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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cold... Hot!

After several weeks away, I'm hoping to get back into a posting routine here. Christmas was rather extended for us this season, with the immediate family not being able to gather until Jan. 7. We're just glad that everyone could be together then!


I know we were due for some COLD weather, which has definitely arrived, but I still don't like it. Brrr! Guess I'll have to keep busy using up the hot chocolate mixes I received as a gift. Yummm!


New year–fresh start. For those of you who participate in Scribble Picnic, I have visited and caught up with your blogs. But in the interest of doing that, I had to forego taking time to leave comments. Please know that I thoroughly enjoyed all the interesting activities, thoughts, and art projects that you shared over the past month or so!

Linking with Scribble Picnic. Fill your cup with more "hot chocolate" here.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Holy Night


Praying we keep Jesus front and center amidst all the hustle and tinsel that sometimes seems to have become the season. Merry Christmas and God's blessings to all!

Linking with Scribble Picnic for this week's "Christmastime" theme. Join the celebration in various forms here.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

A Nod to Sweden

With this week's Scribble Picnic theme being "Finland/Scandinavian" I hardly dared to not join in and give a nod to the Swedish heritage and community I married into almost thirty-five years ago! Rendered rather hastily with colored pencil... a Swedish flag, Santa Lucia, and a Dala Horse. Sorry to not take time to expound on them, but the links should provide some basic information if you're not familiar with them. I elected not to draw any lutefisk–you're welcome!
Visst, you can sail on over here to see what the theme inspired others to share.
Had to squeeze in one of the few Swedish words I know-certainly! :-)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Generosity

After missing a week, then having Thanksgiving week without a prompt, I almost forgot about getting anything drawn for Scribble Picnic. Oops! Just barely managed to get something done in time to link, using my watercolor pencils. This turned out to be a learning experience (which I'll need to practice more) for how to get white lettering on a solid background without painting over it. Obviously I didn't quite have my spacing all figured out either, but didn't have time to start over. That's okay--I think everyone gets the idea!

Check out other interpretations of "Generous" here, and remember to practice it year-round!
God Bless You for Your Generosity!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Cookies Are a Snap!

Gingersnap cookies have been a family favorite as far back as I can remember. Mom used the recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Sometime in junior high or high school I typed the recipe (using Dad's trusty manual typewriter) onto a pink 3 x 5 index card. I couldn't begin to count the number of times I've pulled out the card, mixed up the ingredients, rolled the dough into balls, dipped them in sugar, and baked up dozens of the tasty treat!

Scribble Picnic theme for the week is cookie, so of course I had to give these gingersnaps a try with my watercolor pencils. Couldn't figure out how to get the sparkle of the granulated sugar on them. I'm anxious to see here what deliciousness the other participants have stirred up for their cookie jars!
I was curious to see if BH&G still has the recipe, so went to their website. I see the recipe they post now is almost
the same as mine, but not quite. Plus, they call them "ginger cookies" instead of "gingersnaps." So, I'll just post the recipe with the ingredient amounts the way I grew up with it!

Gingersnaps
1 1/2 cups shortening            1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar                         4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup molasses                   2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 eggs                                  2 teaspoons cloves
4 cups flour                           2 teaspoons ginger

Cream shortening and sugar; add molasses and eggs; beat well.
Add sifted dry ingredients; mix well. (A wooden spoon works great, since the dough will be stiff.)
Shape dough into small balls; roll in additional granulated sugar; place 2 inches apart on greased (or lined) cookie sheet.
Bake at 375ยบ until light brown and puffy. Do not over bake!
Let cool a couple of minutes before transferring to wire racks.
Makes around 8 dozen cookies.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Timeless Toy

It's so easy to get out of a routine if you miss a week or two. At any rate, it's good to be back with Scribble Picnic to join in on this week's "Toy" theme.  (You can click here to see the fun others came up with.) I tried to think of a toy that most people would have played with at some point in their lives. I'm thinking this works!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Scribble, Emphasis on Scribble

     I needed to come up with an idea for a drawing to fill in the blank/negative space of
                         
for this week's Scribble Picnic. There was plenty of extra room on a sheet of paper from the blanket project, so I started scribbling ideas on it. Didn't originally intend do the "real" drawings on the same page, but that's where they landed. Nor was I going to post the top part of the page, but if I cut off the "scribbliest" part where I was practicing my initials, it would also cut off some of one of the more finished scribbles. So, you just get it all! I'm looking forward to seeing what others came up with here!

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Covered in Love

     My grandmother (1900-1995), like so many of her era, seldom let anything go to waste. If shirts or dresses were beyond wearing, she would salvage what she could of the material, and piece that together to make blanket tops. I'm not sure that she did the actual tying or quilting, but none-the-less the resulting blankets were uniquely hers, with reminders of this shirt or that robe or this housedress or even that pair of pajamas. I ended up with some of these blankets, most of which have seen much use and better days.  But, I decided to go ahead and use them. After all, that's what they were made for, and despite their worn and torn areas, they are a lovely reminder of Grandmother.
     I started out sketching just a blanket, which quickly became a lap quilt, which had to be on someone's lap, which required a person, and she had to be doing something, so here you have it! I'm not entirely sure what she is reading, though quite likely it's her Bible; or it's also entirely possible that it's one of her old diaries.
     After doing the pencil version, I decided to add some watercolor to liven up the blanket.
      Scanning the painted version in black and white gives it another look.
     This page will take you to see what others are snuggling up with for this week's Blanket theme for Scribble Picnic.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Turn the Radio On

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, my parents had a transistor radio, almost exactly like this one, except it was green instead of brown. Look at that nifty flip-out stand!
Vintage Zenith Royal 275 7-Transistor Radio, Made in the U.S.A., Introduced in 1959 (11695587475)
By Joe Haupt from USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Probably around 5th grade, I remember desperately wanting a small transistor radio and a wind-up alarm clock of my own. I absolutely did not want one of the new clock radio combinations, as I wanted to be able to carry the radio around with me. One December day my parents had gone to a big city (west to Pueblo, Colorado?? southeast to Garden City??) for a day of shopping while my brothers and I were in school. When they arrived home I went out to the car to help them bring things in the house, and there was a receipt, the kind where they used to write every purchase out by hand, that I couldn't help but begin to read... "1 radio  $?.??" Oh dear! I wasn't supposed to see that! There was a brief moment of excitement knowing they had bought it, but as Christmas approached that changed because the fun of not knowing what I would receive was gone. The receipt I saw may have actually listed both the radio and the clock, I'm not sure now. At any rate, they were both Christmas gifts I received that year, and I enjoyed many years' use of them. Since then, I've always been careful to try to not figure out what gifts are ahead of time. It's much more fun that way!

The hand-sized radio I carried around had two rolling dials, one to turn it on and control volume, and the other to tune in your favorite station. It came in a black leather case. Kids today would surely be aghast to have to use such an antique thing, but it brought in the tunes of the day, and was the coolest thing ever at that point in my life!

These are similar to the radio and case I had, though I remember my radio as being black and silver.
https://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/guest-column-collecting-vintage-transistor-radios-of-the-1950s-and-60s/
https://www.vintagetoys.com/toys/classified/30030









Here's a page from my little sketchbook portraying that magical little box of electronics.

Visit this page of Scribble Picnic to see what others are tuning in on this week.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Penguin Love and a Treasure Hunt

Penguins–what could be more black and white, which is the theme for this week's Scribble Picnic. Did this in rather of a hurry using a 4B pencil in my little sketchbook. I don't appreciate the imperfections of the paper showing up when scanned and enlarged, but can't put the blame for all of them on the paper!

I will be spending the next three days at our huge garage sale (with other families) as part of the annual U.S. Highway 36 Treasure Hunt (400 miles of antique and garage sales across Kansas!) I don't know how every year we manage to pull enough junk treasure out of the house to be able to keep doing this. Oh well, as long as it keeps going out! You can check out more black and white contributions to the picnic here.