Death Becomes Her

I thought I was the only one who absolutely had to watch “Death Becomes Her” every time it’s on TV (which had been frequent when we still had cable). Turned out many people shared this unfathomable passion of mine. I’ve still got to paint one more version of this set, but the one I had in mind involved getting the Hubs down into his workshop with a sharp tool and punching two holes out of the Goldie Hawn doll.

Death Becomes Her

This one features Helen Sharp (yes, with the see through hole after her friend shot her), Madeline Ashton who is front to back, the hapless Mr. Ashton, er, I mean, Herman Menville, the unbelievably chic Lisle Von Rhuman and one of her man slave/butler.

Painting this set was great fun, which was much needed as I was suffering from my annual week-long bout of some sort of debilitating seasonal headache.

Thank You For Being a Friend

I have to admit that I really wasn’t feeling it when I was asked to paint this set, but when it was suggested that I make a cheesecake in lieu of a last doll, things started to click. “Golden Girls” was one of those shows that used to air on a weekend night when there was nothing else on and I had grudgingly tuned in. It turned out to be a pretty good show but I was always mildly alarmed at the fashion on the ladies for some reason. But painting it was actually quite fun.

Golden Girls

(Largest to smallest) Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia. Then there’s the cheesecake.


I had two cheesecakes 3D printed because I wasn’t sure which one would be better. Two is usually better than one!

Pushing Daisies

People, you have no idea how long I’ve been jonsin’ to paint this set. “Pushing Daisies” is lovely, quirky, yet sadly short lived little show that speaks to the artistic side in me that craves bright colors and bold patterns. It also speaks to the macabre side in me as the show deals mainly with deeply dysfunctional people, murder, mayhem, and death. Not an easy feat to pull off but they did it! I think some of my favorite parts of the show is when little Olive Snook (played by the magnificent Kristin Chenoweth) and Aunt Vivian (or Audrey from “Little Shop of Horrors”, as she is known in my warped mind) played by the delightful Ellen Greene, bust into songs. What a wonderful world it was when a show about resurrecting the dead and solving crimes features two Broadway veterans and allow them to showcase their vocal talents as well!

Pushing Daisies

This one features Ned the pie maker, Chuck, his lady love, whom he raised from the dead with his magical powers but can’t, sadly, touch due to some silly conditions of his abilities, Emerson Cod, his business partner, a PI who is really into knitting, Chuck’s aunts Vivian and Lily, and of course, little Olive Snook, a former jockey now waitress.

Some details:


Chuck with one of her bees (she kept an apiary before her death in her backyard and then on the roof of Ned’s pie shop).


Emerson Cod with his knitting.

the aunts

The Aunts, the former Darling Mermaid Darlings, who are really into tea, cheese, and pies loaded with mood enhancers.


And Olive Snook wearing a pie hat, naturally.

I was unfortunately walking the earth when this show was on air and was forced to binge watch it, for the first time, while cooking a 10-course Thanksgiving dinner. It’s lovely that my local library has both seasons in stock, allowing me to revisit this show again whilst painting the set. It sure beats binge watching “The Walking Dead!”

God Save the Queen (and Everyone Else)

This one was so much fun to do mainly because I got to go into my box of bling to jazz up the Queen’s crown and gown!

Royal Family

This set of the Royal Family features the Queen, Charles, Princess Di (in an outrageously outdated dress bless her heart), Prince Harry, Prince Wills, Kate, Prince George, and baby Princess Charlotte. But never mind them…check out the Queen’s shiny things!

Jewelry Jewelry 2

I used a combination of glitter glue and nail art rhinestones and painstakingly separated glitter fragments to create the effect of priceless jewels.

The Queen

The crown proved to be a bit difficult, but the Hubs was able to 3D print me a base for the crown and I got out my glue gun and some shiny baubles from my collection of charms and fun bits and went to town. It’s a shame the crown is about the size of a Nyquil dosage cup, or else I’d happily wear it myself!

Monty Python and the Holy Grail…Part II

Oh man! Most of my childhood consisted of my brother and me quoting lines from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” which was why I painted a set for him for his birthday just in case he forgot what nerds we were back in the day. I’m so glad there are people out there who are just as into the movie as we were because I get to paint another version!

Monty Python

This time I painted only two of the knights: King Arthur and Sir Bedevere. In place of the other knights, there’s Tim the Enchanter, the main knight from the Knights Who Say “Ni”, and of course, my favorite minor character of all time, the French Taunter.


Here are some interesting facts about wine after the film “Sideways” was released:

“Throughout the film, Miles speaks fondly of the red wine varietal Pinot noir, while denigrating Merlot. After the film’s U.S. release in October 2004, Merlot sales dropped 2% while Pinot noir sales increased 16% in the Western United States. Other reports claimed that sales of Merlot dropped after the film’s release. A 2009 study by Sonoma State University found that ‘Sideways’ slowed the growth in Merlot sales volume and caused its price to fall, but the film’s main effect on the wine industry was a rise in the sales volume and price of Pinot noir, and in overall wine consumption.”


The cast of Sideways (largest to smallest): Miles Raymond sniffing his wine while plugging his ear, Jack Cole, broken nose and clearly in disgrace…let’s face it, anyone wearing a bandage and a bedspread is clearly up to no good; Maya Randall the waitress and Stephanie, who had beaten up Jack with her motorcycle helmet but she’s got a good reason to. What’s the fifth doll? Why it’s a bottle of Belle Glos wine, which is not featured in the film, but a representation of the buyer’s husband’s favorite inebriant.

Belle Glos Belle Glos2

Rik Mayall

As an immigrant to the United States at an early and impressionable age, I was primed to be fed on a steady diet of 80’s American pop culture as a part of my linguistic education. I was to learn English watching Sesame Street and acquire the ways of the west from “One Life to Live” and Phil Donahue. Instead, I learned English watching the Monty Pythons and The Benny Hill Show and eventually got into The Young Ones and Fawlty Towers and an odd assortment of Britcom. I would’ve been a riot if we’d lived in England. In the US I was just “that-weird-girl-with-an-even-weirder-accent-and-calls-the-hood-of-the-car-a-bonnet.” The news of Rik Mayall’s death made me really sad indeed, as he had been quite an influence in my formative years.

I was thrilled to be asked to paint this set featuring Rik Mayall (and Adrian Edmondson, another roommate from The Young Ones) as a birthday present for someone in the UK.

Rik Mayall

(Biggest to littlest doll) Rik from The Young Ones, Lord Flashheart from Blackadder, Alan Beresford B’Stard from The New Statesman, Richie from Bottom, and Adrian Edmondson from Bottom.

This request came while I was still on holiday, and it was a great one to work on while trying to figure out where I’d put everything before going away as I get to emulate Rik’s explosive temper while looking for a wayward brush or a particular shade of blue!

Wonder Woman

When I was asked to paint Wonder Woman in different costumes, I thought it might have to do with the various versions worn by different actresses throughout the years, but to my utter delight, it was going to be all about Lynda Carter and her wardrobe! The thing is, that woman had the exact figure of a Barbie doll, so I had some misgivings painting a boofy version of her. But who cares? I got to pull out my metallic paints!


We have Lynda Carter in the traditional Wonder Woman outfit, her in a skater girl (helmet and all) outfit, her getting ready to ride a horse, her in a skirt and a cape, and her in a swimming costume. The main doll consists of the logo, which I did free hand because I couldn’t be bothered to make a template. I didn’t realize until the end that I didn’t breathe while painting it. That might explain why I was sprawled on the floor and blinking wanly at the ceiling when it was finished.


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