Pretty maids all in a row

The new word at Every Inchie Monday is “maid.” It took me a while to decide what to do for this one. My first thought was the rhyme by The King’s Breakfast by AA Milne, which involves a dairy maid, one of my favourites. Then I remembered “maids a milking” from The Twelve Days of Christmas and lastly “pretty maids all in a row,” from Mary Mary. So here’s what I chose:


The first two are simply illustrations from The King’s Breakfast and the third is a cute illustration I found on-line for Mary Mary.

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However, I couldn’t just leave you with copies of other people’s work so I decided to come up with my own “pretty maids.”


Having tried and failed to draw this in miniature I decided to produce a large version and then reduce it. I stamped some flowers in rows and then coloured them with Promarkers. I then punched out small circles and added these to the centre of the flowers before drawing on little faces. Finally, I added the words by hand.

Not wanting to short change anyone who has taken the trouble to visit this page I thought I ought to do something with the original image that I made and so I turned it into a simple little card.


I just added a stamped border, coloured in the leaves and berries and then mounted it on some pink card.


So there’s my take on maid. You can be sure the other players at Every Inchie Monday will have come up with some superb interpretations, so be sure to buzz over and pay them a visit.


Thanks for buzzing by.



Pretty maids all in a row — 12 Comments

    • Thanks Lesline – I’m so glad I decided to do the larger image and then turn it into a card as an inchie by-product!

  1. As always, fabulous inchies and I always enjoy reading how you decided on your illustrations. My favourite by a long way is the illustration you made yourself, it is so pretty.

    Dionne xx

    • Thank you – it shrank down quite well, a much better idea than trying to draw small. I don’t know how the other participants manage to do it so well. xx

  2. love all of them. I adore the one you made. those flowers are so cute & the smiles are just the finishing touch

  3. Leave it to you to figure out how to make your own “maids”. The little flowers with faces is so adorable. Like that you figured out another way to make the inchies. So clever and so talented Lisette. I love your name. Is that French? So pretty. Hope your summer is going alone well.
    I’ve been cutting out flags for July 4th. banners. Have had the fabrics for long time, just running out of some, will have to substitute another pattern when I do. Trying to make them all different combinations of fabrics. I’m also hoping to be able to sell them. Take care and try to enjoy your self.

    • Thank you. Oh how great to be making banners and I bet you sell loads. I would love to be part of a 4th July celebration it looks like tons of fun. Yes, my name is French and has been a bit of a burden to me all my life!!! People find it hard to pronounce and on the phone usually here it as Lisa! However, once people have got it then they tend to remember you and I find I never have to give a surname!!!

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