Starfish and Mermaid Beaded Art Dolls - Stella and Ginger Pearl Spirit Dolls with Story

Starfish and Mermaid Beaded Art Dolls - Stella and Ginger Pearl Spirit Dolls with Story


This Beaded Starfish and Beaded Mermaid were designed as a Wall Hanger Art Doll. They are named Stella and Ginger Pearl, and a Story Card accompanies them. Each of the two pieces were hand stitched and hand beaded, then joined with the Mermaid (Ginger Pearl) holding on to the tip of the Starfish (Stella). The bodies of both were done with two different fabrics, the Mermaid's fabric in rich blues and turquoise, and the Starfish's fabric in blue, turquoise, yellow and sage green. 

The Mermaid, Ginger Pearl, is 8 inches in height. Her face was made of clay and painted with acrylics, later sealed with a soft satin finish. Her hair was made from Ginger colored Tibetan Lamb's Wool with brilliant curls. Two shells are her breasts. A waistband of beading was done to begin the extensive tail beading. Glass beads, faceted beads, and pearl beads create the patterns throughout her tail - in colors of soft grey, chartreuse, blues, and blushed pink. Her arms are outstretched, with one arm attached to the tip of the Starfish. 

The Starfish, Stella, is 10 inches in height. Her body was hand stitched and stuffed with a polyester filling. Beaded patterns go down each point of her Star, using flat Pearl Rounds, chartreuse glass beads, blush pink pearls, and frosted glass beads in blues and greens. A fiber trim, in purple, chartreuse, and blue is edged around the entire Starfish and along each of her points. A green velour loop with button is sewn at the top for display hanging purposes. 

The Mermaid and Starfish are permanently attached. The entire height of the piece is 16 inches, and is approximately 10 inches in width. A printed story card accompanies "Stella and Ginger Pearl", and is signed by me as a Certificate of Authenticity. 

Her story is as follows, which can also be found on my blog:

This particular little pair of friends, Stella and Ginger Pearl, are quite well known under the Waters, but not so much up here by us land dwellers....until now. Recently this beautiful little Starfish and her feisty Mermaid friend were spotted by a kind, dark haired woman sitting at the water's edge. Normally they would have quickly swam back down to the ocean floor in safety, but they were curious about the woman. They felt safe. They could tell that she had a kind heart. 

Stella and Ginger Pearl floated at the top of the calm blue waters in the Cove, holding on to the edge of  a tall rock, peaking occasionally at the woman while she occasionally peaked at them. The woman was sad and writing a letter, whispering the words as she wrote. She needed help, and she was sad because the friends that she had had for years, that she had helped and inspired along the way...weren't here for her when she needed them. She was disappointed. 

Oh Goodness ! They knew ALL about this! This is how Ginger Pearl had met Stella, and they had became best of friends. Ginger had this same moment in her own life, and later learned that the "friends" that she had had in the past were actually people that had needed her help. There was nothing wrong with that. She was happy to help them with what she had and what she knew. The mistake that was made was that over time, she had thought of them as "friends" when actually there were simply sweet acquaintances. It was then time for Ginger Pearl to create those wonderful friendships that were based on two friends supporting the highest good for one another, unlike the one sided one's from her past. 


Mermaids have a unique kind of magic that allows them to communicate with the land dwellers. They can place their whispers inside the bubbles of water on top of the Sea and blow them across to the human. When the bubbles pop, their whispers can be heard. 

So, Ginger sent her whispers across, and her and Stella waited. After a few minutes they knew that she had heard, for a slight smile moved across the woman's face. She took a deep breath and they knew that the woman felt better.


The woman stood up and put her paper and pen back in her bag and pulled her things together to leave. She turned for a moment and looked back at the large rock, curiously, and smiled. She pulled her compass out of her pocket and started walking back, a little more confident, now that she had a direction. 

She blew a kiss over her shoulder and whispered "Until we meet again", and continued to walk. Stella and Ginger caught the kiss, sent one back, and then dove happily back down  to their home. 


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This is a part of my Wisdom Keeper Art Doll Collection


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