Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hobonichi Techo ~ Travel and Celebrations

The Hobonichi Techo is the name brand of the Japanese journal in which I write and draw for my 'illustrated diary.'
The Hobonichi brand sells an extensive line of
planners and accessories, and enjoys an almost
cult following of lovers of their products 
The Hobonichi Techo Challenge is a creative challenge
by Penguinscreative originally posted on Instagram,
 in which she comes up with a theme and daily prompts 
for Hobonichi users to draw or write about.

A busy week has passed, as I rescheduled appointments
and prepared to travel out of state to visit family, attend
a play co-directed by my music-teacher-daughter and
attend a high school graduation ceremony.

I usually squeeze in the time to write notes in my 
journal, adding drawings and doodles later.

The fruit challenge this month has really made
my pages colorful and fun.

It was a long drive to Tennessee to attend my
grandson's Fifth Grade graduation ceremony. Hubby
had to work, so I was on my own. I was
surprised at the formal ceremony, because it isn't
something done in the area where I live.  However, I think
it encourages the students to look forward to graduating
from high school. So that's certainly a good thing.
No caps and gowns, but everyone was dressed up
and there were helium balloons, flowers, and a 
very nice awards ceremony. I'm so glad I got to attend!

This is one of those pages where I wish there had been
more room to write and draw! Very proud of 
my grandson, who is 11. (but looks so much older!) 

I discovered on the drive back to Ohio that listening
to an audio book makes the time pass much more
quickly and enjoyably! It was actually a title that my
grandson had read, and features a 'steampunk' kind
of alternate universe. Fun stuff.

On Friday, I drove to Northwest, Ohio where my
daughter teaches music. Some of her students were
performing two different one-act plays.  Since I hadn't
been to any of her programs this year, I wanted to 
attend.  The plays were funny and well done, and the
venue was quite interesting.The Fayette Opera House, which my daughter explained had been built for the 
old Vaudeville days. Still needs some restoration, but
so inspiring that the community is working to 
keep it going and make improvements.

I discovered that some of her students have
been looking at my blog. As my daughter was doing
theater make-up for her students, I thought it would
be a good time to do a little work in my journal.
"Oh, is this the famous journal?!" asked one of the students.
"Famous journal?" ah, um, yes. I didn't know it was famous
in Fayette, Ohio... Lots of interesting questions followed.
So surprising to find that they were even interested...
I guess it's a good reminder to keep in mind the impact
of the images and words that you put out there on 
the internet! You never know who is seeing it, and it's 
one very good reason to keep things positive.

Then there was High School Graduation on Sunday and a 
very nice family gathering afterwards for my nephew.
The school happens to be my Alma Mater too. I 
remember being so glad to move on to college! And
did I mention making 'Buckeye Candy' for the party?
They are truly decadent. But sooo yummy!

Linking up for T Tuesday over at Bleubeard and
Elizabeth's blog, where we share a beverage and
a chat about whatever is on our minds. 
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh, what happy travels you've had! I so enjoyed hearing about all your family visits and celebrations and I'm not surprised at all surprised to hear you are famous with all your fabulous drawings and words you create! ๐Ÿ˜‰ On that note, I love the "Live, Love, Laugh! ... find your happy" quote you included on your pages ๐Ÿ˜. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. I love your famous journal, too, it is always really beautiful, and so lovingly made. Glad you had a nice trip, and were able to see your family in action, and be proud of them for their achievements. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  3. you certainly had a busy week! Congrats on having a famous journal:):) It should be anyway- your drawings are the best- and the fruits on these pages-wow! Happy T day!

  4. This is a delightful post, Dianne. You are right that the fruit makes it quite colorful, but i enjoy it all, including the pieces you add later. You must really be proud of your grandson. I was surprised because here (where there are no graduations until high school) 6th grade is when the kids go from grade/grammar school to middle school. Then it's 7th and 8th grades for middle school and 9th through 12th is high school. I know some states have graduations, but it seems like your grandson won a LOT of accolades.

    Thanks for sharing your week with us in your Hobonichi techo journal with us for T this Tuesday. So glad those kids like your blog and journal.

  5. Hi wow a very very busy week for you-glad your trip was good-as always I love your pages!! Hugs Kathy Happy T Day

  6. Your journal pages are always so special, I am not surprised to read that you famous for them . Glad to read you had a good time with your family on your travels this week, you must be pleased you were able to get to share their achievements.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

  7. I just love looking at your famous journal. You certainly nailed the fruit challenge. The fruit looks fresh and good to eat. Congrats to your grandson and his achievements. Happy T Day

  8. Yes, you never know whose watching huh? :) What a fabulous time you had. Kids do grow up fast don't they... Thank you so much for sharing your travels with us... Big T day hugs! deb

  9. now i see why i missed you last week... you were busy with life!! i really admire how you nevertheless find the time for daily sketching. all these fruits make the pages look so summery! i adore your style. and i especially like how you drew the Hand Holding the Kumquat, as i think drawing Hands is really hard to master!
    have a nice week (and belated happy t-day;))

  10. Your illustrated diarypages are such works of art! Perfection in every detail!
    Great that you have seen your family - ♥♥♥-
    Happy T-Day!

  11. Wonderful family visits with your famous journal. Which deserves to be famous, BTW. ;)

  12. Wow, you've had a full week, Dianne. I don't know how you keep up with your beautiful journaling with so much going on. I agree that the exotic fruit challenge really makes for pretty pages. Also very interesting I bet. That's pretty cool that your daughter's students were interested in journaling and your "famous journal" - lol.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  13. Wow! I've been scrolling back and to in awe of your wonderful art work and lettering! Sounds like a very busy week for you! Hugs, Chrisx

  14. How did I miss this fruit filled collection. Dianne, they are a lot of fun, and are actually making me want a big bowl of fruit salad. Hope all is well. And I haven't forgotten about you. Hugs-Erika


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