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Not-So-Ready Sadie

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Like all modest girls of her day, Sadie is not quite ready for a full introduction. But I cannot put her off any longer, she at least wants to casually meet you. So here she is:


Her wig isn’t attached, not until her outfit is fully finished. I’m happy with her coat, just not with how it lays.


The lining of the coat and hat is a fun surprise. I iron the heck out of these things. The iron – although you wouldn’t guess it looking at me in the day to day – is my FRIEND. It “vintages” things! I’ve just temporarily lost my Iron Mojo. But it will be back and Sadie will be Satisfied!

I have toiled and toiled over her, and there’s still so much to do! Alas, last Friday I was felled by a mysterious ailment. I suspect Nargles!

I wasn’t able to do anything but groan until Sunday, at which time I worked some more on the art for “Hazel Twigg & the Hollyhock Hideaway.”

No, no! You flatter me! Not the drawings themselves! Apparently, my drawing skills are getting worse!

You be the judge.

Here’s another version of a drawing for the current book by me (it won’t give anything away):

Car door Ruth

Look at that fluidity! Those artful, almost devil-may-care lines! IT’S LIKE A PICASSO!!!

Car door Nina

Yet THIS is what they prefer!

And here’s Nina’s, pre-color:

But! They let me help with the back and forth, where I can say, “No, that’s not quite what I had in mind. How can I make it clearer? Did you not see my sketch?”

Well. One does what one can. In the meantime, back to work. I have an appearance – a public appearance mind you! Not the usual kind where it’s just me appearing for myself in my house (to great applause, I might add) – come Wednesday! My public awaits! In the Rolfe public library! Which seems just the place!

I’m working on my rider. You don’t know what a rider is? Well, you’ll find out.

Oh, how you’ll find out…

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Speaking of Macbeth…


macbeth4aa“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time…”

        ~ quote from act 5 of Shakespeare’s play Macbeth.

Apparently, you just can’t rush perfection. Especially if it’s a little rusty. Look for Sadie tomorrow! And tomorrow, and tomorrow…


Back in the Saddle, Again


I knew there was a sweet face under all that dirt.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATurns out, attempting to make clothes from scratch after a long stint spent brilliantly writing is harder than once thought.


I was right! Her hair inspired the term that would in turn inspire her outfit: “Bohemian Flapper.”
In the meantime, I tied some fabric onto her to keep her decent for her “Work In Progress” photos.


Sadie fabric pull. Which one to choose?


These are the fabrics we initially picked. They have since changed. See? SEE?! THIS is why you NEVER PUT ANYTHING AWAY!! Ahem. Sorry, Mom.

I am furiously toiling trying to get Sadie completed for her big day tomorrow. Wish me luck!


Quick sketch to catch the gist of what we decided her outfit will look like. We’ll see how close we stick to that.