Five years and thousands of hours later, I have painted my 500th set of dolls! It’s all kinds of exciting because I never thought I’d get this far in the babushkaring game before abandoning it like I usually do with everything else. It’s kind of funny that the 500th set should be the mini Nightmare Before Christmas.

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This set was created for someone in Entertainment Weekly, my favorite magazine, as a thank you present for including the original Nightmare set in the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. To be in the same magazine as some of my favorite entertainers and Stephen King—it’s a dream come true! Before anything went digital, I used to have my parents send me my weekly dose of EW while I bummed around the globe. It was my sole connection to the life I was accustomed to and had to abandon so I was thrilled to be a part of it. Surely this means I can retire!

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Thank you, Stephanie! And also a big shout out to my friend Lara, who took this shot from her magazine long before I got to see it on my Kindle!

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