This is my son's favorite animal - he goes to sleepovers and comes with if there are bad dreams that only I can banish from the safety of my big ol' bed. Stuffed animals can get pretty raggedy from all the love, so I've immortalized him, and now he is captured in all his cute - without the grime. Hi, Max!
Thinking about the changing seasons, cooler evenings, being out on the patio again. There are always a couple of weeks each summer when we just ignore the fact that we have a back door, but there has been a shift in the wind. Not cold for ever so long, but a time for lanterns again.
I have enough dishes and silverware to host lots of dinner parties (which I never do). What I do not have, is one place to keep everything. I'm too darned picky since I was raised with antiques all around me. It was the 70s, that was the cheap furniture. Now I don't like things without dovetail joints and a little quality patina.
But I'll design my own furniture! This one would look great in a dark stain with faceted glass knobs or a crackled cream with pinky red ceramic handles. Now if I can just find a bored, impoverished cabinet maker who has a nice pile of furniture-quality wood and nothing to make!
Hope you're having a fun/relaxing/whatever you need this weekend to be! I've spent it being productive and happy - fresh corn for grilling later, finished a couple of fun projects, and just put color to this little guy. He's the star of my...wait for it... Book! I wrote it a few weeks ago, and now I'm busy illustrating. Never did an entire book, and with all wonderful ones in my memory and my bookshelves, I'm a little critical of my work. But I like him today, and he's quite happy waving his flag for everyone to enjoy.
Happy Fourth of July, and for all and any of my onlookers in other parts of the world, I hope you have a wonderful weekend - I won't be selfish ; ).
I have a six year old camera, and still love it. I keep learning new ways to use it, and make my photos better. Only problem is, it came out before charging things with a USB cord was commonplace. And now I've misplaced/misorganized/flat out LOST the charger. I know it's in this house, but beyond tearing everything up, it is not to be found. Oh, and my printer is out of commission, too. So I'm taking pics of things with my phone. A sad, sad state of affairs.
(between you and me, I think my son, Prince Disassembler of All Things Electronic has something to do with it, but he's not talking, and I'm not fond of going under his bed, also known as Where Technology Goes to Die).
So I got online today, and for the low low price of 38 dollars, I will now make this tiny silly nightmare disappear. But whaddaya wanna bet that I find the missing object about a week after the new one arrives?
We all have our weeks, (I've had a bunch all stuck together). Somehow, singing the Fairy Godmother's song from Cinderella picks me right up. So here's the incarnation of my guardian fairy - Bibbi Bobbi Boo!
I discovered last week that a tiny bird has chosen my front door decor as a lovely place to raise his tiny family. Wifey bird is brown-speckled, bright-eyed and does not trust me at all. I think they're house finches, but can't get a glimpse of Daddy bird to see if he's got his orangey red head. The eggs are white and the size of jelly beans.
Introducing two doodles that have lingered in the sketchbook upstairs for awhile (it got cold, and I don't turn on the heat unless we're up there for awhile, or we have company to stay).
The first one is the actual sketch I did of my desktop. It's pretty much the same, except covered in Valentine's cards and empty envelopes today. Organizing everything neatly is N.O.T. my forté. I try, but it's not always a success.
Sketch numbah two is a drawing of the jewelry I rocked in the 70s. Yes, that is a macrame choker and hand-painted letter bead necklace. I loved the choker so much, wore it until it actually choked me to put it on. A sad day. I've more than made up for it with the jewelry I buy now. Still pretty cheap, though. I come from a long line of costume-jewelry queens. Makes it more fun to hunt down the style I want, and pay beans for it. Or make it myself. : )
Kind of wish I could remember the rest of that joke, because I love the punchline.
This fellow is the long-promised BoogaLou makeover. He is a happy little guy, dancing in the starlight. I've probably watched a few too many bad horror movies for even dancing pumpkinheads that I draw to give me the shivers. Booga doesn't, now.
I imagine the things I want to have in my house, to sit on, to hang on my windows, to wear. And then I have to go find them. Usually I get close, but not the exact match to my imagination.
This is my latest invention. So... either I dream about it, or teach myself to sew and embroider, so I can have one. Soft greyish periwinkle wool, dark red stitching on bracelet sleeves and edges of everything, and red and blue pretty plaid as a lining.
My decor for January is always different, last year it was homes and houses, this year it is little birdies. One of my favorite blogs is The Graphics Fairy, because she always has such lovely images collected from far and wide, all scanned in for artists and scrapbookers and cardmaking people to use and enjoy! I printed these two pictures on antique grey laid cardstock, for a grand total of $.95 for brand new (old) artwork.
Can't beat that!
Hope you're having a good January - especially if you are up north and buried in snow just now!
Happy January! I've been lax in returning, but all the -ber months speed by me so fast! 2011 has kind of snuck up on me, as if I'm surprised that the day after December 31st starts another year. So my doodle reflects it. Don't think it quite knows what it's going to do, or where it's headed.
Here's to a new year and hopefully, new adventures!