary is interested in her and has only eyes for the handsome stranger... that´s the way life goes! somebody has to tell her finally that this guy is de facto to BIG for her :)

unfortunately the new frenchteacher is wearing this mask, so christine could not take a look at his face...

and i´m happy for nora, helmer is a bit jealous ;D it´s good he looks on his wife like a new woman sometimes!

i love your post!!! happy valentines day, nicola

Pubdoll said...

Thank you Rebecca for your nice comments and for your concern for Polly Line :-) It's hard to tell how this ends when noone knows who the tall handsome stranger is, not even his name! But since he has a habit of showing up whenever something out of the ordinary happens, they're now calling him Dr Whatson? :-)

Pubdoll said...

Thanks callsmall I'm glad you enjoyed it too, the most time consuming part of this post was to get good photographs :-)

Pubdoll said...

Thanks Lize and Oese, I'm glad you liked my story and the costumes. I had great fun making them. I can't sew very well, but the capes were really easy to do, what took most of the time was to find the right fabrics. And the masks just needed a lick of paint; I love Polly Pocket and my daughter loves that I love them, she gets all the dolls :-)

And the tall handsome stranger wouldn't get far without his shoes, would he :-)

Pubdoll said...

Tusen takk Christel, det tok litt tid ja, men jeg hadde det gøy i hvertfall :-)

Pubdoll said...

Thanks Nicola and happy Valentines day! The tall handsome stranger isn't that tall, it's just all the other men who's so short :-) He's just over 200cm tall and I have known several men taller than that. Infact both my brother and all my cousins are about 1.96cm tall, so I think he's the only man in the room with the proper height :-)

Jean-Marie will be properly introduced soon, I just want to await the next newcomer first :-)

And I must admit I looked with new eyes on Nora too when I saw her in her costume, suddenly she was hot!

Sans said...

This is such a wonderful post, Helene :). I will be in Venice in a week and will have just missed the carnivale! So this is perfect. Anyway, it would have cost me a bomb just to rent the costume and go to the ball.

I think the tall man is so playing hard to get with Polly, I so want to get into that party and kick his tight a$%! And maybe he will throw his shoes at me and I will run off with them :).

Poor Polly but poor Jean-Marie more.

You know, I was thinking since the mysterious man is so mysterious (and super tall- i don't care what you say and girl, how in the world are your brother and cousins 1.96CM tall? You sure they don't live in your dollhouses as dolls for your dolls?), shouldn't he be called "Sherlock Whoms" instead of "Dr Whatsons?"

Rebecca said...

I LOVE the name Dr Whatson! Brilliant! (By 'they' are calling him that, do you perhaps mean Trond is? I think I detect his punning wit in this :-) )
I suspect your brother and cousins are 1.96m tall - and if sticking to scale means that all the dolls are the same height, that is very unrealistic! Of course there are tall people, and short people (and giants, and very very short people) - so it's great to see them here too. (Maybe not the giants, a bit uncomfortable for them and everyone else.) I like Oese's Big Beautiful Woman, too - it would be great if she came in 1/12th or 1/16th scale!

rosanna said...

OMG you have done it again. Something more real than reality. I love the pics and reading your stories. Rosanna

Pubdoll said...

Thank you Sans! I'm so envious of you who's going to Venice! I spent one of the best months in my life there almost 20 years ago! That was also just after il Carnevale, and we stayed in an old palazzo owned by a eccentric French woman who had thrown a Carnival party for more than 200 guests, among them David Bowie and his wife Iman.

Ha, ha I laughed when I read what you would like to do to the tall handsome stranger, but I don't think he was playing hard to get at all, I think he just tried to be polite, presenting himself to the hostess first. And what I believe was actually just some minutes, felt like hours for Polly Line :-) And I don't feel very sorry for Jean-Marie, after all he has just met the woman! :-)

Nice suggestion but he's definitely a doctor.

Pubdoll said...

And I forgot Sans, thanks for telling me about my little mistake about heights, I laughed out loud when I read your comment!

Pubdoll said...

I'm so glad you liked the name Rebecca, in these matters your opinion means a lot to me! And the name was actually my idea!(I assume it means you really liked it that you thought it was Trond's):-) It came to me almost out of nowhere one night in bed. But Trond helped me come up with the reason they called him that and I also gave him the task of finding a name for the new Frenchman.

A little slip there, mixing centimeteres and meters :-) If all my dolls are in 1:16th scale it means Polly Line and Nora is the same height as most of the guys, about 1.75m tall, Jean-Marie is a bit taller, about 1.84m. And I would love to have a doll like Oese's BBW in 1:16th scale! But I agree with you, no giants :-)

Pubdoll said...

Thank you so much Rosanna! "More real than reality" is a wonderful compliment to get!