As soon as I knew that Paloma (now 5 years old) would be coming for Thanksgiving, I wanted to do something special in the Little Moon Theatre so that we could play "My Little Ponies" together. Mr. Bill went to work right away on a wooden stable and I began to paint a backdrop of a country scene--rolling fields, a little farm, with three mountains in the distance.
Having never painted anything before on canvas, I was astonished at how much fun it was--swishing the paint on, discovering what the differently shaped brushes could do, mixing my own colors, and trying to create an impression" of something so that the viewer could supply the details. I painted for six hours that first day, totally lost in what was happening on the canvas. Wow, was that ever fun!
On the second day, I moved out of the garage (which was really c-o-l-d) and back into the studio to paint two side panels. The back panel is 5' x 4.5' so after that, the side panels were easy-peasy. After I had applied all the finishing touches, Mr. Bill helped me get them all back into the theatre.
Of course, this was only the beginning. The stable had to be installed and a handy switch put onto all the lighting cords. (Mr. Bill is very good at that sort of thing.)
The theatre is built on top of a two-shelf bookcase, so it is nice and low for little hands. Paloma was bringing the ponies but I thought a beautiful unicorn would set the scene for the new arrivals.
I put some tiny doll furniture in the upper story of the stable, a place where the baby ponies and their friends might be able to have tea. (Yes, in this world, the baby ponies sit at the table and drink tea.)
Paloma was pretty happy with her new stable, and five minutes after she arrived, she was busy moving her ponies into it. If she looks serious, it's because she had already vanished into Pony Land before I asked her to turn her head for the photo.
The next morning we set up a Bear Village right across from Pony Land where the bears could hang out while the ponies were having breakfast at the Red Cottage at River Bend, the bears' home.
They are having oranges, pie, and spaghetti for breakfast.
After breakfast, they all had to settle in for their naps.
From all the little ponies who just moved into their new stable in Pony Land and the bears and playmates of Bear Village, we hope you had a good Thanksgiving!
I know we did! A big hug and a kiss for Chris and Gillian, and their two extraordinary daughters--Paloma (5) and Luna (2). Thank you for driving all that way.....you are the life, the laughter, the love, and the coziness.