Tuesday, February 2, 2016


It's a small world after all!

In our latest assignment for Sketchbook Skool, we were to find a vintage photo (or any photo), draw a picture of it and then create a clever caption for it. One of my classmates drew this...
To which I said, "You drew a picture of my late husband's great-grandfather, Hans Langseth!"
I've shown this photo on my blog before. I did a sketch of him myself. But what are the chances that someone in an online class would accidentally come across a photo of a relative of one of the other people in the class? BIZ-ARRE. ;)

My husband's g-g-father was in the Guinness Book of World Records some years back. He's not in there any more. I believe his beard resides in the Smithsonian, or did. His wife used to wash his beard and then have him sit in a chair while it dried. She draped it over the clothesline. He would usually have it rolled up in a ball, which he would stuff into a sugar sack and then stuff the sack inside of his shirt. A unique Norwegian ancestor.

Anyway, it's getting late, but I wanted to share this hard-to-believe occurrence. :)

Good evening, all and shalom!

Monday, February 1, 2016

A portrait of Audrey...

For our last assignment this week for Sketchbook Skool we had to draw a "character" from a photo and make up a caption. I chose a photo of Audrey taken when she was three. Micah was taking Audrey's official three year old pictures when Audrey cupped her hand behind her ear and whispered, "Listen! I hear a giggling bear!" What did she really hear? A loon. Good description, Audrey!

My skills at painting people are greatly lacking. I'll attach the photo as well, so you can see how beautiful Audrey really is. :)

I've spent lots of time today filling out apartment rental applications. I'll get those in the mail tomorrow and it's in God's hands then. I'm praying for a place on the second floor with at least one big window to let in lots of sunlight. The apartments I'm applying for are on the outskirts of town with more trees around them. I'd appreciate your prayers for my little sojourn into town living. I plan to get back out to the country eventually. (This "town" is only 2,000 people. So, that's probably country living to a lot of you, lol.)

I just ordered Apprenticeship with Jesus. Thanks for the idea, Pom! It looks good!

I'm off to watch "The Giver".  Have a blessed and wonderful week!

Shalom, dear people.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

An infographic?

Apparently, some folks are familiar with this word. I wasn't sure if I had the grasp of the concept when we were assigned to design a personal infographic. It seems to mean a group of pictures with text that gives some information about our lives. The results were very different for each person. This was my attempt, though I thought it rather dry compared to what some folks came up with. However...we are encouraged not to compare ourselves with others, so...
 My granddaughter, Starry, has one of those birthdays that sneak up on you. You turn to the new month on your calendar and THERE SHE IS! February 3rd! I have to get a card and send it right away! Hey, wait a minute. I have blank watercolor cards and envelopes. Why don't I just make one? So, I did... Got it in the mail, too! Yay, Grandma!
 I enclosed some birthday money and a page of glittery butterfly stickers for her to put on the walls at home, lol.
 I used my new Kuretake Gansai Tambi paints for the first time. I like them a lot! It's fun to have so many color choices without having to mix anything! (I'm lazy and usually don't end up with the color I want.)
 These are for the Hand-drawn Sunflowers swap. Three of them were from a larger painting that I cut into pieces. Sly, eh?
 Movie night! I'm off tomorrow, too, so I had to get two, right? I love both of these movies enough to watch them a second time. :)
Wanna hear something weird? I had my groceries bagged in a paper bag yesterday. I usually have plastic bags, but I thought, "Hey, I could use that paper to do art on!" Freaky! ;) And I'm helping the planet. Yup.
Some of you may remember that I've been putting photo albums together for my kids. I finally mailed them off. No, I haven't gotten through all of my pictures, but I had filled the binders! I'll send them more pics as I sort through them. My son, Jordan, PM'd me through Facebook to let me know he had gotten his album, and he thinks it's awesome! His favorite photo he calls "Jord and Corn". Isn't he adorable? (He'll really appreciate me sharing this with the world. Naw. He's got a great sense of humor.)
Jordan then...
...and now. (There's no hair under that cap.)
As long as I'm running down rabbit trails, here's something that really surprised and amazed me. You've seen quite a few pictures here of our old log house next door. We've always felt apologetic when family came to visit. My daughter-in-law from Maryland posted a picture of her childhood home a little while back, and I was so tickled to see that she lived in a very modest log home as a child! Never knew that! (She's from either VA or West VA.)
We're all more alike than we know...sometimes. ;)
Thanks for dropping in! I'm off to do more art and maybe other things as well. I'm so grateful for rest days!

Shalom, my friends!

Friday, January 29, 2016

An accordion book...

To wrap up the second week of Sketchbook Skool our assignment was to create an accordion book. It was supposed to tell something about us. Here's mine...

 Our first mini-assignment for this week was to draw a dog in a minute or two. The idea was to show everyone's different styles of drawing. She's encouraging us not to try to emulate someone else's style, but to just be ourselves.
I'll be balancing my dinner of tilapia and veggies on my lap as I watch some more art class. I have to work tomorrow (my "weekend off"), but I get Sunday and Monday off.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Shalom!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A few odds and ends...

I often snap a picture of my old log house which I can see out my west window. That's where I lived for 22 years or so, and where I lived while writing much of my Backwoods Crazyquilt blog. I want to have photos to remember it when I move away. It's where most of our memories were made of raising our wonderful kids.
I bought some M. Graham watercolors a while back. I'd been wanting some more artist grade paints and didn't like my Winsor and Newton paints so much. They didn't seem to have much pigment. I searched around for empty pallets to buy to put the tube paints in. They're expensive! So, I came up with the idea to remove the W&N paints from their little palette and refill it with the M. Grahams. It was a messy process. They were stuck in pretty well. I had to soak them in the sink and then pry them out. Here's the palette with the new paints in it. It was worth the effort to have them in a handy sized palette.
I saved the old Winsor and Newton paints. If I don't use them the grandgirls can. :)

 This is something I came across in my old sketchbook. I used The Drawing Textbook for my kids' art lessons many years ago when we homeschooled. I pulled it out years later and worked through it myself. It's a lot of fun. I still haven't finished it.
This is another project for Sketchbook Skool. I entered a contest to win some new drawing pens. Don't know who won yet. It was a random drawing.

Well, I'd better get ready for work. I have the next two days off!!! Art time!!! :)

Have a great day filled with God's shalom!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

ATC Catch Up...

Just a quick post to catch up on my ATC's. Here are my cards for my latest swaps.

The Australian Aboriginal Style swap...

And the Pen and Ink Swap...
(I really enjoy basic pen and ink more than anything else. Glad I rediscovered that thanks to this swap!)

You folks light up my life! Ciao for now!
Shalom on your households!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

A famous quote...

Today's homework assignment for Sketchbook Skool was to do some hand lettering using a quote. I used a quote from one of my favorite people...Hazel. She was explaining how the boo-boo on her arm had come to be.

I think I kind of overdid it.

Is this version better?

No, no. You don't really have to answer! The main point was to practice some hand lettering. I made too big a deal out of it. Sometimes simpler is better...

I'm off to post my drawing on the Sketchbook School site. We're having another really cold spell. Glad I get to stay home this weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!