Monday, October 31, 2011

BOO! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


Serendipity! I created this tote bag for a lady and then today The Diva  called for Halloween-themed tangles! (Challend # 46: All Hallow's Eve).
Trick or Treat!

Friday, October 28, 2011

I've Apparently Only Scratched The Surface

I've had one of those weeks. I was driving to a doctor appt this afternoon, feeling world weary and jaded. Wondering that the point of everything was. Feeling like I'd seen it all... and then I saw this!

(Click to biggify, you won't be sorry!)

 Yup! Those are all glued on there.
 Love the water ripples painted on!

Are the boots sitting next to the car not the piece de resistance? A+ for attention to detail!

And they say G*d doesn't listen.  This is a clear message that I haven't seen it all. I've only scratched the surface!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Farm Photos

I have more bag and pumpkin photos to post, but I thought I'd break it up a bit today and show you pics of my two favorite boys at the Farm:. I didn't take these picture which is why they are so good. They are from the farms Facebook site. I encourage you to click on them to biggify.

This is Sonny.  Lore has it that the entire sanctuary started with Sonny. The owner got him when he was a chick and raised him in her house.  He is quite the people person, in that he LOVES people AND he thinks he IS one. He follows us all around the barn and loves to be picked up, cuddled and talked to.  I never thought much about barnyard birds until I met Sonny and realized that they all have their own, distinct personalities. Sonny was my main man until very recently when I found my snuggles and attention divided between him and ...
PHIL!  Phil was an urban chicken who was supposed to be a girl (hence his name "Phyllis Diller").  The family he was with treated him like a pet and cuddled him a lot. They were very sad when he grew up to be a rooster which the city ordinance prohibits-hens only in town for noise reasons.   So Phil came to live at the farm. He loves snuggles even more than Sonny (although Sonny gets wicked jealous when I'm holding Phil so he stomps around all puffed up and pouty until it's his turn).


I love these two pics of Phil.  He stands up as tall as he can to 'talk' to people, then settles back down a little more 'lump-like' when he's chillin'.  He reminds me of the Snerfs  on the Muppets. (Kudo's to you if you know what that means before you click on the link and watch the video.)  Phil likes it when I sit on the steps with him in my arms and rock him in my arms. He tucks his head down the the crook of my elbow and drifts off to sleep. What a cutie.

Phil and Sonny  are such social creatures that they have been chosen, along with Clark and Diana, the mini goats, to be sanctuary ambassadors at the Children's Museum on November 5th from 1-3PM.  Stop on by and meet my little buddies!  We'd all  love to see you!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Diva Challenge 45-Punzel

Two entries in one night. Here is my Diva Challenge for this week:


The challenge was to use a new pattern called Punzel. It's braidy ribbon thing in the middle.  This challenge was a real challenge for me. I couldn't keep track of my ribbons! I'll have to practice a bit more on that one!

Wild Weekend

Friday night was Knit Night at the Sow's Ear. I am knitting and have been knitting but not posting about it because Hristmas-cay Is-ay Oming-cay.  Shhhhh!  The Naughty Girls' ranks were down but we rallied the best we could- telling dirty jokes and irritating the others around us. Business as usual but it just wasn't the same. Jen and Bethie were sorely missed!

Saturday morning found me out at the farm loading the Nigerian Dwarf goats into the back of a pickup truck to take to Mounds Pet Food Warehouse to promote Heartland's upcoming Barn Dance. Diana is about 50 # and jumps into the back of the truck easily. If not, I don't have much problem lifting her. Clark who is somewhere between 70# and 80#...not so much.  It was all I could do to lift him onto the tailgate-both coming and going. It wasn't pleasant for him or me. Note to self: build ramp.

Sarah bravely drove the goat-laden truck over to Mounds and we set up shop inside the store from 10AM-1PM.  The kids went crazy for Clark and Diana.  That's always a  given.  What I didn't expect is how nuts the adults went over them...and the dogs! The adults turned into mush, baby-talked, scritched ears and made kissy faces at them.  And I thought we would spend all morning comforting quaking goats; imagining dogs growling and lunging at them, but it was the opposite. The dogs wagged and sniffed and kissed them.  Clark and Diana sucked up the love and returned it with sniffs, kisses and gentle headbutts of their own. It was so much fun even though I spent most of the morning picking up goat poo and mopping spilled water and potty accidents.  Next up we're taking them to the Children's Museum downtown on November 5th.  And Sonny and Phil, my two favorite roosters are tagging along too! I can't wait. Life is a zoo, you might as well provide your own animals for entertainment!

Saturday night, I was supposed to go to a corn maze after dark with a bunch of friends but didn't get to go. I totally forgot I promised my neighbor that her golden retriever could come over for a doggie slumber party as a trial run for when he stays with us over Thanksgiving weekend. It's probably for the best. I'd probably still be in the maze yelling 'MARCO' over and over; never hearing 'POLO' and  never to be seen again until the corn died completely away at the end of the month.

Ben largely ignored my neighbor's dog once he discovered that Brett was so submissive that he wouldn't play tug-of-war with him.  If Brett had the toy and Ben picked up the other end, Brett immediately dropped his end and rolled over. Ben kept running over to him with a toy in his mouth but couldn't convince Brett to take the other end no matter what he did. Finally he gave up and just let him be.  Brett curled up with me all evening and then slept with me on the bed.  Ben slept in the living room. Nothing like when Brinkley comes to visit and they both play together and then spoon in on my bed while they rest up.  But at least they didn't hate each other so Thanksgiving ought to go just fine.

Got cow? Come and play with mine, Brett!
Sheesh! Is he a downer, or what?! I wish Brinkley was here!

Sunday, more farming and I worked on a tote bag commission and got sucked into a 'Real Housewives of LA' marathon on Bravo.  It was mostly a Kyle/Kim Richards fest. I had such fond memories of Kim in the Witch Mountain movies. Yeah.  Those memories are gone now, replaced with the image of her as a burnt out meth addict.  Thanks Bravo.  Someone please shoot me if I watch 'reality' TV again!

Anyway, here's the commissioned tote:
The customer wanted a tote for her mother who likes Scrabble, baking, books, family, cardinals and quilts.  Can you find all of them on there? (Click to biggify.) It was fun to do, but I was a little leery with the finished product because I don't normally draw 'things' just patterns and stuff. I gave it to her today and she seemed pleased with it.

Here is the other one that I promised to post once the owner had it in her hands. Dale's husband, Paul came to the Sow's Ear Show and wanted me to make Dale a wallet size bag with a cat theme. 

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She seemed to like it when she got it on Friday night.  Now I only have four more commissions left to work through. Hopefully I can get two done this week since one of them is another wallet sized one. I don't know why I think it is quicker to do those because they are smaller. Since they are the only bags that are doodled on both sides, they are as large, drawing space wise, as a 3 pocket bag, or 1/2 of the largest tote I do.

On Sunday I go to the Sow's Ear to pick up my remaining inventory. The owner has another show coming in in November so I'll bring my stuff home and set up my Etsy shop. For those of you who aren't in the Madison area and have asked for a bag, the shop should be live by Wednesday of next week. I'll post when it's up and running.

Speaking of running, I'm off to do more doodling! Later!

Friday, October 21, 2011

It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over

So the MollyDoodles Tote Bag Show is over and you thought I'd stop talking about them finally didn't you? That's one of the things I love most about you; your Charlie Brown 'please-let-me-kick-the-football-again' positive attitude. Nay I tell you! It's still all totes all the time at Chez Bee! Now I'm working on the custom orders that I got after the show!

Here is one I finished last night for Brenda. She took pics of several bags and pointed out the aspects she liked most about each bag and then asked me to combine them on a 3-pocket model. The pic looks kind of yellow because I took it right after I finished it in the dark at middle-of-the-night o'clock.  But if you click on it to biggify, you can see the details.

I finished another one on Monday night but can't post a pic of that one until the owner sees it. It's a wallet size one with a specific theme. So guess what?  Probably another tote bag entry tomorrow!* 

*Several of you have expressed a wish that I update my blog more often. Pretty food example of  the 'be careful what you wish for' rule, eh?!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I'd Like to Thank The Academy!

Renee Anne over at Confessions Of A Yarn Addict bestowed the above award on me this week. (Check out HER blog! It's got everything; yarn, babies and great narrative!) Squeee! As a blogger I love comments and recognition and this one is really cool...the deal is that by accepting the award I must:

1. Thank the blogger who presented it to me and link back to their page. (Thank You Renee Anne!)

2. Share 7 things about myself.

3. Pass this award to 15 newly discovered blogs.

OK, # 1 was a cake walk.  #2. Not so much.   I'm all about the sharing so ya'll know all of my deep dark secrets already. Telling you 7 things you don't already know may be tough, but I'll give it a shot...

1. I bonked my head hard at the farm last night and literally saw stars.  See! You didn't know THAT because it just happened. I misjudged my staggering height (5'2") and stood up quickly in the chicken coop, which I had just crawled into on my knees. Apparently, I'm not particularly bright, and now I'm really not because of the brain damage from a 2x4 rafter I connected with . So this incident provides you with a twofer here.  Fact 1:She's not bright. Fact 2: AND she's clumsy!

2. I've been in accidents in just about every motor vehicle I've ever been on; motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV, car, moped. In most cases I wasn't driving either. I should just stick to walking, but, per factoid number 1, that hasn't proven to be a bulletproof safety plan either....especially walking the dog...in the winter.  

3. When vacuuming,  I've been known to pick the same piece of stubborn fluff off the carpet and put it back down up to 5 times to give to give the vacuum a another shot at it. It's only fair. That's  its job and it shouldn't be put back in the closet feeling like a failure.

4. When I was younger, I hiked the tallest cliffs on the East Coast. It was a great joy to stand on the very edge of  Monhegan Island and look doooowwnnnn at the churning sea. Now I get vertigo going up the backless stairs at work.

5. I don't know if this classifies as  flighty or fickle or just simple ADHD, but if I'm drawing I want to knit. If I'm knitting, I want to spin. If I'm spinning, I want to make pine baskets. If I'm making baskets I want to bake. I'm always thinking about the NEXT thing.  Except when I'm doing housework...then I consistently want to take a nap.

6. I sometimes pitch the business end of a hissy fit when I receive really bad customer service. Being in the customer service field for years, I know what is acceptable and what's not.  My Hiss's fit will be professionally delivered , probably to the manager, but these situations are ones  in which  I consistently stand up for myself.

7. I recently discovered that there is an actual number dyslexia called 'Dyscalculia'.  This explains a lot of my mathy problems over the years. I NEVER get a number right.  If the number is 342, I might say/write it as 243 or 432. Telephone numbers, street addresses, zip codes-all a crap shoot. Accounting doesn't make sense to me at all. It's all number salad.

8.  (Which explains why I am making a number 8 when there are only supposed to be 7 things.) I laugh in the face of rules!

And now for some new blogs that I have discovered and are worthy of this honor.

  1. That Artist Woman (Beautiful Art)
  2. Tracy's Culinary Adventures (Yummy recipes and lots of photos)
  3. Celebrate Possibilities (Beautiful Art and Fun Things To Do)
  4. The Intangible Blog (A completely hand drawn blog!)
  5. The Barefoot Crofter (Knitting, Scotland)
  6. Life On The Farm (Knitting, Farm Life, Great Writing)
  7. Tangled Ink (Zentangle Goodness!)
  8. Kass Hall (Artist, Writer, Photographer)
  9. My Rainbow Elephant (Doodles, Sketches and Scribbles)
  10. The Doodle Daily (Art)
  11. When Did I Become a Knitter (Knitting, great writing)
  12. At Home With Us (Knitting, Recipes, Farm)
  13. Today I Am (Knitting, Family, Crafting)
  14. Tangle With Me (Tangles)
  15. My Life in a Maine Campground (Fiber crafts and Coastal Maine Life)
There you have it. Thanks again Renee Anne for the award and the fun blog pondering opportunity!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Diva Challenge # 44

Not much time today but I wanted to try this week's Diva's 44th Challenge; to take one tangle and use it as a string and then completely fill it with a different tangle. I went fast, cheap and dirty and used HEARTY as my string and AAH as my fill. Simple and easy! 
I've missed the last several challenges while I was getting ready for my show. It's good to get back in the saddle!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Today's Creation

Actually last night's.  I got orders for custom bags at the show but couldn't get started on them because I didn't have the bags themselves so I indulged in some good old fashioned doodling on paper for the first time in two months. Here's a scan of the piece I did.  I like the concept of this, but there is something intrinsically wrong with it that I can't put finger on. The spacing of the magnifiers maybe?  It's an 8x10 idea of something I'd like to do a lot larger but not if I can't figure out what's up with it.
Anyway, for better or worse....

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sow's Ear Show

First of all, thanks to everyone who came to the show on Friday Night. It was a huge success and I had an absolute blast seeing all of you.  I've had several requests for photos from friends and family who couldn't be there. So here are the photos I took after I set up in the afternoon before the festivities began.

This is the front room where all of the large bags were displayed.

 Here's a little better close-up of them
 And another view
 The medium and small bags as well as the door prizes were displayed in a smaller room in the back of the store.  Here are the mediums.
 A couple more mediums.
 Another shot of the mediums
 Only had three wallet sized ones
 Here are the small ones and the door prizes: a doodled pumpkin, a small bag with sock yarn and needles and a doodled hat.
 Here's a close up of the hat.
And some doodled necklaces.

The show went really well.  I think the real drawing point was the free cake but I didn't get a shot of that. In the two hours I was there, we sold 1/2 of the things I brought in .  The store displayed them prominently over the weekend, so I'm not sure how much more sold. But it was an absolute delight to work with The Sow's Ear and to see so many friends stop by.  Best. Birthday. Ever!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Molly Doodles Tote Bags Gallery Show and Sale

The big day is almost here!  Friday is a big day for me. It's the reason I haven't been posting regularly and have spent every spare minute drawing.  The Sow's Ear will be showing and selling my bags from 6-8 on Friday night!  It's a big day for me because it's the culmination of a lot of long hours. And it's a big day for my friends and family because at long last I will stop yapping about it!  But before I do, here's one more reminder
(Double click to biggify for the deets!)

I have over 40 bags, each a unique hand-drawing-not a screen print. Different sizes, colors and prices for all of your holiday shopping and knitting project needs! Here are a few examples.

 Small gift bag-black and white'
Small gift bag-color
 Medium 3 pocket knitting bag
Medium 3 pocket tote
 Large tote-black and white
 Large tote-color

I'll also have 30 doodle necklaces for sale:



And best of all...FREE CAKE!  :-) Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Up The River Without a Paddle

I am happiest on a boat; speed boat, leaky dingy, rubber raft, doesn't matter. One of my very parts of summer is going for boat rides on Mattawakmeag Lake in Maine. This summer, my Uncle Donn took us up the lower lake and up into the river for a ride on a gorgeous day in September. (Double click on the pictures to biggify-it's worth it!)
Uncle Donn and his first mate, Aunt Marion
 Top of the lake nearing the mouth of the river.
 Just inside the mouth of the river.
 I love the reflection in the still water.
 River Bend
 Double clouds-above and below
 Wasp nest on the side of a tree right on the water.
 Beaverhausen
 Good Fishin' Hole!
 Headed for home
The mountain in the distance in Mays Mtn.  The lake sits in a bowl at it's foot.  Heaven on earth!

Next Time: Mollydoodles Totes!