My hands–old crone hands now–have a lot of mileage on them. I’ve used them to heal and comfort as a nurse, mother, aunt, niece, daughter and friend. I’ve used them to plant and harvest herbs and vegetables as a gardener. I’ve used them for sacred touch as a Reiki Master and masseuse. I’ve used them as the writer of poems and letters. I’ve used them as an artist–to draw, to paint, to crochet, to knit, to embroider, to mosaic…and, to create whatever funnery is asking to be be created.
Welcome to my store, “Barblings”–home of the Sticks and Stones art dolls. I hope you find something you like. I am trying my best to upcycle only the materials I have on hand–our planet depends on it. Thank you for visiting.
My Indigenous American roots and Indigenous European roots show up in many of my designs.
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Sayings that the messenger dolls carry:
A. Sticks and stones
May break my bones
But I won’t let
Your words harm me
My heart is safe inside my chest
Reminding me to be my best
I will be brave and walk away
And ignore what bullies have to say…
B. Keep every stone they throw at you. You’ve got castles to build. Rachel Thomas
C. “We can choose to throw stones, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them.” William Arthur Ward
D. “If it weren’t for the rocks in its bed, the river would have no song.” Carl Perkins
E. “The stones of a river start out rough, but with the current continually bumping and polishing them, they end up being beautiful.” Swami Satchidananda
F. “Be your own kind of beautiful…”
G. “Nevertheless, she persisted” ($5.00 Donation to Elizabeth Warren’s campaign)
I didn’t put faces on the dolls–I think Louise Erdrich captured stones well:
“A stone is, in its own way, a living thing,
not a biological being but one with a history
far beyond our capacity to understand or even imagine.”
And she went on to say:
“In the Ojibwe language, nouns are animate or inanimate; the word for stone,
asin, is animate.”
And the dolls all seem to tell a story–look at the face on this one–weathered, wrinkled–there is a story here. The way I dressed him, gives him an Asian feel.