Wednesday, April 26

Scribble Picnic: Tree and sign up!

Time for another creative picnic and this time under a TREE! Which season would you prefer here? I'm thinking it would be fun to sit under all those falling leaves...or maybe even try to catch some!

OK, time to show us your own woody versions....


Thursday, April 20

Scribble Picnic: Ladder Sign Up

Submerged Treasures: Where there's a will there's a way!

UPDATE: My drawing is finally done! Here's my contribution for this be coloured in later! As I perused pictures of ladders this weekend, it occurred to me that almost all of them show someone climbing up/ascending them but rarely does one see anyone climb DOWN them... And so, here comes Snorkeling Sammie Pool Dog to the rescue!

This Clever but cheeky little pup has finally figured out a way to reach all those toys he's missed catching. More serious measures are in order! :) 

Thanks for joining our picnic. Let's see who's managed to work up (or down) a LADDER this week! :)  Sign up below...


Wednesday, April 12

Scribble Picnic: Rabbit

You're invited... to join us at Scribble Picnic! My take on this week's theme ventures down the RABBIT hole into Alice in Wonderland.

For any of you who have might have watched my last post's video, did you guess what the plaque would say? Probably not. :) That's OK. In fact, I debated about just showing my own version of the white rabbit but then thought adding a sign could make for a fun, if not unique, party invite too. And of course, especially useful for tea parties and such — not that anyone really throws those around here but, hey, maybe such cards would sell? (I'm thinking about offering these and seeing if anyone likes their novelty, if nothing else.) As for all things Tea, I'm doing my best, converting one person at a time here. I mean, look at Alexandra*! Before I met her she never had ever enjoyed tea's wonders, and now you won't find her make it through a day without at least a few cuppas. Ha-ha.

My favourite part drawing this? Scribbling frenetically the swirly lines, insinuating that marvelous Wonderland wackiness and English-like eccentricity. So, how about you? Time to show us what YOU did. Thank you for joining in... and, last but not least, HAPPY (early) EASTER to you all, whether you celebrate it, do anything at all, or not! Personally, I love everything about Easter even though, admittedly, I won't be having any eggs (albeit for the small bag of Cadbury's robin eggs already purchased) and we won't be making any big meal, especially since we don't eat ham, beef or lamb and not even sure who can come over anyway. At this rate, it might just be cinnamon rolls at lunch time! :P

*Speaking of the gal, do you know she never was given an Easter basket or eggs growing up or as an adult until I gave her one?! Speaking of that, this will be the first year I'm not making Easter baskets for anyone. Whoa.


Monday, April 10

Down the Rabbit Hole...

Scribble Picnic is coming up this Wednesday. Can you guess the theme? Want to join in? Well, come on over. We've LOVE to have you! All interpretations are welcome. Join us this week down the rabbit hole...

Wednesday, April 5

Scribble Picnic: Grandfather Clock

Whenever pondering Grandfather clocks, my mother's comes to mind. (Currently, my sister in Yorkshire houses it, along with all my mother's other furniture, in fact.) Actually, it's the one item specifically willed to me that I will some day inherit. Perhaps not surprising really—growing up, I repeatedly would tell her just how much I loved it. (The trouble now, of course, is that it will be vastly too expensive for me to ever ship something that heavy all the way here to land-locked Colorado and such an old, beautiful antique wouldn't do well in our very dry climate. Then there's the sad reality that it would be totally out of place in our fairly spartan, more modern home! (In the meanwhile, there's some heart-string pulling decisions to make, wanting it to stay in England where I feel it rightfully belongs.)

Anyway, often alongside our family's Grandfather clock hung the big portrait painting of my great-grandfather. With his judge's eyes seemingly continually and sternly looking down, following wherever we would go, it always spooked us as children (and, actually, sometimes still does)!

Why do I mention these? Well, as such, there's a somewhat strange dichotomy I have with Grandfather Clocks that's perhaps reflected in this rather tongue-in-cheek interpretation above? While I didn't get to finish it entirely, that's OK! Scribble Picnic is as much about just scribbling something down as anything else. The idea is just to be creative and think creatively about the various themes. (I need to remember that too—it's so easy to pressure myself to perfect everything when there isn't really always the need. That's not to say that I won't at some latter point colour this in though... well, at least that lil' tea-time mouse popping his head out there. Can you find him?*)  :)

OK, time to see what the rest of you struck up! At the sound of the chime... Go!...

P.S. If you didn't get a chance to see it, there's a montage of the previous week's boat pieces, you might enjoy checking out as well.

*And for something extra fun: whoever can find the most items hidden away in this piece will get a lil' freebie something just for your efforts! Happy Hunting! Simply send me your list. :)


Saturday, April 1

Michael rows these boats ashore...

All rights reserved and all artwork copyrighted by each artist. "Boat" theme examples (from top down, left to right, column by column):
Christine | Alexandra | Cassie @beet&baguette | Lissa (rainswept) | joeks
Wanda 1&2 | Janis Cox | Tammie 1&2
Linda (dots n' doodles) 1&2 | Andrea (Falling Ladies) | Joni @popartminis
Mary (TravelBrit) | Heather @babywanderlove | Me | Hannah McCown | Lorraine

This last week's BOAT theme is worth another visit. From banana-splits to walnut boats to actual fabric designs, there was a lot of variety this go around and 3 artists didn't link here but posted to Instagram instead. (I've included their links above since everyone else posted on the sign up, should you've not had a chance to visit others yet.)

Thanks again to each of you who played along and for any shout outs to this art collective along the way. I really enjoy reading your posts and for many of you, it's actually a great chance for me to catch up on your blogs too. Some are quite prolific, after all! :) 

For all featured here, you've already earned one of up to four entries possible before the next fun picnic giveaway! Why do these? Well, aside from being perhaps the nudge someone needs to join in and get scribbling, it's also a chance to celebrate and encourage others which I especially love to do! And you know, it's fun having an excuse to shop around, supporting our local stores whilst trying to figure out what each of you might like...especially when Alexandra and I aspire to live such a Marie Kondo decluttered designed life!

It's going to be super interesting seeing what's created for Grandfather Clock. The only image that currently comes to mind, funnily enough, is the clock all alone on a planet, a la the obelisk scene from 200I: A Space Odyssey! Ha-ha, no, I'm not planning to do another space theme again anytime soon. Perhaps reviewing the Scribble Picnic Pinterest board might lead to other novel ideas though? Hmmm... We shall see!

See you back here on Wednesday! :)