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2016 Christmas Card Roundup

December 29, 2016

2016 was a huge year for my custom, hand-drawn Christmas cards. I had so much fun drawing the families of friends new and old.

I always love looking through them once the season is all wrapped up and people have had a chance to get their cards out to family and friends. This year does not disappoint! 

Enjoy looking through the gallery and subscribe to my Custom Christmas Card Illustration Newsletter if you’re interested in commissioning me for something like this in the future.

I plan to do a batch in the next couple months for just regular family illustrations.

Christmas Card/Personalized Family Illustration Roundup – 2016

Thanks for reading and to everybody who ordered a card this year, thank you so much! Obviously I was very busy!!

Freebie

Free Printable Thanksgiving Feast Coloring Page

November 15, 2016

Guess Who’s Back… Again?

Well, gosh. It feels like it’s been a little too long since I last posted something that can be downloaded and printed, so here I am again. Presenting, comically drawn Thanksgiving feast-things in the form of a PDF coloring page! So, get your crayons, colored pencils, washable markers or whatever tickles your art-tool fancy and get scribblin’. You can even use gravy!

I wish I could say that this super cute idea popped into my head for fun, practical coloring sheet place mats to help keep your kids entertained like the snazzy restaurants do sometimes. I thought about suggesting you track down some of those gnome-sized crayons. Then you could give just two to each child who attends your Thanksgiving dinner. 

Since, you know… kids hardly ever eat anything at these functions. The food’s sloshing around on their plate like pigs in a mudbath and they can’t eat it because there are beats and now everything’s pink. So, a coloring sheet will surely keep your kids entertained while you push your own turkey pants to their limit.

Just kidding. I made this coloring sheet for myself. Because I’m the only one who colors at the restaurants. 

After I pick the stupidly-small crayons up off the nasty, nasty carpet.

Guys. This Thanksgiving coloring page is for everybody.

See if you can name all of the dishes I’ve doodled and then color it yourself, you filthy animal. ‘Cause even though adult coloring pages and books are probably so last year, there are still a few of us left who have enjoyed coloring since 1993 and will probably never stop. 

coloring_page_preview thanksgiving coloring page

I don’t know why things have to be so sassy around here all the time. What I should be saying is “Hey, I made this cute coloring page. Download it. Or not. Up to you.” 

Whatever, Happy Thanksgiving!

Download the PDF

Sewing

Sewing Eyes – Beginning with Hand Embroidery

September 22, 2016

Sheesh, has it been a while or WHAT? 

I’ve been busy being a mommy and trying lotsa new things. Like pixel art (more on that soon) and embroidery! 

I’ve had this idea for a while now that I would really love to try to make some dolls. Like, really cool, weird dolls. And Halloween is right around the corner so I can totally justify this conquest with the fact that it may in fact produce some cool critters to sit on my shelf. 

So, I bought a tiny embroidery hoop (I’m actually going to see if I can find a tinier one, because I’d like to be able to do this face stitching after I sew the head pieces together. I think the one I have might be a tad too big. 

Anyway, my very first attempt is in this photo.

beginner hand embroidery eyes character doll faces

That green egg-shaped blob at the top was my first attempt at something dumb and I quickly realized I didn’t like that approach.

I’ve been sketching concepts for months and the eyes are super important to me because along with the general shape of my dolls, I think the faces will set them apart. After all, embroidery like this enables me to basically draw with thread which is pretty dang cool.

We’ll see how it goes. 

Also, there is a 85% chance that the blog will turn into a bit of an outlet for my more… artistic endeavors and less of the mommy blog that it has been. I still plan to offer free downloads and quirky holiday printables, but we have created a family blog elsewhere, so PIXELPLEAT can just be weird Drea-stuffs.

Lifestyle

Yard Work Medicine

April 16, 2016

In the past, Pax and I have really had a hard time getting much done on our weekends. We look forward to them and during the week have no problem discussing all the things we want to do around the house and yard, but when we roll out of bed on Saturday morning we kind of play the “well, what do you feel like doing today” game. 

Well, we nailed it today. Gardening really is good for the soul. And so is meeting goals. We set out to put up another section of our fence, pull as many dandelions as possible and plant some new stuff in “the bean”. (i.e., The bean-shaped flower bed we dug out of our front lawn a couple years ago.)

One section of fence, approximately 3,576 dandelions, and a run to the nursery later and I’m feeling really freaking good. My body is sore. I am going to sleep really well tonight and I think I checked every last thing off of my list today. As Vi would say, “Bing bang boom!”

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Our beloved apple tree is looking quite nice right now. Spring is just the best.

It is a lot of work, but man, having a yard to take care of can heal so much. Now, I just can’t wait to get started on my vegetables. And someday, a greenhouse. 🙂

Lifestyle

Oh, Hey. It’s called Obsessalitis.

April 2, 2016

I am ailed by Obsessalitis. Never heard of it? It’s hereditary. I bet you know somebody who has it. The person afflicted with Obsessalitis is an idea-haver; a creative mind. A fresh concept is conceived in their busy mind, perhaps inspired by something they see on the tube, hear about on the train, or surf upon it on the Internets, something so Pinteresting that they obsess over it for days, weeks, even months. The idea becomes a way of life.

If I do this “thing”, make that “thing”, something with the “thing”, it will change my life. People will love me. People will want to buy the “thing”. They’ll throw money at the “thing”. I will bathe in the coolness of my “thing”. It is the only thing I will ever need. 

You can imagine that constant access to social media and the Internet in general only makes the condition worsen.

“Mom, come play with me.”
“Hang on. I just thought about urban farming for the tenth time today and now I MUST look at something on my phone really quick.” 

It’s not really quick. It spirals out of control quicker than you can say “Hilarious Goat Birthing Stories”. 

And then the “thing” fizzles out and the afflicted moves on to some other “thing”.

So, now I’m trying to only do the “thing” on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And weekends. 

You know. All things in moderation or something. 

Or maybe this is just a symptom of my Obsessalitis and the “thing” is being a better mom/wife.

(And homesteading, blogging, sewing, sculpting, goats, lagenlook, mori girl fashion, household management binders, and another helping of goats.)