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Tussie Mussies
are mature lil’ ladies nestled in a floral arrangement that portrays a story or sentiment through floriography, the language of flowers.
Many of the dolls have been inspired by my Grandmothers and Great Aunts—tender memories, glimpses of the past, that are forever on my heart. I hope you too will be touched by their grace and gentle spirits and discover the message God sends in their flowers.

I invite you to stroll through the doll galleries at the left, learn about the original tussie-mussies and the language of flowers, click on "The Artist & Her Work" to read the story behind her rendition of Tussie Mussies, and how they are made.  Unless otherwise labeled, all of the Tussie Mussies are for sale. Though I can make more than one doll in any given passage, copying flowers, costume design, 

Darlene-truly beloved

 Click here to see Darlene's message

and fabrics (depending on availability), I create new 
work and no two are alike. Please allow 3-4 weeks for 
a new doll to be designed. Contact me directly for commissioned work.

Brianna-the strong one  Abagail-source of joy  Ida-the happy one  Carmel-God's garden

What's a tussie-mussie?

Tussie-Mussies originated in the times of the ancient Greeks; when they would assemble a ‘tussie,’ knot of flowers, in a ‘mussie,’ moist moss to keep them fresh. In medieval times these garlands, also known as nosegays or posies,  were composed of sweet scented flowers and medicinal herbs. The herbs were thought to ward off airborne diseases, such as the plague, while both the flowers and herbs helped to diffuse appalling odors. In the 16th century tussie-mussies were mostly used as decorative items; tucked into boutonnières or fitted bodices.

By Victorian times The Language of Flowers became widely practiced and tussie-mussies, still in high fashion, came to be known as "word posies". Flower Language dictionaries aided in the translation of these tussie-mussies and were widely available.

The language of flowers spans the world of the ancients from Greece throughout Europe and the Aztecs of South and Central America.

Talking Bouquets

Today, Tussie Mussies give new meaning to the popular phrase, ‘Say it with flowers.” Through the language of flowers, they show us how God sends us messages everyday in the flowers and plants 

Leona-strength of a lion

Talia-dew from heaven, blooming near water

around us. They remind us that we are never alone, that He is always with us and all we need to do is open our eyes and see.

Evelina-life-giving    Lucile-bringer of light    Dorothy-gift of God    Sheena-God is gracious


Message in the Flowers

Each doll comes to 'life' with a unique personality; I never know what she'll look like until she's complete. God never fails, always bringing ideas to light as the doll comes together. God has a plan for each doll (just as he does us) and the message within her will glorify Him and touch the receiver (just like us). Unlike us, where our message is hidden our hearts, a Tussie Mussie's message is in her flowers and once is His glory revealed!

Patience-endurance with strength

It's never too late!
Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am He, I am He who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

--Isaiah 46:4


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