Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I wish I were a fancy border type

Not a Christmas post yet; I still need to take some pictures.

In the meanwhile, here's a picture.


Its theme is the seven deadly sins. Some of the measurements may have gotten a bit off. >_- I'm not good at that sort of thing. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

The snow! It's been STOLEN!!

A terrible thaw! The fog showed up thick as you please and made off with our snow!





All that's left of poor Dirty Jones. :( 


Time to start praying for a Christmas miracle, methinks.

Anyways.


Here's Alsto, whom I bought at a garage sale this summer. He looks rather like Nick Paddy, but he has no joints. Nor a music box. Bears from a certain time period rather liked to stick their tongues out, didn't they?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

SPOILERS!!! AVERT THINE EYES!!

Too obsessed with Over the Garden Wall am I. I have to keep doing fanart.



It's difficult, because when I do fanart I always wanna do something different with the style than the source material did, but Over the Garden Wall is so perfectly stylized, one just wants to copy it exactly...
Well in this case I went for slightly closer to realism. MAN he looks like an elf...


I haven't posted so many bears lately. Methinks it stems from the bears all living upstairs and my computer living downstairs in this house and me being too lazy to climb up to take pictures when I wanna make a blog entry. But I did one today, so...



Masha is named for the Russian fairytale, Masha and the Bear. She looks familiar, no? But a keen eye can spot some differences, hmmmyess.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Few things have made as big an impact

....as Over the Garden Wall. I swear, this show is the epitome of everything I've ever wanted in an enchanted forest setting. Which is pretty much everything I've ever wanted.



So here's a paper-cut picture, which doesn't begin to say how awesome the show is, but it's a start. I figure, the more WORK a picture takes, the more you're saying you like the subject matter. And paper-cutting takes a heckuva lotta work. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I keep a keen eye on the toy market

I really like Lalaloopsy dolls. Have I mentioned that before?






Here I drew Miku Hatsune in Lalaloopsy style. :)
I find that said dolls have a very unique, bordering on creepy (but not so much as to make them unsuitable for kids) design. And the fact that they have this very distinct, very original look, sets them apart from such things as Monster High dolls, which, while the idea of dolls each with a different monster theme is intriguing, only come off as like, 'the Halloween VERSION' of an already established doll, because they look just like Bratz dolls in their structure. (Bratz dolls are DEFINITELY unsuitable for kids, because they seem to be designed to look (pardon my language) as slutty as possible.)

Anyways, I bought myself a Lalaloopsy (or I guess it's a LalaOopsy, which is apparently a spinoff variety.) cuz it was on clearance at the store.


I believe the name on the package was Princess Nutmeg. It's cute!

Plus it came with this trippy-lookin' mushroom thing!


Cool, huh?

Ah, but the one I REALLY want is this one...

Picture from a wiki site


Because this one has the name Lady Stillwaiting, and she seems to often come together with another one named Sir Battlescarred. How cool is that? Not only do these names provide ample material for Fairytale stories to weave about the dolls, but they also imply a grim sort of sense that Sir Battlescarred may not ever return from slaying the dragon, and Lady Stillwaiting's name lends her to be a figure of chastity and faithfulness, even in the face of death.

And THAT'S something that kids SHOULD be learning.
 
 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Makin decorations prt 2

It's still a bit early, but if I only started making Christmas decorations on Christmas, we'd have nothing to put up ON Christmas, now would we?


I've never tried bead knitting before, but I think it turned out just lovely. Now I needs me some more of them beads.

Here's some pictures of frost on windows.





That's one of the house windows.
Here are the chicken house windows.




Quite nice.

And just a side note: I've just watched the best new show ever (aka Over the Garden Wall) and it was everything I've ever wanted. Expect fan art soon, and lots of it.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The wallpaper thingies, right?

A first glimpse at a super special top secret project I've been working on!

My Mom always says that I should make my pictures into wallpaper borders, so I decided to go ahead and make one! Here are the first couple panels.






And here they are all stitched together.


 And the idea is that one could mix and match and try different orders of pictures. 
Once I've done a whole ton, I plan to have it made into actual wallpaper, and sell it right here, on my blog! So if you need any wallpapering done, be sure to check on back here.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

It went too far, the warmth, it did

The weather just kept getting warmer! Despite all efforts, Hamlet Buttons died. :( And Traffic Cop has leaned way way over. He might still make it though.

To not be without snow folk, we quickly erected this fellow.


This Snowbear's name is Dirty Jones. ...Well YOU try making a tidy snowman when it's this hot!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Snowman time!

It was warm today, so we made some snowmen.


It was a lot easier than I remembered it being from the last time we were here in winter. (seven years ago.) This first one, named 'Traffic Cop,' we got done in about ten minutes. So elated we were, we got right to work on another.


This one is named 'Hamlet Buttons.'

Tomorrow's supposed to be warm again; maybe we can make us some more Calvin-esque ones...

I felt really hot after all that work, so I stuck my face in the snow.






Hee hee!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

No-sense convoluted multi-reference

Here's a picture I drew.


It's mostly in reference to this poem by Heather Dixon.

Since most of my recent pictures can't be put up here, I feel like this blog is a little behind the times on how I've lately been developing my style, but I think it shows a little here. It's mostly in a new way of inking-width variation, and trying for much more form-indicating shading of skin, faces in particular. I'm enjoying it to no end. :)

Did you know I get bad allergies? (sneeze-type allergies, not food allergies) I do. I'm the only one in my family who does. Dust is one culprit, but there's also some kind of pollen, though WHAT kind we've never been able to figure, and it leads to many a miserable day of sneezing and sinus headaches. (to be fair though, that's the only time I ever get headaches...) Anyways, in view of this fact, I needed someone's help...


Namely, Alexander Bear's. He was a present from a friend for a birthday, (8th? 9th? One of those.) And he is the bear for when you are sick. He makes you get better! You may not believe me, but the fact is that every time I've been sick and cuddled Alexander Bear, I have then proceeded to get better.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hat time

Wanted to make myself Zoe's hat from Digimon Frontier.

^Screenshot from aforementioned show.

Because in the wooly winter, you can't have too many knit hats.

Here's what I came up with.



Pretty pleased with it!

Our styrofoam head's nose got squished on the trip up here...

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Deep in the woods...



The Zeta Project fan art, fairy tale-rized! In case you hadn't noticed, fairy tale-rizing is what I like to do.

Am I the only one who thinks of the concept of a gingerbread house as the spooky witchy dwelling BEFORE thinking of it as a Christmas thing?

And while I'm creeping you out...


Brownie Bear was one of my very first sewing projects. Marvel at his uneven arms!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

If we've conquered winter, who needs seasons at all?

GUEEEESSSSSSS What! The snows have come full force!! ^o^



But here's the shockingest thing, that will make everyone I know from Texas gasp in horror and disbelief, as it does me. EVERYONE WHO LIVES HERE HATES SNOW.

I'm not joking. There has not been a single person I've met here who, upon learning I just moved here from Texas, does not immediately say something to the effect of 'You'll wish you were back there come winter!' (hilarious side note: the second most common thing said is that they think the "humidity" here bothers me. People not from Texas think the whole thing is a desert. Compared to Houston, this place is dry as a bone!)
And if I then try to explain that I'm looking forward to winter, and love snow, and everything, they simply think I'm stupid. No one seems to be able to think what it's ACTUALLY LIKE to go through childhood with no sledding, no ice skating, no snowmen, and above all, no white Christmases ever once. Sure it's hard to get the hang of driving in it, and inconvenient to put on all them clothes before going outside, and hard to shovel/snowblow it out of the way, but this is how winter's SUPPOSED to be.
Because what these people aren't realizing is how much more they love summer because of the winters here.

And THAT, my friends, is how summer will stay being a magic paradise, even if we're here the rest of the year too.

More photos!












And here we have...


Galapagos, one of only two pandas I have (the other of whom I made myself.) came with the fancy chair upon which Plinko sits, along with a be-sweatered monkey. I have no love for monkeys, so that I gave to my cousin. Galapagos sits before a painting Mary did of my favorite tree, which is back in Houston. Both this tree and Galapagos serve as Heavenly Birds, which means, for those of you who haven't watched Mr. Stain on Junk Alley, that they remind one of summer in the midst of winter.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Halloween and the start of winter

Halloween is past! Time for a post about it!

My costume, this year, was a scarecrow.


Here's me together with our fine actual scarecrow.

And here's me together with Mary.


She was dressed as Henrietta Baker from the 1988 terrible movie Ghosthouse.

And decorations! 
Since there are just the two of us now, one pumpkin a piece wasn't gonna cut it. We each did three.




We've been slowly amassing other decorations as well. We all made one o' these paper plate pumpkins...

Mine


 Dad's. He incorporated his 'grinning dog' into it.


And this is Mary's. O.o We've affectionately dubbed him 'SeƱor Hypertrichosis.'

And a couple other things I made...


And then of course, there was the one thing we still needed. Every holiday has, at least for me, the ONE quintessential decoration that it just doesn't feel like that holiday without. For our Halloween, it's this witch.


Had her for all of my memory, but she stayed back in Texas when we moved. Obviously, something had to be done.

And so it was!






Haha! The head we printed out, the quilt we laboriously copied by hand. You can see some differences, yes, but on a glance, it looks just the same to me! Halloween was saved! ^^


Most of it's taken down now, but the pumpkins are still on the porch. Where they're having a rather strange time of it, at the moment...


The snow has arrived. No doubt, this is what my Texan readers have been waiting to see.








More pictures shall follow as the season proceeds.