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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A new Pencil and Some Paper...

That's all it takes to make me a happy camper.  I think that it started when I was about six years old. 

My dad could draw some and he taught me what he knew...

On my seventh Christmas I got a new ball point pen from Santa. That was cool, but I couldn't erase mistakes.  I went back to the pencils and haven't stopped drawing since!

I went through some of my tablets and sketchbooks this morning... That's almost as fun as drawing new stuff... The first one had lots of ideas for bags and purses from over the years. I have only made a couple of them. Maybe after Christmas I should try a couple more.

Then I found one that had some ideas for birdhouses, feeders and wind chimes.  I really want to do some of these for the back yard and a few in mini for here and there too... I think that the Weaver's Workshop needs a birdhouse on a branch...
Almost as fun as drawing is making lists.  This one was for reorganizing my books... I did do it, but it needs doing again. It's just a good thing that I kept the list.  The letters at the side are a key to where the different books go.  W is for Workshop.  F is for family room... and so on.

Somehow, the lists always descend into doodling... It helps me think about where I am going to put things...

The bird and the faces are just thoughts running through my head at the time.
If I can't think of anything to draw, I just start doing weird designs.  I was doing Zen Tangles long before they were called that.  I have always called it doodling.  I like that word better...

I realized that the two words at the bottom of this one could mean two different things, when spoken.  That's how they got into the mix...

What is the purpose of all of this wandering?  I just want to encourage you to pick up a pencil and let it have it's way.  It may lead you to something that you didn't even know that you could do. 

Go for it!

I planted these two bowls for April and Seth and for his parents.  They all like plants so the bowl gardens should be appreciated.  They are all plants that will outgrow the bowls and have to be planted somewhere else.  Then they can plant something new inside and keep them going for years to come.

I think that I will go start moving books to their rightful places now.  Back to work. 

See you tomorrow.

8 comments:

Jodi Hippler said...

Casey these 'doodles' are wonderful! As I am looking at them and feeling the feelings they provoke, I decided that you should really illustrate a children's book. They evoke in me a sense that anything is possible. Maybe you could collaborate with Amare. He could make up the story, and you could bring the imaginings to life. How fun that would be!

Lucille said...

Those planters look lovely. I will not be back for a few days and so I will wish you a Merry Christmas, Casey, and also to your family. Hope you have a lovely day and nice things from Santa!

Lené said...

I like your idea of listing books by category for different rooms. I have my books arranged that way already, but forget which category is where. And living in a narrow, 3 floor townhouse is a bit annoying to climb to different floors looking for a specific book. It would be lovely to see some of your birdhouses come to life when you are feeling better.

Troy said...

Beautiful drawings. An inspiration - thanks!

Claudia said...

I wish I could draw! Your drawings are lovely, Casey. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
xo
Claudia

Cara said...

Every once in a while, I see these questions on blogs and social media that ask "What's the one crafting tool you can't do without?" My answer is always a Pencil. It all starts with the humble pencil.

Caseymini said...

Cara. If I can't take a pencil and a sketch pad, I'm not going!!!

Holly said...

such a beautiful blog full of mini idea! i will have to sit down and go through the whole thing soon!