counting down

advent blog

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.

solstice celebration

hibernation-blog

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 other day I had 37 crows in my backyard at once!  The squirrels looked on from a distance.

a place for everything

kidshelf-blog

While looking at my new galleries last week, I thought that the three “Shelves and Cabinets” drawings looked kind of lonely, so I decided to add to their ranks.  There is something very satisfying about well-organised kid stuff.  So far, we’ve managed to avoid the “more kid stuff than you have space for” trap, even in our little apartment (the same cannot be said for our grown-up stuff), so all of Doodle’s toys, etc., actually go to the proper place before bedtime.  Luckily, Doodle is still young enough to think that this is an okay game, too.

PS – Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!  I hope you enjoy your turkey/tofurky, football, parade… and then that freaky shopping thing you do on Friday.  Don’t get hurt.

open for business

“Ho, ho, the mistletoe…”  Oh no.  As soon as I started drawing that mistletoe (okay, more like as soon as I googled it to see what the stuff actually looks like), I started singing Christmas songs.  Not good.  Yes, I am drawing some Christmas stuff already, but that’s solely for the benefit of those freaks who have actually started to buy Christmas cards from my shop (no offense intended to any freaks who are already Christmas shopping), not for my own pleasure.  I mean, it’s not like I’m already planning my Rockefeller/FAO Schwarz trip, or pouring over Etsy for the perfect gifts (it’s strictly research).  And it’s not like I already have a Christmas wreath on my door or something (for your information, it’s a seasonal wreath).  Seriously… freaks!  “I don’t know if there’ll be snow…”

canadian veins

I always get a little homesick around this time every year, because fall is my favourite season, and nowhere does fall like Canada.  The leaves are just starting to turn here in CT, but it’s been a little too warm and wet to really enjoy the season.  Also, around here, apple pies don’t seem to just appear, which has been known to happen at my mom’s house.  We do have a pretty intense schedule of apple festivals and corn mazes coming up, though, so not all is lost.

My drawing this week is a little different from normal, because I’m revisiting (um, okay, finally visiting) my print Gocco and have been thinking about designs to print.  I’ve been a real Gocco wimp so far, and I think that almost a year of drawing in Photoshop, where nothing is permanent, is to blame.  The thought of using up my screens and flashbulbs is scary!  Hopefully I’ll have a nice printed leaf journal in my shop soon.

global warming

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.

how to recognise a gnome house, part 1

When I was little, I spent a lot of time in the woods (and still do, when I have the chance).  Much of that time was spent looking for little houses belonging to gnomes and other small woodland inhabitants.  I figure that I should really pass on what I have learned about identifying their natural habitats.  A D&H PSA, if you will.

Check on Wednesday for part 2: the legend.

among the fiddleheads

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Finally! The giant hedgehog makes his triumphant return! I guess you can’t really tell how giant he is, so you’ll just have to take my word for it (I guess those ferns are pretty big, too). And what’s the deal with this girl? Does she know he’s there? Does he know she’s there? What is she reading? Where is her other leg? So many questions! I’ve long been a fan of hedgehogs, but am just now noticing that lots of other people are, too. Hedgehogs abound!

Speaking of hedgehogs – I snagged another Etsy treasury this afternoon and dedicated it to them. Check it out! This one expires Saturday at 11:07am.

And while you’re there, check out this treasury curated by art4milkbones. I’m featured! Hurray!