Thursday, September 27, 2007

Illustration Friday: Juggle

Fish can't juggle,
they'd rather swim all day.
This one lives quite happily
'neath the hat of Auntie Mae.


For this week's Illustration Friday challenge, I kept thinking "How can I draw something about juggling without DRAWING juggling". You know, when you are pressed for time and need to do most of your work with one hand while feeding a baby with the other it is helpful to make things even more challenging! Anyhoo, one afternoon after drawing some wacky fish in my sketchbook this little rhyme popped into my head so I illustrated that instead. It was pretty darn fun.

All images Copyright The Flying Pencil 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Weeklies: #1

I'm stealing this idea from my pal Librarian Girl, who "stoled" it from Chris. I like the idea of looking for the best parts of my week, taking notes and reporting them here. It may also help me make sure to eat something fabulous each week, keep my eyes and ears peeled for great art, and make something creative (even if it is just dinner). Here goes:

This photo I took at my sister in law's wedding. It was a magical day.

Best food I ate (not all at once, mind you...)
Lavender cake filled with lemon curd and fresh blackberry jam topped with lemon butter creme frosting, a Honeycrisp apple, an ice cold Coke.

Handmade Object
This tunic top made by my mother in law. Made using Simplicity Pattern 4528 and fabric from Burundi, Africa.Thing I made
The Barefoot Contesa's baked Mac and Cheese. With a whole stick of butter and 6 cups of cheese you just can't go wrong. We happily ate this for three whole days. Click here for the recipe.

Best thing spotted on the web

Only a paper moon gallery on flickr. I want my picture in one of these!
Can't live without
IcyHot patches (I hurt my back earlier in the week...ouch!).

Block Ice and Propane, Erik Friedlander. This guy plays a cello like a guitar (meaning sans bow), and the songs on this cd were inspired by his childhood cross country road trips. Listen and read about it here.

Feeling happy about
Baby talk, weddings, fall sunshine, heavy blankets on the bed, and coffee.

Making me laugh
This skit I caught on a rerun of SNL. Oh, the dancing! I wish I could say this is how I hurt my back.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Illustration Friday: Wedding

It is pretty exciting that this week's illustration Friday topic is Wedding. This weekend my dear sister in law is tying the knot with the love of her life, and we all couldn't be happier. They already have a beautiful life together, living in a sweet A-frame in the forest just steps away from the water. I've known my sis in law since she was 12, many years before we were related. I've had the joy of watching her grow up and fall in love with a great guy, and together they have worked very hard to build the life they want. We are all super-excited to celebrate with these two love birds. Congratulations you two!

All images copyright The Flying Pencil 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Illustration Friday: Momentum

Finally, after a long absence I'm participating in Illustration Friday again! Woo-Hoo! I've been thinking a lot about Momentum recently. In June, shortly after the last transmission on my blog I became a mom to a happy, healthy baby girl. All summer long I've been trying to put the "mom" in momentum. I've started drinking coffee again, eating midnight snacks, and taking 'power naps'. What I really could use are a pair of rocket booster high tops to get going like the ones pictured above. A pair of wings and a bolero cap with a propeller wouldn't hurt either, but that might freak out the baby.

There is so much to write about to fill you in about my recent hiatus, but for now this post will have to do. Stay tuned for more to come.

All Images Copyright The Flying Pencil 2007