Monday, November 2, 2009

Lavender Filled Sachet

Today I made a prototype for my organic lavender filled felt sachets. Currently, I'm rethinking shapes and sizes. This one is about 2.5"x4". Ideally, the edges will be pinked into a zig-zag... or if i leave the edges straight a border of bright ric-rac will be sewn around the pouch.

A Trip Down Memory Lane via Old Sketches...

june 2001, charline packs up a suitcase and moves to nyc.
she misses her friends and spends a lot of time thinking about them.
she makes some new ones that she adores;
but she never forgets about all the fun times she had with her old friends
from snowboarding trips to masquerade balls.
I spent some time this afternoon looking through old sketchbooks and journals. There were a lot of illustrations that shocked me, made me laugh, and even made me tear up a little.

Above are some of the sketches from over the years and miles.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Day 17 of 19 Days

You don't want to know how many trips it took to unload groceries today.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Day 16 of 19 Days.

For a split second, as I came around Hamelin, I was so excited to see Sheener parked outside.
* * *
3 more days!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Day 15 of 19 Days

Your domestic strengths make up for my domestic weaknesses....
(the few that i have. ha)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Day 14 out of 19 Days

No one can top your perfectly crispy bacon and blueberry pamcakes. :)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Day 13 of 19 Days

I've taken over your pillow.
We may have to make a permanent switch in six days or so.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Day 12 of 19 Days.

It is much better not knowing whether you are going to get a completely voluntary foot rub,
rather than knowing you're not going to get one at all.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Day 11 of 19 Days

Now I remember what these gadgets are for...
(we never had a use for these before with you around)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day 10 of 19 days

Some missing things in this week's laundry.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Day 9 of 19 Days

Not sure why mine are either burned or unpopped.
Less than 2 weeks until I'm indulging in half popped kernels.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Day 8 of 19 Days

I've got some great tools but I'm not as confident in my skills as a mechanic.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Day 7 of 19 Days

"Filling up 1 drop at a time"

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Day 6 of 19 Days

Every little thing you do for me like getting my toothbrush ready...

Friday, October 16, 2009

Day 5 of 19 Days

Couldn't resist taking a whiff this morning.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Day 4 of 19 Days

It sure is cold. Maybe I will get a Snuggie. HA! Sike!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Day 3 of 19 Days

I don't even feel like eating pizza rolls by myself. Thank goodness I have dinner plans in Elma.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Day 2 of 19 Days

Tempted to brew a pot so it would smell like you were here for bkfst

Monday, October 12, 2009

Day 1 of 19 Days

"i would actually rather be sharing this cannoli with you, instead of eating your half."

The 19 Days Project.

This is the cover of a 19 day project I started today called:
"19 days of missing you"

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Patterns of Autumn

A new knitting project I started yesterday. A scarf in a seed stitch.

A leaf from a plant in the yard.

Happy Autumn...

Friday, October 9, 2009

A Pumpkin Sketch

I made this little watercolor-crayon sketch this afternoon. Ah, autumn is my favorite season.

Happy Drawing

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Colorful Slug

This is the completed slug in color.

Slug face close up.

Slug with Aster... purple and gold!

happy drawing.

A PNW Icon

Ink (sumi) on canvas paper

The face of a slug

My friend Jill is writing a Pacific Northwest children's story with a character who happens to be a Banana Slug. I was inspired by Jill's story and started this drawing this morning.

This is the first stage of my banana slug drawing. It is sumi ink on canvas paper. I'm really excited to lay some color down; this little guy (well, not so little since he is about a foot long) is going to be very bright.

happy slime trails!

Sunrise Photo Op

This is what I love about early morning.

happy dawn

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Cup of Milk

A tribute to warm milk with a hint of sugar and a dusting of cinnamon.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Sweater Weather

Chlorophyl's last hold on my sun gold tomato plant.

Warm legs in knitted tights.

Ah, fall fashion. One of my wool skirts.

The past week has brought on a change in weather that I have welcomed with open storage bins. I put away my summer skirts, dresses, and blouses; out came my wool skirts, sweaters, scarves and gloves.

Romantic notions of the new season:
Chilly mornings that have my sleepy toes looking for my slippers on the floor beside my bed
The puff of white breath dispersing into the dark
Sipping warm spiced mead with the family
Oven roasted potatoes, parsnips, carrots, onions, and beets
Warm milk with a hint of sugar and a dusting cinnamon before bedtime

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Some Pierogies

Steak, Potato, and Cheese Pierogies.

These are so easy to make and worth every minute.

2 c flour
1/2 c water
1 egg
1/4 tsp salt

Any variation of mashed potatoes. For mine I made fresh mashed potatoes but also added some left over goodies that I had in the fridge:

3 russet potatoes - boiled and mashed
1 1/2 c chopped steak - already cooked
1 c cheese dip - made of parmesan, swiss & cream cheese

Mix the ingredients for the dough together. Knead on a lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth and then let it rest for 30 mins. Roll out the dough to the thickness of a 1/8 inch.

Combine all your ingredients for your mashed potatoes.

Cut out rounds of dough with a cookie cutter or a drinking glass. For 2 inch circles, fill with a generous teaspoon of the potato mixture. For 3 inch circles, fill with a tablespoon of potato mixture. Fold the dough in half and pinch together the sides to seal the filling inside the dough.

Boil for 8 minutes, drain, then brown the pierogies in a skillet with butter & sauteed onions. Serve with sour cream.

happy food!

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Misty Morning

We woke up to find our house inside a moving cloud.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Time in a Bottle II

I completed the rendering this morning. I absolutely love drawing, I don't know why I don't do it regularly....

Sand Septopus

A dear friend of mine is getting married this November. She had always been a supporter of my artwork, especially anything septopus related, and I'll be getting the chance to see her in the next week while I'm in Japan. I'm excited to bring my friend a Char Char Original that she and her soon to be hubby inspired.

Happy Love.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Time in a Bottle

This morning I decided to go back to the basics and started a sketch of a wine bottle. I laid down most of the values for the bottle with my 2B pencil. Now I'm ready to go over it with my B pencil and smooth out some of the choppiness.

Happy Drawing!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sand Sungold Tomato

Happy Doodles.