2007-12-31

Happy New Year!

"I pray my wish
will come true
For my child
and your child too
He'll see the day of glory
See the day
when men of good will
Live in peace,
live in peace again"

(Lyrics from Dani's favourite piece of Christmas music, "Peace On Earth - Little Drummer Boy.")

Wishing you and yours all the very best in 2008!
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[With thanks to this tutorial for creating a METALLIC WIRE FRAME SPHERE in Photoshop.]


2007-12-27

2007 doodles in review

Readers' choice

The plan vs reality
[originally published 2007-06-30]
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Motivation and happiness
[originally published 2007-02-25]
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(Items with a variation of this image can be purchased at Cafe Press. )



Out of the loop
[originally published 2007-04-02]
2007_04_02_Out_of_the_loop

My favs
When writers strike
[originally published 2007-11-05]
2007_11_05_when_writers_strike


Mobius hopscotch
[originally published 2007-09-15]
2007_09_15_mobius_hopscotch


RIP Naptime
[originally published 2007-07-03]
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2007-12-24

Merry Christmas!

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2007-12-21

Best present ever - parent of pre-schooler edition

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2007-12-20

Christmas hand print tree

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(This idea came home from school.)

Instructions for creating a Christmas Hand Print Tree can be found at Craft Day.


2007-12-19

Canadian Blog Awards - Nominations Now Open

Nominations are being accepted until January 11, 2008.

Eligibility:
All blogs written by persons living in Canada or by Canadian citizens living abroad are eligible for nomination. In the case of group blogs, the aforementioned persons must be significant contributors to the blog.

Organizers of the awards must abstain from making any judgment as to eligibility of other participants in only the categories they have also been nominated for.

Voting:
(2006 & 2007 Awards) Two rounds of voting will take place with each round lasting 7 days. The first round of voting will include all nominees. The second round of voting will narrow the list of nominees in each category down to the top 5 from the first round of voting.

Categories:

General:
Best Blog
Best French-Language Blog
Best New Blog
Best Group Blog
Best Blogosphere Citizen
Best Blog Post
Best Blog Post Series

Political:
Best Political Blog
Best progressive Blog
Best conservative Blog
Best Non-Partisan Blog

Interest:
Best Personal Blog
Best Photo/Art Blog
Best Humour Blog
Best Entertainment/Cultural Blog
Best Business/Finance Blog
Best Religious Blog
Best Sports Blog
Best Activities Blog
Best Media/Celebrity Blog
Best Family Blog
Best Local Blog
Best Sci/Tech Blog
Best Sexual/Gender Issues Blog
Best Podcaster/Vlogger
Best Military Blog
Best Education Blog

Honour your fav blogger by leaving a comment in the appropriate category. The folks over at the CBA's are trying to get a bit broader participation this year ... so spread the word!

[h/t to Dani and Kate]


2007-12-18

Vote for me!

Voting for the 2007 Chewing Pencils Christmas Cartoon Project “People’s Choice” award closes on December 20th.

The voting system is easy. Chose your three favourite cartoons and then email your choices to Matt at mkglover (at) optusnet.com.au

Your email should read like this:

  1. The name of the artist of your favourite cartoon, and the title of the cartoon itself
  2. The name of the artist of your second favourite cartoon, and the title of the cartoon itself
  3. The name of the artist of your third favourite cartoon, and the title of the cartoon itself
Your favourite gets three points, second favourite two points and third favourite one point. The one with the most points wins! You can only vote once.

Here's my submission: Best Present Ever

The rest of the submissions (in no particular order):
  1. Rich from The Cartoon Days of Christmas submitted the Bethlehem Census.
  2. Val from The Cartoon Days of Christmas submitted some Holiday Shopping.
  3. Terry from A Touch of Terry Lou submitted A Not So Wise Man
  4. Robbay from A Side of Cartoons submitted A Mouse Christmas Party
  5. Teddy Tietz submitted a German Santa
  6. Mick Ward submitted a Request for Santa
  7. Frank Dutton submitted a Mauve Nosed Reindeer
  8. Sheree from Sheree Bradford-Lea Cartoonist submitted Santa on Stress Leave
  9. Dale from the Cartoon Days of Christmas submitted a Little Matt
  10. Ron Atkinson submitted a present that Fits Like A Glove
  11. A Chopra submitted a Nobel Prize Christmas Cartoon
  12. Greg from EEight submitted a Polite Santa
  13. Peter Naismith from the Nut Bank Files submitted a Runway Matt
  14. Lee from Lee’s Things submitted the Best Present Ever
  15. John from JDCartoons submitted a Christmas Protest
  16. Henry from The Cartoon Days of Christmas submitted a Snowman’s Christmas Wish
  17. Jason from Twisted Musings submitted a God Father Christmas
  18. Andre submitted a Fishy Christmas
  19. Rob from Rob and Jods submitted some Christmas Spirit
  20. Bill Lumley submitted a Stocking Filler (PDF File)
  21. Matt from Wickerdoodle submitted Santa in Space


2007-12-17

Southern Ontario

After 18 hours, we had over 25cm (10 inches) of the white stuff yesterday afternoon. How'd you fair in the big storm of 2007?
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2007-12-16

Best present ever - new parent edition

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2007-12-15

Do you cartoon?

THE JAY KENNEDY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Applicants must be college students in the United States, Canada or Mexico that will be in their Junior or Senior year of college during the 2008-2009 academic year. Applicants DO NOT have to be art majors to be eligible for this scholarship.

DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2008
The applications will be judged by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation (NCSF) and the number of scholarships given out and their amounts will be at their discretion of the NCSF.

For more information, visit the National Cartoonists Society Foundation website.

[With thanks to Sandra Bell-Lundy for the tip-off!]


2007-12-14

Best present ever - toddler edition

Here's my entry for the 2007 Chewing Pencils Christmas Cartoon Project!

(And boy do I miss the days when empty boxes provided hours of enterainment!)
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2007-12-09

Reindeer treats

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This was created with Santa's elves at our local mall.

Instructions for creating this Reindeer Treat can be found at Craft Day.


2007-12-08

Getting through the holidays

In order to get everything done, I seem to spend this time of year running on catecholamine C9H13NO3 (epinephrine).

2007_12_08_getting_through_holidays

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2007-12-04

Rerun: Decorated moose

[Orignally posted May 20, 2007.]

No matter how you decorate it, a moose is still a moose!
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2007-12-01

Notes to self: building a better gingerbread house

Things I learned about building gingerbread houses:

  1. gb_house_02If you're short on patience, buying a gingerbread house kit is a real sanity saver!


  2. Try and find the type of kit that has grooves / ruts / slots in the base which tell you where to put the walls and make assembly easier.


  3. gb_house_03Have a look inside the kit to see if the types of candy decorations included are the sort you feel comfortable having your helper children eat. (Some are choking hazards for pre-schoolers and toddlers.) Assemble some candy you don't mind your children eating to swap in when you remove the offending confections. (Leftover Hallowe'en Smarties and Rockets proved popular.)

  4. Feed your children a healthy meal or a healthy snack prior to starting this activity. Even the best behaved child cannot resist the sugary sweetness of gingerbread house decorations!

  5. While you're unpacking the kit and trying to figure out the instructions, have little hands free Smarties and Rockets from their packages and put them in a bowl or plate. To stall for time, have them sort the decorations by type, size or by colour.

  6. gb_house_04If the instructions tell you to kneed the icing in the bag prior to using it, do so before you cut a corner off.


  7. The big bag of icing provided is much too big for little hands to manage.





  8. gb_house_05Get yourself a sandwich bag and cut a tiny corner off to make a mini-piping bag. Put some icing sugar in the cut corner of the sandwich bag.













  9. gb_house_07Have the adult use the large icing bag to place pipe the thick beads of icing sugar acting as glue for the major house components.








  10. gb_house_06Little hands can practice piping with their baggies on the interior walls of the house.














  11. gb_house_08Pipe a thick bead of icing in the grooves in the base for the four walls of the house.

  12. Assemble the four walls in their grooves and apply pressure.

  13. Ensure that the four walls are stable prior to progressing. (Very important!)

  14. Pipe a thick bead of icing along the walls where they meet the base. (Inside and out.)


  15. gb_house_09 Little hands can put decorations in the icing along the base of the house, while larger hands are assembling the roof.














  16. gb_house_10It's VERY important that you wait the designated time (it was 15 minutes for us) holding the roof in position, prior to trying to decorate! It's not much fun trying to decorate a house where the walls keep caving in and the roof keeps sliding off!

  17. I'd recommend having little hands decorate accessories (gingerbread men, gingerbread snowmen and gingerbread trees) on a level surface prior to assembling perpidicular to the base. (In contrast to the photoevidence.)






  18. gb_house_12Little hands can be decorating one side of the house while big hands are working on the other side.












  19. While it's possible to pipe icing onto an already vertical wall (see photo below) it would have been much easier to put the decorative icing on the wall if it were flat. (Which, of course, would mean you'd have be be very careful while assembling the walls, not to smear icing all over the place.) Alternately, one could wait until the house was firmly cemented by the icing and then tip the house 80 degrees or so to do the decorative piping. (Not a likely option with anxious little hands!)

    gb_house_16 gb_house_13 gb_house_14 gb_house_17


  20. When everyone's finished decorating, put a tablespoon or so of icing sugar in a seive and shake over the project to give the appearance of a fresh snowfall.

    gb_house_18gb_house_19


  21. Now your challenge is guarding the house to make sure it doesn't get demolished overnight!

    gb_house_20 gb_house_21


Materials for above project:
  • table cloth for getting dirty (or easy to wipe table-top)
  • drop cloth (old table cloth or shower curtain) for floor if you plan on using sprinkles as a decoration (or easy to vacuum and mop floor)
  • gingerbread house kit (with slotted base)
  • alternate candy decorations (Smarties and Rockets)
  • plastic sandwich bags
  • scissors
  • plates, bowls and spoons for organizing decorations
  • seive
  • icing sugar (about a tablespoon)
  • spoon
  • patience
  • vacuum cleaner
  • wet clothes for cleaning little hands

[Cross-posted at Craft Day.]


2007-11-30

Dear Santa

Dear Santa:

I've been very good this year. If you have any extra lying around, I'd really like a Cintiq 12WX for Christmas.


With thanks to Drawn.ca for the tip!


2007-11-29

Potty training manual

For kids, by kids
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2007-11-25

You print it™ at Nightshade Creations™

I've been working on some free seasonal promotional colouring sheets and colouring cards.

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Click on an image below to download the colouring sheet of your choice (PDF).
Christmas treeChristmas tree:  half-fold cardChristmas tree:  quarter-fold cardgingerbread mangingerbread man: half-fold cardgingerbread man: quarter-fold cardsnowmansnowman: half-fold cardsnowman: quarter-fold card


2007-11-21

Fresh drama during U.S. writers strike

Dark, homegrown miniseries worthy prime-time watching
Thriller delivers fresh drama during U.S. writers strike

So says the The Winnipeg Free Press review of "Across The River To Motor City," co-created and written by Denis McGrath.

It airs on CityTV in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton tomorrow night at 10pm.


2007-11-19

Life lesson learned through making peanut brittle

This is what I recently learned while trying to make peanut brittle:

"If it's hot enough in the pot to melt sugar, chances are it's hot enough
in the pot to melt a plastic spoon."

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So we started again and made a fresh batch:

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and it was yummy!

I've published the Mixed Nut Brittle recipe here. [orginally from Dani]


2007-11-17

Christmas crush

Is it just me, or did the Christmas decorations appear in the stores earlier than usual this year? I could have swore there was a time when Christmas-y things didn't appear until after American Thanksgiving!
2007_11_17_christmas_crush

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