It’s back to the drawing table (literally) as soon as I dusted myself off from my journey to the Down Under. A few things have changed during my absence, namely the amount of ferocious looking dandelions that’s taken over my garden and that the back patio has been transformed by the Hubs into some sort of workshop. He’s taken my freezer and replaced it with a better one. The old one? It’s in the process of being transformed into a freeze dryer. Anyone with a good recipe for meals that can sit around for years in a tool shed, feel free to pass it along!

In the meanwhile, I plunged headfirst back into my end of the sweatshop and worked on not one but two sets of dolls simultaneously. There are errant paint sprays and glitter all over the place when the dust cleared. It basically kept me from moping around, missing my snoring bulldog.

This is the first time I ever had to paint a bird. That was a lot of fun—also I was listening to “The Aviary” by Kathleen O’Dell while painting this set. That, and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs. The problem with listening to the latter is that I had to stop periodically to look at the awesome, albeit a little creepy, pictures in the book. Man alive, I can’t wait for the movie version to come out…especially now that Tim Burton’s going to direct it!

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