Friday, March 19, 2010

Charlie & his Kite

Charlie Brown doll not included
I finished this little guy today. He was inspired by my alter ego, Charlie Brown.  I was the girl version. Flying kites even though kite eating trees lurked around every corner, playing baseball even though I had no talent for it and being gullable enough to fall for anything like Lucy pulling the football away were my trademarks, not to mention my incredibly round head.  Of all the Charlie Browns, I was the Charlie Browniest. Every Spring meant heading out to the field next to my house and flying kites or playing baseball with the neighborhood kids.  Sometimes I would run  with the kite spinning behind me until it took a nose dive into the ground. That usually meant my kite needed a longer tail. Some of my kites head incredibly long tails. It was my fix all for all kite flying problems except for kite eating trees. But there was nothing more satisfying than to see my kite up in the air drifting among the clouds.

When I got older I was fortunate enough to meet Charles Schulz. He was buying a gift for his daughter at a gallery where my beadwork was being shown. I used to do realistic portraits of animals on leather bags.  He passed away not long after our meeting.  I wanted to go to his memorial, but there were just too many people. I did make it to the grand opening of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center and visited his ice skating rink.  Both are a must see for any "Peanuts" fan.

Here are the facts about my little Charlie. His auction starts this Sunday at 6:45 pm PST and his reserve price is $135.00. He stands at 4 3/4 inches tall, ears included.
Thanks for looking!

5 comments:

Bearly Sane said... [Reply]

What a little cutie he is dressed in his little hoodie!
Warmest hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

Rabbit Liza said... [Reply]

Charlie is great!!!...no offence but he reminds me of Stuart Little. I wish i also had a kite in my childhood but the first kite i tried to fly when i was 22...it was still fun :-)

Josje said... [Reply]

I have great memories of flying my kite on the beach when I was a kid.
Charlie is very cute, it looks like he's ready to throw that kite into the air.

Jeanie said... [Reply]

Oh, he's so cute in his kite flying outfit. Better tell him to hold on tight or his kite might make him airborn! After all, he can't weigh that much!
Charles Schultz certainly brought happiness to millions of people for many, many years. His legacy lives on in his wonderful characters!

Robin Andreae said... [Reply]

Thanks everyone :-)!