Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Palm Husk

A few weeks ago we went on a family reunion/vacation to Destin, Florida. By we, I mean my daughter and I. My husband just started a new job and needed to stay home.* This made it a bit of a rough but still fun trip for her (and her mama too). It helped a bit when she would take some downtime from all the excitement by going to our room with just the two of us. While there I sat and sketched a bit to pass the time.

This palm was right outside of our window. It had a bunch of vines growing in the husk** just below the leaves. The really interesting thing was that the vine wasn't attached to the ground.

*Boo. Boo I say. Hooray for his new job but seriously - boo.
**I'm sure that there is a scientifically correct term for this area. I do not know this term. I am going to make a bold statement here that even if it isn't called a husk - it should be. It's just very husk-y.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Flashback Friday: Carnation, Trumpet, and Egg

Whew. I got back from Florida last week and came home to a scanner that had died. The new one arrived today and I'm testing it out*. I should have a sketch or two from vacation ready to go next week.

In the meantime, here is a one from 2013.
Chloe got this little frog toy from the eye doctor. "I'm so glad Carnation was still in the treasure chest. In fact, I think she was just the frog I was waiting for."

*By "testing it out" I mean shaking my curmudgeon fist to the heavens and weeping. I hate that it takes time to learn the ins and outs of new equipment.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Manly Man Socks

And now for something completely different. I just finished a pair of socks for my husband. He prefers wild and bright colors to really showcase his loud personality.*

These are made from Knit Picks Stroll in the Jack Rabbit Heather colorway. What can I say? They make good mindless T.V. knitting at least. In fact I think we watched the second season of Orange Is The New Black while working on these. Have you seen Orange Is The New Black? If you haven't, then what are you doing reading a blog post about grey socks? For real. Go watch it.

*I lied. There is no truth in that sentence.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Flashback Friday: Run from The Bullfrog

Here is what was apparently the only sketch I did in 2011 - or at least the only one I did in my sketchbook. That seems crazy to me - until I remember that I had a three year old at the time. 

Chloe has taken to making up words. The other day she was running through the house yelling, "Va Baa." I asked her if she had made up that word.
 "Yeah," with a smile. 
"What does that word mean?" 
"It means run from the bullfrog." Right. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Paraphernalia of A Ruptured Eardrum

Today I thought I would share the sketchbook page that I pulled the illustrations from for my last post.

The main text from this sketchbook page is also there but doesn't include the little asides around the drawings.
Antibiotics for ears - Waiting for them to sit is "cold and boring"
Silicone earplugs - "fun to take out"
Syringe to measure amoxicillin
Amoxicillin - "tastes like bubblegum" 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ear Infection with a Side of Ruptured Ear Drum

Last week Chloe woke up complaining her head hurt. The next morning she started complaining about her ear. Off to the doctor. No fever, but a very angry ear. We got some amoxicillin.

 She developed a sudden fever of 102 degrees. That same evening she yelled and then asked why her pillow was all wet. She and her pillow were covered with a clear, yellowish pink fluid. Her ear drum had ruptured. Another call to the doctor - we now had ear drops to do four times a day and orders not to get her ear wet.

It leaked for a few more days and annoyed her with its' "windy sound". Ten days later and we just got the okay from the doc that it's healed. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flashback Friday: Pumpkins and Gourds

Here is the final Flashback Friday from 2010, a picture of some pumpkins and gourds. I actually remember drawing this - pulling the pumpkins from the black wire rack where they were displayed and setting them on the table. I also remember feeling terribly out of practice as I really wasn't drawing much at the time. 

From the drawing:
On Sunday we went to Schaake's pumpkin patch to pick out some pumpkins and take Chloe to ride the wagons. Every year it seems to get bigger with pumpkin slingshots, mazes, chickens, pigs, cows, and food. At 2 1/2 Chloe isn't too interested in anything but riding in the wagons.