Antlers, crafting and names, oh my!

Hi there!
February always seems to go fast, aside from it being the shortest month, and this one has been no exception. I’ve also been super busy with too many projects all at once. Ever have that trouble? Plus, I’m wondering if you can give me a hand. It’s easy, I just need names! More on that in a moment.

First, if you’ve already spotted the picture you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m posting now. And yes, this particular image has already inspired a lot of “what the heck am I doing?” moments in me, too. Mostly because these are vegan (aka: paper & foil) antlers that I’m using to craft antler chandeliers for our Viking camp. And, I’ve fallen into that trap where if making one of them was kind of fun, then making eight must be WAY more fun, right? (*SPOILER ALERT: it is never more fun. Never. Ever.)

Thus far, I’m 7 antlers in on this project – two of them aren’t pictured because they were sticky with glue. But, at this stage they’re ready for the next step, which is texture paste, then finally getting added to the chandelier frame. I am getting better at making chandeliers and understanding the antler form…which is not something I ever imagined myself saying, but there you have it. If you’re interested, I can share the finished project later. Just let me know. 🙂

Now onto the name-that-character bit and where I’d adore a hand. Perhaps because I’ve also got several writing projects on the go, I’ve been having trouble naming a few of my secondary characters. The main ones I usually have a handle on, but some of the important secondary? Not so much. Which means that currently they have place markers like “insert fabulous name here!” This is for the Regency paranormal mystery series, and I need named for: a troll maid, two (mostly) human sisters, and a ghoul, or at least, I think it’s a ghoul. And I think this ghoul may be female? Not sure about that. What do you think? If you suggest a great name and I select it, I’m happy to send you an ebook version of any of my books of your choice.

And, for that matter, how has your year been going so well? I confess the dark days of January and February take their toll on my mental health, but with the sun this week and last, even with all of yesterday’s snow, the world figuratively and literally seems a bit brighter.

Anyway, thanks so much for reading, and wishing you and yours a great rest of your month. And, as always, the ability to find the magic in our ordinary world.


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