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Happy Birthday, Nikki!

Today is my Shiba Inu (柴犬) Nikki’s birthday!!! She’s a cutie, but she can be quite the rascal too. Here are some photos I’ve taken of her over the past year…

P. S. Very Happy Holidays, Everyone! :D

Nikki July 2013

Nikki & Monkey July 2013

Nikki 1

Nikki 2

Nikki 3

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

★ Don’t forget to check out my graphic novel, The Poet and the Flea!

A new page every Wednesday!

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Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

Tuesday, April 2nd

  1. The Liebster Award: 4th Nomination!
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  3. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  4. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Wednesday, April 3rd

  1. The Liebster Award: 5th Nomination!
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #18: Worked on image research and editing.

Thursday, April 4th

  1. Comics I Admire: “A Space Boy Dream”
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Friday, April 5th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #19: A little bit of editing, a little bit of Facebook-ing, a little bit of photoshopping, and a little bit of mailing.

Saturday, April 6th

  • Hanging out with family today. Went to see Oz: The Great and Powerful, which was pretty bad except for the opening credits and the Danny Elfman soundtrack.

Sunday, April 7th

  • Did a bunch of scanning today.

Monday, April 8th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on first zine.
  3. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Tuesday, April 9th

  1. Keeping an Eye on Expos.
  2. Updated the “Links” page — check out Lewis Manalo’s webcomic MetaMorphosis!
  3. Submissions, submissions, submissions…!
  4. Finished working on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Wednesday, April 10th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #20: Worked mostly on mailing today… I think I put together over 60 packages. Wrote a blog post for the Zest Books official blog about upcoming titles Little Fish and Super Pop! with an accompanying illustration — can’t wait to see this go up online!

Thursday, April 11th

  1. Ran some errands and worked on some preparation for the Cannes/London trip.
  2. Worked on first zine.
  3. Made an account with Storenvy and am beginning to set up my own online store. :)
  4. Went with Wes to an event at San Francisco Film Society. Talked with some of Wes’s former employers and met a filmmaker named Joey who will also be at Cannes.

Friday, April 12th

  1. Zest Books Internship, Day #21: Worked on some cover designs for an upcoming Zest Books title. Everyone really seems to like what I’ve done!
  2. Invited to be an illustrator for an upcoming collaborative project with a small publisher. More details to come!
  3. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  4. Worked on setting up the online store.

Saturday, April 13th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Went to North Beach to eat really tasty Italian food. ( ´◔‿ゝ◔`)

Sunday, April 14th

  • Date with Wes! Went to see The Place Beyond the Pines, which was interesting. Ate Vietnamese food afterwards. (・∀・)
Brief Update 1

Movie Theater on Van Ness!

Brief Update 2

Bun Mee on Fillmore!

Monday, April 15th

  1. Feeling under the weather today. :(
  2. Working on Blake Society talk!
  3. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.

Tuesday, April 16th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Ran some errands and worked on some preparation for my Cannes/London trip.
  3. Thinking of investing in a professionally printed preview zine of The Poet and the Flea to sell online and at expos. Looking into various local printers!
  4. Still trying to figure out London.
  5. Received through e-mail a sneak peak of what The American Pavilion at Cannes will look like (see below). :D
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Wednesday, April 17th

Zest Office 1

Exiled to the boss’s office!

Thursday, April 18th

  1. Interview today on Treasure Island. 
  2. Registered for SF Zine Fest!
Treasure Isalnd 1

Treasure Island is a strange place…

Treasure Island 2

Yep, very strange…

Friday, April 19th

  1. Zest Books Internship, Day #23: Sat in on staff meeting. Created a blog post for Earth Day. Worked on WordPress, editing some content.
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Saturday, April 20th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Helped mom prepare for the art show next weekend.
  3. Did some research on local printers.

Sunday, April 21st

  • Elias’s 1st birthday party! Bit of a strange day… Wes and I went to Gabe’s house to celebrate his son’s first birthday. :) Unfortunately, we didn’t actually get to see Gabe since he had to take his father to the hospital for a broken leg. Later, Wes and I went to The Ice Cream Bar since it was so hot outside and we needed to cool off. Then, we ended up eating at Sunflower Vietnamese for dinner and later had dessert with my folks and Nikki the shiba inu.
Blog 1

View from Gabe’s backyard.

Blog 2

The Ice Cream Bar… again!

Monday, April 22nd

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Ran some errands for Cannes/London trip.
  3. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Tuesday, April 23rd

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Cannes/London 2013: Pre-Travel Planning.
  3. Cannes/London Trip Hiatus!
  4. Working on Blake Society talk!
  5. Jotted some ideas down for a future screenplay. :)

Wednesday, April 24th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #24: Put together some interview questions for Dan. Worked on some button designs in Photoshop.
  3. HOLY MOLY MACARONI! I just received the most amazing e-mail. (A secret for now…)

♪(┌・。・)┌

Thursday, April 25th

  1. Working on Blake Society talk!

Friday, April 26th

  1. Wow, received another awesome piece of news. Can’t really say anything yet, but everything is really coming together it seems!!
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #25: LAST DAY! Finished button designs and ordered them online. The office ladies took us out for lunch, which was very sweet.

Saturday, April 27th

  1. (´∩`。) Watched the first 2 hours of Sundance’s original series Rectify — words cannot describe how incredibly emotional this show is.
  2. “On Paper” at Gallerie Citi!

Sunday, April 28th

  1. Spring Cleaning: Wanted to clean up my room and get rid of a lot of junk before leaving for Cannes/London trip! Now that most of the junk is gone, it should be easier to pack. :)

Monday, April 29th

  • Feeling under the weather today. :(

Tuesday, April 30th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Helped mom with some photos I took of her work for various purposes.

Wednesday, May 1st

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Even put together some important snail mail today!
  3. Ran some errands for Cannes/London trip.

Thursday, May 2nd

  1. Reblogged portrait of me by Matthew Curry
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Finally got my hair cut! Now I feel like I’m almost ready for my trip. (◕‿◕✿)
  4. Correspondence with a recruiter for a potential job.

Friday, May 3rd

  1. Ran around EVERYWHERE today to finish up errands for the Cannes/London trip. Utterly exhausted!
  2. Jotted some more ideas down for a future screenplay. :)

Saturday, May 4th

  1. Today’s motto: 七転び八起き= Nanakorobi yaoki. Fall seven times and stand up eight.
  2. Family Bonding Day! This is the last weekend before I leave for Cannes/London, so spent time with the folks. Ate lunch at a great Puerto Rican restaurant. Finally got to see Girl with a Pearl Earring and Rembrandt’s Century at the de Young.

Sunday, May 5th

  • Date with Wes! Went to see Iron Man 3, which really wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. :) Ate tasty Japanese dinner at Sanraku. Hopefully will see Wes one more time before I leave!

Monday, May 6th

  1. New suitcase arrived in the mail.
  2. Finalizing Cannes/London trip plans.
  3. Continued correspondence with a recruiter for a potential job.
  4. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Tuesday, May 7th

  1. Ran some errands for the Cannes/London trip.
  2. Finalizing Cannes/London trip plans.
  3. Working on Blake Society talk!

Wednesday, May 8th

  1. Ran some errands for the Cannes/London trip.
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Finalizing Cannes/London trip plans.
  4. Working on Blake Society talk!
  5. Jotted down some more ideas for a future screenplay.
  6. Dinner with Wes! :)

Thursday, May 9th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Finishing up odds and ends of Cannes/London travel arrangements.
  3. Packing for trip!!
  4. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Friday, May 10th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Finishing up odds and ends of Cannes/London travel arrangements.
  3. PACKING!!!

Saturday, May 11th

  1. Finishing up odds and ends of Cannes/London travel arrangements.
  2. Flight leaves San Francisco at 7:05 p.m. Will arrive in Nice, France at 6:10 p.m. :D

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 63 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-30 completed, and 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-10 pages of illustrated work in progress.
  • First Zine: 8 pages of illustrated work completed. Zine production pending.

To Do:

  • Continue to work on The First Reich.
  • Finish setting up online store.
  • Continue adding blog content to The First Reich.
  • Complete script for The Poet and the Flea.

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

★ Don’t forget to check out my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea!

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

Monday, November 26th

  1. Recovering! (Details here.)
  2. Did some more research on fellowships/internships/jobs and sent out some more applications.
  3. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Tuesday, November 27th

  1. Didn’t get The Chronicle Books Winter/Spring 2013 Design Fellowship. Depending on how things go, I’ll try reapplying for the Spring 2013 Fellowship!
  2. Signed up with Amazon Studios. Going to try submitting one of my full-length scripts privately and see what happens!

Wednesday, November 28th

  1. Finally, the premiere of The Poet and the Flea!!!
  2. Sketched out a few new rough designs for Fluffernutter.
  3. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!

Thursday, November 29th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Did some more research on fellowships/internships/jobs.
  3. Worked on the second rough draft for Elias & The City of Cats.

Friday, November 30th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Sent out some more fellowship/internship/job applications.
  3. Worked on the second rough draft for Elias & The City of Cats.

Saturday, December 1st

  • Date with Wes! We ran all over the city today. Activities included calendar shopping (“Aw, look at the corgis!”), eating very tasty meals, and going to see the film Hitchcock (while not brilliant, was thoroughly enjoyable).
  • Take a look at the super cute calendar I bought. You can get it here!

Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Sunday, December 2nd

  • Did some more research on fellowships and jobs and sent out some more applications.

Monday, December 3rd

  1. My sister Sydney’s birthday is today! So check out her amazing costume designs: sydneygallas.com.
  2. Worked on the second rough draft for Elias & The City of Cats.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 52 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-10 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

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For more updates, don’t forget to follow me on tumblr and/or twitter.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

★ “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Thursday, November 15th

  1. Worked on The First Reich.
  2. Helped my mom, the abstract painter, set up her new WordPress blog: irenezweig.wordpress.com.
  3. Signed up with Scribd.com.
  4. Signed up with DoodlersAnonymous.com.

Friday, November 16th

  • E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!

Saturday, November 17th

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed Seven Psychopaths. Very clever with brilliant characters, but actually extremely heartbreaking.
  2. Working on The Flea script.

Sunday, November 18th

  • Date night with Wes! (´ε` )♡

Monday, November 19th

  1. Applied to a few more fellowships/internships.
  2. Worked on color samples for Elias & The City of Cats.
  3. Today, was hired for a 4-day cat sitting job by our sweet neighbors Paula and Gabie. They want me to be with the cats as much as possible, so I figure I can earn a little extra cash while having a window of opportunity to do some work. I’m hoping to use the time to make some major headway on The Flea script — like a little writing marathon. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 20th

  1. Another wonderful meeting with Gabe! Showed him color samples for Elias and he seemed rather surprised at how colorful they are, but delighted! Now, I just have to finish up the second draft and then scan and send it all to Gabe so he can tinker around with the text some more.
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Wednesday, November 21st

  1. Ran some last minute errands.
  2. Worked on some special illustration birthday/holiday presents with watercolor and pen!

Thursday, November 22nd

  1. Happy Turkey Day!!
  2. Worked on The First Reich.

Friday, November 23rd

  • Recovering from Thanksgiving…!

Saturday, November 24th

  • Family Bonding Day…!

Sunday, November 25th

  1. Date night with Wes! (´ε` )♡
  2. See additional post here.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 52 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-6 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

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For more updates, don’t forget to follow me on tumblr and/or twitter.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

★ “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Wednesday, October 24th

  1. Uploaded portfolio to this blog.
  2. Requested invite from DreamUp.com (not at all sure how this will turn out…).
  3. Did some online research about zines, printers, etc.
Thursday, October 25th
  1. Working on submission to Fantagraphics.
  2. Continuing to work on some upcoming blog posts and project ideas.
Friday, October 26th
  1. Meeting with Gabe went very well as always. Gabe took the time to cut and paste his entire story, Elias & The City of Cats, into a children’s book format to give me a better idea of what I need to illustrate. From this prototype, I’ll start working on a rough sketch storyboard!
  2. Applied to the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival Screenwriters Competition. Information updated on “Applications” post, here.
  3. Completed submissions package for Fantagraphics. Now, I just have to put in the mail!
  4. Scanned character preliminary design for Elias and Ignis of Elias & The City of Cats. With this design, I was just experimenting with some Commedia dell’Arte (Pierrot & Harlequin) costumes which most likely won’t appear in the final children’s book. But Gabe seems to really like this image and wants to make some t-shirts. Any interest?

Saturday, October 27th
  1. Last night and today, working on rough sketch storyboard for Elias & The City of Cats.
  2. Did some experimenting with animation app on iPad.
Sunday, October 28th
  1. Worked on figuring out the crazy California ballot (so many props!) so that I can vote early tomorrow.
  2. Had a wonderful time with Wes today! Ate dinner at The Corner Store — both had these amazing “Grasshoppers” (crème de menthe, absinthe, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream). Can’t wait to see him again on Halloween! (○゜ε^○)
Monday, October 29th
  1. I voted today!!
  2. Dropped submissions package for Fantagraphics in the mail!
  3. Applied for a part-time writing job. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, October 30th
  1.  Working on rough sketch storyboard for Elias & The City of Cats.
  2. Discovered that my short screenplay Death Is No Bad Friend made it to the Kaos Films British Short Screenplay Competition 2nd Round Qualifiers (announced earlier this month). I have no idea how many rounds this competition is, but does that mean that judge Sir Kenneth Branagh has read my screenplay?  (。♥‿♥。)
  3. Responded to a film director on Craigslist looking for a short screenplay, and got an almost immediate response of interest. Hoping this will be successful!
  4. Sent an e-mail to Scout Books enquiring about collaboration and their Good Ink’s literary line.
Wednesday, October 31st
  1. Completed rough sketch storyboard for Elias & The City of Cats.
  2. Happy Halloween!!!  I had a great time at Wes’s house’s pretty dorky party, even though I don’t think anyone recognized my Daria costume (even though Shannon Woodward and Katy Perry dressed as Daria and Jane without my prior knowledge). Plus, Wes gave me a belated birthday present — meet Charles, the British alpaca!!

Thursday, November 1st

  1. Recovering from last night!
  2. Ran some errands…
  3. Also, my mom’s (Irene Zweig) new postcards (see below) came in the mail!

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 49 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: Began work on the first few pages…!

To Do:

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

★ “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Wednesday, September 26th

  1. Today, did some research about various production companies on IMDbPro.
  2. Worked on inquiry letters. Dropped one in the mailbox and will be sending out a few more soon!

Thursday, September 27th

  1. Continuing work on The Flea.
  2. Went on a date with Wes to the California Academy of Science: Nightlife at the Academy. Saw some amazing sights (jellyfish, baby ostriches, etc.) and had a wonderful time with Wes.

Friday, September 28th

  1. Today, met with Gabe and his friend, Masa — a film director. They asked me to collaborate with them on a screenplay called The Blanks. The concept is really interesting and I feel that I can use my expertise to really flesh out the characters and story. But I think I have to discuss everything further with Gabe and Masa to figure out exactly what they want.
  2. Discussed children’s book further with Gabe. Scheduled next meeting for Friday, October 12th.
  3. Watched the short film and read the short script that Gabe and Masa want me to collaborate on in order to expand it to feature length. Brainstorming ideas!
  4. Reworked my résumé since it needed some updating.

Saturday, September 29th

  • Worked on opening scene and ideas/notes for The Blanks. Sent to Gabe for feedback.

Sunday, September 30th

  1. Today, scanned all completed pages of The Poet and the Flea!!!
  2. Working on cropping scanned pages of The Flea and adding to draft posts on WordPress.

Goals for the coming days…

  1. Draft character designs for Gabe’s children’s book.
  2. Sketch out cover and first 2 pages of The First Reich. Schedule next meeting with Shannon.
  3. Close out GoFundMe.com campaign and launch IndieGoGo.com campaign.

Monday, October 1st

Disclaimer: I do not own this photograph!!

  1. Happy Birthday, Laurence Harvey!  If he hadn’t died of stomach cancer at the age of 45, he would have been 84 today. (Well, at least Larry’s on-screen mom Angela Lansbury is still kicking!)
  2. Tonight, was supposed to attend the h. Naoto Designer Event with Wes, but had to cancel date due to stomach flu. (´A`。)
  3. E-mail correspondence with Gabe.
  4. Working on design for The Poet and the Flea postcards through Vistaprint in preparation for APE (Alternative Press Expo).

Tuesday, October 2nd

[Still sick... (✖╭╮✖)]

  1. Happy Birthday, Mom! My family will be celebrating her birthday and mine (Oct. 19) together later this month. 〜(^▽^〜)
  2. E-mail correspondence with Gabe.
  3. Completed design for The Poet and the Flea postcards and ordered through Vistaprint.
  4. Worked on draft for e-mail to Graphic Ladies!?.

Wednesday, October 3rd

  1. Happy Birthday, Tetsuya, beloved leader and bassist of Japanese band L’Arc-en-Ciel!! You and the band have been going strong for 20 years now, and your fans can’t wait for more. (´∀`)♡ [Watch "In the Air" from 20th Anniversary Live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by3axL-3gjM]
  2. E-mail correspondence with Gabe.
  3. E-mail correspondence with Shannon.
  4. Sent e-mail to Graphic Ladies!?.
  5. Working on adding scanned pages of The Flea to draft posts on WordPress.

Thursday, October 4th

Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

  1. Happy Birthday, Jeremy Blake! This talented American artist would have been 41 today if he had not taken his life after the death of his long-term girlfriend Theresa Duncan. Read more about Blake and Duncan here!
  2. Working on making plans for APE (Alternative Press Expo).
  3. Working on character sketches for Gabe.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 47 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.

To Do:

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Note on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the following images!!

“The Black Brunswicker” (1860) by John Everett Millais

“Isabella and the Pot of Basil” (1868) by William Holman Hunt

“Found” (1865–1869, unfinished) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

One of my more recent obsessions is with the artists know as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, it’s most famous members being John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Like many of my obsessions, the Pre-Raphaelites have been floating around the periphery of my awareness for some time, perhaps years. My interest was peaked only recently (this spring) by the Legion of Honor‘s stunning exhibit “The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860 – 1900,” featuring works by not only the Pre-Raphaelites but also their contemporaries, students, and successors (including William Morris, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, etc.). This exhibit picked up the threads of some other interests of mine, such as Charles Dickens’s companion and fellow writer Wilkie Collins (The Moonstone, The Woman in White, etc.). The exhibit also inspired me to dig deeper into the lives of these eccentric Victorian “Renaissance” men!

An easy way to learn more about the Pre-Raphaelites is through the BBC six-part series Desperate Romantics (2009), featuring a cast of lovely men and women (Aidan Turner, Rafe Spall, and Amy Manson to name a few) and gorgeous period costumes. While at times exuding a contemporary (as in 21st century) feel in the vein of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006), the series is very painstakingly researched yet thoroughly enjoyable to watch. It’s a series I’m just itching to re-watch and show to all my friends.

Aidan Turner as Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Another wonderful way to enjoy the Pre-Raphaelites is through the online comic Pre-Raphernalia: The Pre-Raph Sketchbook Cartoons of Raine Szramski (preraphernalia.blogspot.com). This series is another painstakingly researched yet thoroughly enjoyable journey into the bizarre history of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, with plenty of cameos by Rossetti’s pet wombat named “Top.”

My most recent encounter with the Pre-Raphaelites is surprisingly through the British footwear brand Dr. Martens. Dr. Martens has teamed up with Liberty of London to create shoes and purses featuring William Morris’s celebrated “Strawberry Thief” textile design. My birthday’s coming up, so I’m hoping to get my paws on one of these timeless purses!

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


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