Penny the Traveling Clothespin Doll shares her adventures at home and abroad.

Archive for August, 2013


You are invited to a teddy bear picnic.

This pretty picnic basket is handmade in Peru.

Inside are beautiful wooden dishes from the homeland of my friend Veronica.



These are made from a jungle wood native to Peru called zapote.


Welcome friends, I am glad you came.  Please enjoy this meal prepared for you!

















Bartholomew brought sesame seeds to share.



Freddy Bear asks Sweetie Pie if she’d like a cup of tea.


Anyone need another napkin?


Rufus lives in Penny’s dollhouse, he is enjoying this furry gathering.



How about a pot of honey served with a cinnamon stick?



Sweetie Pie



Woody says if nobody else wants the rest of the marmalade, he would be happy to finish it.


Bartholomew leans back with a very full tummy.

“Too full for dessert?” asks Penny.

“Oh no, no, I could fit in a wee bit more, I think!”


After the meal, the teddies gather to ask for a story.

“Please read about Paddington, the bear from Peru, who loves marmalade!”



Paddington gets in a big drippy mess after eating a sticky bun.

The Browns kindly invite him to their home to take a bath.

The children, Judy and Jonathan Brown, look forward to this new unusual guest from “Deepest, Darkest Peru,”  who seems to bring interesting catastrophes wherever he goes.




This poster has such a sweet teddy bear poem,  (but its too glossy for a good picture – sorry!)


Learn to listen like a Teddy Bear,

With ears open and mouth closed tight.


Learn to forgive like a Teddy Bear,

With heart open, not caring who is right.


Learn to love like a Teddy Bear,

With arms open, and imperfect eyesight.


-Sarah McClellan


Farmer Andy and his sister Fanny have been busy at some more shows with Mr. Bill Brown.

Here they are posing at the Fellowship of Christian Farmers display.



 This time they are working at the New York State Two Cylinder Show in Canandaigua, NY,  July 18-20.  300 people stopped by the booth to hear the FCFI message.




David Sandford, Penns Creek, PA is a co-worker of Farmer Andy and Fannie.

Here they are ready with plenty of the beaded walking sticks to share the Gospel story with those who are interested.



This display case holds more colored supplies, and is a good place for little people to perch.



David and Farmer Andy at work.

Do you remember what the five beads stand for?  See Penny’s Bead Story to read about them.



This larger booth was set up for the Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls, NY, on August 6-8th.
A much bigger show – 2,000 people stopped by the booth!
Here, Hannah P. from Poland, NY  and Allison L. from Rome, NY, stand in front of the FCFI tent welcoming folks at the show.  Both girls attend Redeeming Love Fellowship Church and have been on mission trips with FCFI.


Hannah, Allison and Sydney acting up.  🙂


Farmer Andy and Fannie helping to attract folks to display, among the pretty black-eyed susans and an old plow.


Jesus’ invitation: 
“Come unto me, all that . . . are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28
” . . . him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”  John 6:37


Jesus Heard You

                                               Jesus heard when you prayed last night.
                                               He talked with God about you.
                                               Jesus was there when you fought your fight,
                                               He is going to bring you through.
                                               Jesus knew when you shed those tears,
                                               you did not weep alone.
                                               The burdens you thought too heavy to bear,
                                               He made them His very own.
                                              Jesus Himself was touched by that trial,
                                              you could not understand.
                                              Jesus stood by as you almost fell
                                              and lovingly clasped your hand.
                                              Jesus cared when you bore that pain,
                                              indeed, He bore it too.
                                              He felt each pain, each ache in your heart,
                                              because of His love for you.
                                              Jesus, your Savior, will always be with you,
                                              no need to be anxious or fret.
                                             Wonderful love, He will be there all the time,
                                              He has never forsaken you yet.
                                                         –Corrie ten Boom



Introducing Penny’s cousin Evangeline!!

Evangeline was privileged to travel with Rachel to Yosemite National Park in California recently.


Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains just across the state from San Francisco.


Pier 39, in San Francisco, has been “owned” by these sea lions since 1990.  After a large earthquake, they took up residence here and refuse to be sent away.  I think they like being a tourist attraction.


 Evangeline saw the San Francisco City Hall from her perch on a double decker bus, very impressive!


She was glad to have Rachel along for the walking tour of Chinatown.


A lovely clear day and a grand view of the Golden Gate bridge.


Running on the sand in bare feet, what a delight.


Yosemite National Park – wow, the size of those trees is immense!


The giant sequoia trees are not as tall as the redwoods up north, but the trunks are wider!


The famous Bridalveil Falls off in the distance.


Wading in Mirror Lake.


A campground nestled in among the giant trees.


These trees make full-sized people look as tiny as clothespin dolls!


Many of these trees were growing long before the birth of Jesus.


“Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty,

give unto the Lord glory and strength.

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name;

worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.


The voice of the Lord is upon the waters:

the God of glory thundereth:

The Lord is upon many waters.

The voice of the Lord is powerful;

the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.


The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars:

yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

He maketh them also to skip like a calf;

Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.


The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.

The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness;

The Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve,

and discovereth the forests:

and in His temple doth every one speak of His glory.


The Lord sitteth upon the flood;

yea; the Lord sitteth King forever.

The Lord will give strength unto His people;

the Lord will bless His people with peace.”

–Psalm 29–


May God bless you all!!