She Said Yes!

Gentlemen, step up your game, ’cause Joe’s got you all beat by a mile!

I kid, I kid! While I commend all the husbands and boyfriends (as well as girlfriends and wives for that matter—wait till you see this birthday present I’ve got cooking in the sweatshop— for coming up with all sorts of interesting and quirky ideas to gift their beloved, this one project is by far the most interesting.


Joe is planning on proposing to his girlfriend and came to me with an idea of using a set of matryoshka dolls as a vessel for the ring. Why not? It reduces the risk of accidentally swallowing it if he had, say, put it in a glass of champagne or something, doesn’t it?


I thought about carving out a piece of foam to put into the last doll as a ring holder, but the Hubs got on his computer and designed something for it. He printed the ring holder with rubberized plastic and voila!


I used my own engagement ring as the test subject.

BoBo Babushka, conspiring with boyfriends and husbands since 2009.

Frida Kahlo’s House

This is one of those project I never thought I wanted to do until it was presented to me several months ago.

“What if,” the email stated, “there’s a Frida Kahlo set featuring Diego Rivera, Trotsky, and Frida’s house?”

“Oh my god,” I murmured and put down my turkey sandwich. “Let’s do it,” I whispered to my email page as I stabbed out a reply with my crumb coated fingers. I was at my parents’ house when the request came so I had to do a mental assessment on my inventory. I distinctly remember having received a peculiar house set that’s larger than average which would be perfect for Frida’s home/museum and crossed my fingers, hoping I haven’t done something stupid to it like painting a lurid flower on it. As soon as I got home I headed straight into the sweatshop and it was still there, unmolested by my impulses and two months later, I got to work on it.


The main challenge is trying to find which aspects of the house/garden that needed to be included. After some back and fourth, we decided on this:


As I was working on this set very slowly late at night after other ones are sorted, it seemed like a really daunting project. But it got painted in the end and all I can say is that I am forever grateful to Netflix and Stan and Hulu+ for keeping me sane throughout the entire process. But honestly, it’s not as bad as I made it sound. I’ve been doing miniature interiors since forever.


Since I had once spent a great chunk of my life commuting on the subway, I often daydreamed about having an entire car devoted to my comfort.

Since there’s an extra doll left in the set, we kicked around the idea of painting one of Frida’s fetuses or a monkey. We settled on a monkey.


The Best Wedding Party Ever

If you are to handpick your own celebrities to be your best man, maid of honor, and celebrant, who would it be? For this couple, they had Ed Asner as their best man, Julie Newmar as their maid of honor, and Mink Stole as their celebrant.

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For their first year anniversary present, I was asked to paint this delightful wedding party, but with the actors in costumes that defined their acting careers.


Mink Stole as Connie Marbles, the groom and the groom, Julie Newmar as Catwoman, and Ed Asner as Lou Grant.


The main doll is customized with quotes and dates and symbols that’s unique to the couple.


I always enjoyed writing a bit of lyrics or poems on a set so I was thrilled to be able to do so. Not many people know this, but I’ve won 6 consecutive penmanship awards in the 4th grade.

Chris Bruce

The grooms are painted with various talisman and pets. These ones are highly symbolic.


Apparently, Julie Newmar walked into the wedding announcing that she was holding a $100 lipstick. In her hand also is a Tony Award. And a whip. You can’t get more bad ass than her.


This was hands down one of the most challenging dolls I’ve ever painted. The Ed Asner doll is only 1″ and I was asked to paint an Emmy Award and the house from “Up” that he was involved in. For this one I had to whittle my 0000 brush down to an even smaller point. Needless to say, after the dust cleared I had to go lie down and not use my eyes for a whole solid hour.

Happy anniversary, Bruce and Chris!

Henry VIII Variant

Henry VIII is one of those sets I don’t mind repeating. It’s not based on the TV show or any of the movie versions so I can go hog wild on the costumes. The recipients of these sets can expect something different each time.


Now that I Have a grander collection of bling, I get even more extravagant with the jewelry and embellishments on the costumes. The construction of this set did not come at a timely manner though. For over a month I’ve been suffering from the kind of headache that makes you wish someone would come along with two bricks and put you out of your misery. Focusing on the minute details didn’t help but hey, the show must go on, right? I did do the responsible thing by going to see a doctor about the headaches and after a stern talking to about not coming to see him sooner, I was given a prescription that simultaneously eased the pains considerably and made me feel very very old indeed for being on the same medication as my Dad.


But the meds kicked in almost immediately and I was able to happily paint the rest of this set with glee and pain free for the first time in ages!

I should have been listening to “Wolf Hall” while painting this set, but instead I decided on “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” which was great fun, especially now that I’m officially out of the cloud of pain. It took a lot of self control not to paint the ladies wielding katanas and daggers and muskets.


What Fresh Hell is This?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough of summer TV programming and am ready for the fall lineup. The one show I’m most interested in (after American Horror Story), is Scream Queens. This is another version of the three Chanels in their finery. Instead of messing around with furs this time, I played around with sequins and glitter and came up with this:



Stranger Things

I was fortunate enough to take a few weeks off from painting this year. Didn’t do anything too exciting, just the usual visiting the family and baby-sitting my niece and nephew thing. I’ve never been one to treat children like children so I taught them the art of binge watching Netflix shows. We did nearly an entire season of “PeeWee’s Playhouse” in one sitting. It was a compromise because the kids refused to watch “Stranger Things” with me. They threatened me with tears. Then again, these are the same kids who were freaked out by Pan-Kun and James, the chimp and English bulldog team that went around Japan doing human tasks, so I had to table this highly anticipated show of the summer until they went home.

And boy, they don’t know what they’re missing! Even though I have many many sets to work on when I got back, I stole some time to paint the Stranger Things set…that is how obsessed I am with this show. Hey, once a fangirl, always a fangirl.

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There’s Hopper, Joyce, Jonathan, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and of course, Eleven.


Utterly Divine!

Okay, so this wasn’t my idea at all, but I felt like I had to do this all-Divine set, both in the glorious jumbo set and also a mini version. It took several nights to paint, as I had to do it after after hours, but I powered through it and this is the result!


The large set and…

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the mini set!

It features Babs Johnson, Dawn Davenport, Francine Fishpaw, Rosie Valez, and Edna Turblad.

Some details:


…and a side-by-side:


I love the big Babs, but the mini has its charms too!

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There’s Something About Mary

This was meant to be a fairly cut and dry project, seven dolls from the gross but hilarious film “There’s Something About Mary,” but I was asked to recreate some elements that made the film so popular, namely Mary’s hair coated in sperm and also Magda’s dog that’s in a full body cast. I didn’t lose any sleep over it because, for months, I had a piece of hair lying around that I’d used for David Bowie’s Goblin King hair and figured that could be utilized.


(From large to small) Mary (don’t worry, I used faux sperm for the hair effect), Ted and his, um, unfortunate accident in his prom tux, Healy with his big ass teeth, Warren and his earmuffs, Dom covered in hives, Magda, and of course, her little pooch Puffy.

Mary cast

After mulling over a few ideas, I decided to sculpt Puffy completely from scratch.

The Shining Updated

This is one of those sets I don’t paint often and am always glad when I get to do it.

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I do have to agree with Stephen King that the movie isn’t as great as the book, but it is still able to scare the living daylights out of me with each viewing and that’s what’s important!


This is also one of those sets where I have to cast the physical doll instead of just reaching for a ready-made one. The itty bitty Forever and Ever Twins are cast in polymer and baked to perfection. The problem with this technique is that I have to be super careful before varnishing it or else the paint gets scuffed up. Doing this set does keep me on my toes!

A George Stover Interview

This is a little different for BoBo Babushka. After doing a few interviews, I thought, hey, let’s shake things up a little. Why don’t I be the interviewer for a change? It may be a one-time thing, it may be a series of interviews…who knows? I’m fortunate enough to secure my first interview with actor George Stover, who hails from Baltimore, home of the John Waters movies.

George began his acting career in college plays and was involved in the Baltimore theater groups and eventually moved to film work. His movie debut was Female Trouble, playing a priest who escorts Divine’s Dawn Davenport to the electric chair at the end of the movie.


Female Trouble was not only my first movie,” George said, “but it was also a John Waters movie. I had some dialogue at the end of the movie in a scene with Divine, and I was billed last in the credits. Little did I know at the time that this film would become a bona fide cult movie!”

George’s next movie with John Waters was Desperate Living. “I played Mink Stole’s husband Bosley Gravel at the beginning of the movie. Our family maid kills me so my wife and the maid run away and end up in Mortville.”


George Stover as Bosley Gravel

When asked about his thoughts on John Waters and his films, George described the director as being very talented, disciplined and prepared. “He always knew exactly what he wanted to capture on film,” George said. “I did feel that the subject matter in his movies might hold him back career-wise. How wrong I was! Of course, Hollywood has now caught up with him as far as ‘shock value’ is concerned…except, perhaps, for the poop-eating scene in Pink Flamingos! It would be difficult for John to out-shock Hollywood in this day and age.” His professionalism aside, George also described Waters to be a really nice person and would often be invited to his legendary Christmas parties back in the day.


Edie Massey and George

George told me that he is frequently cast in science fiction and horror movies. “I play scientists, priests and sheriffs more often than not,” George intoned. “So it’s always fun when I can play a villain. It’s also nice to be in a movie that is NOT science fiction or horror.” This brought up the subject of whether or not his movies had been spoofed by the gang of Mystery Science Fiction Theater 3000.


“Well, sort of,” he said. “MST3K once showed a movie called ‘Pod People’ and for some reason, they included footage of me from ‘The Galaxy Invader’ behind the opening credits. I don’t know why they even bothered to do this, but I was flattered that they did.”


He mentioned also that Cinematic Titanic, a project featuring most of the original MST3K cast, had riffed the movie The Alien Factor. “They did this during some live shows as well as on a DVD they produced. The Galaxy Invader was riffed on its own from Rifftrax with a commentary by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of MST3K. I was flattered that MST3K and its spinoffs chose those movies.” When asked whether or not he was offended by the snarky comments made by Mike and the bots, George good naturally pointed out that he wasn’t. “If anything,” he said, “I think they might have neglected to criticize a few things that I might have criticized myself!”


In the last few months, George has completed his roles in Revenge of the Devil Bat, Beyond the Wall of Fear, and Frames of Fear. He will also soon be featured in Killer Campout. And for the fans of the original Manos: Hands of Fate, its sequel Manos Returns is definitely maybe still in the works in which George could be a part of!

Due to a fear of flying and a bevy of pets in need of constant attention, George sticks pretty close to the Baltimore area. He is indeed able to participate in out-of-town shoots by filming footage in his home. In Beyond the Wall of Fear, George films his scene as a scientist in his backyard! “I sent the footage to the movie’s director, Joe Sherlock, in Portland, Oregon, and via split screen, he made it look like a newscaster was actually interviewing me! That’s the magic of the movies for you!” he said happily.

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(photo courtesy of skullfaceastronaut)

Well, there you have it! If you are interested in contacting George Stover for any projects, you can find him through Facebook.

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Here’s a new Female Trouble set featuring George as the Chaplin!