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Half finished, undated, sketch of Loki that I found lurking in one of my sketchbooks.  Best get that finished at some point!

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I don’t think I did a review of 2012, but I’m feeling the urge to do one of 2013.  It’s been a funny old year: frustrating in some ways and yet hugely rewarding in others.

January was a quiet month.  I made some beautiful books, and then went to the seaside for a few days…

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With February came snow, but also sunshine and the opportunity to catch up with friends (of the two-legged and four-legged variety).  Bookbinding also went on, and there was some dabbling in machine sewing too.

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March was busy busy busy!  Commissions, an awful lot of sketching, more snow, knitting, and even some redecorating

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April was remarkably warm, filled with seed sowing, gardening, my birthday, and the joyful discovery that sketching dogs is fun!

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May was another hot month, and once more full of gardening and dogs, with the added bonus of the Canal Cavalcade and the Chelsea Flower Show…

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June kicked off with a visit to Kew Gardens, and the fine weather continued throughout the month.  There was a lot of gardening, enjoying the fruits of my labours, and also some new glasses (which I like very much, so you’ll have to excuse the very rare selfie)…

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July was an absolute scorcher, and there were many days spent painting and drawing, harvesting veg and cutting flowers galore, and just generally relaxing in the garden.

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August saw me house and dog sitting for three weeks, which was absolute bliss.  I also got to meet some actors, draw some more dogs, and have a bit of fun with minion illustrations… oh yes, and we found out that we were expecting a puppy!

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The summer finally seemed to come to an end in September, with the weather finally starting to cool off.  Our puppy was born on 9th September, and his birth precipitated a lot of frantic knitting and crocheting!  I also tried dyeing things with elderberries, making things with felt, and visiting our new puppy.

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October saw the start of a warm autumn, and it was a month of quiet crafting (I finally finished my Beekeeper’s Quilt!), and a lot of puppy visiting.  I also learned two new skills: how to make a sari blouse, and how to taxidermy mice

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November was the most exciting month of 2013 for me, because it was when our puppy finally came to live with us!  I also got to masquerade as Santa Claus, and had a stonkingly good time at the Christmas Kensal Flea … but a lot of my time was spent with Loki (whose favourite place to sleep is still on my lap)…

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Finally we made it to December, which was full of bookbinding and other crafts, playtime with the pup (and as you can see, my lap is still his favourite spot for a nap, no matter where we are), and generally just enjoying life.

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Overall 2013 has been a pretty good year.  I’ve made a lot of beautiful things, sold a lot of beautiful things (yay!), and got a beautiful puppy who has brought so much joy into my already happy life.  I just hope that 2014 is as good!

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I didn’t get a chance to post any sketches last Sunday as I was (surprise surprise) too busy with the pup.  Managed to get a quick sketch of him this week though:

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We brought our new puppy home on Tuesday, so most of this week has been spent cooing over him and exclaiming over how cute everything he does is…so the only sketching opportunities at the moment are when he’s finally worn himself out and fallen asleep!

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It’s been a bit busy this past week, and I’ve worked late a few days to try and get ahead before a new distraction arrived…

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…our new puppy, Loki, came home yesterday!  He’s an absolute delight, and I’m glad I put some extra hours in last week because now I can skive off for a few days with a clear conscience!

So, what did I do in my studio then?  I created a new gocco screen and printed oodles of notebooks and cards…

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…these will be added to my Etsy shop very soon, so keep an eye out if you like all things minion.  I also spent some time playing with a hot glue gun and some sealing wax…

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…Hogwarts wax seals, which will have sticky pads on the back very soon.

I’ve also been dithering about trying yet another different craft, but I will tell you about that another day.  Right now there’s a wee puppy to be played with 🙂

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Our host for February is Sally over at Diario, so please do pop over to her blog to find out who else is playing along.  It’s been a while since I took part in the CPSH so this feels like a nice return to normality.

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Anyone following my sketchbook over the past couple of months will know that this little fella has been very inspirational…

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My favourite of the month has got to be Gerald, the mouse I stuffed at taxidermy class.

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It’s got to be my pumpkin.  And look!  Inspired by our puppy 🙂

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Motif: cherries

Cherry memo pad just visible in this shot, with a bonus of some apple-print paper too…

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What could be cosier than a puppy curled up with Winnie the Pooh?

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Sally will be choosing her favourites over the next week or two, so please do remember to check her blog again later this month.

What’s happening next month with the Crafty Photo Scavenger Hunt?  I’m not sure!  I will check and then post the details here as soon as I’m sure.

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Posting on the fly today, a little sketch of me and Loki…

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I’m still finding it hard to believe, but our puppy will be 4 weeks old tomorrow.  We went to visit him again this morning, our first visit in over a week, and he’s grown so much.  His ears and eyes are fully open, his first teeth started coming through a couple of days ago; and he and his brothers are now rambling around on their stumpy little legs, starting to play-fight with each other, and trying to get their mouths around everything they can reach.  Utterly adorable.

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My first attempt to draw him in colour…not very good, but practice makes perfect and I will be trying my hand at some more colour sketches of him in the coming week.  Shibas often have a black ‘mask’ when they’re born (as Loki does), but this fades as they age so I am hoping to capture him properly in colour while he’s still little and then chart the changes as he gets older.  This sketch was done very quickly with Derwent drawing pencils.

If you’ve got some dog drawings in your sketchbook I’d love to see them, just post a link in the comments for this page!

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I’m very late to my blog today, but better late than never!  Another two pages from our pup diary:

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I think that, as he gets older, I might start working in colour as his colouring will change as he goes from puppy to a proper adult and it would be lovely to record that.

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I’m still running around like a lunatic at the moment and, judging by the desperate urge to redecorate this weekend (to which I gave in…), my nesting instinct seems to have been triggered by the birth of our puppy.

You will, therefore, be unsurprised to hear that I haven’t done much drawing this week…however, work continues on the puppy diary (albeit very very slowly)

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