Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Secret Garden

So I love the book "The Secret Garden" (it's probably the book I own the most copies of) which was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett (who also wrote A Little Princess)... So I had to draw it for my little series


I really want a tilt-shift lens!
that's all...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Time

So here's the update:
My father-in-law came into town on Monday, which happened to be the only day I needed to into work for the week (it was lovely). Tuesday I did some visiting teaching (that I totally forgot was going to happen, thank goodness my partner came knocking on my door), we ran a few errands, picked up Dave and went out to eat at Red Robin. We got to just hang out and chat about all sorts of things while Dave was at work on Wednesday and he had the car. Thursday we went over to my parent's house for Thanksgiving dinner which was wonderful and game filled. Friday we decided to cook our own turkey with Rod here to teach Dave how to cook it in our new roaster we have!
The day after Thanksgiving-

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Chronicles of Narnia

This came next (I'm working on The Secret Garden now)-
I'm thinking I might do one for each of the Narnia books... good idea?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

So remember my attempted drawing of Dave and myself... well I tried to revisit it and nothing was working but I was pleased with how Dave's head/face turned out so I took that and found another picture of me and this is what I came up with this time - 
Still not perfect but closer....
Anyways, Dave's friend Brennan came down for a visit with his friend Kyle for the weekend and we got to do all sorts of fun things with them. We went to Applebee's their first night here and waited like 45 mins to get seated (apparently they were serving vets for free and we went on veterans day sooo that was our own fault). But the next day was great. The boys went and played basketball early in the morning and after that we went into Seattle where they checked into their hotel. We then we to Ivar's on the warf which was excellent (but we learned that they don't do it with the french bread unlike the Bellevue Ivar's that we've come to love... sourdough is good but french bread with clam chowder is awesome, I highly recommend it), then we went up to "The Gum Wall" up on Post Alley by Pikes Market Place and the boys each added to the wall (I had done it years ago already), then we walked up and down Pikes looking at everything. After that we went to a UW basketball game which was fun even though we were pretty much in the very last row. Dave and the boys went to the Seahawks game the next day. Over all it was a fun weekend. Beyond that we're both busy with work and that's about it....
--- Gabrielle Jean Zaugg

Friday, November 11, 2011

Time Change

I am not a fan of this concept of having to change my clocks twice a year (best part of when we lived in AZ). But it must be done only really because the other day I was looking at my computer clock thinking it was still an hour ahead (forgetting I had already changed that one but not all the other clocks in our home) and I thought I had an hour before I had to leave for work... I was horrified when I looked at my cell and realized it was the correct time . I ran threw on my work clothes and headed out the door.... so now I have to change all the clocks in our house.... we have a lot of clocks.

we still need batteries for this little guy

Ready for Christmas Already

So it's true... I've been listening to Christmas music secretly for about 3 months now and for the last month I've been pretty open about it. I even found out Dave was listening to some while at work the other day and yes his coworkers said the "you can't start listening to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving" bull but he swiftly reminded them that he's Canadian and Canada's Thanksgiving has already come and gone.
But I've also been buying presents slowly throughout the year and coming up with fun ideas for decorating the apt.
Oh and if we were to send out Christmas cards this year (I'm thinking we're going to wait until our little family has more members) then it would have something along the lines of these attached to them -

and yes I just made these. I'm trying to work on my word art abilities (I think I'm lacking greatly).

"Start Reading"

I recently watched "Miss Potter" and LOVED it! I was inspired by the beauty of the film as well as just the lovely creations Beatrix left us all of her cute furry friends so I had to draw something too (This took me from Mon to Thurs to make)! This image originally had 6 girls listening to the reader and the reader was a little girl like them (first idea was for it to be like "A Little Princess") but thankfully I changed my mind and slimmed it down.
Oh and if you're wondering what book they're reading it's Jane Eyer. And each person is inspired by a book character too! So the red-head is supposed to be Anne from the Anne of Green Gables, the blonde little girl is Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and the brunette is Mary from The Secret Garden and then the reader was going to be a little girl and she was going to be Sara Crew from A Little Princess but I changed that idea and now she's Mrs. Darling from Peter Pan.... All of these books were made around the same time (a little princess included), except Alice's Adventures In Wonderland was written the the mid 1800s rather than the early 1900s like all the other books.
This was the original little head sketch for the reader as a little girl

Ps. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my tablet!!! But I have to admit I miss actually painting my images too.... oh well
"Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms." - Angela Carter

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

8 November 2011

Life update.... I've been busy working on my little alphabet animals project and I finished it in time for the Winter Bazaar. I made up a few prints and sold a few of them, not all, but a few. The bazaar as a whole was a little sad just because I didn't do as well as I had hoped (I sold the poster size, individual prints, other prints, and fairy tale coloring books) but that's life I guess. But that whole thing took up pretty much my whole Saturday, plus I took some senior pictures that day too.... so needless to say, I didn't really get to spend my Saturday with my husband. 
On Sunday the best was when the missionaries stopped by our apartment hoping we'd become investigators and were sad that we were already members only because of how cold it was outside. Winter is coming fast! 
We're excited to have Dave's friend come this weekend and for Dave's dad to come for Thanksgiving week!!

She believed, of course... because without something to believe in, life would be intolerable."
Rosamunde Pilcher