Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Planner Mash Up

It's a bit of a 'mash-up' today, of Planner
Pages that I've been decorating.  Above, is
the evidence of a more traditional style
planner that is dedicated to Harry Potter
style decorations.  I know, I know. You'd be
surprised how many adults out there are
obsessed. Anyway, I've had the bright
idea to have a 'Harry Potter feast' for our
grandkids this year, and fear I've bitten off
more than I can chew, as the saying goes!

A 'Hufflepuff' themed spread for the week of
Dec. 3-9. Hufflepuff is one of the Wizarding
Houses in the Harry Potter series of books.
Students in the imaginary wizarding school are
divided into Houses for living and educational
purposes. (There are some similarities to
 college fraternities or sororities, but the Houses
are co-ed with separate sleeping quarters.)

Sharing a few highlights today, since I've 
been so remiss in posting.

A few of the October drawings are
some of my favorites...

As we near the end of the year, it gets 
more difficult to write in my Hobonichi, as 
it has gotten quite chunky, and more difficult
to scan or photograph!  It's grown to 
about 2 1/4 inches in thickness.  Maybe
a few too many added layers of

The December monthly pages in this mini
Happy Planner depict the impending Christmas
feast.  I even bought Christmas crackers this
year, which is a first.  Hope they have a nice
pop!  Click on the image, to see details of
the gold gnome in a tutu!

I don't make Christmas Cake myself, but my
son makes fruitcake, so we will have that for
Christmas Eve dinner. I also wanted to make
Treacle Tart, but the granddaughter wants
pecan pie, so we will see if it all gets done.
I made a treacle tart at Thanksgiving, (I just
used Karo syrup and the suggested lemon 
juice) as a kind of practice run, and
 thought that the cookie-like crust 
was a bit tough. Did I knead it too much?
Add too much flour?  Leave me your advise

Linking up for T Tuesday over at 
Altered Book Lover's blog, where we share
our beverage-related posts on Tuesdays.
Stop by to join in, or just visit!  My 
beverage drawings are hidden on some
of these pages. I think I counted six coffee
cups...did I miss any?

Thanks for stopping by...leave me a 
comment and give me your advice on 
making a more tender tart crust!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Fantastic Month

Celebrating Fantastic Beasts for the
month of November

since the movie 'Crimes of Grindelwald'
is out this month.

Having fun drawing lots of 
magical beasts...

a photo-heavy post, because it's
been so long since I last updated this blog.
You've been warned...

One of my favorite characters,
Dobby, the House Elf.

The Hobonichi is getting more difficult to
write in, (and to scan) since the thickness of
the journal is causing a serious curve near
the spine. The binding holds up wonderfully
despite the bulk, but I am now being careful
to not write or draw in that area.  Some folks get
 so excited to begin working in their
 new planners, but I feel a little
 sad to leave this "old friend" behind. It
will go on the bookshelf for looking at from
time to time.

Some might maintain that all felines
can detect suspicious or untrustworthy

I have many favorites from the 
Fantastic Beasts movies, but the Niffler
is so fun! I'm attracted to shiny things too...
just sayin'...

The twiggy little Bowtruckle is
so adorable. He looks fragile, but I 
have a feeling he's tougher than
he looks!

Wouldn't we all love to be able to 
become invisible when the need arose?!

Wishing you all a wonderful and 
blessed Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tales of Camping

Just returned from a short
camping trip to visit
Son and Family...
(click on any image to enlarge)

we are getting to be physically
challenged by sleeping on
air mattresses in a tent!

A peaceful campsite by a river
makes all the effort worth it. Plus
good times with family!

I've been enjoying making Fall
doodles in my Hobonichi...
My daily pages do 'double duty'
as participation in iHanna's
"365 somethings 2018"
daily art project.

Linking up with the T party

P.S.  It ended up that our tent was relatively
dry when we packed up. There's usually
a bit of dampness from the dew, which is
fine. Sopping wet, not so good. This 
time we didn't have to set the
tent back up to dry when
we got home!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Art Journal Days

Sometimes it's a challenge to sit down and
create a blog post, because of being
busy or because of time away...
but wow....a whole month away!?
Time to catch up.

So it's a photo-heavy post today in order
to catch up with all our 'doins'.

Had a nice visit to the Ohio State Fair,
where I sketched at the same time as
other members of Urban Sketchers Columbus.
I didn't really get a chance to spend any
time with the group, but managed to 
touch base with them before everyone 
headed home.

It was a really hot day, but I enjoyed 
drawing in the barns, hearing the Ohio
State Fair choir and band, and having an 
ear of corn on the cob!

What do you do when you have half a page
filled, and then leave the fair?  You've got 
half a page to fill when you get to the 
next fair!  Below, I was surprised to see
that Fulton County, Ohio had procured a 
piece of The Towers for a 911 Memorial.
It also happened to be a day when the 
American flag was at half mast to honor the 
passing of John McCain.  The flag pole 
made an effective 'divider' from one
fair to the next. 

 Oh, did I mention the Tractor Pull on Friday
 night? Hubby loves those events! 
 Daughter and I left him on his own
 after a couple of hours...just a little more noise
and fumes than we could handle. 

Daughter plays the djembe' with her church
praise band, and they played on Saturday
night.  She sang lead on 4 songs...very 
proud of her!

Fulton County Fair, near Wauseon, Ohio.
I seem to have an attraction to bunnies.

We also happened upon the end of a Llama and
Alpaca show.  They had been leading them 
through an obstacle course.  Very interesting,
and the animals seemed quite agreeable to 
jump low obstacles and even walk through
the flaps of a tent!  "Vanilla Ice" (on the right,
above) was a llama that was a creamy beige color
with long curly hair. He had one white eye and
one black eye.  His eyes had black all around
them like he was wearing eye shadow!  I think
maybe his 'nose' should have been longer in my
drawing, but he did insist on moving around a lot.

Daughter and Son in Law are 4-H advisors, and
 there is always a big push before the fair each 
year to plan and create the Fair Booth. The 4-H 
members set up a booth in the Junior Fair Building
to showcase their projects and activities 
for the year. As I was a 4-H member as a kid,
and so were my children, it brings back lots of
good memories.

The trials of livestock and animal ownership...
something got into the chicken coop at the In Laws
farm and killed a bunch of chickens.  We suspected a
weasel or a mink.  Eight (or was it 6?) dead 
chickens with broken necks, but left uneaten. 
 Apparently, whatever it was just killed for the fun of it.
Ugh. So bury the chickens and try to secure
the coop- which for a weasel means no 
openings bigger than 3/8 inch! SIL was
pretty aggravated. Took them all day to apply
additional screen over the chicken wire.

Labor Day spent with family...

I'm back to doing the Hobonichi Challenge
this month, which is a theme of 
"Experiment, Fail, Repeat,"  featuring 
technology and inventions.  A good way to
reflect on science that has changed our
lives.  My grandparents lived in the era that
saw the invention of cars and airplane travel. 
We are living in the Digital Age, and social
media is very impactful to our lives... 
kind of scary to me to realize there is a generation
of kids that would not know how to use a 
rotary phone or manual typewriter.
I'm showing my age!

How many tea bags did you notice?
In addition to my coffee, I've been enjoying
some Vanilla Chai Tea in the mornings. So
I'm linking up for the T Tuesday blog hop
over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's. It's 
been a while, but it's always fun to have a
beverage and see what the blogging friends
are up to. Join us!

*There were six tea bags*

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Fake Journal Wrap Up

April is the month each year that I
create a Fake Journal.  Four months have passed
and I'm just now getting around to posting
a Wrap Up of this year's project.

Stop by my Fake Journal blog,
all of the images from this year's Fake
Journal, and my thoughts on the process.

I think Eccentric is fun,
don't you?