Saturday, September 22, 2007

Poppets!

My Saturday morning became considerably brighter when I found a package from SlaughterHouse Studios in my mail box. Yes, that's right, I've adopted two poppets.

As mentioned earlier, I ordered a Little Purple poppet and a Little Black poppet from Lisa Snellings Clark (the artist). This was quite an event for me: I had to sign up on eBay and everything! Right off, I wasn't sure how to take advantage of the cheaper shipping with multiple purchases; so, hesitantly, I sent an e-mail off to Lisa. She responded incredibly quickly and explained what I needed to do. Very nice of her! Then, I opened my beautiful package this morning (look at the little Poppet houses! and the super-cool ceramic hand! and there was a personalised thank you note from Lisa!), and imagine my surprise...
I found a Little Blue poppet had snuck in instead of a Little Black one! Once again, I was a little hesitant about e-mailing Lisa, but I've been coveting the black poppets for awhile now; so, I sent off a message offering to send the Little Blue one back in exchange for a Little Black (although it really hurt my heart to 'reject' the Little Blue one). She responded in a couple of hours, and with such a kind offer. Not only will she send out a little black poppet on Monday, but the little blue poppet is mine as well! From our brief e-mail exchange, she seems like a very cool person; I encourage everyone to run over and buy a poppet (they're very reasonably priced-$10 for the purples, blues and reds, $13 for the black).

Obviously, after the new poppets arrived, I had to figure out names for them. At first, I focused on the purple; I knew that she was a girl, but I had no idea how to name her. I went to a couple name sites, but nothing was really jumping at me. Then, inspiration struck. May I introduce you to...

Coraline Jane. Here she is with her namesakes: a spunky little girl created by Neil Gaiman and the amazing Jane Austen. Coraline came first; I realised that I could finally write my review of it, and then I realised that Coraline was the perfect name-elegant yet unusual-for my little poppet. Plus, I could honour one of my favourite authors! While looking at her, Jane popped into my head, and Coraline Jane just has an irrestible ring to it.

And here is the Little Blue Poppet, whose fate hung in the balance for a few hours...

While I immediately knew that Coraline Jane was a girl, I'm still not sure about Little Blue Poppet's gender. Therefore, its name is Wilkie Eliot. Wilkie for Wilkie Collins, who I thought was a girl until earlier this year. Eliot for George Eliot, a woman who write as a man. Both are also great authors, and Eliot especially captures a bit of the melancholy that the Little Blue seems to have, while Collins' gothic imaginings seems possible in Little Blue's life. After all, its very arrival here was a mistake! Wilkie Eliot is definitely a bit older than Coraline Jane and very indulgent of its little sister. :)

I certainly plan to post about Neil Gaiman later today, but for now, I think Coraline and Eliot say it best:

8 comments:

meli said...

nice! their names are very appropriate.

Eva said...

Meli, glad you approve!

Chris said...

:D Glad you adopted some poppets! You'll love the little black one when it arrives. He's one of my favorites. I'm up to 6 now! I bought my first about a year ago. I have 3 reds and one each of blue, purple, and black. I also have a few of her other art pieces. She's an amazing artist and she's done quite a bit of collaboration with Neil Gaiman. In fact, Gaiman's written quite a few short stories based on some of her pieces and Gene Wolfe did a collection of two short stories with her as the illustrator. Enjoy them!

heather (errantdreams) said...

Ohhhh! I must bookmark the poppet site until I can splurge on a few! *falls over from cute overload*

Eva said...

Chris, I knew you'd post here. :) I'm patiently waiting for the reds to go on sale; my baby niece is in love with mine, so I thought I'd get her a couple for Christmas. :) I know that Gaiman's short story "Harlequin" is based on her artwork; it was definitely in my top three from his new collection. Do you have the Little Pink one? I've seen pictures of it, and I'm coveting it like no one's business.

Heather, lol. They are adorable! And the nice thing is that shipping for each additional one is only $1, so it justifies buying multiples. :)

Debi said...

Oh, what perfectly wonderful names! And how incredibly sweet of her!
(My husband got me a purple one for Christmas...was really hoping he'd hand it over sooner, but so far the hints haven't gotten through.)

tanabata said...

That's very cool about the blue poppet! I love the names you've given them- very literary! :)
Now that I've started collecting, I want one of the original red ones too. I wonder when they'll be available again.

Eva said...

Debi, don't you hate that? Early Christmas presents are torture, lol.

Tanabata, I felt very lucky! Glad you like the names...I'm having problems with my Little Black Poppet. He doesn't seem that interested in a name. I don't know when the Reds are coming back. Hopefully soon!