Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Bad dog. . . .

. . . .and being bossy!  That's what I had going on yesterday.  But it really did end up being a fantastic day.  I was kind of at a loss yesterday as to what I was going to sketch.  Don't get me wrong.  I don't usually sit down with anything specific in mind when I sketch.  Mind you, I've only been at it for a grand total of four days, but there are times when I just have to get something down on paper before I loose my inspiration.  Yesterday, however, nothing but my game of 'solitaire' tic-tac-toe was gracing the blank sheet of paper.  And I was pretty sure that you didn't want to see that.  However, there may days when that's all you'll get. So I put the sketchbook aside and decided to go do my errands. I always knew I was smart.

The first inspiration hit me when I was at Hobby Lobby.  I stopped by to pick up a Copic Marker R-29 to be exact.  A beautiful Lipstick Red.  I also picked up a new eraser and treated myself to some Faber-Castell sketching pencils.  I had a 40% off coupon, you know.  Always up for a discount.

On my way to the checkout counter I happened to pass by the wooden 'sign' section and I was glancing as I hurried past.  I was reading the first few words of some of them, but none caught my attention until I saw the word BOSSY! Yep, I had to back up and read it. Anytime I think that someone is talking to me or about me, my ears perk right up!  LOL
I don't know the exact phrasing of the little sign.  I should have taken a picture. But it went something like this . . .

'I'm NOT being bossy, 
I just know that you're doing it WRONG.'

Yep, that's me in a nutshell.  And to be perfectly honest, most of the time I am right.  They ARE doing it wrong.
That's where the the first sketch idea came from.  I'm not sure how it will turn out, but it certainly did get me thinking.  I like using my brain, don't you?!

The second sketch idea, came with a little bit of pain.  To my wallet!  I recently told you about Bella and Bandit being partners in crime. Well, the are.  And if they keep it up, I think I'm going to be changing their names to Bonnie and Clyde.  
Just recently, I purchase a new pair of Foster Grant reading glasses to replace a pair that I had lost.  Well, wouldn't you know it.  The first day I had them, Bandit knocked them off the coffee table and Bella chewed off one of the 'ears' while I was in the shower.  Bad kitty!  Bad dog!  Needless to say, I was PO-ed!  Bandit had no idea why I was raising my voice and running my mouth.  But Bella sure did.  She slinked back to the bedroom and got on 'base' (her dog bed) so I couldn't 'tag' her.  Boy, I was mad!  I LOVED those glasses.

The idea for the sketch didn't pop into my head until I picked up another pair yesterday. . . .and that's when it hit me.  I think that when I do the final drawing, I'll leave Bandit out of the it though, since all he wanted to do was play with the glasses.  Bella is the real culprit!  So believe me, she'll be taking center stage in that illustration for sure!  I was thinking though, maybe Bella didn't like the way those glasses looked on me,  and she didn't have the heart to tell me because she thought it may have hurt my feelings, and the only way to get rid of them was to destroy them.  I will say this. . .I like the new glasses much better than the previous ones, so maybe I should thank her.  Nay!  And somehow, someway, Bella is going to pay me the $20 that I paid for the old ones.  All I can say, is she had better be looking for a job!

Do you have one of those?  A 'let's get into trouble while mom is in the shower' trouble maker type?  Maybe it's your child! I had one of those too!  Share your stories. . . please!  I'd love to hear them.

And I just had to show you this!  To add insult to injury. . . .this is what was greeting me when I got out of the shower this morning! Bandit had knocked it off my desk and of course, Bella thought it looked yummy.  Or maybe she is devising a sinister plan to really get rid of Bandit and she was just testing one of her options? Hmmmmm.  Only time will tell!

See ya tomorrow. . . .and yes, before you say anything.  ALL GLASSES and ILLUSTRATIONS are now safely put away before I get into the shower. 


And as always, feel free to leave me suggestions or drop me an email.  I'd love to hear your ideas.


  1. Cheryl thats what i love about you ,you are not afraid to say what you think i admire that .Well i had a stepsister who was younger and very spoilt who used to sleep in the same room as i ,well one night she said to me if you dont talk to me im going to tell my mum you have hit me .Sp i said you tell her and i will hit you ,nothing happened .Love the one with bella and the one arms on hips i have just the right ittle person to give that one too .xx

  2. Glad things worked out in the end. I LOVE reading all the signs at HL. I'm almost tempted to buy a snarky sign I saw in an etsy shop...My kids don't get the humor in it though. ~sigh.
    My kids don't necessarily get into trouble when I'm taking a shower, but they suddenly feel the need to ask me 20 questions about stuff that can't possibly wait 20 minutes. WUWT?? :)

  3. I was that child. My brother and I hid from my mother in the trunk of the car. She rode around looking for us and yelling. When she found us in the trunk, we got what for and well deserved. We're just fortunate we didn't asphixiate. Guess God was looking out for us.

  4. I love your journaling blog, it's a little insight in your life and I for one am a nosey person LOL!! No seriously I look forward to getting home from work to see what you have been up to and what you have doodled :)
    Debbie x

    1. Thank you Debbie! You're so sweet. I'm glad you enjoy the posts. :)

  5. You are crazy talented. Thanks for sharing-I love the rough sketches. Can't wait to watch them come to life

    My kids are not too bad. luckily the older ones keep the others in libe. But My one dog it's not while in the shower but if we leave without him. You never know what will greet hours at the door!

    1. You're so sweet, Shannon! Thank you. I hear ya on the 'leaving w/o them'. Bella has a HUGE separation anxiety thing going on because I work from home, so I take her with me a lot. I don't know what she's going to do this summer though. . . . .She can't stay in the hot car. But I have a few months to think on that!!! Thanks again!

  6. I had a smile throughout your post and reading about the antics of Bandit and Bella! Reminds me of my granddaughter! lol Love seeing your drawings in progress, brings back memories of when my dad used to draw. You make such cute characters! Oh and great tutorials too!

    1. Thanks Tammi! I am so glad that I was able to make you smile! I know what you mean about watching someone draw. I used to do the same thing with my uncle. I think that's where it all started for me. Look for more tutorials too. I'm working on that. :)

  7. Oh! How beautiful. Love it. Thanks for sharing those special moments... hugs Lynne from OZ

  8. Animals sure like to let us know who is the real boss!
    I have been wanting to try your digital stamps but have been scared to order them and then find out I am not able to figure out how to work them. Do you have a tutorial about them? I love your images!