Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Elementals and Pegacorns

Yesterday was sunny, so I sat in the park and sewed while my daughter was in her Atrium class. At one point, a young boy with his father walked up to me and asked me what I was doing. I told him that I was making a "wind child" (an air elemental) and showed him the "fire child" with the salamander on the cape that I had already made.

"Who is that doll for?" he asked. I told him that it was for some child somewhere in the world.

"Will you make a doll for me?" he asked. I inquired what sort of a doll would I make for him, and he said, "A doll with wings, and a pegacorn. Do you know what a pegacorn is?" He described a flying unicorn with many colors and said the pegacorn would come with him to school.

I told him that I had always wondered what a flying unicorn was called, and wondered what they ate. The boy thought for a moment, and then said, "Hay!" He talked for a few more moments about the pegacorn (all the while I reassured the father that this was okay, that the boy was not bothering me, etc.), and then ran off to play in the park.

While I'm not unveiling the elementals for my Etsy shop until May 1, you may view the elementals I've already posted in my gallery here. I'm currently working on a number of elemental dolls: wind (bird themed), sand (i.e. earth), fog (i.e. water) and aether.

Minh Le has illustrated another honorable mention for our contest: Wet Dog, Wet Dog, What Do You Smell? submitted by Yat-Yee Chong.


Schelle said...

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of your elementals :D

and I LOVE the idea of a pegacorn!!!

I once wrote a poem about a selkie for a friend who insisted that the only wedding present she wanted from me was a poem! (The link doesn't quite work - it's the last poem on the page.)

Thanks for the link to the CGS too. I've been reading about them and wondering where they were in Australia - unfortunately none near me, but there is one right near the friend I just mentioned lol :) I shall tell her about it!

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

A pegacorn! I love it. Milly has been into unicorns lately and wondered about the wings she sees on some of them. She thinks the wingless unicorns can fly, too. Looking for unicorn book recs, too--

Can't wait to see the rest of the elementals on May Day!

tanita davis said...

Oh, how precious!!! A Pegacorn!
I love that he already knows so much about it.

K. Jay said...

Now I wanna pegacorn! *sniff* (said in a very whiny voice)

mamakopp said...

Sweet story Farida. Are you going to make a pegacorn? :)

Lone Star Ma said...

That is a very sweet story. I believe the best accepted name for the winged unicorn is the allicorn (sometimes one L) in myth. We had quite an intensive allicorn phase in kindergarten with the LSG. Who would not prefer pegacorn, though?

Lone Star Ma said...

Schelle, I love your poem.

Saints and Spinners said...

LSM: I am glad to know about the allicorn. I did not tell the boy that Bede and I had a discussion about whether Pegasus was simply the name of the winged horse or if it was the kind of horse as well.

Mamakopp: I do better with human dolls than with rendering animals. My daughter thought my donkey was a bunny until I affixed its mane.

K.Jay: You should have a pegacorn.

Tanita: I really like that, too. I think it's great that he walked up to me to ask about what I was doing, and wasn't turned off by the fact that I was making a doll.

Anamaria: Milly may be on to something there. I can't think of any unicorn books I really like for young readers-- I still like the unicorn from A Swiftly Tilting Planet the best.

Schelle: Your poetry is good! It reads as if it should be set to music. I hope Lone Star Ma sees your selkie poem. I actually first thought it was the "Buried Treasure" poem,which is my favorite on the page.

Beth Kephart said...

Hello there, you of the elements (and interesting competitions).

The answer to your question (you know which it is) is that the music for the trailers is perhaps the most important element, and so I spend a lot of time looking for royalty-free downloads that can be legally put into the pieces. They all come from different places. The one behind HOUSE is actually a piece called "Dancer."