Happy New Year Everyone!
I hope that everyone is enjoying the first few days of the new year. I closed the studio down for a few days so that we could just enjoy the holiday and hang out with family. (Don’t worry, mom was still getting cards!).
John and I went to Florida to see our daughter and other family members. It was nice and warm. We played card games like Cover Your Assets and Skull King. We were having a great time. We were thinking of extending our stay but we got a call on New Year’s morning from my father-in-law that the roof was leaking on our house.
Happy New Year, eh?
He said the roof leaked all the way into the living room and basement….again😱😱😱😱😱
Our wonderful neighbors threw a tarp on the roof. We weren’t in Florida but for a few days and drove back up to NY that weekend (ugh). Today the solar people came to remove a panel to assess the issue. Apparently a RACCOON was trying to eat his/her way into our house. It somehow squeezed under the panel. My husband repaired the roof. Solar panel was replaced. Now we are on critter watch.
In the meantime, as promised, I added embellishments to my Kringle Kitty sketchbook. I created a video to show a flip through of the book and if you look closely your see that each page has something more 3D-ish added to it. I haven’t done many videos so forgive the abrupt ending.
I did this page last week but saved it for posting today.
This is a page that you are invited to download and color.
We “celebrate” the old fashioned way, we cook/ bake and eat together as a family. My family is basically UK Isles. So I am a little of everything, Brit, Scottish, Irish, etc. My husband doesn’t mind (he’s Italian), there’s Irish Soda bread so as long as there is bread, he’s happy.
And no, I do not drink on St Patrick’s Day. It’s a day where I do a personal, anti drinking protest.
Here is a quick Tombow sketch and I updated Mack’s hat from the previous sketch to add green.
In between making sketchbooks, making Valentine’s Day cards and a multitude of other projects, here is my map for Valentine’s Day, which is also up on They Draw and Travel’s website.
My favorite candy is Lore’s Chocolates in Philadelphia. But I love See’s and I like Kilwin’s ice cream (their candy isn’t bad either.) See’s candy has a special fondness in my heart because my grandmother used to buy us a box every year for Christmas. John and I found a See’s when we were in Seattle last year. We bought a pound and it never made it home. Castronovo is a new favorite, they make the chocolate right from the bean. OMG it is amazing.
However you like to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I hope yours is sweet!
Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day.
Here is the link to my map on their website.
Today’s post is my last surprise of the holidays. I finished this map on 12/29 and I sent it along to They Draw and Travel.
I did a lot of research for this map. There were three Miracle on 34th Street movies and in my opinion, the only one worth watching is the 1947 version. It was exciting for me to find the actual house that Susan wanted Kris Kringle to get her for Christmas. It is here on Long Island, sitting on it’s little hill, humble to have been part of a Christmas classic.
Here is the link to view the map on They Draw and Travel:
Here is the 12th day of Christmas. I hope you enjoyed this little series. And Cleo the cat.
Ok. I was raised a Catholic. For us, the 12th day of Christmas is the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6th, aka Little Christmas. (For you folks in the UK, Happy 12th Night! ) Our tree stays up until the 6th.
When I was a kid, the tree didn’t go up until Christmas Eve and it came down on the 6th. Once I had kids of my own, with busy schedules, that tradition went out the window. Ours is a real tree that we cut fresh from a farm.
Here’s my 11th day of Christmas sketch, it is getting pretty crowded on the page…..the cat seems to like the pipers.
Tomorrow I will post Day 12. After that, I will have to think of another series to do.
These are done in my morning pages so that’s why there is a hint of a border here and there.