Friday, May 29, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things - May 29, 2015


This week, I finished this sketchbook that I started in 2010. Next to it is one of the drawings from it.


Out with the old, in with the new. I learned how to make my own sketchbooks from watching SeaLemonDIY's videos on YouTube. Below are my first two attempts. I am in the process of drawing something on the pink cover. I plan on drawing and painting on both covers. I just haven't found time to get any farther on them this week. The sketchbook on the top has beads on the binding which was fun to make. I love beads! I am looking forward to making more sketchbooks and plan on trying one with a cloth cover. I might even use a cereal box as a cover. That would be fun! Cap'n Crunch or Spongebob!


This week, I put off my picture book illustrations and writing to learn more about the craft of writing Picture Books by reading Ann Whitford Paul's book Writing Picture Books. I've been taking lots of notes and am halfway through the book. It's very good for novel writing as well. She takes all the stuff we hear about writing and, for me, makes some of it a little clearer. It's time well spent.

What are you celebrating?

If you'd like to join the Celebrate The Small Things blog hop, visit our talented host, Lexa @ Lexa Cain for more information.  And don't forget to check out her co-hosts:  LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge, and Katie @ TheCyborgMom
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1.Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.My Inner Geek8.Eclectic Alli
9.Queendsheena10.Kim Graff
11.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell12.Constantine
13.Viklit14.My Miracle Life
15.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams16.My Creatively Random Life
17.Jeff Chapman's Writing18.Shells Tales and Sails
19.Lara Lacombe20.TF Walsh
21.Caring for my Veteran22.dcrelief
23.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures24.The Unwavering Part of Me
25.About myself, by myself26.Suzanne Furness
27.My Write Spot28.Elizabeth Seckman
29.Avalon30.Cherdo on the Flipside
31.Writing By Marilyn32.My Baffling Brain
33.Planet Kimberly34.Shah Wharton
35.Mere Joyce36.Just Get It Written
37.Tyrean's Writing Spot38.Kathleen S. Allen
39.Black Coffee and Cigarettes40.Stephen tremp
41.Linda Kay42.Victorian Scribbles
43.Alexia Chamberlynn44.Dandilyonfluff
45.Curious as a Cathy46.Tanya Miranda
47.Teresa Morse48.Catherine Ensley
49.God, Entertainment, & Annoying Things50.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013
51.These Are My Monkeys52.Precious Monsters
53.Its a Snap54.Carole Anne Carr
55.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace56.Square Pegs
57.Sandy's Space58.The Beveled Edge
59.Lisa Manifold


  1. Go you for making your own sketchbooks! When I was a resort singer, I made lyrics notebooks that looked a bit like those. I had different colors for different things like languages and rhythm/dance-style. It's a good way to stay organized and save money. Have a great weekend!

  2. Congrats on making your own sketchbooks! Isn't it amazing the wealth of information available on Youtube? :) Enjoy your weekend!