For our prompt of “Mouse” today, I decided to sketch a little mouse crawling through a Christmas tree. I’m not sure this would be quite so cute were it to happen in reality, but this is the season to imagine only
When I was 5, I asked my father if Santa Claus was real. He very much believed in honesty and told me no – that everyone was Santa Claus when they gave a gift. Over the years, many people have thought it was horrible that my belief was dispelled so early but I’ve always been glad. I liked being able to say ‘thank you’ to the right people for the gifts I received and for being Santa myself every time I gave a gift.
When I lived up in northern Wisconsin there was a small tourist town nearby where I used to go to shop before Xmas. It was such a lovely way to get into the holiday spirit. If course living way up north it was guaranteed to be very cold, and probably snow covered which added to the fun. I was made of much sterner stuff then. Now I just want spring to hurry up and get here.
I love the simple little pleasures during the holidays. I love to hear about other people’s traditions. When my son was younger, we went to DT Portland to see Santa. It was magical for both of us. Now, I wouldn’t even consider taking him down there. So we have made another tradition of going to antique stores too! As far as not having a chimney for Santa. I never considered that a problem when I was young. When my son was born, I found a “magical” key at Nordstrom that we laid out for Santa. Funny thing is, we laid it on the table by the front door and not outside. Hahaha. Santa leaves it on the pile of presents he leaves for my son…..even to this day! ;P As for your little mouse friend, he looks like the little guy in that very old Jimmy Durante movie about a mouse named Rufus. Chatty Cathy today, sorry…..not!
For our prompt of “Toys” today, so many options ran through my mind, but I decided to take the opportunity to sketch the little teddy bear that my sister gave me earlier this week. It was tiny and adorable and,
When I left after my last visit with my brother, he gave me some clotted cream that he bought while in England. Earlier this week, I received a gift of more clotted cream with some homemade crumpets. This was all the more marvelous to me because it was linked to that last good-bye. I loved clotted cream before, but now it’s even more special!
What a well dressed bear that is very special Charlie! Don’t loose that inner child as it is very difficult to find it again! I lost mine for a very long time. We are starting to reconnect. I think Doing has helped. 😉
Known as Elfwood Bearington, he was released in 1999. I have something in the neighborhood of 15 Hallmark Xmas musical snowmen. My Aunt Becki has been giving them to me for years. We have a good laugh every time one comes in the mail. Good thing we have a big house with a basement because these guys take up space! When Joe’s sisters were here last week, I implied that he kept a lot of stuff, which he does, but I have my fair share too. Books are the first thing to come to mind. And I try to keep them weeded. Just not too well. 😁
Oh wow! I love that name for the bear! Cool! 😃💕 And hehe… yay to all the Hallmark snowmen, that’s awesome! What fun! Yeah, I used to work for Hallmark so got a discount for awhile. Our tree has more than it’s fair share of Keepsake Ornaments that light and/or play sound! hehe
He is ridiculously cute! I am in good company here, once again! You would have had a hay day at the estate sale I went to the past two days. Bears, dolls and toys galore! However after 2 hours there, it became too much. I did find a few little bears and some things to make me as excited as a kid on Christmas. I did see a few Paddington’s and thought of you. 😉 Good thing I don’t have your address! Tee hee
For our prompt of “Poinsettia,” I paired one with a little English robin and a pine branch. When I was a kid, my mom would always get a poinsettia plant that she’d pick up at the grocery store and place near the
It sounds lovely! We don’t decorate hete. It got to be too hard for me to keep up. The thing I miss is a live tree. These days though, I really couldn’t justify killing a tree, so I couldn’t have one of those even if I was to decorate. I do miss the smell of pine in the house. I may get a candle just to festive things up a bit.
Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 You should definitely get that candle at least. And honestly, these days you can just plug in a string of LED lights and toss them on the floor without the fire hazard from our youth! hehe… instant magic!
Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 So true… this is all I’d actually need, but then I get wanting all sorts of things. New ornaments, new shiny objects, each year. But it’s never the things that matter… just the feeling of being with those I love.
Our prompt of “Snowflake” today made me think of catching snowflakes on my tongue when I was a kid. Here by proxy we have this blue jay doing the same. I’m still not sure exactly why this was so much fun, but it
The sad thing is that there are children who are simply little adults. Usually, because they’ve been taught that anything joyful is sinful or just foolish. Some people may not remember tasting snowflakes because they never did – even when the snow was all around.
You know Charlie, sometimes I think I don’t have time to read your posts, but I do and you always make my day with your writing and your art. I love little Charlie as much as I do the (not) grown up Charlie. Thank you xx
Oh wow! That makes me SO happy to hear Carole! 😃💕 Yes, a crazy guy who posts daily is indeed tough to keep up with, but I’m so thrilled you’re enjoying these! You made my heart smile! And if you haven’t yet, I hope you’ll check out my podcast and the audio version of my stories here – https://doodlewash.com/sketching-stuff-podcast/
Did I mention that your posts always make me think? They do!
I’ve never lived in an area that gets a lot of snow so I’ve only seen it a few times. I don’t remember ever trying to catch it in my mouth. I don’t remember acting SEEING the snow fall. Just finding it on the ground in the morning. The one time it snowed when I was a kid, we managed to scrape together enough snow to make a skinny snowman! lol
Your snow-eating jay is awesome!! I love your snowflakes and background, too! =)
Thanks, Darlene! 😃💕 Thrilled these posts make you think! And think back… we all enjoyed very different childhoods, yet someone everything is linked in a way. No matter where we lived there’s something that’s always the same about being a kid. And, of course, refusing to ever grow up!
For our prompt of “Candy,” I chose the kind of candy I remember having during the holiday season when I was a kid. In truth, I didn’t particularly adore the candy inside as much as the shiny wrapped exterior that
Wonderful story about your mom and the Paddington Bear. Lots of love between mother and son, as it should be. My son is 30, but he’ll always be my “Little Guy,” and I’ll always delight in making him happy.
Thanks, Gary! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this… yeah, it’s really just extreme contrast for my shiny doodlewashes. I’m sure there’s a way that takes a lot longer, but if you but a pretty dark color next to pure white, you get shine. Then I just feather things a bit with clear water. 😉
THAT moment was sweeter than any candy I’ve ever tasted! Thank you for sharing it with us! It was very touching. Your art is excellent, as always, Charlie! =)
I think the candy that most reminds me of childhood Christmas’ would have to be chocolate covered cherries. (I don’t care for those cherries at all.) I also remember getting the Lifesaver books full of rolls of lifesavers. My favorite flavor was butter rum.
Thanks so much, Darlene! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoyed this story. It was such an exceptional moment. And yay to Lifesaver books!!! I actually told Philippe rather loudly at Target about how much I loved them, not being remotely subtle that one in my stocking would be much appreciated! lol
Wonderful post, Charlie! It’s always the little moments that create the best memories for me. The lifesaver in my candy sketch were a tribute to my grandma; she had no money, lots of kids, grand kids and great grand kids and every Christmas the entire family came in to town to celebrate Christmas Eve together. And, every year she gave each child a pencil, a pad of paper and a roll of lifesaver candy. A previous Christmas memory…hmmm…maybe not such a little moment after all.
Such a sweet story! I hope you share a picture of both your new little friends. I remember those candies, we never ate them because they were the least desirable and by the time we got through the rest of our candy they were soft and sticky. Lol! Good job on the reflections in them!
“Our trio is now fully reunited and it feels like the sweetest moment of all.” Aww, yay! And it’s nice to know Phineas lets the mask slip on such an occasion 😉 As for the candies, well, it depends what’s inside – but that’s part of the fun!
Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I’m rather sure Phineas learns to wag his tail when with other dogs as he does it for a few days after he returns. Then it goes stoic again, but it’s pleasant while it lasts. And inside these candies are just odd sugar concoctions… they were never my favorite to eat, but I would miss them if they didn’t show up to the party. 😉
Today is the last day of visiting with the family and it’s been a wonderful trip indeed. For our prompt of “Walrus” today, I sketched this big little guy here. I’ve no idea if a walrus is the best illustration for
One of these days, the scientists will get around to inventing the transporter beam and we’ll be able to visit family as often as we want no matter how far away. Of course, then we’ll probably put it off, knowing we can do it anytime, and we’ll actually see less of each other!
He’s a wonderful walrus! Safe travels. We are into planning our Xmas for Joe and me and the cats. Joe ran in the store while I was at an appointment and shrimp was on sale, so that’s what’s for dinner on Xmas eve. I’m glad because it’s easy and since I’ve been not eating much these days, it seems light enough to appeal.
hehe! Yeah, I didn’t realize that Walrus came right after a weekend trip of eating everything in sight. Good timing, I guess. 😉 And I adore latkes and almost bought some at Trader Joe’s last week! And yeah… sometimes I feel the holiday season is made for kids. Mostly due to metabolism. 😃💕
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