I've made gifts for friends with Hertzfeldt themes, and they're always a big hit. I think my man might get a set of Rejected paintings for Christmas...I'm thinking two canvases, one with the character with blood shooting out of his eye and the other the guy who's getting hit in the face. I would love to see you do that scene with polymer clay, the hit of color would make the whole thing pop (like it does with the fluffball).
Nothing humiliating about that! You gotta take shortcuts when you can or you'll burn yourself out. Great costume, he looks adorable! And if you'd told me the hat was sewn, I wouldn't have known the difference.
That first comment from suddenlysandra made me snoop through your flickr account too...you do lovely work. I'm in awe of the fireplace screen, it's exquisite. If your ornaments took an hour or two (they look great, by the way!), than my mind reels at how long you spent on the screen. So beautiful.
I'm a craft nerd and a literature nerd and I love this for a lot of reasons. It's absolutely beautiful, for one, and I love that you used your daughter's old clothes - she's going to cherish this book the rest of her life. For another, you've written a superb children's book. So many kids books "dumb down" the vocabulary, and you've used some big, tough words for a 2-year-old. Learning to read this book is going to make her smarter and arm your little girl with a nice vocabulary. Congratulations! You're a tremendous crafter, a wonderful artist and writer, and from the looks of it, a fantastic mother. : )
Ever considered trying to be a published author? You definitely have the talent!