Thursday, April 7, 2011


I love stories and some of the stories I love dearly are Folktales.
One of my favorite stories is from A Treasury of North American Folktales,
called Marie Jolie.

I drew this picture to go with the story.

After a while her maman got impatient with Marie, for she worried that her daughter would wind up an old maid - terrible fate in those days.  So Maman said, "Marie Jolie, it is time for you to take a husband. You can't pick one to suit you, so me, I'm gonna do it for you.  We gonna have us a contest.  You see this pumpkin?  I'm gonna get M'su Carencro, the buzzard, to put it on the highest, skinniest branch of that big cypress tree out there in the swamp.  Chere, the man who can fetch that pumpkin down without fallin' in the water is gonna be your husband."

Well, you'll have to read it for yourself to see what happens.  
I hope you have a Fabulous day, filled with French Fries, Flowers and Firecrackers!! 


  1. interest is peaked--Love this!

  2. I love folktales.

  3. Very good. Now what? I guess we will have to come back and see.

    Gregg Metcalf
    Colossians 1:28-29

    Gospel-driven Disciples

  4. Very nice F post and I want to know the do such excellent artwork! Okay and I am also thinking of french fries, yum!

  5. That was mean... Now I will have to search the internet for the story and hope is somewhere out there, because you don't find American folktales in libraries around here.
    Lovely drawing by the way. Do you do book illustrations?

  6. By the way I just saw the ad that you have put on your blog. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH. You are a star.

  7. Thank you everyone! This is a really fun and interesting story. Also, one of the reasons I loved it is my friend's name is Marie and Jolie means beautiful, she is a beautiful person. The girl in this story is spunky, which is also like my friend Marie. If you can find it, I think you will enjoy it. I would type it all out, but it's fairly long.
    Noemi, no problem, I think people need to see your beautiful jewelry!
    Have a wonderful day!

  8. I love stories, too, Heather, thanks for sharing. And your illustration is perfect.

    I love entrances and invitations as well, so thanks also for encouraging me to go find "the rest of the story" (RIP Paul Harvey)

    I found a copy at, if anybody wants to hear how it ended. It's a wicked good tale.

  9. Thanks Mojo, good thinking with the link. That never occurred to me to post a link. I guess that's why you have mojo and I don't! :)