Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Happy Halloween!!!!
The word this week is "Haunt" - rather fitting.  I had trouble thinking of something to go with Haunt, so I turned to the world of literature.  This image is based on my hazy recollections of the haunting that occurs in Michael Crummey's "Galore" - one of the best books of 2009 (in my opinion).  Turns out I remembered it all wrong.  Oops.  I'm pretty happy with the picture, though :)

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Our bedtime routine of the moment goes something like this:

After dinner, if there's time, Griffin and Holly have a bath together.  Jai holds Holly while she flips and flops all over the place, Griffin practices cleaning himself, and I try to put some laundry away before Holly falls asleep in our closet.

While I put Holly to sleep, Griffin and Jai head downstairs .  Tonight they played Candyland for the first time.  (It didn't go super well, in terms of actual rule-following, but I think they had fun.)  I come back downstairs and help get Griffin ready for bed, then we head up for stories.  We feed his fish (all 23 of them, and counting), and pick out two stories.  Every night he gets two stories.  One out of bed, and one in.  Then we turn out the light, and I give him a big snuggle and a million kisses, and leave the room.  Jai stays with him for a little longer, depending on how tired he is, and how willing to stay in bed.  Tonight, as I was leaving, I heard Griffin ask, "How come fish can't blink?"  (Whew!  Dodged that one!)  Sounds like a night where I will have time to sit and write a blog post before Jai makes it back downstairs.

Holly is getting to the age now where she will need a new bedtime routine soon.  Right now I nurse her to sleep almost every night, but she is currently waking up five to seven times a night.  So that's not really working any more.  I think she would happily nurse all night long.  We ended up doing the whole "cry it out" thing with Griffin, and it totally worked, although it was very hard to do.  Holly is another story entirely.  She doesn't cry, she stands at the end of her crib, and SHRIEKS her little head off.  Sounds that a human being should not be able to make - especially one that is so small.  More thought is needed on this subject.

Usually, if Jai doesn't fall asleep trying to put Griffin to sleep, we have time for one t.v. show before we go to bed, too.  I try and do something with my hands while we watch t.v.  Sometimes I sketch in my sketchbook, sometimes I do some needlefelting, once in a while I pick up some knitting.  Some nights I don't have it in me by the end of the day.  Lately I have been spending too much time on Etsy, daydreaming of all the wonderful toys I would like to buy my children.  Mostly, I ignore the mess.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

IF - Sky

There is a story I read somewhere of an old Goddess named Mother Holle.  They say when it snows that it is because Mother Holle is shaking out her feather pillows.

The Illustration Friday word this week is Sky.  This seemed to fit!  This picture I painted as a couple of different parts, using watercolours again.  Then I put them all together, and finished the colouring on the computer.   I like the painted parts better than the computer parts, but overall I'm happy with the picture.  It's almost what I had in my head.
I'll try and get back here soon for an actual update!

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Hello!  I made it for another Illustration Friday!  This week the word is Water.  I've started a sketch of Sedna, an Inuit Sea Goddess, but it's still just in sketch form, so far.  So instead, I pulled out this drawing that I did a month or so ago, which will fit the bill.  This has been a super busy week, so rather than stress about it, I decided to allow myself to call it in. (Just this once!) Here it is:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

IF - Mirror

Every Friday, I check out the new word, and then let it sit for a little bit.  Some weeks a thousand ideas go through my mind.  This week was one of those weeks, but somewhere, lurking in my subconscious, this image came up.
When I was a kid, I had this Enid Blyton book of short stories, and one of my favourite stories was about fairy mirrors - the dewdrops that get caught in the lupin leaves.  Now that we live in Nova Scotia, and have lupins everywhere, I think of that story often.  I have no idea what happened to the book - I've tried to find a new copy for years, but I've never seen it anywhere.  But I do remember the stories!

I tried to capture it a couple of times.  First, in watercolour.  I loved it, right close up, but as soon as I got more than 10" away, felt like the colours were just a little weak.  I don't think I was meant to be a watercolourist!  I tweaked it a tiny bit with the computer, so I'm happier with it now.

Next, I had a few minutes while Griffin and I painted together, so I snuck this painting over my initial drawing.  It's painted with Griffin's little pots of acrylic - he was kind enough to share.

If I had more time, I would probably try it again.  I'm not sure which one I like more, and I think I could probably get it better still.  Anyway, I thought I'd put them both up here, and put it out there... which do you like?
P.S. If you know which Enid Blyton book I'm talking about, could you send me the title?

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Finally! An update!

Hello!  It's late here, and I need to go to bed soon, but I wanted to stop in, while Jai is at band practice, and the kids are sleeping.  This Fall has been passing so quickly!  I think maybe it's because summer is hectic, but unscheduled, and Fall is hectic, but in a more regular way, and the time seems to just zoom from one thing to the next.

Griffin seems to be growing in leaps and bounds now that he is in Preschool, and other people are teaching him things.  He thinks it's pretty neat to be able to show me something that he learned, and see if I know it.  Last week when I picked him up, he had learned how to pinch his thumb and his two fingers together, and the first thing he asked me when we got in the car was if I could do it, too.  Like this? I said, and he laughed and laughed.

We had a great Thanksgiving weekend in the city.  I had a wedding to photograph with Emma and a couple of meetings with future brides, and in between all that, we had some great visiting time with Grandma and Grandpa, and I got a great price on a pair of linen pants (regularly $285, on sale for $35!!!  Who pays $285 for a pair of pants?!?  But apparently, if you do, they will not shrink in the dryer (cue eye-rolling clerk!))

Holly had a horrible cold for a while there, complete with fever and full-body rash.  Poor munchkin.  She's feeling much better, but still not back to her regular sleep schedule (waking once or twice a night, as opposed to three to seven times)!  It all makes for one tired Mama.  But we are starting to gain a little bit of independence from each other, here and there, which is always fun.  I have a hard time believing she is coming up on a year already.  How is that possible?
 Anyway, I am SUPER behind on our family pictures, but these are some fun ones from the summer.  Bye for now (back soon with a new Illustration Friday!)

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

IF - Book

Here's another Illustration Friday.  The word this week is "Book" - a subject near and dear to my heart. 
This time I drew the sketch, scanned it into the computer, and did the colour digitally.  It was fun, but not as meditative as painting.  I think I'll try some more that way, though, as I'm pretty happy with the result.  I printed one out onto cream-coloured paper, and I just love it.  I think I might frame it and put it up in Holly's room (when she gets one!)