Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Underpinnings #6

A dog never looks so serious as when wearing human clothing. 
These dour doggies caught my eye this week on Pinterest. 
Thank you, sweet things, for being so compliant.

OHHH . . . deliveries today. 
Miss Canada Post brought 5 shades of Rowan Felted Tweed for 
Fair Isle Arm Warmers 
by Erica Westerop - Cello Knits

Monday, February 16, 2015

Mayhem Monday

It always begins very innocently.

I bring the Boneless Wonder into the kitchen and . . . 

ask sweetly, "Do you wanna play?"


Then Pinky is dangled in my face. 

I like Pinky. I wanna sniff and kiss her, but then . . . 

  the urge to cause some serious damage overwhelms me!

 And suddenly I remember it's Mayhem Monday!
No more Mr. Nice Guy.

I manage a decent grip . . .

give Pinky a first-class shake . . .

and try to rip her head right off!

What am I doing? 
Have I lost my mind?
 I love Pinky.
Hmm . . . seems there's something else looking for trouble.

Ha! It's Tiger Tim.
Get over here, you, and prepare to meet your maker.

 Don't you hate when this happens?

Underpinnings #5

A continuous onslaught of cold and snow limits some activities, but trolling Pinterest is not one of them. This week's focus is appealing stitches worth an experimental hour's effort. It's fascinating to see what various weight and colour combinations will bring into this wintry world of white. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Underpinnings #4

Quentin Blake is this week's Pinterest focus.

You may recognize his illustrations from Roald Dahl's books and

. . . from his own.

His sketchy, sparse and sometimes irreverent drawings 
are favourites of kids and teachers.

Here QB talks about his process of illustrating in a three-part video.

Quentin Blake can be found on Facebook and at

This past year QB has extensively promoted 
The House of Illustration
It is the world's first centre dedicated to the art of illustration.
Check it out below and look for the entries to 
 Longlist : The Book Illustration Competition 2015.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Georgetown Snow

When I was asleep the snow came flying.
Stealthily and perpetually settling and lying.

 The gusty winds made unevenness even.
And the dawn broke with full inches eleven.

 It lay in its depth of its uncompacted lightness . . .

 and my eyes marvelled at the dazzling whiteness.

 A riot of drifts plunging up to my knees. . .

 Look at the trees, oh, look at the trees!

And now I'll wage war on the waiting snow,

and sniff for somewhere private to go.

 Then slowly homeward I am bound
Betting my last efforts will never be found.

shovelled out of Robert Bridges' London Snow

Underpinnings #3

On a day of -13C temperature, a -23C windchill and an overnight visit of 30cm of snow, my mind wanders to all the lovely tea rooms in the UK .
London, Bath, York, Harrogate . . . it doesn't matter. 
I wish I was in one this minute.

From my Pinterest board "Anglo-file"