Well, after I finished sealing some of the toys, she was checking out the finished product and she asked the inevitable question: "Can I play with them?" I hated to have to tell her no, but I had already listed them for sale in the shop; they were product. But I promised her that I would make her some of her own, so she could play with them.
About 20 minutes later came the inevitable NEXT question: "Can you make me dragons?"
How could I say no to that face???
So this past weekend, I designed and cut out wooden dragons for Ellie!
I made a winged dragon and a water dragon.
I tried my hand at using watercolor paint on them, rather than acrylic and spray shellac, rather than the water-based sealer. Using watercolor paint did NOT produce the effect I wanted, so I went back to acrylic and I loved the spray shellac (painting on shellac is awful and I don't recommend it!).
I may just have to make a new category in the shop...Faery Tree Fantasy Collection!