Under Cover


Well, yes. You really can pass three or four months just like that, head to toe under cover and totally blah. I just didn’t feel like painting, didn’t feel like writing, didn’t feel like much of anything. I just didn’t feel like it. I realized after I finished this sketchbook page that I shouldn’t have used such bright, cheery colors, because it felt more drab and gray at the time. But at long last the air is getting just a bit warmer and the sun has returned (hello, friend!), and it appears that finally this bear is beginning to poke her head out of the cave. No promises on regular blog posting—my progressive lack of interest in bloggity things is another story—but I’m painting again, and I might just pop in now and then to show something new. Hope you’ve been well while I was hibernated.

Frosty and Friends


This was today’s little craft with the kids: sock snowmen. Two are gifts and two will live at our house. Tutorial here. (We made some minor alterations.) The origami trees are from a different day; the instructions for those are here.

Snow Cat and … the Bird



A long, long time ago—I mean, a long time ago. Years. So long I don’t even remember when. Anyway, a long time ago, I suggested that my kids draw up their own patterns for stuffed animals that we could make together. Recently I came across my son’s drawing, and I decided to locate his finished stuffy and take a picture of it next to the pattern. He says it’s a bird. My daughter also designed a stuffy and asked me to make it out of the most annoying fabric ever. (Fur. Slippery, miserable fur.) I’ve since lost her pattern, but you can see her little “Snow Cat” here too.