You’ll Never Get to Heaven If You Break My Heart

After crowing about my new, favorite sketchbook recently, I decided to look for more of the same since I was tearing through the current one at a rapid clip. I looked at the websites of online as well as brick-and-mortar retailers and came up dry. Typing in “sketchbook” gave me endless inventories of the more expensive journal type of drawing pad that I am trying to avoid. I grew frustrated and decided to contact Horizon Group USA, the company that distributed the book, and plied them with all the information I had — the size, where it was purchased, the serial and stock numbers printed on the back cover — and told them how much I was enjoying their fabulous product. A representative from the company speedily responded to my query: Continue reading

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Cat on Montrose Street

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A Tail of Two Birthdays

When the vet was guesstimating a birthday for Plywood, she penned February 24th in his chart. Since Lloyd’s birthday is the 25th, we now have a back to back celebration. I’m pretty sure Plywood thought the balloons, pulled pork sandwiches, and orange creamsicle cake on Saturday night was an extension of his special day. If the cat wants to prolong his birthday, who am I to argue?  Continue reading

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Orange Dreamsicle Cake

My boy is a year older, and a shoe size bigger – and that calls for a special cake! Orange cake with an orange cream filling, and topped with a cream cheese frosting. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, because it’s not every day you turn seventeen!

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The Cat Requires My Attention

I think the cat wants my attentionPlywood the cat decided to use my sketchbook as a pillow. Okay, you have my attention.

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Happy Birthday Plywood!

We met Plywood when he crashed a BBQ we had in early June. We didn’t realize it, but he was auditioning for his new family.  Continue reading

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The Sketchbook from Heaven

In the past I have written about sketchbooks I have bought that seemed like a good idea at the point of purchase but failed miserably when put into practice. Either the sketchbooks looked handsome on the shelf and proved unwieldy in use or for reasons diabolical they simply refused whatever artistic attempt with which I was happy. I refer to these sketchbooks as the Sketchbooks from Hell.

Today, I offer you, dear readers, the Sketchbook that very well may be from Heaven.

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First Library Card

Kindergarteners at Philadelphia’s Southwark School get their first library card.

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Dom’s Shoe Repair

A magnificent sign located at 13th and Tasker in South Philadelphia.

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Cream Cheese Apple Cake

This apple cake certainly isn’t much to look at, but in the taste department, it’s Miss Universe! It’s studded with apples with a fine crumb, moist – thanks to the cream cheese, crowned with the perfect amount of brown sugar and cinnamon. It’s my new go-to apple cake!  Continue reading

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Sunrise

 

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Derwent Dark Wash Pencil on Cheap Sketchbook

Lately, I’ve been curling up on the couch, partially watching television and doodling in a cheap sketchbook with Derwent Dark Wash Pencils and some of the other booty I ordered from JetPens. It’s hardly an optimal drawing arrangement — the light is bad, and I’m not seated before an easel or drafting table, but I’m having fun.

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Coconut Cream Pie

I wanted to make dessert for Valentine’s Day dinner last night. Being short on time, I skipped the traditional pie crust for a store bought graham cracker crust, and frozen whipped topping instead of whipping heavy cream. Despite the shortcuts, the end result was tasty, my Valentines approved!  Continue reading

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Intercepted Valentine

Above is this year’s Valentine to the Missus. I didn’t have a firm idea, but just went where my pencils and pens took me.

I think I need help.

Scanned ink drawing colored in Affinity Photo.

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