Magical Moments In A Snow Globe

Day 18 - Santa Snow Globe Watercolor - Doodlewash

For today’s prompt of tree, my mind went to one captured inside a snow globe. Philippe and I had seen several snow globes while out shopping recently and I adore them. The large one I wanted was supposedly marked down, but was still too expensive. This one had a large Santa making out a naughty and nice list. His particular pose made him seem not only jolly, but perfectly drunk. It was amazing. But I had to leave that one behind, and instead made one with Phineas catching Santa Claus in the act of delivering gifts. I’ve no idea what Phineas would actually do were he to find a fat guy in a red and white velour suit lurking around our Christmas tree. But, I imagine he would approach it in stride, like he does everything in life. With just a few sniffs to express his disapproval and then catching himself quickly to stare Santa down with a questioning look that says, “what did you get for ME?!” I love snow globes because they attempt to capture a little precious moment of some kind. The glass dome is a spotlight on some magical miniature scene, frozen in time. The large and sturdy ones, like the one I saw in the store, are a bit difficult to shake and produce the snow effect. Those should really come with a button of some kind that would cause the snow to swirl around properly. But just peering into the glass and seeing a that little scene of wonder is enough for me.

Today, I finished most of my holiday shopping for Philippe. I’m not sure I was particularly inventive this year, but found some cute things I think he’ll enjoy. As I’ve mentioned before, we give each other a stack of gifts on Christmas Eve throughout the evening. After I purchased the two main gifts, however, the remaining budget dropped to almost nothing, so I guess I had to be rather inventive after all on the remaining gifts. To give you a better idea of how our crazy gift-giving works, last year one of my first gifts was simply three white gel pens. A lovely toy to play with indeed! And so simple, one would think I would thank him and set them aside. But no, I leapt out of my chair, rushed off to find some craft paper and spent the next 30 minutes doodling like a child. Philippe had to actually shout to get my attention so we could continue on with the evening’s festivities. I make no apologies for my behavior this time of year. Though I passionately recommend we always listen to our inner children, at the holidays, I joyously recommend we totally become them again! There’s nothing more fun than that!

Oh, and I just launched Episode 13 of my Sketching Stuff podcast, today which is all about those little lessons learned from childhood. I hope you’ll check it out and leave me a comment! For some reason this particular season seems to be rushing by all too quickly. As much as I’m excited for Monday’s festivities, I rather enjoy that feeling of time standing still. The bit filled with pure anticipation like I experienced as a kid. In those days, it seemed like an endless wait during December. And I adored every longing minute. Today, I’m unfortunately an adult and have a million things to do before the end of the week. This makes time rush by much faster than I would like. So, it’s nice to pause and paint an image frozen in time. A quickly doodled and imagined scene where my dog gets to meet Santa Claus, while I must assume Philippe and I are fast asleep, still dreaming of his arrival. Things won’t happen quite like this, of course, since Phineas sleeps far more than we do and the odds of him catching Santa are slim to none. But, I love to imagine that it could happen. This time of year, I love imagining all sorts of magical moments in a snow globe.

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Day 18 - Santa Snow Globe Watercolor - Sketchbook Detail - Doodlewash

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  1. Laura H 4 years ago

    Awesome snow globe! Thank you for sharing your holiday cheer. Merry Christmas to you, Philippe and Phineas.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas as well!

  2. Sandra Strait 4 years ago

    Your snow globe is magical! One of the reasons that I love the idea of alternate dimensions is because it means somewhere Phineas did catch Santa bringing gifts and gave the jolly fella his 5-second tail tock when receiving his.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕I love that thought! Sometimes I swear we’re long lost siblings… hehe… we have a lot in common! 😉

  3. Lisa 4 years ago

    You guys are really so much more fun than Joe and me. We tell each other what we want and that’s what we get. But, most of the time it is something that we wouldn’t buy for ourselves. Joe wanted this fancy work light. He doesn’t really need it, but he’s been trying to talk himself into it, so I got him one. Plus socks because my mother always bought him socks, and now that she is gone, he has a lot of holey ones that need replacement. He got me a camcorder because I saw a documentary and thought I would like to play with one. But I wouldn’t have got it myself because I have enough to keep me busy. Now I have all winter of cat filming before bird migration starts in the spring.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      hehe! I adore your Christmas tradition, Lisa! 😃💕 That sounds awesome! And yay that you are going to be a documentary filmmaker now (in my head, that’s how it works anyway! lol So yeah, you’re that now! Congrats!). Love that the socks still arrive… that’s the sweetest bit ever. And it’s not much different from ours. The main gifts work the same, but we pepper in a lot of cheap wrapped things to add a bit of surprise to the mix! lol

  4. Sharon Nolfi 4 years ago

    Wonderful snow globe, Charlie! I love them too – magical moments captured forever in a dusting of snow.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yay to snow globes! They’re so awesome! I adore them all… which is why I don’t collect them. That would get crazy! 😊lol

  5. Mary Roff 4 years ago

    Beautiful snow globe!! Sometimes it seems that the smallest gifts create the best memories.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Totally agree… it’s the littlest gifts I tend to remember most!

  6. LoriCtoo 4 years ago

    Love it! I want to pick it up and shake it! You should use your white pens and put snow all over it. Lol. Do you know they make a snowglobe that is battery powered?? The store I do work for had them in Sept and they sold out immediately. They were hillarious because the snow whipped around so much that the Snowman looked like he was in a blizzard. We used to push the button just to get a good laugh. Makes me giggle just thinking about it. You would have loved it! Google it!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Oh my gosh! I NEED one of those!! 😃💕LOL Definitely going to google it! hehe And Yeah, I was moving too fast to bother with a pen. hehe But a bit of snow managed to sneak through anyway!

  7. Jacob 4 years ago

    Yes! I want one! When I was a child, I received a battery-powered snow globe with a windmill and house inside, and the inscription ‘Marry Christmas’. Made me laugh, anyway!

    Time is definitely rushing by – it’s been the story of the year, really. I can’t believe it’s only five and a bit days until Christmas!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      haha! I love that snow globe! And yay for the windmill! A perfect thing to receive! 😃💕 Yeah… Christmas is creeping up so fast now!! Eeeeeek!! I can’t wait, yet, I still wish it would all move a bit slower.

  8. smzang 4 years ago

    Charlie says, “Today, I’m unfortunately an adult”

    there are days like that…Happily they pass quickly and no major damage is done.
    The really good news is that even on ‘adult’ days there are beautiful moments to cherish.
    Wishing you many of such moments every day.

    I love your snow globe. It captures the magic.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕Yeah, there’s always something joyful to be found in life whether you’re young or old! Hoping you find lots of magic in the days ahead!!

  9. camryn forrest 4 years ago

    Enjoyed your writing and especially the comments about snow globes. They are magical, aren’t they? (and so you know, I’m a professional snow globe artist always working to improve the next one, and the next one after that.)

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Camryn! 😃💕 And that’s so awesome you’re a snow globe artist! I think they’re the most magical things on the planet! Love them!

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