summer 2022

And, once again… It’s been a while.

As the rest of the planet remains neck deep in its continual (and tedious) meltdown, my own focus remains self-care and self-preservation.

My art has been selling at the splendid shop The Village Quire, and I’m getting items ready for Halloween and Xmas. This is my top goal right now. As is adding a few local shops to the list of places that feature my miniature worlds. At some point, I’ll gather my pieces in a book, but I’m in no rush… A calendar for 2024.

Other goals include a new book. I’m aiming for a release around Halloween 2023.

I’m no longer putting unhealthy pressure on myself to get a book written quickly. I didn’t think I’d write another one, but then this one came to me, and it’s going to be an enjoyable project without a doubt.

I’m toying with the idea of a yearly publication that would be called Petits Fours: Fine Diableries for Select Individuals. I think this would be interesting, but it’s still an “if.” The first issue wouldn’t be published until around end of April 2023.

I had a lovely birthday and took lovely photos to celebrate (including the author photo on the back of Doll Witch).

I love that white dress so much. It’s like wearing a cake.

Speaking of which, I have been baking cakes on a weekly basis.

It’s part of my Easy Bake Oven life philosophy. Note: I recently acquired a fabulous vintage olive green Easy Bake, exactly like the one I adored when I was a kid. It’s on display next to one of my favorite Silly Sculpts—a girl wearing a pretty dress, holding a cake, with cook book behind her. Perfection.

I have also been enjoying my new Nicoletta Ceccoli tarot deck, and general witchery. In a way, I’ve come full circle, except I’m much happier these days. My tarot and witchcraft are for me and close ones at the moment… Eventually, I’ll expand my practice to include a limited list of clients.

My main social media platform is, as ever, Twitter. I share pictures on Instagram once in a while, but I still can’t stand that platform and its wretched algorithm (which makes the feed virtually useless; I don’t even try to keep up with it) and censorship. I did join Pillowfort as a kind of backup. Otherwise, I’m on Patreon.

I recently added a small inverted pentagram on my right arm.

You can’t tell from the photo, but the pentagram is a sweet shade of pink.

So that’s what’s been happening. Mr P and I are keeping to ourselves and very much living our quiet Lair Life, away from the turmoil and noise.

Stay tuned for my upcoming miniature world art pieces. I’m working on my 80s-esque “Boom Box” world right now, and then I’ll turn my attention to “Candy Pumpkin.” After that, “Festive Tree” and other Xmas-themed worlds.

spring forward

Yes, it’s been a while.

Things had been improving last autumn, then Omicron hit, and things promptly went right back down the toilet. Restaurant reservations disappeared during the holiday season, then dining rooms shut down yet again at the start of January. Just when Mr P was set to go back, the Crackpot Crapvoy arrived and it was another month of hardship for us, waiting for the lunatics to get cleared away from downtown while various levels of government (Gong Shows) demonstrated their utter uselessness and absurdity.

Then our situation radically improved when Mr P was hired (on the spot, and he started the day after his interview) somewhere closer to home, away from the downtown core, with good hours, a good work environment. We’d hoped his previous workplace would come through with its promises of better conditions, and its failure to do so, especially after what we’d just been through, was the absolute last straw.

Slowly but surely, we’re beginning to recover from the whole sordid mess that was 2020/2021 and the first months of 2022. Needless to say, I am actively ignoring “the news,” better described as “your misery is our business” (there is no other way to describe their so-called purpose).

Right now, my focus is increasing my miniature world art portfolio.

First, I had to do some clearing and reorganizing and getting my personal environment back in order, as it were. Now I no longer feel that horrid “I sat on the couch for almost two years, holding on to the shreds of my sanity because it was all I could do” feeling when I look around my home. The mere fact that I had the energy to sort out my library and dust shelves and get rid of this and that was profoundly therapeutic. I sorted my closets, mementos, journals, photos… I love it when my treasures are “just so.” I love it when things are carefully, neatly organized.

I exorcised 2020/2021/2022 right out of the house. It was necessary to my well-being and creative process.

Baby steps.

It’s with unspeakable joy that I can share the following: my art is available at the exquisite shop The Village Quire.

This photo was taken in March; the snow has since melted, I’m happy to say.

And here are my journals, and a signed and framed 16X20 print of Hot Chocolate.

This lovely raspberries mug was next to my Hot Chocolate print; I brought it back home as a memento the immense joy of seeing my work at The Village Quire gave me.

Molly told me that someone who was very interested in the framed print had taken a photo of it! That made me indescribably happy.

I have my sights set on pendants at Sérénithé next. As I said, baby steps.

My goal now is, as I said, to continue increasing my portfolio and have cards etc ready in time for Halloween and Xmas. I want to create happy miniature summer worlds.

My social media activity is at a minimum, where it will stay. My main online “art activity” platforms are Patreon, and this website. I am much more interested in selling my art locally than online (most online shops targeting creators are “design and promote our products for us and we’ll give you a nickel for every dollar we rake in” rackets). I have lost interest in time/energy-sucking virtual thingamabobs. Social media’s message to artists etc that we “must” have an “online presence” and be a “brand” is total poppycock. They can take their algorithms and shove them where the sun doesn’t shine as far as I’m concerned.

I own my time, my life. I have had it with digital El Dorados and tedious “social” soapboxes.

I’m aiming for Xmas re: my first local market table. In the meantime, having my little art cart at a couple of select local festivals is a possibility.

When things are more “regular” again, I want to draw at places like Café Mulligan every week.

Analog and local are my modus operandi.

Here are portraits I took before the holiday season… That red velvet dress is so beautiful.

A more recent photos, featuring another delightful dress.

I am very much ready for cheerful strawberry dresses and so on… Waiting for warmer days.

Today, miniature worlds art, listening to favorite CDs and vinyls, and being devoted to myself and all that I love and enjoy. This is my priority.

I know what I want and need in life more than I ever have. Anything that’s not on my list of priorities simply doesn’t matter to me anymore.

What matters to me is living deliciously, on my terms.

delicious, deluxe miniature art

I’ve been creating, and creating. Soon I’ll have all the elements I need to put together the gift bags I’ll bring to local shop owners when I ask them if they’d be interested in featuring my work in their stores…

I recently created my first deluxe art journal. I used my piece Hot Chocolate; closeup details on the front, the entire piece on the back. Fine paper, a thick, creamy #80 covered white paper, so smooth and beautiful. The cover has a velvety matte finish, absolutely lovely.

I’ve also been creating signed, framed prints.

These are 8X10s, signed with pencil for a soft look.

And here’s a 16X20 framed poster print, signed with a silver pen.

Although I’m primarily focusing on local sales, eventually I’ll have an exclusive selection of items on my Square shop

I have one original piece there so far, but soon I’ll have some of my journals and signed/framed prints available on Square. I’m taking things one slow step at a time.

I’ve created a second business card, this one featuring that portrait of me wearing my pink damask dress and holding a copy of my Hot Chocolate journal.

I thought it would be a nice touch to add an “artist portrait” to my gift bags etc. Also I adore that dress, the white lace choker around my neck, the stocking with pastel bows… It goes very well with my miniature world art.

I want my art to have a fine, luxurious gourmet chocolate quality: a sweet, special candy indulgence. Sumptuous yet fun and whimsical.

I’m working on two more 8X10 canvas pieces at the moment, Pride Rainbow Cake, and Candy Pumpkin. Also I’ll be working on a series of little framed originals, on watercolor paper; the frame is 4X6, the art 3 1/4X4 3/4. I want to do a series with Hoppy Bun in the sky with a variety of balloons, surrounded by a few clouds, like in the first canvas piece I ever did with Hoppy Bun:

The art will be tiny… Hoppy Bun with all sorts of fun balloons, floating in the sky.

Ah yes, and there will be more miniature art pendants soon as well; I’ll have a selection on Square.

Otherwise, things have been evolving… Many adjustments, but life keeps improving. By the spring of next year, everything should really be quite good.

Here’s another portrait I recently took, with my magical black lace babydoll and delicious “let them eat cake” necklace.

This embodies the mood I’ve been in: living deliciously.

More art news etc in the near future. As usual, my marvelous Patreon members see it all first. I also have a Ko-fi now. The support and enthusiasm of those who savor my work has been a precious treasure in too many ways to count.

I can hardly wait to start creating Festive Season miniature world art… Not much longer before I focus on those pieces.

Life has been a little less grim lately, hasn’t it? Let’s hear it for 2022 being wonderful.


Even though the region where I live has begun its fourth wave, I feel better and better each day. I’m less anxious, my energy is progressively returning.

Mr P and I are fully vaccinated. We got our second shots in July. I had a stronger reaction to the second shot than to the first, but I didn’t mind in the least.

Around three weeks ago, I began venturing in the outside world again now and then, doing little errands during the quietest times of the day. It’s been going well. Quebec has instituted a vaccine passport and I couldn’t be more thrilled about this.

Soon, I’ll set up an online store using the Square platform. I’ll have miniature world pendants, signed postcards, journals, original pieces, etc. Stay tuned.

My hair finally got evened out by my hairdresser a couple of weeks ago; now it’ll just keep growing until it’s chest length.

I continue collecting lovely dresses, necklaces, frilly socks… Selling miniature world art while looking like a doll are two things that go very well together.

Here are a number of portraits I took of myself these past few months. Depending on the light, my hair looks darker or lighter… It’s a kind of golden chestnut color with touches of shimmering silver white. In most of the photos below, it looks dark. I decided against getting it dyed.

And here, after getting my hair evened out at the hairdresser’s. In this light, it’s closer to my natural color. She took off a little bit (I’d hacked off two inches of split ends and blarg myself, you can see the results of that in the fourth and fifth photos), and now it’s much better behaved. I’m going to see my hairdresser every four months or so to get the ends trimmed, but otherwise, it’s going to grow and grow.

More art soon.

Late summer is a wonderful time of the year; so tranquil. I’m also looking forward to autumn. I’ve started adding fall dresses to my wardrobe, a lot of plaid, more florals, lace… It’s immensely enjoyable.

I’m not much for makeup, but lip gloss appeals to me. Next spring, I imagine I’ll be able to wear some when I bring my art to local shops…

Slowly but surely.

new Rubber Clown Car album now available

You can now purchase a digital copy of the fabulous new Rubber Clown Car album on Bandcamp! Featuring the album cover I created for it:

I’ve also added the piece to my Redbubble store.

It looks great on all kinds of things, like prints and posters… And this marvelous tote bag:

Since it’s June and Pride Month (warm wishes to all my fellow asexual, bi-romantic, genderfluid queers, and all my other rainbow friends), I’ll be working on my Rainbow Cake miniature dream world. Stay tuned.

Here I am wearing my white H&M dress, which I’ve dubbed the Holly Hobbie wedding dress. It’s like wearing a cloud. It’s longer on me than on the tall model (I’m just 5’3″), and I’m going to pair it with my old fashioned burgundy booties.

I have a number of other lovely dresses and accessories on the way. My traditional birthday photo session (later this month) is going to be a massive amount of fun this year. I’ve always gone back and forth between tomboy and petite doll looks, and after years of favoring my tomboy side, I’m now very much in the mood for petite doll.

Once I’ve had my second Pfizer shot (it was supposed to be at the start of September, but it’s going to happen sooner, announcements will come this week), and I feel okay leaving the house again to do regular things, I’m going to get my growing hair evened out at the hairdresser’s, and I may well get it dyed strawberry blonde, which is what it looked like when I was little. It would be fun, and I’m in the mood for fun.

Root Beer Malt Shop, Rubber Clown Car album cover

Last month, I finished my piece Root Beer Malt Shop.

It’s been added to my Redbubble shop.

After that, I completed the cover for the upcoming Rubber Clown Car album, “Go. Do.” It will soon be released on Bandcamp, followed by CD baby. Digital, then physical copies will be available.

This summer, I’ll be focused on creating more miniature world art. Towards the end of the summer, and this fall, I’ll be busy preparing myself for local holiday markets… And I’ll be making more cabochon pendants featuring details of my miniature worlds.

Creating these pendants has been a source of great pleasure to me. I package them like sweet treats, little cupcakes. The outside world things I’m interested in, and which I haven’t done in a very long time, are meals with loved ones, going to favorite record stores, bookshops… And selling my art locally. Artist markets, local specialty shops. I’ll be ordering special edition journals next, among other items.