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Vamping. Whilst Behind the Scenes…

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So many fiddly things to do…

Believe it or not, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes of Hazel Twigg & the Hollyhock Hideaway. Nina is outdoing herself on the artwork this time around. Her colors are even more vibrant and she’s bringing some of the odd scenes that came out of my head to life in a way that enhances the story.


Everybody needs a little work here and there.


Hey! Turns out they WEREN’T alone the whole time! And neither are we! There are a lot of hands working towards completion of this project.


And speaking of “bringing to life,” I’m bringing the dolls that are featured in the stories, the mainstays of the book, to life. The main doll, Elizabeth, well. It turns out she’s in pretty rough shape. Too bad! I love her and she IS Elizabeth! She’s undergoing a COMPLETE overhaul, not to mention I’m constructing her outfit from head to toe. Dot needs her new clothes as well.

Betty’s the only one who doesn’t need a thing (which fits right in with her no fuss personality), but they all must be ready to go for their debut!


I shall throw myself to the Lions of Rolfe…

I have big dreams. That these dolls that I toil and sand  and sew over will one day be as beloved as Winnie the Pooh and Raggedy Ann. They had to start somewhere! As do I!

So alert the media! Mark the day! I shall be appearing in The Rolfe Public Library for the morning 10:00 coffee hour Wednesday, June 5th. And I’ll bring these cherished dolls with me and will read an excerpt from the book to introduce everything. In my mind, it would be like J.K. Rowling reading from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Shakespeare reading from A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Paul Sheldon reading from Misery! Wait. No, that’s not right….


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