Daily Doodles: Week 5

homespun by laura daily doodle vintage rotary telephone watercolor

Hello again!  Week 5’s Doodle post will include 5 Doodles, all of which turned out to be watercolors.  I’m really enjoying working with watercolors right now, and have even more planned for Week 6!  There’s a bonus this week: In addition to five more Doodles, you get a recipe recommendation with February 3rd’s Doodle.  And it’s delicious!
Continue reading

Daily Doodle: Week 4

homespun by laura daily doodle colored pencil sketch vintage beach cruiser bike

I fell behind a bit with my Doodles last week.  I had hoped to catch up by Sunday so I could finish January with an even (odd!) 31 Doodles, but came up short at 28 Doodles.  But that’s 28 more Doodles than I’ve ever done in a month, so I’ll take it!  Plus, I spent a couple of hours catching up yesterday morning, and have now pulled ahead – I have one extra Doodle in my sketchbook!

Continue reading

Daily Doodle: Week 3

homespun by laura paint my vacation sketch shakespeare garden central park new york city nyc watercolor fence with flowers

I’m really excited to share this week’s Doodles.  There are 9 in all; the first 8 were all done in preparation for the final Doodle of the week. It’s the biggest watercolor (both in size and in detail) I’ve ever done.  In fact, the only time I’ve ever painted anything larger was this 2’x3′ acrylic on plywood painting I did for our backyard a couple years ago.

Continue reading

Daily Doodle: Week 2

homespun by laura daily doodle flamingo watercolor

I’m sitting here listening to a David Bowie record (yes, an actual record, complete with the sound of the needle scratching against it!) on the new record player I got for Christmas.  I finally set it up over the weekend and we’ve been listening to records ever since.  We have a small but cool selection, all collected from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets, and it’s been a fun way to work for the past few days.

Continue reading

Daily Doodle: Week 1

homespun by laura daily doodle ladybug colored pencil sketch sketchbook

One of my goals for 2016 is to do some kind of art every day.  Anything that will help me to improve my artistic skills (as I haven’t drawn on a regular basis since middle school) is fair game:  the Daily Doodle can be as simple as a quick 10-minute sketch or as involved as a full watercolor painting that takes two hours, or anything in between.

Continue reading

Doll Refashion: Maxi Dress from a Shirt Sleeve

Last week, I shared the DIY doll clothing rack I made for our friends’ little girl’s fifth birthday.  It was easy to make and turned out to be really cute, but without clothes on it, it just looked like a funny wooden basket.  So she’d immediately understand what it was, I made a few new clothing items for her new doll and hung them on it.
 
I started out by stitching up a couple elastic waist skirts, then created my first doll refashion from a scrap of a previous human refashion.

DIY Doll Clothes Rack

Our good friends’ little girl turned five this year.  Instead of a having birthday party, they celebrated with a trip to the American Girl store.  She thoroughly enjoyed her visit there, which included a tea party with her new doll.  

Since there was no party this year – and therefore no cake to be baked by yours truly – I decided that I would make a gift related to her doll.  I searched for ideas on Pinterest, and of course I found an overwhelming number of options that made me wish I was 8 again and in the prime of my doll enjoyment years.  The idea that I liked best and thought would be quite useful for corralling all the doll’s shoes, brushes, and clothing was a portable clothes rack. 

Continue reading

Let Them Eat Cake, Volume 3

Hello there!  In reviewing some numbers on the blog recently, I realized that my Let Them Eat Cake post from soon after I began this blog in 2012 is by far my most popular post.  Soon after that original post, I shared a few more in Let Them Eat Cake, Volume 2.  But in the three years since I wrote those first two posts, many more cakes have been enjoyed by friends and family, and I’ll be sharing some of them here in Volume 3.  Take a look; maybe you’ll get an idea for a cake or two of your own!

Continue reading