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free desktop wallpaper – august(ish)

august 2010 free desktop wallpaper

august 2010 free desktop wallpaper

This month’s free desktop download was inspired by our recent trip to the “big city,” ie. Boston. It may not be the largest like it in the world, but it still makes all of Maine’s cities look like quaint little villages. As much as I enjoy traveling, doing so always reminds me just how much I love my home–small and quaint as it may be. Click to download your free desktop wallpaper!

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illustration friday: detective

illustration friday: detective

I was struggling to come up with a doodle for this week’s theme until I mentioned the topic to my husband, who immediately said, “Why not draw one of your famous chickens?”

Ahh, my famous chickens. When I was maybe 10 or 12, doodling chickens kinda became my “thing.” I’d draw them in costume and in comic strips, inspired by the “Far Side” comics I loved so much at the time. I signed many friends’ letters, yearbooks, and textbooks with them, and occasionally people will say, “Hey, Caro, remember those chickens you used to draw?  Those were funny.” I don’t think it was so much that my cartoons were funny as it was chickens are just inherently funny creatures, but obviously they were memorable.

So, for lack of a better idea, here we have Sherlock Chicken (or perhaps Chicken Holmes?) getting ready to solve the mystery of the fried egg. It’s a pretty brutal crime scene, as you can see, and not for the faint of heart!

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all dolled up

Paper doll - sheet 1paper doll - boy

I’ve been busy working on these new paper doll patterns for the Print-a-doodles section of the shop. I used to love to create paper dolls as a kid, and this week’s project reminded me why… getting creative with the clothes is the best part. I could spend hours coloring and decorating dresses and t-shirts and pants, mixing and matching with different accessories–it was always less about the play and more about the process for me.

Anyway, the result is two paper doll sets, one boy and one girl. Each set comes with two pages of pre-made outfits, plus a third template page that’s blank so you can design your own wardrobe. The dolls are designed to be printed on heavy 8.5 x 11 card stock for durability, but you could also add magnets to the back to create a fridge playset. You can print as many copies as you like, which make these an entertaining, yet inexpensive, party favor or gift. Just be careful with the scissors!

I hope you’ll find these sweet dolls versatile and inspiring.

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introducing: print-a-doodles!

lollipopNew to the shop: Print-a-Doodles!  Printable illustrations you can use for scrapbooking, buttons, magnets, party invitations, wall art, and more.

This is my first foray into selling digital products (that aren’t custom) and something of an experiment. I’ve purchased a few printable products on Etsy before with great success, so I thought, “Why not try downloadable doodles?”

I’ll be adding more of these to the newly minted Print-a-Doodles section of the shop over the next few days!