Saturday, December 20, 2014


I've been crocheting up a veritable storm of snowflakes for the past month or so. Today I finally get my fishing line and turn them into ornaments! All gorgeous patterns are from Snowcatcher.

More snowy goodness to come...

Monday, December 01, 2014

homemade advent wreath

Happy Advent! The first week began yesterday, with the lighting of the first candle, which stands for hope. Lord knows everyone can use more of that.

 I was always entranced by the stories of families hiking together in the woods to source everything for their Advent wreath, and then making it together. My husband pointed out that we couldn't do that legally around where we live, so we did the next best thing, with branches from our Christmas tree and seed pods, acorns, and lovely silver twigs from our yard.

Throw in some wire, florist's tape (to hide the wire), and a couple of cinnamon sticks and you are in business.

Did I mention it smells great?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

21 days: jury duty selection sketches

This day's assignment was to draw what you see, for two hours. I didn't quite make it to two hours, but what better place to people watch/stealth draw than jury duty selection?

I was passed over for one trial and the other two settled. Other than having my crochet kit confiscated because blunt kindergarten scissors are a clearly danger to the justice system, it was pretty uneventful. 

The girl on the right twisted into so many contortions that I could have filled a whole page if I thought she wouldn't catch on, but I chickened out.

Quite a few people were asleep. Asleep works quite well for sketching if you like your subjects not to move so much.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

21 days: faces

I know it said #draw21days, but nobody said they had to be 21 consecutive days, did they? I had a lot of fun with this one, as faces are one of my all-time favorite things to draw. 

Getting back into the swing of things. At last. 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

21 days: Cardboard doodles

My family and I have found an incredibly fun hobby thanks to this day's assignment: cardboard doodles! The process goes something like this: get thin cardboard (we used cereal boxes). Draw on it in pencil. Cut it out. Get the markers and pens out and go crazy.

My original sloths...and then they take to the trees. Because of course they do!

This dude takes requests.

My girls are so into this - so far we've had the cast of several Disney movies, flowers, and a certain girl has been making tons of germs to decorate a reminder for Paul's students to wash their hands before their lessons. And her sister's created an adorable sink for them to go with!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

21 days: the eyes have it

This drawing challenge is called "the windows of the soul". If you will recall, that's why Yoko Ono wore dark wraparound specs, so that nobody could see into her windows. But I digress. 

The assignment was to draw one eye as realistically as possible, and to draw the other as design. I decided to grab a mirror and put them both in the same face. 

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

21 days: owlish by design

This assignment was to use reference material to draw just the most basic elements of an owl and create a design or almost a logo from them. So in my world, Pigwidgeon, Errol, and Hedwig all get designer makeovers.

Of course this is not my first foray into owlishness. Remember this one?

21 days: the dinosaurs take their show on the road

This day's assignment was to draw dinosaurs. So I did! My kind of dinosaurs. 

Tutu wearing dinosaurs...

Dinosaurs that get festive with balloons.... 

Tap-dancing dinosaurs...

Blue-suede-shoe wearing dinosaurs.

Those kinds of dinosaurs.