Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Have You Been to Narnia?

When I was a young girl, our parents gave my brother, sister and I books every Christmas.  For a couple of years it was the Chronicles of Narnia.  I remember reading them over and over again.  I would read one in a day and go through them very quickly.  They were so much fun.  
Then when my husband and I had children, we raised them with those stories also.  My granddaughters are getting a good dose of them too.  They are delightful to read and really have much of the Word of God in them, although it can be rather hidden.  But they do relate to our lives. 
The young people in our church decided to have a Narnia night for the whole church.  They worked hard for a couple of weeks on sets, much of which was happening in our shop and driveway.  It was very fun.  Also, the costumes were great.  I got to work on a couple of those for my sons.
This is my son Puddleglum with his fiancee. Queen Prunaprismia.  He went to a thrift store and bought pants and a jacket and other things.  I took the other things and put patches all over his jacket and pants.  That took a lot of free motion quilting skills to do it.  I also made his hat from burlap and peltex.  He added a wire around the brim to keep it flat.  He is the Marshwiggle that has the most sunny dispostition of the Marshwiggles.  He may seem gloomy but he is faithful in believing in Narnia.  Here he's talking to the Queen of the Underworld,
"Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all of those things—trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones... We're just babies making up a game, if you're right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow."[7
I also made Lord Restamar's costume.  He was one of the 7 lords of Narnia that were sent away by King Miraz during his reign.  He went to a place that was Gold water.  He went for a swim and he died in it a gold man.  King Caspian renamed it Deathwater. 
My son is alive and doing well.  I used gold fabric and he put body paint on to make him all gold.  He did win a prize for his costume.

Here are some of my other children that I did not make costumes for.
Victoria is the giantess baker.  As she is a seamstress, she sewed her own costume and used sheetrockers stilts to walk around on.  She is with my son Chris, who is a foreign fat child doing exercises.  Those were the kind of children that Eustace liked to look at in books. A  talking porcupine, Clara, is sitting on his shoulders.

My daughter Naomi, is Jewel, a unicorn in the Last Battle.  She was always true to Aslan.
 She has Queen Susan (Eloise) sitting on her back.
My son Joe made a nice frame for the horse and the back legs move when she walks.  I think it's pretty amazing.  She won a prize also.

 Here is another of Jewel with another Queen Susan.

And here we have Aslan (Juliet) and Queen Susan.

I hope you enjoyed the time.  Read the books.  They will be fun.

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