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A final HoHoDooDa from me

Maybe not entirely Wintry, but I wanted to share my first collaboration with another artist. I think I previously mentioned that HodgePodge Crochet  and I were working on a caricature together. I worked one out, asked her to toss in a yarn ball, because I know she has them on hand, and she painted it onto plastic and shrank it down into a key chain. Here is the before and after of what we managed to work up together.

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The happy couple who asked for and modeled for this lovely work.

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Kind of a HoHoDooDa(s)

Not that I’m cheap, but most often than not, I try to find acceptable gifts that I can afford to give to people. Last year was mine and my children’s first White Elephant Holiday exchange. The policy of the exchange is that every one who attends has a gift to enter in the pot. Being a family of 5, I bought a couple of dollar store gifts and tossed in a few hand written coupons. One of them suggested a portrait by me and the other said a crochet or hand knit item by me. Once the portrait was out people were scrambling. It was a huge boost to my ego, I’m not going to lie. They’d only seen my work once before as a quick birthday gift in the previous months. Then someone realized that there was another card there similar to the portrait and snagged it up, only to be disappointed when it wasn’t what he was hoping for. This was a bit of a slam to my crafting ego, but I understood. It’s taken me a year to get around to finding some time to try it out, but I finally scribbled some color onto paper and made it resemble the couple who won the free crochet/knit card last year. I wanted it to be a surprise, something more amazing than they’d have thought (which is why I tried it in color), and something they might look forward to again at a later date.

With my oldest going to Ohio this year for Winter Break I only needed to figure out 4 gifts. For this year’s White Elephant Holiday exchange I made two sets of hats with cowls, an elf you saw in the previous post here and since I got sick and couldn’t go, that’s where I stopped. I made a scarf for the hostess, baked potatoes for the dinner and sent my family while I got some rest and started on what you see here. I hope every one of you out there had a fabulous holiday. Stay warm and well my friends.

I had to drag one from the net to use so it would be more of a surprise.

I had to drag one from the net to use so it would be more of a surprise.

Took a few days to do, but I finally got around to it.

Took a few days to do, but I finally got around to it.

But I got it done before the new year. So Happy HoHoDooDa to you!

But I got it done before the new year. So Happy HoHoDooDa to you!

HoHoDooDa ~ Christmas shoes

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my mama, please.

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my mama, please.

The Christmas Shoes Lyrics

[ From: http://www.elyrics.net ]

It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line
Trying to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood
Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously
Pacing ’round like little boys do
And in his hands he held a pair of shoes

His clothes were worn and old, he was dirty from head to toe
And when it came his time to pay
I couldn’t believe what I heard him say

Chorus:
Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

He counted pennies for what seemed like years
Then the cashier said, “Son, there’s not enough here”
He searched his pockets frantically
Then he turned and he looked at me
He said Mama made Christmas good at our house
Though most years she just did without
Tell me Sir, what am I going to do,
Somehow I’ve got to buy her these Christmas shoes

So I laid the money down, I just had to help him out
I’ll never forget the look on his face when he said
Mama’s gonna look so great

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

Bridge:
I knew I’d caught a glimpse of heaven’s love
As he thanked me and ran out
I knew that God had sent that little boy
To remind me just what Christmas is all about

Repeat Chorus

 

Songwriter(s)Leonard Ahlstrom, Eddie Carswell
CopyrightSony/ATV Songs LLC, Jerry’S Haven Music, WB Music Corp.

HoHoDooDa ~ Snow in Egypt

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the snowfall in Egypt. Apparently there hasn’t been snow there in over a century. I’m sure the nights get cold there so they may have been some-what prepared but as for driving, those working out in the weather, they may not have been ready for this. Reports say there are road closings and people trapped in their cars because of such heavy snowfall. There are power outages all over Cairo and Jerusalem and in some areas there is hail and freezing rain. I think, at first it may have been beautiful and strange, but now it’s chaotic and terrifying.

I wonder what it would be like for the animals there. So used to the heat of the summers, would they be able to survive the snow of winter? I found a story about magpies and camels symbiotic relationship whereas the magpie collects camel fur for its nest to keep warm. I think with those claws, surely they can knit some of that fur into caps and scarves for themselves, right? Little sweaters on magpies as they huddle in the snow? No? Okay. Well, I’m sure the magpies are still grateful to the camels this year as they thwart off the chill of this strange new substance falling from the skies.

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“At first I thought we were under attack but then I realized it was just snow. Thankfully we had enough extra fur in the nest for some hats. Thanks pal.”

Thanks for stopping by!

HoHoDooDa

Do you think Santa believes in mermaids?

I had an idea I wanted to “jot down” so I wouldn’t forget it and grabbed my pad. I let my kids color the last drawing and there was still a green pencil tucked in the binding so it got used. The idea is much bigger than this in my mind, but I really should be knitting. 🙂 Happy Holiday Doodle Day to ewe!

Feeling Froggy and a HoHoDooDa for you

I set to work on the socks again last night and dropped a stitch. I have learned to pick up stitches but this one was dropped in an area that is increasing and made it look a bit funky. So, I frogged back about 20 rows or so. If you knit, you know this is not a fun thing to do because picking up all the stitches again is not always an easy task. This is one of my main reasons for preferring crochet. If I mess up and have to rip it, I only need to pick up one stitch to start working again.

As a breather from the socks, I decided to practice caricature. I’m too lazy to look for reference so this is me in a hat. I added the glasses because I am supposed to wear them. I haven’t had an exam in three years though and my current prescription sucks. They are scratched and fuzzy and I feel that I can see better without them in close proximity of things. I felt the need to fix this so I went in for an eye exam this past week and discovered I have a freckle on my left eye, which is actually the worse of the two. I had no idea that eyes could get freckles too. Who knew? Any way, here’s a doodle of me for ya so you can see who’s behind the ewe. 😉

Hope ewe are having a wonderful day!

Great graph, terrible hat!

Great graph, terrible hat!

Self caricature

A caricature of myself in a terrible fitting hat I made for a skinny head.

HoHoDooDa/Illustration Friday combo

I believe that children and animals can see the spirits we cannot.

I realize I’ve been missing in action here and I apologize. My brother-in-law unexpectedly popped in a few days ago and has been staying with us. Between the kids, my b-i-l, my husband’s overtime at work, and these socks, I’ve been preoccupied. I have one sock done and am about 1/3 through the second. I believe if I do toe up again in this size that I may widen the toe area. My personal preference is to have a wide area rather than a pointy area around the toes. I hate shoes that have pointed toes too. Might be because my feet are wide, might be because I haven’t seen anyone with actual pointed toes. Either way, I have to make the socks match so I’m going fairly pointed.

I wanted to do a HoHoDooDa and couldn’t think of anything to draw so I headed over to Illustration Friday and found the current subject there is ‘Spirit’. What comes to mind when I think of spirit is spirits, plural, as in ghosts, or fairies. I think of animal spirits and human spirits, and fae traveling through portals that may feel, sound, smell, or look like spirits. I believe that children and animals can see spirits better than we can and with the HoHoDooDa being a Wintry topic, I found this reference on Pinterest. I was captured immediately. Didn’t even bother to follow the link or anything. I just dug out my pad and mechanical pencil and went to town. Wasn’t until afterward that I clicked to follow through and found that the image was taken by a photographer. For these sorts of instances I think you should ask permission but as I’m not selling the image, but merely doodling it for fun, I think it may be okay. But as an artist myself, I must give credit where it is due so please check out the photography talents of Karen Khan. She’s also on Facebook if you want to follow her.

Thanks for stopping by. Much love to ewe where ever you are.