Hi everyone! I have a little confession. Online I throw the word love around a lot but in person, I am really kind of shy and reserved. Not so much with my kids but with most other people in my life. Can you relate? I think a lot of kids probably can too.
One of our favorite things to do in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is visit waterfalls. It’s really an activity that has something for everyone. You can climb challenging rock formations, simply admire the beauty and listen to the rushing water, or investigate geological curiosities. For example, look at all these pebbles wedged in the crack of this rock. I think it is kind of interesting how it illustrates the universal tendency for voids to be filled.
Have you noticed it is a little quieter in your backyard lately? Less tweet, tweets? Fall migration is fun for a lot of bird enthusiasts because they can see birds they don’t normally see as they pass through from places further north. It also means that our summer visitors are packing up and leaving too. I think it is a little sad to say good bye to many of our backyard neighbors as they head off for warmer weather and leave us behind to face the cold alone. They don’t even say good bye! We won’t be along this winter; a few birds will stick around. I notice those crazy House Sparrows are pretty excited to have their prime real estate back.
We are regulars at our local library and often have up to 50 books and other media out at at one time. I ♡ the library a lot but I must say, my kids gravitate to the books we own more. We have tons of children’s books stashed on low shelves throughout the house. They like to get cozy on their lambskins and pull out a bunch of books, sometimes asking to be read to, other times paging through books on their own. They thoroughly enjoy reading familiar stories over and over again. Even at night, when we all get in bed together for reading time they pick books from our shelves while I am the one who slips in the library choices. I do think our extensive home library it is a big reason my kids love books so much.
About a month ago I posted about my personal experience using My Artist’s Way Toolkit. You can find out about it and read my thoughts here. If you are interested in trying it out for FREE for one month you can use this promo code: BLOGHER (all in caps). You will be asked to add your credit card info but will NOT be charged for your one month free trial! Cool, huh?! Try it, your creativity will thank you!!!
I wouldn’t exactly say my marriage is in a rut but I have my interests (can you guess?) and Mr. Doodles and Jots has his music and then pile on kids and jobs and what is left for each other? Neither one of us is exceptionally needy and our marriage is fine but you could definitely say we have been in need of an easy way to connect.
Enter the TV mini-series!
This year we started watching television mini series. Continue reading
I guess a lot of dads don’t wear ties anymore, at least not on most days, but it still seems to be a fun and iconic Father’d Day gift.
With this easy print, build, and color card craft, you can give your dad 3 ties designed by you that he can enjoy looking at but doesn’t need to feel obligated to wear or find an open spot on his crowded tie rack for. Go crazy! This is really a win win people!
I have taken a step back lately to examine the role I would like art and illustration to play here at Doodles and Jots. Over time, and once I have more time, I would like it to play an even bigger and more integral role in my content and maybe even become more consistent, that is after I do lots of experimenting. The great thing about a blog is that it can be a testing ground for a not-fully-baked-plan like this.
What has inspired this personal challenge? Find out next week!
The possibilities are so exciting! Part of this plan is to migrate my style to be EVEN looser to save time and also because it is what I like. I have decided to stop thinking about it and take some action. I decided it would be motivating and fun to turn my plan into a little independent study course for myself! Join in if you like. I think it could apply to more than just art and illustration styles like photography or maybe even writing.