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With all the moving I have fallen behind in my Doodle Day posts.  For one thing, I keep getting bumped off the blog and have trouble posting a new doodle.  Helen Suzanne has been very helpful in reinviting me but the problem persists.

Here are my entries for the last two subjects…

Clock Doodle 6.8.09

Clock Doodle 6.8.09

This is a weird clock but I doodled it from my own clock.  It is a little strange but it wakes me up and that’s the point, right?

Silhouette Doodle 6.19.09

Silhouette Doodle 6.19.09

That catches me up on the doodles but I still can’t post them to the blog.  ;o(

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Doodle Day - Butterfly

Doodle Day - Butterfly

I didn’t doodle any dragonflies but this is a rough rendition of the wall hanging completed for my son and his wife last Christmas. ..

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Dogsitting and doodling

Wendy and Dan headed to TX to visit his family while Bill and I sit with our grandpups.  They aren’t actually pups but more in the 5-8 years age range.  We stay at Dan’s house which makes it a lot easier for the dogs and for us.  Not only that, Dan’s house is nicer than any house I have ever lived in.  It sits back from the road in a large field filled with turkeys and deer in the early evening.

Ginger

Ginger

This is Wendy’s dog Ginger keeping an eye on me.  She is somewhere around 5 or 6 and is the youngest of the three but surprisingly gray.  I didn’t get a picture of the other two because they were downstairs in their custom made kennels.  She has always been very hyper but she was recently subscribed an anxiety pill and she is a new dog, very relaxed and mellow.  Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with a malignant tumor and will have surgery on Wednesday.  I am very hopeful that she recovers completely because I know that Wendy will be devastated if she doesn’t.

This week’s doodle was OWL.  I have never actually tried to doodle an owl but it turned out actually resembling an owl.  I think anyone looking at it could recognize it, so I’m happy.

Doodle Day OWL

Doodle Day OWL

I haven’t figured out a way to get the photo darker when I doodle in pencil but I don’t dare doodle in something that can’t be erased.  Now that I think about it, I hardly ever erase anything so I guess I could use something a little darker.  Or maybe push harder on the pencil.  As you can see, this owl had very strong feet…small but strong.

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I love decorating for the holidays; all the holidays.  For some of them, I have tons of odds and ends to put out while others have only one or two.  Easter is one of the celebrations for which I have plenty of decorations.  They range from rabbits and eggs to baskets, to chicks and candy dishes.  Of course, I can’t have candy dishes out without any candy.  That spells T R O U B L E.  I  can’t have candy out without eating a piece or two (or three, or four, you get the picture) every time I walk by.  It doesn’t matter how far out of the way I have to walk in order to “walk by” the candy dish.  It could be hanging from the ceiling and I would find a way to be near it as I pass through the house.

There is one Easter decoration that is my favorite.  It is my Jim Shore “Gathering Joy” basket.  Wendy gave it to me a couple of years ago when they took a trip to Texas and we were the dogsitters.

"Gathering Joy" Easter basket

"Gathering Joy" Easter basket

This is an absolutely lovely basket with “The Cottontails” perched on top of a flower garland and five eggs decorated with quilt motifs.

Bunny and Peter Rabbit aka "The Cottontails"

Bunny and Peter Rabbit aka "The Cottontails"

Aren’t they just the cutest couple!

Basket detail

Basket detail

Five fabulous eggs

Five fabulous eggs

It’s my favorite not only because its beautiful but because it came from my beautiful, thoughtful daughter.

This week’s Doodle was paisley. I haven’t ever doodled a paisley but it was fun.  I liked the way it flowed off my pencil and I think I’ll do more of them.

Doodle Day...Paisley

Doodle Day...Paisley

I’m behind on Today’s Title is…I tried “bubbles” tonight but they were all blurry.  GRRR  That was last week’s title.  This week’s title is “slice of reality” for which I have an idea, I just have to get my camera outside when the liquid sunshine stops falling and I’m not at work.

We are leaving Thursday for a road trip to TN.  It is touted as being very retirement tax friendly, I have never been there and we want to scout out the area.  *fingers crossed* for good weather conducive to being outside.

oooh, last by not least…Greg called last night and told me that Ella has started pulling herself up.  Exciting!

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As a rule, I have a really difficult time NOT following directions.  I don’t consider myself “creative” either.  I decided to make a serious effort to change both of those characteristics.  First, I joined Project Improv which you can read about here.  It’s all about “quilting outside the lines”.  I have made two squares for the charity quilts and I have finished a small quilt top for my granddaughter.  I found it quite liberating and have posted about it previously so I apologize if you have read any of those earlier posts.

Somewhere I came across two blogs by Helen Suzanne.  The first one it called…”Today’s Title is…” which I have also posted about but you can read about it here.  Subsequent titles have been Indian Summer, Meeting of Opposites and Bubbles.

Today's Title is...Indian Summer

Today's Title is...Indian Summer

Today's Title is...Meeting of Opposites

Today's Title is...Meeting of Opposites

The most recent blog by her is called…”Doodle Day“.  You can probably imagine what it is all about.  Again, she posts a subject and the idea is to doodle something, anything.  I don’t think I have much drawing talent but she encouraged me and said it’s not drawing, it’s doodling.  Luckily, the first subject was Daisy which worked well for me because most of the doodling I do includes these dumb flowers and I thought they could pass as daisies.

Daisy Doodle

Daisy Doodle

The newest subject is dog but I haven’t had much luck doodling anything that looks even vaguely like a dog so I gave up and just doodled the word…dog.  It’s not great but the next time will be better.  At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Dog Doodle

Dog Doodle

The idea of all these different sites is to open my mind and attempt to be creative and not follow the rules.  Sometimes it’s a real struggle, working against the grain of being a follower.  However, I’m convinced that if I keep trying different ideas and techniques, feeling creative will start to become the norm and it will get easier and easier.

What about you, does creativity and spontaneity come natural for you or have you had to work on it?  Do you have any secrets that you want to share or maybe another site?   Please feel free to share what works for you.

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