[Please take a look at Saints of the Season for the original post in this series.]
As Theresa and I painstakingly crafted our St. Faustina spoon dolls last Friday, Marie (6) sat at the table in a flurry of activity. I was not paying much attention to her, although I had the nagging suspicion she might be using up too many spoons.
In the time it took us to make our two little St. Faustinas, Marie came up with--gasp--the entire cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream! [Marie also gets the credit for all of these photographs.]
This next photo shows, from left to right, Nick Bottom with removable donkey's head, Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, Helena, and Puck. Oberon makes a partial appearance at the far right:
Here is Bottom's acting troupe, ready to perform "The Love and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe." She even remembered to have one actor (right, within the group) to play "The Wall" and another dressed as the lovely Thisbe:
Proud Titania flits past with her retinue of pixies, Cobweb, Peaseblossom, Moth, and Mustardseed. I love that Titania's wings are larger and fashioned from tissue to give her a regal bearing. She lavishes affection on her cherished changeling boy:
Oberon, upon seeing that boy, looks suitably miffed. Here he glares alongside Puck. We failed to photograph his other attendants, but Marie portayed them with bats' wings, the perfect rivals for Titania's dainty sprites:
Listening to little Marie rattle off these cast members like old friends, I couldn't help offering my frequent fervent prayer. Thank Heaven for these happy, heartening times!