Doodlewash Turns 90!

Doodlewash Turns 90!

Happy Birthday to doodlewash.com! Today it turns 90 days old! They say that it takes around 90 days to really form a habit or addiction, so I guess you can also say that I’ve been completely and totally doodlewashed! Running this blog has been a sweet treat and it’s all thanks to the resident Doodlewash Crew, the amazing Guest Doodlewashers, and the incredibly beautiful and wonderful people who leave encouraging comments each day!

I originally started this blog to keep myself motivated and thought I would be sharing tips, tricks, and videos like the other blogs I’ve seen. But that never felt right, since what I really love most are stories. So the doodlewash adventure began to include storytelling. Not just my little stories, but the many wonderful individual stories of over 50 artists all around the globe! On ALL 7 CONTINENTS!! A small but mighty community of doodlewashers had formed!

I wasn’t sure what to sketch for the occasion, so I just made you all a slice of my favorite cake that Philippe makes, when I beg him to. I dubbed it “Christmas Cake” because he only makes it once a year around that time. It’s super early, but this also serves as a reminder to him as well, so win win! He said I should have put a candle on it, but I always think that one little candle looks a bit sad (like nobody took time to prepare for your party). Unless you are actually one, in which case you don’t care about candles and just want the cake.

Also, in happy birthday news, a lovely WordPress Editor named Krista gave Doodlewash the best present ever by featuring it on Freshly Pressed today! I had a follower goal I hoped to reach by this birthday, but it hadn’t happened yet this morning. Thanks to Krista’s help in getting the word out, it just did! And an extra special thanks for cleverly choosing a doodlewash post that included another artist! It’s just more doodlewashy that way (hmmm… must add to dictionary).

Whoa… this post wasn’t supposed to be this long… better say goodbye. I hope you’ll stay with me for another 90 days! I always say that doodlewashing is more fun with friends, and you’ve just continually proven that’s true. So, thanks, good friends! Hope you like the cake!

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78 Comments
  1. Catherine Johnson 2 years ago

    Awesome congratulations!

  2. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    I. Want. That. Cake!!! Oh, and congratulations on being featured on Freshly Pressed and getting a ton of followers!!! <3 You rock, my friend!

    • Author

      Haha!! Thanks! I want that cake too!!! It’s easier to doodlewash than bake apparently as it’s difficult to get Philippe to make it!! 😥🍴

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        Dang…I wasn’t sure I wanted to Like that comment because I want Philippe to bake it for you! There are certain things I only make once a year, too…like the Stolle de Noel bread. But you know, it gets easier to make these things if you do it more often…tell Philippe that! 😀

  3. Wren 2 years ago

    Lovely cake, lovely painting! Happy 90 days!

  4. ann christina 2 years ago

    Happy 90 days to you, congratulations!!! 🍰🎉🎂💝💐🎈🎁 Love your blog, the doodlewashes, the guest doodlewashes, and the wonderful stories!!! German-Hungarian greetings from Europe and all the best for the next 90 days!!! ❤️🌞

    • Author

      Wow! Thank you soooo much Ann!! You better stick around! I’m counting on your encouragement to keep going! 😉❤️😃

  5. Snehal Kank 2 years ago

    Firstly cake is looking so delicious 😋 and many more congratulations and best wishes to Doodlewash 🎉💐🎊🍰🎁🎀🎈✨🎨🎶
    Charlie Thank you so much, your blog posts are always inspired us to doodle wash! 💐😊

    • Author

      Thank you so much Snehal!! ❤️😃It’s a bummer I can’t have an actual party and invite all of you! That’s the best part of the site! But for now…I guess this virtual cake will have to do! 😊😊

  6. kirkistan 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Nicely done sketch and your blog is fun every day. Way to go. Still…habit or addiction…habit or addiction? I just can’t tell.

    • Author

      I think I’m going with addiction because it sounds cooler and like I’d have more street cred. Not sure why I’d need that, but you never know.

  7. Kari 2 years ago

    Woohoo!! How exciting!! Im so glad I’ve “met” you and all the amazing artists you feature! And I’m with Teresa.. I want that cake too! ❤️

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!! ❤️😃Someday we’ll have that Doodlewash Meet-up and oh yeah…there will be cake!!! 😃👍🏻

      • Kari 2 years ago

        Oh yeah!! I’ll be there.. 😜

  8. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    A Very Happy Doodlewashy Birthday to You!!! Already thinking of my first ideas to Doodlewash 😉

  9. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    YAY Charlie!! Way to go! I’m sending you a box of cheerful party hats to go with your celebration cake! Well, not really but it sounds like a good idea! Keep up the AWESOME art and storytelling! :-)))

    • Author

      Thanks Jill!! ❤️😃Couldn’t have done it without you! And I’ll accept those party hats if you agree to design them! 😉

  10. Nancy 2 years ago

    Can’t believe you have only been at this for 90 days,Charlie! You seem so at home blogging. Perhaps you’ve found your true calling? Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed too!
    PS: You are going to post the recipe for that cake once Philippe bakes it, right? Or is he stingy with his recipe secrets like my Hubby is?:)

    • Author

      Thanks so much Nancy!! What sweet thing to say! ❤️😃 And just ask Philippe and he said, “it’s in French…it’s very complicated” which means yeah…he’s stingy too!! 😊

  11. kungfunaomi 2 years ago

    YAAAAYYY!!! 😀 😀 😀

  12. kungfunaomi 2 years ago

    How do you make a heart on this thing… <3

    • Author

      Lol…on what thing?

      • kungfunaomi 2 years ago

        On the computer! Did it turn out as a heart or is it … ok, it made a heart. I am not educated in the art of emoticons even though I am a teenager. 😀

        • Author

          What? Did you guys invent emoticons? I don’t know how to do it easily on a computer actually. I’m always on my phone! Lol

  13. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    It’s amazing that so much as happened in 90 days (90 days Around the World). I don’t know how you keep up the momentum, Charlie, posting everyday. I do appreciate all of the wonderful artists you have brought together. I’m so happy to be a part of the family. Congratulations on what you and the crew have accomplished. 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks so much Sharon!! I didn’t know if I would make it this far. Blogging is tougher than I thought! 😊 But it’s been so rewarding that I can’t imagine stopping now. And so glad you’re part of the doodlewash family my friend! Every success is a shared one! 😉❤️

  14. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    Happy 90th! Where are the candles???

  15. Jacob 2 years ago

    (Blows party horn) Happy anniversary to Doodlewash! The cake does indeed look rather scrummy… it’s making me hungry again!

    Big congrats on the Freshly Pressed too; very much deserved, and what perfect timing! You have cultivated an engaging, warm and vibrant space here – long may you continue to flourish. I’m totally hooked.

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jacob!! I’m glad you’re here! Sorry it’s only a virtual cake. But good to know you’ll be sticking around. More stories and doodlewashes ahead! 😉😃

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Yay! Glad to hear it! (party horn)

  16. Carmel Campbell 2 years ago

    Just found your blog. Congratulations …that cake looks awfully good, not only to eat, but as a sketch!!

  17. Damita M-S 2 years ago

    Happy Birthday! I love cake and I love yours. See ya for the next days to come!

  18. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Delicious! (K.)

  19. Jodi 2 years ago

    Happy Anniversary Charlie! 90 years – errrr days old! I need the recipe for this cake!

    • Author

      Thanks, Jodi! ❤️😃Philippe was being coquettish about the recipe. Then he pulled it up and taunted me with it. It’s in French. (Or at least I think it was…I don’t cook so all recipes look French to me)

  20. thegirlonthego08 2 years ago

    congo! 😀 Oh! That pastry looks yummy 😛

  21. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Happy anniversary Charlie and congratulations!!!! The cake looks delicious…(trying to think of a clever way to have it sent ;D). Your blog, like the cake, is such a treat, and you have been so gracious sharing your talent and charm…the icing on the cake. Here’s to many many more days of Doodlewashing…and of course more cake. Cheers!

    • Author

      Awww thanks friend! 😊You comments are so sweet and encouraging. I really couldn’t have made it this far without you! Thanks! ❤️😃

  22. Rebecca 2 years ago

    Now we DEFINITELY need to see more food Doodlewashes from you! This cake is fabulous – I could eat it right now (and I’ve just had breakfast)! And congrats on the milestone, many more to come, I’m sure. 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Rebecca!! ❤️😃 So glad you liked it! I do actually enjoying drawing food so there will be more to come in sure! (Though I prefer drawing from a photo…waiting to eat it isn’t fun! Lol)😊

  23. Congratulations Charlie, you wild thing! 😀 And many mooooooooooore!

  24. I have NO idea what doodlewashing is, but I think I already like it!

  25. I’m so glad you got freshly pressed. That’s how I found you today and I absolutely love what you’re doing. You know that amazing feeling when you discover a great show when it’s already two seasons in? That’s what I have right now with Doodlewash and all the archives I know are there to explore!

    • Author

      Awww Ella, what a sweet thing to say!! ❤️😃 Hehe… You can binge-watch doodlewash anytime! Also… in runs in 30 day cycles, so you’re just in time for the start of October’s tour! 😉👍🏻

      • Oooh exciting. So I have three series to catch up on and a whole new one I can start from the very beginning! Quick question too, do you or any of your doodlewashers do commissions? Pm me via the contact form on my page if you do and will explain more! X

  26. jamestooltip 2 years ago

    This cake is awesome! 😛 Congratulations! 😀

  27. Rachel Murphree 2 years ago

    congrats, Charlie! love the cake and the color mingling on the plate. woo hoo for freshly pressed… yay!

    • Author

      Thanks Rachel!! I went so fast I didn’t even think much about it but the plate turned out better than I hoped! 😊Hehe…glad you like it!

  28. I like this watercolor…

  29. jmnowak 2 years ago

    Y.A.Y…..and…..Y.A.Y. ! 😎
    More, s’il vous plait, as they say…and, no more goodbyes…au revoirs instead, eh, Charlie!

    • Author

      Hehe! Thanks Janina! 😃❤️ Much more to come!! I’ve got a lot of practice ahead (and more stories to tell! Hehe)

  30. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    I love that you have been freshly pressed and 90 days old…a perfect habit forming addiction! Love what you have done and the lovely community you have created. If this was a social media experiment, I would say you are very successful. I also love that you share such interesting artists with all of us! Many thank you’s to you Charlie, for your paintings, story telling and dedication! <3

    • Author

      Awww Cathe! Thank you so much for your sweet and encouraging comments! I can’t thank you enough…that’s what makes all of this worthwhile! ❤️❤️😃

  31. […] like Philippe made last year, but for this year we talked about rolling up my favorite “Christmas cake” into a birch tree so we can get the best of both […]

  32. […] Of all the fabulous things I love about the holiday season, my favorite is the tradition of cake! Several years ago, Philippe tried a new recipe that was officially titled « gâteau framboise-coco-chocolat blanc » that was so delicious I immediately renamed it Christmas Cake. This was a not-so-subtle attempt at suggesting this cake should become a permanent part of our holiday tradition. Luckily, it worked, and we’ve had this delicious delight each year since then. Not so luckily, my requests to have it at other times of the year are now immediately rebuked because it is reserved just for the holidays. I really didn’t think that one through. Last year, we enjoyed it in the form of a bûche de noël, or yule log, and it somehow tasted even better that way. I actually painted this on the 90th day of doodlewashing from the same reference photo to see if I’ve improved, topping it with some imaginary raspberries this time around. I’ll let you be the judge. You can find the first version by clicking here. […]

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