Talya the Paperdoll: Part 2

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I created a tiny version of the Talya paperdoll (it literally fits into my hand) and hand colored each of her wigs. I wanted to show you want the end result looked like. If anyone else colors her, feel free to share the pictures with me!



Yes, It’s A Paperdoll…

Hello all!

Well, I live in Vermont. And this fine, fall afternoon I’ve been sitting around watching football. Of course, I couldn’t JUST watch football…

So, I ended up creating a fall themed paperdoll, loosely based on this design by the fantastic paper doll blogger RLC of Paper Thin Personas. (Please, head over and check out her amazing blog!)

Here’s my version:


Kay (Part One)

Ordinary. That was the word that came immediately to mind upon meeting Kay for the first time. Nothing about her stood out and screamed “individual”. She wasn’t ugly, she wasn’t pretty. Just normal.

Today was a day like any other. She was on her way to work, walking at a steady pace and due to arrive ten minutes early, which was her habit. She cut through the narrow gap between two decrepit brick buildings and came out in the back of Harrimon’s Groceries and More. She held her breath as she passed the overly full dumpster and made her way towards the back door.

Years ago, someone had spray painted “Employees Only!” across the top in bright pink letters, mainly as a joke. No one thought it was terribly funny, but then again, nobody bothered to repaint the door either. This entryway would be bustling with penny-pinching customers out to buy a case of overripe oranges or day old bread by midday. All the townsfolk knew that the back way was where the bargains lived.

Eaaayyyyyaaaaaa! A rather indignant wail pierced the air and startled Kay enough that she tripped, falling right into a rather dubious puddle. Oh great! Stupid alley cats! she exclaimed.

Kay scrambled up, trying to brush the mud from her uniform. If there was one thing her boss Brian hated more than tardiness, it was messy employees. She might not have much to show for her 24 years, but at least Kay had a steady income and her own place. Keeping her job was a must.

Then, a second cry filled the air, this one more like a sob. What in the…?? It was most certainly coming from the fragrant dumpster. She might as well take a look. Her shirt was already full of mud, anyway.

To be continued…

This story was scribbled quickly as a writing exercise and for my own amusement. I will continue the story soon. I hope you enjoy it!

Please forgive any errors, grammatical or otherwise, as this is a rough single draft story.

The Happy Award!

I just want to do a shout out for Chocolate High, first and foremost. She made my day by giving me this award. Check out her blog, y’all!


10 Things That Make Me happy

1. Kisses from my HunnyBunnyBoo

2. Reading (I’m a librarian and chronic book-worm)

3. Writing (Journaling… blogging… poetry… stories…)

4. Chocolate (Especially DARK chocolate)

5. Music (It’s the language of the spirit. Please don’t take that as blasphemy… I mean the human spirit.)

6. Friends (My real life friends and my internet friends)

7. God

8. A good chick-flick (Leatherheads, Ever After, or New In Town, anyone?)

9. Sugar on Snow (For those of you who don’t know, its carmelized maple syrup on clean snow.)

10. The ocean! (I was two weeks out of my mother’s womb when I felt the sea breeze for the first time.)

10 People I Want to Give This Award To (just click their names to view their blog)

1. Flavored Paper

2. Mental Meanderings

3. Passport For the Soul

4. Liana’s Paperdoll Blog

5. Paper Thin Personas

6. Shakira

7. The Book of Noha

8. Abbaddon Pyro

9. slpmartin

10. Lakia

Rules to accept the award:

1: Link to the person who gave it to you,

2. List 10 things that make you happy,

3. Pass it on to 10 happy bloggers.

4. Notify the nominees about this Happy Award.

My New Year’s Resolution: What I Plan to Read in 2010– Feel Free to Add Your Book Suggestions

I will be updating this list and crossing out books as I read them. Perhaps I will even post my thoughts on the various titles as they are completed.
1. Jane Eyre: by Charlotte Bronte    I rather like this one! Two thumbs up! And the A&E movie is great too.

2. The Portrait of Dorian Grey: by Oscar Wilde

3. The Awakening: by Kate Chopin  Yuck! officially horrid… I read it, though. Affairs and suicide- what cheery crapola.

4. Heart of Darkness: by Joseph Conrad

5. Things Fall Apart: by Chinua Achebe

6. Walden: by Henry David Thoreau

7. Pride and Prejudice: by Jane Austen Ugh.

8. A Room of One’s Own: by Virginia Woolf

9. To Have and Have Not: by Ernest Hemingway Violent, depressing, and he switches narrators constantly! If it was made into a movie again, the main character should be played by Sean Connery.

10. Republic by Plato

11. The Man Who Laughed by Victor Hugo

12. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

13. The Shack by William Young A very interesting book. My official overall opinion of the book is not yet settled. I have issues with some of the theological components, but at the same time, the message of God’s love is quite profound.

14. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney   Read. About what I expected: a uncool middle-schooler’s survival.

15. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

16. Cracker! by Cynthia Kadohata

17. Schooled by Gordon Korman

18. A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban  A lovely little story about overcoming fear, stepping out of comfort zones, what really matters in life, and how our dreams may not turn out according to plan, but that’s not always a bad thing.

19. Blue Lipstick by John Grandits  Absolutely delightful! A little young for me (about a highschool age girl.) The format is fun! All poetry in different shapes and such.

20. No Talking by Andrew Clements Strange, but a neat snapshot of non-verbal communication.

21. Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm

22. Robot Dreams by Sara Varon

23. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell

24. Beneath My Mother’s Feet by Amjed Qamar

25. Knucklehead. by Jon Scieszka

26. Greetings from Nowhere by Barbara O’Connor

27. Mogo, the Third Warthog by Donna Jo Napoli Suprisingly delightful! By the end I was in love with a sweet baboon and a rebel warthog.

28. Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix Excellent book! But not good to read late at night while trying to fall asleep. I didn’t expect a sci-fi/mystery/thriller… but it was a pleasant surprise! I can’t wait for book two!

29. Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell This one deserves a wow. What a stunning sensitive, yet real picture of the Vietnam War.

30. 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper

31. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

32. Heaven by Randy Alcorn

33. Swimming in the Sea of Talmud by Michael Katz & Gershon Schwartz

34. The Amazing Adventures of the Jewish People by Max I. Dimon

35. ON JUDAISM by Emanuel Feldman

36. TO BE A JEWISH WOMAN by Lisa Aiken


38. The Dark Side of Islam by R. C. Sproul and Abdul Saleeb