I have rediscovered The Commons on Flickr. How wonderful to browse all these archives! This one is from the Huron County Archives which is technically just up the road a bit from here. This is such a lovely shot, I remember doing this with Finch when he was a baby and I do it myself every chance I can get. I have noticed on instagram, spring blossoms elsewhere are blooming, but it is of course -16C here today and the trees are locked up tight for at least two more months.
I do just love pattern, that's no secret. I have also been loving Finch's drawings lately. He is so into it, ever since he started JK. He just draws all the time. I thought it might make cool fabric patterns of course. So I have been noodling around with them today. Its nice to have some noodling time! I have handed in work and am in that nice in between time when they go over the work and get back to me later.
He loves every and all vehicles, these are SWAT trucks and emergency trucks.
This was a wheel scrapyard, and ofcourse all I saw was a polka dot dress...
I love the rainbow cab on this transport truck!! Loveit.
This school bus escaped colouring for some reason, but what I love are the numerous windows. Its great watching him draw and grow in ability. I have always loved kids art, so its neat to have it going on in right front of me.
Check this out! I just figured out how to link over to spotify! Since I am home working in front of the computer, I am actually getting to LISTEN to music again! Its glorious- I am going a bit bananas over this album right now. It is AMAZING.
I am also really liking this album, which I didn't expect to for some reason. It is really great too. I just love "We Go Home", but the video made me cry at the end. Watch it on youtube if you want, I was disappointed!
This band was my favorite in the fall. Really fantastic!! "Nerve" is killer.
Oh my goodness! February and I am popping in to say Happy new year! Its been busy with many revisions on my Shapes book to get it ready for printing and as well working on sketches for the third Willow book! I am having a moment this afternoon wondering what to do now and I think its cuppa tea time. That's always been my motto- When in doubt, make tea. I have a bit of time before schools out for the day at 3:15.
I have been devouring books by Barbara O'neal. They are full of baking and people who seem so nice, I have loved every single one. Do look her up in the library!
I was entertaining myself with instagram, but suddenly my new/used phone is acting funny.
We have been digging out from a huge snow yesterday. Oh and I made this scarf last week during my marathon revisions- I needed a bit of comforting sewing!
Its a bunch of my favorite scraps sewn together into a loop scarf.
I have made it a few times and it was just fantastic. Oh yes, the cat! We adopted a cat over the holidays from Toronto Cat rescue.
He is a lovely little guy! He has made himself right at home and was rescued from a feral life on the streets- amazing. His foster mum named him Skywalker, so that's his name! Well I guess I did have a few things to say after all.
Not sure why lovely ripe tomatoes on a baking hot day came to mind today when I sat down to do a doodle on my last free afternoon before xmas holiday, but there you go. Perhaps in places like Australia, tomatoes are getting very nice around now? I made it a bit Christmassy with the message!I am enjoying a cup of tea (ofcourse) and some remarkable baked things from a friend! My mind is being blown with every bite- nanaimo bars, sugar snowflakes, lacey oatmeal pistachio cookies and butter tarts! This lady is a magician in the kitchen!! Thank-you to her!
I wish all of you a calm, warm holiday with lots of peace and harmony! I am wishing for no fights, yummy food, warm quiet days and family all around. I don't know if it is getting older but I am regularly so so very grateful to live in a peaceful country where I don't have to fear for my life, as so many in this world do. I will pray for those people this year and hope for some comfort for them. Sometimes I stop and notice how lucky we are to be able to wander down the street, grab a coffee, chat with friends at the school yard and live without fear here. Thank-you Canada!
Finch is exited for school to be over. We want to go up to an intersection we discovered where the freight trains go by right at street level with a new to us, railroad crossing that goes DING DING DING. What a thrill! It looks almost like this drawing he is doing. Maybe we will try on Monday morning. You just never know if one will come, so wish us luck!
I found a speedball screen printing kit in someone's free stuff pile (!!) last summer and today was the day, I wanted to make a messy polka dot screen. It's pretty old so I don't know if the emulsion would be good still, maybe it would be, but the screen filler seems fine. It would be fun to have a dress with this print on! Maybe neon pink on wheat or gray coloured linen...
I really want to go to City of Craft this weekend! I am not sure if I will though, as it would mean bringing Finch and that sometimes goes well...hmmm...I'll have a think about it anyway. It's always SO inspiring!
I uploaded my final Shapes book drawings this morning! Yippee!! I have one week before Christmas holidays, to myself. I do have a few things to do, vacuum maybe, but I also want to chill out a bit! It has been non stop since school started and, phew, I just need to take a breath.
Check it out, last week Finch was home ALL week with a cold, but by friday we were going nuts so I took him downtown to the Christmas windows at the Bay.
It was nice to go. I grew up here and had never ever visited them. Finch was impressed, but not as impressed as he was by the surprise toy train set up at the bloor/yonge subway station in a little display window by the southbound platform. He LOVED that. We were nearby, so we visited daddy at work too. Here's a pattern I made by playing around with a cool painting Finch did of CP and CN freight trains.
Rectangle started out as a gruff, wisened older and possibly a bit snobby, actor type, in my original shapes book idea. All the characters have sinced morphed, quite appealingly, into school children! I brought back a bit of the grumpy older man version of rectangle here for the small title page image. I picture him clearing his throat loudly and ruffling the newspaper indignantly. I was trying to get the angle right, so I drew a whole bunch. I think I went with the one on the far right. We'll see if he makes it into the book! My final deadline is Friday and I am quite exited to be close to the finish line! I think I first came up with this idea over 5 years ago, so it is a thrill to have it come to fruition!
I did up a quick litle Christmas card to send out this year. It is rather too late really, but you know what they say! Better late then never!
Of course my favorite themes are all represented - tea, birds, gingham, colours and patterns!
If you click on this here little image it will take you to a full size layout for you! A gift, if you would like to send these out as your Christmas cards. It is a bit wonky, I think some of the gingham gets a tiny bit cropped, but you should be able to print it out as is on your home printer, on card stock if you have it. Enjoy!
I am taking a doodle break, because I was craving patterns! I have been doing up quick little patterns to store in my paint bucket fill tool in photoshop because one of the roles square plays in the book, is as a quilt piece! I get a bit zoned out spending long periods of time cleaning up my files, moving eyes this way and that, erasing lines that are too thick or patchy, all the teensy things I need to do before I can colour in my pages. I get colour hungry! So coffee and patterns break! I think I doodled this for Finch at lunchtime one day...it's me coming in to hug him!