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The FULL MONTY Whilst Vamping…Why Not?

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MontyfgalAnd now, we VAMP whilst we wait for those of you who are reading to read Chapter 13, The Question & the Quest, featuring the always lovely and very funny Fanny Brice in the “gallery” photo up top.

Ah, Monty! You may recall the creature I designed for this year. Here’s my sketch:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Despite his faults – which are my faults, ’cause I’m the one who made him – since he was so close, I decided to do a few final things and show the Full MONTY, as I call him. HAH! Hope you’re not disappointed!

Here he is!


I didn’t have enough of the black duct tape for his hat, so I did stripes instead…

One thing about doing things in the wee hours of the morning, which is when I wake up, is that it’s sometimes hard to get good pictures…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANote the WITCH in the background.

I don’t want you to think I walk around all the time wearing black clothes, my scarf, and my hat…


Up close:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADesign flaws: Too top heavy! No way could I get him to stand, not in the gentle Iowa fall breeze!

Plus, there’s duct tape, and there’s duct tape. I bought the cheap stuff, and it just doesn’t stick as good (as well? Pesky English!).

If I were going to use him, I would have added dangling legs to the little fella in his hand, as well as arms and a top hat.

Ah, well! There’s always next year!


LAST BUT NOT LEAST, it’s my BEAUTIFUL Mother’s Birthday today! She is an AMAZING woman, even if she IS a little crazy…

A JaneAs you can see, this nut right here, typing away, didn’t fall too far from the tree. She’s swinging from a vine. A vine, fer cryin’ out loud…LOVE YOU, my gorgeous and wonderfully wonderful MOM!!! Happy 39th!!!

Tomorrow…ABOUT Chapter 13, and it will be Halloween! POET.

Happy Halloween Eve, all!

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Premieres, You Might Want To Be Nice To Me & Look What I Found!

Premieres. TWO of them: This morning when I awoke at my usual early hour, it was to discover that my brother had put together Chapter 13 for its premiere tonight. My heart pounded as I flipped the pages…dare I hope? NOPE. There they were, Nina’s sketches, looking as if an artist had…sketched them. Which she had. They look good.

In a way, I’m hoping that she doesn’t get the revised sketches to us in time so that you can see even MORE of the process. From initial sketch, to revised sketch, to full color version. That Nina is one amazing girl. Oh, sure, she’s no Ruth (thank goodness!).

Also! The color version of the second illustration has now been put into place for Chapter 12 The Wakening.

Hazel Twigg & the Hollyhock Hideaway is slowly unfurling its wings, and you are here at the very beginning!

You Might Want To Be Nice To Me:  Because I very well could be the sister of the next Mayor of Rolfe. Julie Lancaster is EXACTLY what this town needs. She’s an Ambassador of the Positive! She glows from within! She takes guff from no one, and believe me I have tried! She is a quick thinker and passionate with a strong sense of right and wrong!


Good thing I didn’t accidentally drown her when she was 2!

And, no, I don’t want Julie to be mayor in the hopes that people will continue to get us confused and think that I’M the mayor and have me over for dinner…although we DO kind of look alike…


True, I may be a bit biased, but Julie Loves Rolfe and Wants to See It Succeed and she is NOT afraid of hard work. PLEASE VOTE FOR JULIE LANCASTER FOR MAYOR IN THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS.

And lastly, Look What I Found:

creaturebRecognize the creatures in the lower right corner? They’re the creatures that I made! This book, HALLOWEEN Food, Fun & Crafts is from October 30, 2007. It lived up to its name! There are indeed food, fun and crafts in there!


And the second page:

creature2bOnce again, I may not finish my creature this year. My brother Dennis and I talked this past Sunday and I have a lot to do Hazel Twigg-wise. There’ll be a new feature for the dolls that I work on, we’ve finally reached the very end of the sketches I did so many months and maybe even a year ago so I need to do more. Who knows? Maybe my skills have improved! Or gotten rusty from lack of use…gulp.

And of course I have a doll whose clothes aren’t going to make themselves! Poor thing’s been sitting in that sewing room with half a dress on for days now as I’ve attended to other things.

Where does the time go, I ask you?

Tonight at midnight: the Premiere of Chapter 13 The Question & The Quest.


It’s Friday! And since this week’s release was the compilation of Part 1, which was great to have, it also sadly means there is no new art to study from Nina (although I’ve seen some of the upcoming work from her. You are in for a TREAT), so what to do?

HAH! Halloween is coming! Soon I will be heading (gulp!) up to my attic to retrieve my creatures once again, so that I may repair them with duct tape for yet another year, and hope that they last.

Of course, they’re made of duct tape in the first place. Duct tape, newspaper, rocks and wire hangers. I found the idea in a seasonal little book in the magazine section of our town grocery store. I tried to find the book to show you, but couldn’t right away.

Behold! My Halloween House:


Ooh! Kind of hard to see. Much easier to see in real life. This photo was taken a couple of years ago, but look! Must have been from the brief time period when I had red window frames! Here are close ups of the creatures, one by one:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALe CATS! From the side they have long, pointy noses.

The book featured three different creatures. Since I had tape left over I decided to make a parent and child for each set, to represent myself and Adam. Next:


In addition to the rocks (I went out into my yard to find them, including the large, flat ones for the feet of the purple creatures above), and newspaper, etc., there’s also fun foam and dowels. I kind of improvised a lot with what I had around the house. Oh! And a hot glue gun! It wouldn’t be creating if you didn’t burn your fingers!

Next are possibly my favorites, next to the cats:


Simply for their delighted expressions. As you can imagine, the possibilities with these simple fixin’s are ENDLESS. I decided to create my own creature:


I’m hoping that this year I can create another set. If I do, I’ll show them here in a later post.

Such a simple, simple idea. And so much fun to do! Not to mention that they survive the elements. Get some newspaper and start wadding!

Now that I already have them made, for me the hardest part is going up to the attic (gulp!) to fetch them.

Happy October and Happy Friday Everyone!