Thursday, February 26, 2015

Daily Sketches: Bears

Bear #26 was cute with his bunch of balloons. I tired to make it look like he had a hard time not floating away.
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Daily Sketches: Bears

Bear #25 was a simple one, but I like the texture of the fur. I used a combination of browns, grays, and purple.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies

It just so happens that we have a little girl scout in the family.

Since none of us can resist her offer to purchase cookies, we gladly "help her out". If you have a lovely in your life that you may have purchased a few more boxes than needed, why not use them as an ingredient in other recipes? They are delicious on their own... but really, after the third box, you might want a change of pace.

Dine & Dish created this Girl Scout Fudge recipe that ingeniously uses ANY flavor cookie!
Country Cleaver made Thin Mint Brownies
Little Brownie Bakers made a No-Bake Samoa Cheeescake
Little Brownie Bakers made a Raisin Apple Crisp
The Hungry Housewife created Samoa Rice Krispie Treats
The Recipe Critic made Thin Mint Truffles (perfect for St. Patrick's Day)

There's savory recipes too!

Little Brownie Bakers made a Do-Si-Dos Peanut Thai Chicken and a Samoa Fried Shrimp.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Daily Sketches: Bears

Bear #24 was a little different than the others. I drew him quickly and liked the end result. After it was colored and shaded, I realized that the cheek was out of proportion, but because it's a simple sketch, it's OK.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Daily Sketches: Bears

Bear #23 is a cute little guy holding a balloon. I love his odd expression.

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Daily Sketches: Bears


 I like Bear #22. The basic sketch made him look a bit angry, but with shading, I was able to make him more pleasant.
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Blessings

This week has been filled with more blessings than I can count.
We returned this angel to college following successful surgery. She has to wear a sling for a while, but she's doing well.
 Jon was busy clearing snow... tons and tons of snow from our walkway.
My father saved me. I got the fantastic news that my books had sold out at the local bookstore and they needed more books. It's such great news and I was thrilled. Add to that, my father delivered my books for me. I'm so fortunate to have such a helpful and supportive father. Thank you, Dad!
 In the height of winter, it's amazing to see some colorful botanicals.

Bear Climbing Tree Postcard
Bear Climbing Tree Postcard by DMellenDesigns
I uploaded more postcards to my DM Designs store on dazzle.
 Jon and I did a beachfront workout. It was such a great change from all that snow, cold, and frigid temperatures.
 My youngest nephew has a million dollar smile....
 Which runs in the family with his older brother!
 My oldest nephew got a visit from a colorful crew...
 My oldest niece had a Valentine's birthday!
And my youngest niece had 3rd birthday. The snowman cake is fitting. All too fitting!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Daily Sketches: Bears

Bear #21 is another polar bear, but this time I tried to capture the girth and enormity of the animal. Instead of blue highlights, I used a warm gray. I think it worked well.

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Daily Sketches: Bears

Bear #20 is one of my favorites. He's a simple teddy bear that reminds me of the one my sister M would carry around the first eight years of her life. He had button eyes, but the simple shape of the head and snout are a perfect reminder of her companion.

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Daily Sketches: Bears

Here's Bear #19 from the Sketch-A-Day for February.
Bear #19 is a polar bear cub with a snack. I tried to capture the large arms and body, along with the nose and simple colors of the bear.
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