As we waited for the rain that didn't come, I stuck some hollyhock buds onto various flowers from the garden. With the help of a small screw, I "drilled" a hole large enough for the bud stem to fit into, then had fun using a Sharpie to make little faces. Soon, requests for a prince, a grandma, a little sister, and so on were coming at me from all directions.
The flower people rang each others' doorbells, complimented each others' hairdos, drank nectar tea, and got bossed around by Violet.
Eventually, the whole family was moved inside, where they spent the night wilting into little furled-up balls of squishy old flower petals.
The fleetingness of these little characters is part of their charm; when the tiger lily prince refused to stand up straight, I simply popped his head on a fresh flower and once again he was ready to waltz the night away. There are always more blooms in the garden eager to achieve their dreams of becoming dolls for kids!