Belated Win and Starting Again

WooHoo! Made it!

According to Linda Silvestri, we all win, no matter how many drawings we managed to get done or post, we tried. So, I may have missed the last few days of November because my brood fell ill but I’m still a winner. And I think all of you are winners too for stopping by and cheering me on. Thank you!

I’d like you to join me again in December for the HoHoDooDa. I want to give it another go to keep the momentum going. It’ll be tough with the crochet and knit projects I have going but I’m going to try to keep up.

Drawings here are by Linda Silvestri. She’s pretty amazing. If you haven’t already, go check her out! Click on one of the links above or the one on the right.Image


SkADaMo ~ Day 27

Today we took our three monsters to the movies. We needed to get out and since I first heard of this movie last year, I wanted to see it. It was not quite what I’d expected. My husband and I immediately agreed that this one must enter our Must Own collection. Disney’s Frozen was a masterpiece. I hope to own it soon so that I may take in more of the breath-taking scenes and expressions that they portrayed in the film. Tonight’s Sketch A Day is a fan art of Sven. He was as lovable as the horse in Tangled but with a very different persona.Image

SkADaMo ~ Day 26 and a note


I struggled a bit trying to think of something to draw tonight so I decided to go with some emotions of my little drama queen. She’s a pretty hyperactive kid, bouncing around the house in a fit of giggles chasing her brother as they both let out ear piercing shrieks of excitement. When she doesn’t get her way we’ve been putting her in the corner because she immediately throws a tantrum of varying degrees and whines like her world is crumbling around her. I can’t wait till this one’s a teenager. O.O

On a side note, I wanted to share with you all the “proper” yarn to use in kitchen and bath crafts. Whether it’s a hot pad, a dish cloth, or a wash rag, cotton and wool are the suggested yarns. The reason behind this is that they both hold water much easier than acrylic, which is the cheaper and more easy to come by yarn, but the main reason for these in the kitchen, especially for hot pads is that they self extinguish whereas acrylic will melt.

My grandmother is the one who taught me to crochet. I’m pretty certain that she’s only ever used acrylic yarn. I have a critter shaped hot pad she created for me years ago that I could offer as proof. My Granny did everything in acrylic and had no problems. No one died, got hurt, or told her she was doing it wrong. There may not really be a right or wrong type of yarn to use, but there are suggestions and reasons why some people choose to use cotton or wool. I’ve never used cotton or wool. I’ve always wanted to but haven’t yet. I’ve ordered some cotton yarn on discount at Craftsy so play with and do an experiment with.

So whether it’s social norm or whatever, I wanted you to be aware so you can decide for yourself what you would use for the last few projects I’ve shared.

SkADaMo ~ Day 25

It’s almost over. Can you believe it? Wow, this month flew by. I may not keep doing daily doodles but I will continue to share art and crochet and knit stuff here. I do kind of like the drawing per day thing.

Any way, here is another poem inspired drawing/sketch.

A drawing inspired by Shel Silverstein's poem.

A drawing inspired by Shel Silverstein’s poem.

The One Who Stayed
You should have heard the old men cry,
You should have heard the biddies
When that sad stranger raised his flute
And piped away the kiddies.
Katy, Tommy, Meg and Bob
Followed, skipping gaily,
Red-haired Ruth, my brother Rob,
And little crippled Bailey,
John and Nils and Cousin Claire,
Dancin’, spinnin’, turnin’
‘Cross the hills to God knows where-
They never came returnin’.
‘Cross the hills to God knows where
The piper pranced, a leadin’
Each child in Hamlin Town but me,
And I stayed home unheedin’.
My papa says that I was blest
For if that music found me,
I’d be witch-cast like all the rest.
This town grows old around me.
I cannot say I did not hear
That sound so haunting hollow-
I heard, I heard, I heard it clear…
I was afraid to follow.

~Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

SkADaMo ~ Day 24


Shadow Wash
I’ve never washed my shadow out
In all the time I’ve had it.
It was absolutely filthy I supposed,
And so today I peeled it off
The wall where it was leaning
And stuck it in the washtub
With the clothes.
I put in soap and bleach and stuff,
I let it soak for hours,
I wrung it out an dhung it out to dry,
And whoever would have thunk
That it would have gone and shrunk
For now it’s so much
Littler than I.
~ Shel Silvertein

Today’s sketch is doubly inspired. Shadow as suggested by Illustration Friday and Shadow Wash by Shel Silverstein as quoted from Where the Sidewalk Ends.

SkADaMo ~ Day 23 (late)

My first comic

It’s official. Krita hates me. I’ve been fighting with this program for the past 6 hours to get this done to post and as close as I am, I still can’t add text! I’m so very frustrated. Argh!!

Well, anyway. I drew another sketch… technically it was last night now, for Sketch A Day Month and scanned it in to post. I thought since I already had all of the components for the “comic strip” I would go ahead and piece it all together. BUT, since I can’t get the text to work, or the program to at least keep responding to me without shutting down, I’ll tell you here what they are saying.

Panel 1: Hello. My name is Frankie. Are you ready to order?
Panel 2: Yes. I’d like to devour the unborn, feast on the flesh of animals and drink the blood of the earth.
Panel 3: Waitress: Um… eep. Mom: What he means is he’d like some eggs, bacon and orange juice.

Regardless of the missing text, I do hope you enjoyed my first ever comic. The joke was extended, but came from my oldest daughter. I have no idea where she got it.

SkADaMo ~ Day 22


I’m starting to understand how those who have web comics only submit one or two days a week. The backgrounds, expressions, characters, colors (if any), are all a lot more work than one may imagine. The process it takes, if you ever feel like looking into it, to draw and color one panel is anywhere between 12 – 20 hours from start to finish. Not all artists/illustrators draw on paper first. Tablets and computers are making it easier to get the traditional art feel without the extra step of pencil or ink. I’m doing traditional sketches here because the computer I had such programs on was having too many errors to continue using. I’m not computer literate enough to find out what the problem may be that those programs no longer wish to stay open long enough to complete a couple of hours of work so we bought a new computer. This tiny town seems to lack good computer repair techs.

So, here is the waitress from yesterday’s post with the reaction to what the young man is saying. I hope to finish this over the weekend in a first ever, for me, comic strip. Tomorrow though, in honor of Doctor Who, I may have to do some fan art as well. Are you a Who-vian? I’ve only just started watching a few years ago when a gal pal introduced me to the series as well as Avatar-The Last Airbender.

See you tomorrow!