Friday, December 8, 2017

Scrolls and Elves

Here are a couple of Round Robin sets I started 3 years ago actually and were finished 2 years ago but I forgot to show them here on the blog last year so here they are now.

I made the backgrounds with Adirondack sprays and added a scroll to the first set and border to the second one. Miss M added the first row of characters on the scroll and Tandy finished it with the second row.
Mcgillisj added the elf to my background and Tandy finished it with the ornaments. 

Randomness:
  • I'm learning Spanish this month. The local library offered a free class on short notice and I jumped on it. 
  • I'm having fun with my kid with everyday special holiday activities. He got his first presents this week thanks to St. Nicholas we celebrate on 6th. Dec. Toy violin was the main gift. 
  • The kid is loving the skis. Nobody in our family knows how to ski, so you can imagine the hilarity of the situation. 
  • The little pooch needed a haircut because she was getting depressed but that means she's cold now outside. Consequently, she spends most time on the sofa.
  • We're getting a new shipment of snow tomorrow. Hopefully it won't be much. We have enough as it is.
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Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Foxes

How freaking cute is this Round Robin set? I love it. MissM started the set with the right fox, I added the left one and BexMadeMe finished with the rest.

It's December and I wanted to make this month more fun for my kid. I wrote down activities to do together each day of the month and put them in a jar for the kid to pull out every day. Of course I'm going to adapt it to the events we have scheduled already. The idea was to do special things that we don't normally do.

One of those was to put together a bookcase so we can organize his books and toys. Unfortunately I ordered it on line and it came earlier than expected. Because I couldn't curb his excitement, we had to put it together before 1st Dec. So, here we were on Wednesday morning before I even brushed my teeth or washed my face, putting together a bookcase in our PJs.

On Thursday, we put together my new office chair. He loves helping out even though he gets in a way and has his own ideas where stuff should go. Now I have to think up new activities to fill out two days in December.

Today we're going to a nearby town to the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Hopefully the weather's not too bad. It's been snowing since Wednesday.

What are your doing this December? Anything special?

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Dorothy

I've been remembering my dreams lately. I've had a period of time when I woke up without knowing what I dreamed or if I dreamed at all. These days I remember some weird dreams.

One day I was on a train and just stepped out on that step before you hit the ground and the train closed the doors and sped off with me holding onto it. It went into a tunnel and there were cats in it.

Another day, I dreamed about cleaning my ears with a q-tip and then had cotton bud stuck in my ear. I was pulling that stuff out forever but got it out eventually.

Yesterday I dreamed about being in a shallow river and telling my hubby not to lose his wallet when he sat on a pool floaty to go with the river flow.

Do you remember your dreams? What kind of dreams have you been having lately?

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Winter landscape

I don't really do landscapes. They're not my thing, so I made this one really simplistic. Lots of snow. :)

That's what we had in the beginning of this week on the night from Sunday to Monday. 20 cm of snowfall. In inches that's about 7,5-8". It's melting quickly thought but it's still here. My kid loves it. He wasn't that interested last year but this year he's excited.

On the morning of the snowfall he actually skipped milk bottle and breakfast so he could go out and play in the snow while it was still snowing. He's so adorable.

And because it gets dark so early these days, the kid didn't want to go outside in the dark after his afternoon nap to get some air, so I got him a couple of flashlights to entertain himself. It's proven to be a hit.

Did you have your first snow this year already?

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Autumn Girls

Autumn girls for an ATC swap over at AFA. I figured I needed to show them before winter comes. It's very cold these days, lots of rain and not much sun. I feel like autumn skipped us this year. We went from hot to cold quickly with no lovely autumn weather in between.

I love trees. Half of my life I lived surrounded by woods. When we moved here where we live now, we were basically in the middle of the woods. Now, the land was sold and new owners cut down trees to build houses. Soon, everything will look like the suburbs around us. It's really a shame.

How are things in your part of the world?

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Witch's cauldron

I started this Round Robin  with the border and spiderweb, Miss M added the cauldron and LucyMC finished it with the witch.

Another week flew by and I forgot again to post. I usually wait for something to happen by Thursday so I can talk about it here on Friday. But if nothing interesting happens I tend to forget to post.

Nevertheless, hope everyone had fun for Halloween. Someone asked me on previous post where I'm from since we don't really celebrate Halloween and I'm from Slovenia, Europe. We do have a lot more events for Halloween than we used to in previous years. Even for kids. But we don't dress the kids in costumes.

We did take the kid to a ranch on Halloween to see some animals and play a bit on the playground they have for kids. Because it was a special event there were a lot of kids and that much more fun. The kid enjoyed himself.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Moley art - Halloween

This is last December's Moley journal for Vantezy on the theme of Halloween. I decided not to show it earlier as it was a specific theme that correlates with a specific time of the year. It's a three spread in accordion style moleskine art journal also called moley.

Halloween has only been around here in my country for a few years. It's mostly organized Halloween events for adults but no trick-or-treating for kids. We dress up in costumes earlier in the year for the Carnival. What's your Halloween costume this year?

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Plague Doctor

I think it's near enough to Halloween that it's acceptable to post more Halloween-y art.

My kid loves the play/gym thingy we go twice a week but I have to be there with him. It amazes me how other kids are just dropped off and they're totally fine with it.

Last week my kid witnessed a dad dropping off his little boy at the junior firefighter training and my kid was baffled. He was like, where's the dad going, he just left him here.

Oh well, now I'm complaining the kid doesn't want to do anything without me. In a couple of years I'll be complaining that the kid doesn't want to do anything with me.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Dogs in fedoras

If cats can wear fedoras, why not dogs as well. :)

As I told you previously, I'm not fond of the Grimm's fairy tales as they don't make much sense to me and they are well . . . a bit grim. I still read them to my kid, if he asks for them since I already introduced them to him. But we went to library for the first time together on Monday and I borrowed some children's books that came recommended to me.

Everyone raved about Room on the Broom, so I read it to my kid. It's translated to Slovene so I don't really know what words are used in original book but I was surprised people recommended this book as one of their kid's faves.

The words used for the witch are derogatory words we use for females. And since the kid is in that age range where he picks up words he's not supposed to and is even more into saying them, if you pay any kid of attention to them, I'm pretty sure he's going to, at some point, use these derogatory words to describe a female. I know it gives you an opportunity to teach him about use of such words but it baffles me that a parent would intentionally expose their child to them in such an innocent, fun way as this children's book does.

Because the derogatory words are not used in a way to teach a child a lesson, it would seem that we're giving kids permission to use them. It seems a bit hypocritical to me to scold a child for using these kind of words, if I was the one reading them to him before sleep.

I found the original on YouTube and it's nothing like the translated one I read. It's quite lovely, actually. The one translated to Slovene shocked me that parents were so excited about this book. Of course, the kids are going to love it when you read it to them in an animated voice and it rhymes. If you read them newspaper in such a way, they're going to love it, too. If it's appropriate, is another question.

Happy Friday the 13th, everyone! :)

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Cats with fedoras

Randomness:
  • I went shopping for wardrobe in Italy on Wednesday. Maybe I bought too much? But I need new "work" clothes since I started applying for jobs and going on job interviews.
  • I don't like this season's fashion though with all the fur collars and fur coats and fur shoes etc.
  • the kid had his first kid's group exercise thing that I don't know how to translate to English. He was more interested than I thought he'd be.
  • we're shopping for a new dinning table and chairs. It's proven to be difficult with the kid tagging along since he gets cranky easily with such boring stuff.
  • the neighbor's kid is playing a soccer game on Saturday and we're taking the kid to watch.
What are you doing this weekend? Anything interesting?

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Friday, September 29, 2017

An array of miscellaneous ATCs

These are artist-trading-cards (ATCs) I made for several people who set their own theme for their card. It's fun, it puts you outside of your comfort zone and they usually have nothing in common what so ever.

Inktober is coming again in ... well October. That'll be next week. I did it last year and it was fun. I might do it again this year but don't hold me to it because we all know how well 29 faces in September went. LOL

Female faces are my go-to and I don't feel like doing different expressions again this year. If I do decide to do it though, I'll probably practice animals in different positions or something. Birds in particular are my nemesis. People seem to like them but I'm not good at drawing them.

What's your go-to theme in drawing/painting/arting? What do you feel you could be better/improve at?

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Sad face round robin

I started this Round Robin with the sad face, MissM added the body and Tandy finished it with the background.

This was my face at the beginning of the week when I realized all my daily videos for this year were gone. I mentioned before that I film my life every day, like little clips not 24 hours, and I put each day as a separate video. Somehow I managed to delete all 251 videos from this year.

Luckily I back it up on external drive every now and again, so I have everything backed up until 23rd August. I had videos from 10. September onward in a separate folder and they remained intact but 17 videos in between are lost forever.

I wasn't even mad, I was baffled. How could I have deleted them all?

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Tabby kitty

My kid and I caught a cold or something. It seems to be effecting me more than him. It's straining to tend to a 2 year-old when your head hurts and your nose is leaking. At least it seams I'm over the fever for now. On the plus side, I lost my appetite and I'm not shoveling in the cookies.:)

Here's a kitty for you. Hope you're having a fantastic weekend.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Doggies RR

Round Robin is a set of 3 cards which one artist starts, send to another to add something to the set and then sends to the third artist to finish everything. Each artist keeps a card that's why there are 3 in a set.

This set was started with a butterfly by Linda4atc, BexMadeMe added the white dog and I finished it with the other butterfly and brown dog.

Ok, so, you know how I tell you things here on the blog, like, oh I'm eating healthy and losing weight, my kid is back to taking regular naps and I'm doing the 29 faces challenge? Yeah, well, the very next day, if not the same, I'm stuffing my face with junk food, my kid is taking 3 hours to fall asleep, if not skipping naps entirely, and there's no way I'm drawing a face a day this month. I failed.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Make me a character ...

This was a PAT, pick-a-theme swap of ATCs (artist trading cards) and everyone wanted a character of sorts. First one is an original character from the person requesting the theme, second one is a Two of Spades from Alice in Wonderland, third one is Myrtle Snow from American Horror Show and the last one is Winter Soldier - Marvel/DC character.

I've done these almost a month ago. The 29 faces challenge starts today but I'll show all the art from the week that starts today, in next week's blog post.


The only way the kid would go for a walk is, if we go feed old bread to the horses in nearby pasture. Whatever works, kid. :) I found it tires him out just right and he falls asleep quicker for his nap. It's been challenging for more than a week to get him to fall asleep. He took 2 to 3 hours. Luckily it's over now and he's back to normal. He gets like this now and again and I know I just have to wait it out.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Puppies

The first puppy might look simple and easy but the request was "Mini Dappled Dachshund Black, Tan, Silver Spots With stuffed badger toy in mouth".

Remember back in the days when we were kids? Whenever we wanted to play, we just went outside or to the neighbor’s to find kids to play with. These days everything that a kid finds entertaining is provided at home. Everyone has a swing and a slide in their backyard, everyone has a pool, everyone has the latest toy, a playset or whatever to play with and there’s no need to go to the neighbor’s anymore to have fun. And you can’t find a soul on the street to save your life.

My kid is in the stage of his growing up where he wants to play with older kids but also wants one of us to be with him. Us meaning mom, dad or grandma. But you can’t just show up at the doorstep with your child and ask to play with their kids. So, we resorted to a lot of phone calls asking the adults, if we can come over with our kid to play with their kids. It’s a bit awkward I must say. Once a week is fine. But every day? Kid, give me a break.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Mermaids

I'm sorry. I forgot to write today's blog post. Fridays come too quickly these days. :)

But I'd like you to know about this 29 faces challenge starting in September. I've done it before and loved it. Click below to read about it and join, if it interests you. I haven't yet decided, if I'll be posting every day, or do a summary on Fridays.
http://29faces.blogspot.com

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Pirates

Round Robin is a set of 3 cards which one artist starts, send to another to add something to the set and then sends to the third artist to finish everything. Each artist keeps a card that's why there are 3 in a set.

Linda4atc started this one with the pirate, LucyMc added the ship and I finished with the treasure chest and sand.

Randomness:
  • we had a hail storm on Sunday evening. Hail was the size of golf balls. Luckily we had our cars under roof and mom's vegetable garden has a net over it. But fruit trees and the vine took a beating. 
  • the cooling down was welcomed though since we had a heat wave after heat wave going up to 40°C. We're lucky, too, that our house has great insulation and it holds a comfortable temp without having an A/C. Sometimes I have to go out to warm myself up. :)
  • my precious kid was a bit hyperactive the other day and threw my bag on the floor containing my kindle and camera. Needles to say the camera took the beating and the screen shattered. It's still working, I just can't see what I'm photographing.
  • we went to the beach for a day yesterday. Even though we didn't choose the best day since it was cloudy and rainy but it was still warm and the water was warm and the kid had a blast playing in the sand.
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Friday, August 4, 2017

Just a Girl & Rumpelstiltskin

I haven't done one of these big haired ladies in a while. :)

A while ago I complained about one of the fairytales I was reading to my son for being depressive. Let me tell you about another one titled Rumpelstiltskin. I don't know what it is. Is it just because I'm an adult now and I see the story in a different light? Or have the times changed so much that the old stories don't really fit into our society anymore?

Here's the short version. It has a sketchy start. A poor man visits an evil king and brags about his daughter, saying she can spin straw into gold. Of course it's not true and the girl gets the short straw in this exchange. First off, wouldn't the poor man be rich, if his daughter could do that? Second, how did it not cross this poor man's mind that his daughter would now be in danger because of his claim?

The greedy king wants to test this girl so he has her brought to the castle in a room full of straw for her to spin into gold. He threatens her life, if she doesn't do so by the morning and the girl cries because she has no idea how to spin straw into gold. An imp appears and offers her his help for an exchange. She gives him her necklace. The next day she gives him her ring.

The third day the evil, greedy king promises to marry her, if she spins the straw into gold for the third time. Here's where I ask, why? Why would an evil king want to marry a poor girl when he can continue to threaten her life to get his gold? Here's another catch. After the third day, he doesn't ask her to spin the straw into gold anymore. Again why? Why would this greedy king decide after the third day that he has enough gold? It doesn't make sense. Why marry her and then not get any more gold?

Of course the imp wanted something in exchange the third day as well but the girl had nothing more to give, so he wanted her firstborn to which she agreed. First, who agrees to giving up their first born child? Second, girl, why don't you take off your shoes instead to make an exchange? You'll be a queen soon enough, you can spare them.

This story is not making any sense and the more I read it, the more it annoys me. But, it's my kid's favorite at the moment and I have to read it to him twice a day. He already knows some lines, that cheeky kid. :)

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