No no no! I’m not talking about that Christina Aguilera vehicle! I’m talking about the real deal! This set is for a gal with a burlesque act. I’ve really pushed the envelope here and took miniature painting all the way up to 11. This one took longer to paint than most sets because my poor eyes kept aching, which was a sign to stop and go outside and make fun of my next door neighbor’s dog.



I have to admit I had a tiny panic attack when I saw the amount of tats I had to paint. But there’s no panicking in the Sweatshop! In the end, it didn’t take long to do them all. Whew. Crisis averted.

The kitties!


This is the Queen of Hearts costume. It gave me an excuse to dig out my silver leaf, although in the end it looked like I just made the crown out of aluminum foil.


The fun house costume. It was at this point when I wish I could see this act in person.

I am able to use the leftover tulle from my wedding dress for the bustle. Since it wouldn’t fit into the doll, I’ve screwed eye hooks onto the back so the bustle can be detached.


The flapper.


Lucille Ball…I believe the recipient’s stage name is Lucille Highball. Ha!


This last doll is super tiny, but it didn’t stop me from trying to paint a name onto the name tag. After that particular exercise, I realized that perhaps I needed to remove myself from the sweatshop for a little while even though I was sad it came to an end. Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a dog next door that needs to be laughed at.