I’m going to go ahead and file this one under “I do it to myself.” See, I got it into my head that we needed an advent calender, mostly because I was always jealous of the kids who got to eat chocolate every morning of December. Then, I figured that I would just make one. Then I had to go and make it all complicated. So, here is my current design, patiently waiting to be realized in my holiday crafting material of choice: felted wool from old sweaters. Each of the 25 thingies (everything other than the tree itself) will be a pocket for some kind of tiny treat. Hmmm… I guess I’ll need to have room for two tiny treats in a year or two. Oh! That reminds me! I also have to make a new stocking for baby, AND a birthday banner in time for her quickly approaching first birthday! Good thing I have a lot of sweaters.
Huh. I guess I thought it was Mothers’ Day, but it’s really Mother’s Day? Weird. In any case, I hope it was happy. I’m not sure what it means that I chose to mark the day with a drawing of my mom’s most feared animal (actually, it’s probably a toss up between bears and sharks). Sorry, Mom. I’m sure you’d have nothing to fear from a mother bear, though… especially if she has her cubs with her. Oh. I just made myself feel a little sick thinking too much about bear attacks.
I spent way too long trying to dapple these bears with sun, but it ended up looking more like mange, so I gave up for now.
Happy winter solstice! I had nothing going on in the idea department this week, so here is a husband-suggested drawing. We finally got a nice layer of snow to hibernate under here in New England – just in time!
The best thing about having a toddler around Hallowe’en is that you get to eat all of his or her candy. The worst thing is that, to get all that candy, you have to convince the toddler to wear weird stuff, sometimes on his or her head. This bear is wearing the alien hat that my mom and I made Doodle for last Hallowe’en. The thing has never been on Doodle’s head. He absolutely refuses. So, now my bear Bob (inherited by Doodle) wears it most of the time.
The rest of the story here is that Doodle regularly asks to hear stories about going up into space in a rocket with various toys of his. He sleeps with a goat named MaaMaa who gets to go in the rocket most nights. I always get all excited, thinking he wants me (um, Mama) to go with him. Then he corrects me like I’m some kind of fool. Humph.
Happy Thanksgiving, Canadians! Happy Columbus Day (still trying to figure out what exactly this is), Americans! Go eat an apple pie! I know that a lot of people get all worked up about turkey, but – hello? – pie? And what about the stuffed potatoes? The butter tarts? Did I mention pie? You’ve gotta love a holiday completely centred around eating. Oh, yeah, and the whole family, togetherness, thankfulness thing, too.
Last week, I had a customer send me a nice message explaining that the print she was buying would be a Christmas gift for some friends. So, that got me thinking about holiday cards for my shop. Just because I’m not on top of… anything, I guess other people are. Anyway, here is my first (insert winter holiday) card design. I would like to think that the rabbit is giving the fox a nice, thoughtful gift (hand knitted rabbit-fur scarf, perhaps?), and not simply an offering of “please don’t eat me” food. There aren’t many places to hide in that snow globe.
Speaking of Christmas on Etsy, I’d like to recommend my friend Kris’ brand new shop for all of your throw pillow needs. I got to see her inventory in person this week and was so impressed with the quality and cuteness of her creations.