Thursday, December 6, 2012


 Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all...

I love these words.  What keeps us going when things are bad?  What helps light our way each day as we wake to greet the world?  What strong sense, somewhere deep within, allows light to break through when everything seems quite hopeless?
This little doll shows the bird in the cage - who certainly must sing in hope that one day the door will be open and he might fly free.  Perhaps Hope's key can open not only the birdcage door but that door that sometimes seems closed to each of us.

With hope comes our strength - that wellspring within that keeps all of us alive and aware of who we are and waiting for whatever miracles and magic might come our way.
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I've heard it in the chillest land,
and on the strangest sea;
It asked a crumb of me.
Emily Dickinson

My very special thanks to my friend Phyllis who sent me all of the fabric that I used to make this doll.


  1. Oh Penny, you've done it again - touched emotions with your art. That's the mark of an "artist". This is a lovely and peaceful girl, an inspiration to be of hope. I love your crabapples too!

  2. The whole thing fits beautifully together, words and images. Wonderful - thank you.

  3. This entire post touches me. Hope is the motivating force that keeps us alive. Especially in this season, when most send wishes for Peace, we must also send a message for Hope.

    My personal Icon for Hope is the Sun, for what can inspire Hope more quickly than a Sunny Day.

    Miss Hope depicts the poem perfectly, especially with her feathered dress.

    Lovely Lady, Penny.
    Have a great weekend.
    xx, Carol

  4. A delightful representation - well done

  5. Penny, of course I LOVE this doll. The poem has always been one of my favorites and your doll is inspiring. I've always loved my name and when things get tough, I say my mantra..."My name is Hope."

  6. Penny dear--- I am in love with your dolls! And what a great message!



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