I’ve been feeling uninspired lately.

It’s been over a month since I posted anything. I’ve had ideas for reviews of both books and healthy food, I just haven’t had the motivation. I need to get back on track.

Here are some highlights from life in the past month +:

  1. Swimming – Mike and I have started going to the pool at our local recreation center on Saturday mornings. It has been wonderful for our joints. We didn’t go last week when I had the flu. This week we went to a comic book show instead. Next week we plan to go to North Port Aquatic Center to check out their pool and lazy river. Can’t wait.
  2. The Winners by Frederik Backman – I had the pleasure to read the upcoming third book in the Beartown series. I am a a big fan of Mr. Backman. His books are wonderful. A review of the book is in the works and will be posted closer to the expected publishing date of September 27, 2022.
  3. Cozy mysteries – I’m on a cozy mystery reading kick. I love to go on Amazon and find the first book in a cozy mystery series to see if I want to read the whole series.
  4. Crafts – I haven’t been crafting as much. I’ve been craft brainstorming but haven’t done much more. I’m starting to feel a little inspiration to get ready for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas crafts. Stay tuned, there may be a how-to video or two in the works.
  5. Trying to stay cool – I’ve not been successful. It is has been pretty freakin’ hot since what feels like forever. Can’t wait for “cool” weather.

So, what have you been up to this Summer?

Thanks for reading.

What I did on my vacation

We were off work last week doing work around the house. In between chores and projects, I spent some time crafting. I am really enjoying crocheting. I’m getting more confident in my skills. I participated in a mystery crochet-along. The parts of the crochet pattern came out every other day. At the end we had a finished product. Here’s some pictures of the crafts I worked on this week.

crocheted bunny
bunny butt
Bunny has a friend that still needs eye and a beak
The finished mystery crochet-along
My first attempt at chalk paste stenciling

Hopefully I’ll be back to regular posts this week.

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Doodle Challenge Day 11

Today’s doodle mixes pencil and ink on mixed media paper. I shaded the butterfly with a No. 2 pencil. The outlines and lettering were done with a .08 micro liner. The pink background was done with a Dollar Tree gel pen. It is no surprise that I call this doodle Fly Free.

I hope you are all well and enjoying doodling.

Thanks for reading.

Doodle Challenge Day 10

I don’t know if it is still popular but a few years ago hand lettered sayings on book pages were a big think. I always liked how they looked. I thought I might try a doodle on a book page.

Today’s doodle is a Celtic lot on a book about Celtic lore. This one was a challenge due to how intertwined the knot is.

What would you like to see drawn on a book page? Maybe you would like to do a book page doodle and share it with us? I hope you do.

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Doodle Challenge Day 9

You do not need expensive or special tools to doodle. This doodle is done with a regular No. 2 pencil on a post-it note. It is a 3D twisty heart that I call Love in 3D.

In the past I have been known to doodle on my desk calendar, my arm, and even my pant leg.

Where have you doodled? What simple tools have you used? Share your story.

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Doodle Challenge Day 8

For today’s doodle I tried a technique I saw on Pinterest. Using torn paper to make the outlines of mountains. I added some water, a rocky beach and some palm trees. I enjoyed making this one.

What kind of doodle will tomorrow bring? If you have a suggestion, I’d love to hear it. Write it in the comments. Happy doodling.

Thanks for reading.

Doodle Challenge – Day 7

My doodle for day 7 illustrates another way to draw. I’m learning how to use Procreate on my iPad. I drew this gnome using several different brushes in the Procreate app. The hat was done with a textured brush. Doodling doesn’t have to be on paper. You can create electronic doodles too.

Have you tried any drawing apps? What is your favorite? Please, share your work.

Thanks for reading!