Hello!

This isn’t me. This is the fabulous Annette Kellerman, the original million-dollar mermaid, on location for the silent movie Queen of the Sea. She was a swimmer, diver, dancer, stunt woman, stage star, author, and the first woman to earn a million dollars in film. What started out as curiosity over an unidentified woman in a 1917 photograph became an obsession and inspiration. Sometimes a simple question results in an incredible story. Welcome to my world.

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Hello!

This isn’t me. This is the fabulous Annette Kellerman, the original million-dollar mermaid, on location for the silent movie Queen of the Sea. She was a swimmer, diver, dancer, stunt woman, stage star, author, and the first woman to earn a million dollars in film. What started out as curiosity over an unidentified woman in a 1917 photograph became an obsession and inspiration. Sometimes a simple question results in an incredible story. Welcome to my world.

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Ship’s Log

True stories, tall tales, discoveries, writing, crafting, and curiosities.

What’s with The Dolls, Ellen?

What’s with The Dolls, Ellen?

I own more dolls today than I had in my entire childhood. Blame it on COVID, but what began with creating Peeps dioramas every spring brought me into the world of miniatures, dolls, and Instagram.

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Between the Bookends

Between the Bookends

Between these bookends are books reminiscent of my childhood: Golden books, the beloved works of Robert McCluskey, Trixie Beldon mysteries, and Ruth Dixon’s Bartholomew the Beaver.

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