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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Vintage Dolls Help Tell a Story

Hi Everyone!
Today I'd like to tell you the story of Matilda Deflor, Mattie for short.
She was a pretty little thing, but very small and extremely shy. She loved all the plants God created on his green Earth. She preferred to stay in the gardens...the prairies...the woods....the Rain forests...anywhere away from people...(they were loud, destructive creatures. She had tried many times to help one of them only to be disappointed in their thoughtlessness and selfishness)... or disapproving eyes of her peers, you see, her favorite thing was to make plants grow. Now all these things in themselves are not bad attributes, except if you are an Angel as Mattie is. There were countless times when all were looking for little Mattie when she was to be doing chores..in choir with the other heavenly seraphim...or in prayer..only to be found dancing in the garden or making plants sprout and flowers pop.











Well, this day  there she was...twirling and pirouetting to her tune. gown disheveled, wings soiled.

                                                         










When the other Junior Angels found her. They made great sport of her and  to her embarrassment and frustration gave her the nickname of Waltzing Matilda. It was all Mattie could do this one day not to disappear in a puff of angel dust. In tears and hurt off she flew, not caring where or how far. It had grown dark by the time her little wings had gotten tired and she landed in a heap on the hard ground crying herself to sleep. When she awoke it was to a brilliant sunrise unlike any she had seen.............................................................
and a voice was speaking to her......'Mattie it's time.......wake up sleepyhead......you have much to do'.

spread before her was the most beautiful garden she had ever seen with a winding path that seemed to go on forever. 'Mattie', the voice said,' it's time to share your music and flowers with my beloved creation. You will join St. Fiacre (patron Saint of Gardeners and Florists) at the end of this path and he will send you into the world to spread your lovely flowers and plants where they seem needed.'  She looked incredulously at the view before her...'I don't have to go back? They won't make fun of me anymore?' She asked in disbelief. 'No' the voice answered, 'and you need a new outfit for the job.' In a blink of the eye Mattie looked down at herself and saw that her tattered and soiled satin gown had been transformed.......................................


Fragrant rosebuds, daisies, peonies and dianthus bloomed profusely. Dewdrops became like diamonds shining brightly in the light. Her halo had also transformed into a crown of dewdrops and peonies..................
'Oh thank you Father' she said, but as she looked at her wings a slight frown wrinkled her brow. 'My wings are still soiled?' 'My Child,  your soiled wings are beautiful. They show how hard you work to make the world a better place for my people. Where ever you walk plants and flowers will spring forth. Now run along St Fiacre is waiting for you. Oh, and next time don't wait so long to come to me with your troubles.'
With that Mattie flew off to begin her new life humming 'Waltz of the Flowers' as she went.
Remember, when you're in your own garden and you notice a plant growing you know you didn't plant or while walking in a downtown and find a small flower growing in the sidewalk crack...think of all those Angels trying to bring a little color and happiness to your day. It's the little miracles we need to notice...we sometimes walk right by them.


This is the story of my newest Angelic Inspiration, Mattie, also proudly now known as Waltzing Matilda. is part of the Angelic Music Collection   .....she happily twirls to Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers.

Mattie has a special gift for you....if you look closely in the middle of her dress she has a Dianthus Pin attached to her apron....it can be removed and worn. She also would hold other flower pins on her apron if you collect floral pins or would like to start.
For more info about Mattie contact me here or find her HERE Then go to Angelic Inspirations-->Angelic Lights and Music Boxes.

29 comments:

Dragonfly Treasure said...

What a lovely post! I got completely lost in her story. She is a cutie! Well done!
*hugs*deb

Kelly_Deal said...

What a sweet story! Today I just noticed a pretty flower growing in one of my beds and I left it as it was. Now when I see something pretty growing that I didn't plant, I will think of your sweet story.
Hugs,
Kelly

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Wonderful little story..Every time something comes up in the garden that wasn't there before, I will think of this post!
♥ Jil

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! Such a magical story, doll and photos all incorporated into a wonderful post ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

Consider linking up with my blog hop today Magical Monday Meme ~ you would fit perfectly there with your creations! ^_^

Shelley said...

Lovely...you are a great story teller...love your sweet Matilda...blessings

romance-of-roses said...

Melody,
Your blog is so sweet and the story of Matilda is adorable. I had an aunt by this name, mom's sister. Cute, cute dolly, I just love dolls. Hugs...Lu

victoriantailor said...

Adorable!!! Great story! thanks for stopping by and the tip on a camera, Jill also has Cannon, I will definatley check it out,
Celeste

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Melody, Oh I just love this story. So sweet and such a great lesson too. She is beautiful.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Melody,
What a beautiful doll!
Thanks so much for your visit!
I bought the Doggie Angel in Lowe's last year. They also had Cat ones. I do not know if they have them this year though...

Hugs,
Deb

Mary Ellen said...

Oh I do hope she will leave some poppies in my garden as she walks through. I do so have problems getting them to grow!

I had never heard of St. Fiacre patron Saint of Gardeners and Florists! I must look this up!

Coloradolady said...

Beautiful little story, and such a pretty doll!! Happy VTT

Genie said...

What a beautiful doll with a very special name....my grandmother, my mother, and my only daughter all were given the name of Mattie. genie

jeanetteann said...

Delightful story and delightful little angel. A lot of good things to reflect upon here. Thank you :)

Jann Olson said...

What a cute story about Mattie. Always wish I knew the story behind Waltzing Matilda. lol! Loved the scenery. The path looked like maybe it was from Butchardt Gardens.
Hugs,
Jann

Debbi said...

Love Mattie's story! Finally getting to all the craft party goers. I need to be blogging more and not hanging out on facebook!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Mattie is so special, such a sweet story and beautiful reminder that He is there to help us, just ask!
Thanks for stopping by, Melody.
Big hugs,
Patti

Jenny's Heart said...

Thank You so much for such a lovely reminder of all Go's miracles and glory.
You weave a wonder filled tale.

ps thanks for the comment on my blog and yes, that was the look and the attitude he had :)

Ms. Burrito said...

So beautiful! Come and join my Color Connection meme too. The linky is at my Pink Dinosaurs entry. Have a lovely weekend!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Now type that up and send it off to a children's story publisher !
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LV said...

A most interesting and different post. Nicely done.

Marti McClure said...

Hi Melody, Such a fabulous story and a wonderful transformation of little miss Mattie! I love it. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

chubskulit said...

Lovely doll and garden!

My PINK please come and see when you have time. Have a safe and happy weekend!

Sares said...

Pretty Mattie! Hope you have a terrific weekend!

bj said...

Well, what a great story and little Mattie. Loved it all.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Melody,
Isn't she precious? And so is your story! Wishing you a beautiful weekend filled with JOY!
XO
Cindy

xinex said...

What a lovely doll. She looks so sweet!...Christine

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Very beautiful!

Cinderella Moments said...

I love your story Melody! It's so sweet. And I love that you put God in it. These are the stories that should really be published for kids. Not the massive amount of garbage that is being pumped out. Maybe you'll do a book too someday! I used Blurb. They have a great template and it is very easy to make your book. Although it is a little expensive.
hugs
Caroline

Jeaneen said...

My Mother dressed a doll just like that. I wish she would have written a story to go with it. I have a lot of dolls packed away. What an inspiration. Can't wait to find my doll like that now. Mattie's long lost sister perhaps. I will long remember your clever story and transformation when I delight to find surprise flowers waiting to delight me. God bless you!