Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Do you remember your notebooks from class? You know, the ones where you were meant to be writing down everything your teacher said while your mind was completely entranced by his or her every word.

Mine (like many others reading this I'm sure) were not only filled with words of wisdom, but also with what I like to call doodles of discernment. Most, if not all, of my margins along with any other reasonably sized white-space, were filled with drawings of this and that or of nothing at all.

But I haven't doodled much recently. I draw. A lot. But I don't seem to doodle. I suspect this may be connected to the arrival of the youngest lodger at our house, the one who keeps me on my toes and helps me wear out the soles of my shoes. Since he's come into our lives, or at least since he's discovered the principle of mobility, I spend very little time sitting down and much less of that little time awake. I suspect any paper destined to be doodled upon would sooner find itself dribbled with drool as I doze alongside.

But despite it all, I have decided to get back to doodling to see what happens. I've challenged myself to spend at least a few moments each day filling a blank sheet of paper with whatever comes to mind with the hope of developing some new ideas or designs.

If nothing else, this could turn out to be a very telling experiment in psychology - the inner thoughts of a mother of multiple children.

Which makes me wonder.... perhaps I should best keep my doodles to myself...


Half-an-Acre said...

i love your cute drawings - they are gorgeous!

Half-an-Acre said...

love your pictures! just noticed you are on Not on the High Street too!
check out my store - halfanacre - there - i'm off to see yours right now!

Kerry Davis said...

ooh, this is gorgeous... you should get Em at stamping bella to make it into a background stamp! =D

Grooveycrafts said...

I remember those days, we can only dream about them now.

I love your doodle though

Cupcake said...

My notebooks were the same way - filled with doodles. Hearts, flowers, swirlies, etc. I love to go back and look at those little glimpses into my life at that time. Not that I ever read the notes but I love to look at the pictures.
Love you store and just purchased 2 of your coloring books for my twin daughters. I can't wait for them to arrive.
I'm also on Etsy at http://glitterme.etsy.com

I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Hope said...

Oh, fun! I want to color them!

Christy said...

'Ello darling!
Your writing makes me smile and I have so enjoyed catching up on your blog and your new stamps! Lottie and Gussie are adorable- in real life and as a stamp! :)
Have a happy holiday and may the spirit of organization find you again! LOL

La Alicia said...

awww, I hope you share your future doodles - the ones you posted are charming...my notebook margins were jam packed with doodling. I am feeing a need to bust out my box of crayons! :)

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