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Each little monster is hand‐sculpted, unique, and waiting to be adopted!

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      And this is my retreat post for today! I haven’t said a lot about the actual work that’s accomplished there, because that’s so much harder to explain than, say, the garden. But the retreat has been the source of some really gorgeous art and writing. I’ve seen a lot of it since then, in galleries and even in a theatrical event that defies simple explanation. As always, info and applications are at Waywardladies.com

      11/30/16

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      Okay, look. There’s something very significant I haven’t talked about when I post about the retreat. We happen to have, no joke, the finest example of dogkind you’ll ever meet living with us at the house. This is Alma, and she’s an important lady. Do you know how hard it was to whittle down my extensive Alma photo collection down to JUST THESE TEN? It was painful, frankly. Alma knows the best paths to and from the beach (go ahead and follow her, she won’t lead you anywhere weird) and can disassemble a tennis ball (or a tennis-ball-like dog toy that claims to be “mega tough”) in under five minutes. 

      Just thought everyone should know about this as they consider whether or not to apply to the retreat. 

      11/28/16

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      Very rough progress on pieces for a show in the spring.

      11/27/16

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      The shop is SUPER FULL of stuff! I’ve got fillimanders in sky blue and sparkly galaxy, I’ve got Gods of Small Wonders, all four enamel pin designs (which work especially well as sets of two, if you ask me), and SO MANY Beastlies. Like a whole crazy bunch.
      It’s all going to go live at 2pm PST today.

      11/25/16

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      I’m going to take a break from getting Beastlies ready for the shop to make a Wayward Retreat post. It’s Thanksgiving, so the theme of this one is food!

      The retreat house has a huge, incredible garden. Herbs, peas, spinach, kale, various other salad greens, garlic scapes, and all kinds of berries are usually in season when we’re there, and we tend to make good use of them. The nearby beach is choked with oysters, so those of us who love oysters usually eat as many as we can gather, in as many different ways as we can come up with. Other ingredients (like chicken, eggs, honey, seafood, etc) often from neighbors and other local sources. Basically, we eat there the way I wish I always ate. As always, info and applications can be found at the Wayward site.

      Anyway, hope all of you are having a nice day, whether it’s a holiday where you are or not.

      11/24/16


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      This is why I have to keep the shipping supplies behind a closed door.


      11/22/16

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      Time for another post about the Wayward creative retreat for women. The theme of this photoset is “What’s the house like?” It’s like this! Well, this is sort of more like the house’s soul than its layout…

      All the info about the retreat, plus how to apply can be found at the Wayward website!

      11/22/16

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      If you were wondering where all the artists are the day after DCon, try the Guillermo Del Toro exhibit. So great to hang out with @sawdustbear, @nana_porcelain, and @oddfauna today! And we even ran into @chrisryniak and @amandalouisespayd. Naturally. (at LACMA Guillermo del Toro Exhibit)

      11/21/16

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      (Photo reposted from @sawdustbear)

      Thank you so much to everyone who came to say hello at DesignerCon over the weekend! It was a really great show.

      The good news is that I (for once) did a decent job of figuring out how many resin figures/etc to make, so I DO have some of EVERYTHING left to put online. Yay! I’m going to spend a few days getting everything ready to go in the shop, but let’s say Friday will be the day. Black Friday, makes sense, I guess.

      If people are interested, I think I can put up significantly more Beastlies than a normal update, IF I forgo the descriptions this time. Maybe that’s a good way to go this week, to kick off holiday season stuff.

      11/21/16

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      Splitting a convention table with Shing: 3pm is tea and cookies time.

      11/20/16

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