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Still Life with Toy Soldiers

There are battles being fought in my sister’s kitchen. There’s constant combat,  and heavy weaponry. Military strategy abounds. I never know what to expect when I visit – except some interesting new tableau on her counter.

My sister loves to decorate for holidays. To the insurgents, of course, this merely creates advantageous cover.  Meanwhile, I have become a domestic wartime journalist documenting guerilla attacks in the midst of all this cheery decor.

War is never simple, but there is a mastermind behind all this – my youngest nephew. The photo above is a counter tableau created by me explaining how to turn the coffeemaker on in the morning since he is always the first one up. After all, you know how it is during wartime. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get your early morning brew.

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  1. Ha ha ha ha I love the star wars figures with the easter bunny.

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hey Paula! Thanks for swinging by. :) I took so many shots of my nephews action figures. We had a lot of interstellar activity in my sister’s kitchen that Easter… ~Tui

  2. Sheila Octaviano Sheila Octaviano

    Those are some cute pictures. The toy soldiers are much more detailed than the ones I remember. Very nice blog!

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Oh, yeah! These toy soldiers have articulated joints. They are so much fun to pose. I love playing with them! :)

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