Monday, August 12, 2019

T is for Tiger and Toucan

For the month of August I'm doing the 
Hobonichi Challenge art prompts: 
"It's a Zoo Out There!"
What fun to draw animals, some that
I have never seen. Thank you Internet
for reference photos for art!

I think I may have used this same photo 
before to draw a sea otter.  I think he's so
adorable floating on his back, looking so

Sun Bear and Red Panda. Cute little
face on the red panda...

Yes, I work in more than one planner...
and multiple sketchbooks too. After all, 
it's not hoarding if it's sketchbooks! ha ha
The top planner (red) is the Hobonichi A6,
in which these little watercolors are 

Had to add a fun photo of one of my daughter's
flower beds.  It's beside their basement steps, 
hence the reason for the fence. I said her flowers
looked so much better than mine! She admitted
she's been putting on fertilizer every week. 
Maybe I need to take a page from her book!

The summer has flown by so quickly! Just 
thought I should add some pretty blooms
to the blog before they're gone. 

Linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth
for T Tuesday. Stop by for a beverage and
a chat. Can you find the coffee cups that
I doodle on my pages nearly every day? 
 Gotta have coffee before I do all the things.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Paper and Paint

This is the result (above) of a doctor's visit.
You know the little gowns they give you to put on
for a 'physical?'  This one was like paper towel.
In my defense, when left unsupervised, I can
usually entertain myself with a pen and paper.
yes, I drew on the hem of the paper gown.
But this paper was more like paper towel, so I
had to be careful not to punch the pen right 
through it.  The time spent waiting on the exam
table went much faster, and i was able to ignore
the chill of the room while I waited. No unusual 
problems (except the relative eccentricities of an artist)
just having to do a regular 'check-in'.  The Physician's
Assistant asked if she could have it. Wonder if it
will end up on the Break Room bulletin board?

In other news, our son and daughter-in-law 
purchased their first house, and we went to help
them paint rooms before they moved in. I don't
usually show photos of myself, but I was rather
proud of  managing the above space. This
is me painting in the niche above the fireplace.
I believe a television goes there. It was just deep
enough that I couldn't reach it from a ladder...
Since I have a fairly steady hand, I "got to" paint
around most of the trim!

On the way home, this is our first traffic jam encounter.
There were several traffic jams that day, but at
 least in this instance we got to see
 the reason that traffic was backed up.  It appears
that a refrigerated semi caught fire. You can see the
charred front end of the trailer, and the burned
musk melons being scooped up. The smell of
burned musk melons was quite unique and
pretty nasty.  Won't soon forget it!

I've been to a couple of different Planner Events
over the summer.  Picture a room full of people
(in this case 200) who all love journaling and working
in Planners.  Most don't draw, but they do love
 stickers and stamping and ink and washi tape. 
My kind of people.

Since the theme of the event was flamingos, I
did a page of black and white doodles and had
copies made. Then I painted the copies and
cut them out.  Fun to give to attendees that
I met.  So much swag was given out, and I met
wonderful, fun people!

It's been a busy summer, with lots of ups and
downs.  Mower repair, chauffeuring parents to 
appointments, road trips with traffic jams. 
And journaling...always.
Hope all my blogging friends are
keeping well and enjoying life. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Summer Groovin'

Hi there...
been gone awhile. Enjoying the
summer that has finally arrived.
Above, is a photo of the bumper crop of
milkweed that my In-laws have saved
for the Monarchs. Can you spot the butterfly?

Yes, I'm still journaling in my Hobonichi.
I confess, I've been wooed away from
my blog by Instagram.
It is super easy to post there.

I had to break down and buy a new 
printer/scanner, and I don't have a clue
how to edit my scans with the new
device. *sigh*
I will have to call in reinforcements. Hopefully, 
my daughter can figure it out and show me!

Fortunately I managed a work-around with
phone photos that I emailed to myself,
saved to my computer, and then

I've discovered some fun drawing
challenges on Instagram, and for the month
of July I'm celebrating hippie doodles with 
#ohsocutedoodles ,
and the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.
At 15 years old in rural Ohio, I was completely clueless 
about free rock concerts in upstate New York.
But I remember the great art, design,
music and advertising of the late 60's
and early 70's.  Groovy man!

IG: dbcarey_2000

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Happy Dance

Snoopy was my favorite cartoon
character in High School. I loved
Charles Schultz's Peanuts gang.
Happy Dance for Spring!

Comparison of watercolor flowers, with
and without ink pen.  On Instagram, most
people preferred with the ink outline.
What do you think?

I felt like I had been a bit lazy in my
Hobonichi of late, so decided to add
some fun cartoon characters.

Above right, that tiny coffee cup is my
beverage reference to join the T Party,
which is currently celebrating over
Happy bEARTHday to my friend

Happy Spring, and
Happy Earth Day!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Service Announcement-Surprise Emoji

My good friend Elizabeth is experiencing some 
technical difficulties with the blog that she's
had for years. (Alteredbooklover)

Please visit Elizabeth at her 
(hopefully temporary)

Elizabeth's recycled mixed media
projects will continue for her celebration
of Earth Day.  Join her to see
the creative ways she
recycles to make art!

4/26/19 EDIT: Elizabeth is now back on her 
normal blog at Altered Book Lover.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Call it Therapy

Here's a shameless plug inviting
you to stop by my other
to see the pages of my Fake Journal
so far this month...

The Fake Journal is when I pretend
to be someone else, or try to put
myself in their shoes.  The premise
is that if it's 'fake,' it tends to remove
some of the preconceived notions and
value judgments of what your journal
'should be'.  It's an opportunity to look at
things from a new perspective.
Hopefully, it quiets that mental critical 
voice that tells us "that's not good enough."
  Because after all,
it's Fake!

My Hobonichi journaling suffers a bit
when I'm working on my Fake Journal.
The drawings for the April project
seem to take up my drawing energy,
so the Hobonichi has a few more 
stickers and quotes mixed in with
 a very few sketches.

I hope you will stop by 
Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog
over at Altered Book Lover, not
only for T Tuesday, but also to see
the annual celebration leading up
to Earth Day.  There are lots of
experiments and tutorials to see,
and beverages to enjoy 
on Tuesdays. 

"I drink coffee
for your

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Faking It

I'm doing a Fake Journal again this year.
Pretending to be someone else, 
living in that other person's head 
and viewing things
from a different perspective.

  Roz Stendahl will not be coordinating the 
project this year, but anyone who wants to
give it a go is certainly welcome to do so.
Roz's blog posts are still viewable, and
you can follow the links
on my other blog:

You're on your own...
and that's not necessarily 
a bad thing.

Linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth,
over at Alteredbooklover, for T-Day.

Enjoy your hot beverage...

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Beach Adventures

When we left for our Florida vacation
on the last day of January, our driveway
looked like this, and it was four below zero.

When we arrived in Panama City Beach, it
was about 65 degrees, and the sun was shining.

Your really get spoiled when it's 
almost 70 degrees...

The time goes by all too quickly!
But alas, we had to return home to 
cold and gray Ohio.

When hubby picked up our mail at the Post Office,
I was thrilled to discover a wonderful envelope 
from dear Elizabeth!  Just look
at that fabric, scrumptious handmade papers,
and lovely tip-in pages!  So sweet
of you.  Thanks so much 
dear friend! 

Happy Mardi Gras to those who are 
celebrating... is it Spring yet?  In shock here
since it's currently 18 degrees and snowing.
 I got spoiled by the warm Florida

Linking up for T Tuesday over at 
Bleubeard and Elizabeth's, where we share
a beverage and a chat. Have you noticed I
pretty much automatically draw my coffee
cup every morning in my Hobonichi?

Instagram: Dbcarey_2000

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Cabin Fever

Things I did while it snowed. A lot:

- make several collages with scraps and
leftover stuff.
- keep looking out the window with coffee 
cup in hand... 

- play in my Planners/Journals
-doing #ohsocutedoodles challenges this month
- binge watch Netflix, and rediscover some
old favorites, like Warehouse 13 on Amazon.
- made homemade oatmeal bread
- ate way too much homemade bread!
- made vegetable beef soup

- reading
- walking in place, and zumba on YouTube

- fill out my Medicare Application online
- watching 'crazy Dad' videos on YouTube
- wearing lots of clothing in layers
- way too much time online
- had to look up Muppet images for the song
"I've got cabin fever." so fun!

What did you do in your neck of the woods?
Here in the U.S. we seem to be in for 
several storms.  Survived 5"-6" of snow this
 weekend where I am in Ohio, but I hear more are 
predicted...with rain, ice, snow...who knows?!

Stay warm people. Go make some art.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Harry Potter Christmas Feast

As requested, I'm sharing some photos from our family's 
Harry Potter Christmas Feast on Christmas Eve, 2018.
Lots of photos, so be prepared. Grab a warm 
beverage and enjoy!

Our granddaughter had a list of things to help get
ready, and she did a few things each day
 preceding Christmas Eve. She pasted
the emblems on the house banners, colored the 
labels for the Potions, mixed the potions, 
(had a grand time mixing water and food coloring!)
and helped cut and glue wings to the flying keys.
 On Christmas Eve, she was the one
to set the table and decorate each place. Pretty 
impressive for a 9 year-old, I think!

Each person got a golden snitch, made from a
foil-wrapped Ferrero Rocher chocolate, with gold 
wings (cut from a gold plastic poinsettia) hot-glued
onto the foil to create the 'wings.'

The jars of Honeydukes sweets were placed down
the center of the table, and Christmas crackers were
placed on each plate. We had a fun time popping
them, and everyone was pretty cooperative
about wearing their tissue-paper crown and
reading their jokes! Our granddaughter even made
Place Cards for each person, with their name 
and a little Harry Potter drawing on each. There
was a lightning bolt (scar) flying broom, snitch,
and a 9 3/4 sign, to name a few.

I just picked likely-looking candy to place in each 
Honeydukes candy jar. The 'Cockroach Clusters'
 were peanut-butter chocolate Munchies, 
and the 'Nougats' were Cookies and Cream
Munchies.  The acid pops are Caramel Apple suckers,
and of course the Licorice Wands were red licorice 
sticks. My daughter also made chocolate covered
pretzel 'wands,' but I didn't get a photo of her chocolate
and sprinkled goodies...they disappeared pretty

The 'Every Flavored Beans' were just gourmet
jelly beans -- no vomit or earwax flavored beans
in this jar!  Gummy worms were 'Flobber Worms'
and plain old Salt Water Taffy.  My mom was 
delighted to discover the pink taffy was
cinnamon flavored!  Coons Candy is where I
purchased the taffy and Zots. (I buy sugar-free 
chocolates for my Mom from this delightful family-run
 candy makers every year) Zots is a candy that 
fizzes in the mouth, so that's why I chose it for 
the 'Fizzing Whizbees'.  No levitation occurred,
however!  I refrained from buying the actual 
Ants in a sucker, or the crunchy 
crickets that Coons Candy sold! 

One nice thing for the feast
 was being able to re-use many of the 
various-shaped glass jars and bottles that
we had used as decor at our daughter's wedding!

The potions lined up on the kitchen counter, in
front of the row of candles. I had a lot of tapers in
holders, but forgot to light them before dinner!
The mad rush to get everything ready, you know.

The granddaughter colored these labels, and chose
what to put in each bottle. She had fun choosing
the colors for the contents.

She used scraps of silk flower leaves in the jar of
Gillyweed, and the Mermaid tears had black glitter
in the colored liquid. (black glitter being the only 
color I had, leftover from Halloween!)

Golden Snitches are the magical flying balls that are
the object of the game Quidditch. Young wizards fly
around the Quidditch pitch trying to catch the Snitch
to win the game. There's more to it than that, but
I'll spare you the complicated details!

We had fairly normal food for our feast which included
roast beef, turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy,
green beans, a relish tray, and sausage, cheese,
and crackers. Pecan pie is the granddaughter's 
favorite, so it definitely had to be on the menu,
along with Treacle Tart.

In the Harry Potter books, Treacle Tart was said to 
be Harry's favorite dessert. This is my second try, and
I must say I am rubbish at the topping! I couldn't 
manage the lattice crust, so I tried to do Harry's
round glasses frames and the lightening bolt.
There's a star thrown on there too, and even though
it looks very messy, it tasted very good. I was careful
not to overwork the crust this time, and it was more
tender. We don't have Golden Syrup where I live,
and instead of ordering it online (which is a bit 
pricey) I used Karo syrup, a tablespoon of molasses,
and a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar in the
lemony filling. Tasted quite good if I do say so
myself.  Just gotta work on that topping, or
leave it off completely!

The Hogwarts Wizarding School
House Banners: Hufflepuff, Gryffindor,
Slytherin and Ravenclaw. Just drawn
and cut from cardstock. I used images from 
the internet to draw from. The Grandkids decided
to hang them from the curtains. Please 
excuse my dust!

Flying keys were hung from the 
kitchen/living room pass-through.
Flying keys were one of the challenges that had
to be solved in order to reach The Sorcerer's Stone,
in the first Harry Potter book.

View from the kitchen, candles lit, Potions behind
the array of food. This only shows the desserts,
cheese and relish tray. I didn't get a shot of the
main courses, (buffet style on top
of the stove) as we wanted to eat it while it
was still warm! I don't know how my mom 
has successfully done all those family dinners
for 30 plus years, and get everything done at the
right time! My son helped a lot with the cooking,
so that was key to getting it all done. Oh, and
we had the stuff to make Butterbeer (Creme
soda and ice cream floats) but everyone
was too full!  The grandson did enjoy the 
Pumpkin Juice. (actually apple juice, orange
juice, a few tablespoons of pumpkin, and 
pumpkin pie spice)

Linking up with Elizabeth's T Tuesday blog post,
and hoping my Potions will 'count' as a 
beverage reference. In case you want to be able
to breathe under water, you can have some

Happy New Year 2019!