Friday, April 13, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things - Friday the 13th, 2018

We celebrated my aunt's 88th birthday on Sunday and got to spend time with our extended family. I told my librarian cousin, Jill, that was reading Finnish comics called Moomin. Moomin is very popular in Japan. Jill lived in Japan for two years and was familiar with it. I told her about the Moomin theme park that opened up in Japan last year. She looked it up and was excited that it was in Saitama, Japan. She told her husband that they had to go there. He just touched his forehead and closed his eyes. lol There is a mascot convention there that she also wants to go to where they celebrate mascots from all over the world. Strange, but it sounds amusing.

This week, I discovered a lettering guide that is used for drafting and making comics. I found out about it after spending a good hour or more drawing three different types of fences in my comic. The art store near me was closed on the day I wanted to get it, so I called my mom to ask if my late father had it in his cabinet since he was an engineer and would use such a tool. She was on her way out and told me that she doesn't remember seeing one. I didn't want to go out, but I had to draw more darn fences, so I drove to the next city over to get one from the art store there.

I love that tool! It's small, and cute, and cheap. I realized that my fence was crooked, so I redrew it with that tool. It was amazing! The next day, my mom called me up to tell me she found the tool. My dad had one after all. Aargh! But she gave it to me anyway. The wheel turns better than mine, so I love them both! It doesn't take up much space either. Sometimes the small things in life make you happier.

It's an ancient tool, too, but I don't remember learning about it in high school drafting class or art school.

Last weekend we squeezed in two birthday celebrations, a dinner with friends, and grocery shopping. We were tired for three days after that. My husband never wants to book our weekend like that again. Yep.

What are you celebrating?

This is a blog hop hosted by Lexa Cain and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner and Tonja Drecker. Please be so kind as to visit their blogs and participating blogs listed below. Thank you!

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L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog
1.Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell8.Constantine
9.My Miracle Life10.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams
11.Lara Lacombe12.TF Walsh
13.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures14.Suzanne Furness
15.Elizabeth Seckman16.Avalon
17.My Baffling Brain18.Planet Kimberly
19.Shah Wharton20.Victorian Scribbles
21.Tanya Miranda22.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013
23.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace24.Square Pegs
25.Patricia's Place26.Anne Higa
27.My Antimatter Life28.Bouquet of Books
29.Lightravellerkate30.Curious As A Cathy
31.Glennie's Random Ramblings32.In My Own Words
33.Tamara Narayan, Author34.My Creatively Random Life
35.Yvonne Ventresca36.On Becoming a Writer
37.Decadent Kane38.Stacy Uncorked
39.Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails40.Cloud Nine Girl
41.Our Simple Life42.Our Prime Years
43.Allison Bruning


  1. It’s always a good day when you find a tool to help streamline a process. Especially something so cool! I was in architecture for awhile
    And love drawing so much. I especially loved pen and ink. Birthdays do wear you down but I bet they were fun too. Happy Hop Day :)

  2. That's interesting about the lettering guide. I didn't know such a thing existed. It sounds like you're making good progress with your illustrations.