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Evolution of a Family Portrait

Every few years I revise our illustrated “family portrait”, and this weekend I decided we were due for an update. Gwen is no longer a baby, we adopted a dog, and my hair is looking a lot less saturated these days (I still can’t bring myself to draw it white! Maybe in another four years…)

It’s fun to see how we’ve evolved. It’s only been seven years, but so much has happened in that time, it feels like ages!

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Birdies Pattern

Over Thanksgiving weekend, I broke my mom’s favorite mug. It was given to her by a friend many years ago, and a Google search for a replacement proved futile — I gathered from my research that it was probably a Hornsea ripoff, though there was no credit on the mug.

As a Christmas present, I wanted to design her a new mug in a similar pattern. And because I’m indecisive, I had four different colors printed at Zazzle, using the two-tone mug in an accenting color:

mugs

It’s not an exact replica of the original pattern, but it comes close enough that I wouldn’t feel comfortable claiming it as my own. So as an official disclaimer, the design above is not mine, I’m just borrowing it in an effort to make up for my clumsy hands. 🙂

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christmas photo card and a quick announcement

calobee doodles christmas card 2011

calobee doodles christmas card 2011

I took a few minutes to work on a simple Christmas card design for our family–with a focus on showing off the babes, of course. Now let’s see if I actually work up the ambition to get them sent out before the holiday!

I’ve had inquiries about custom work from a couple of my best customers since I had Gwen, and I thought I should make a shop announcement: I’m not currently taking custom orders. Between family and work, my free time is limited, and I’m currently focused on WordPress theme design and development and getting my fat butt into some semblance of shape.

So I apologize, particularly to my regulars–ya’ll are awesome and I very much appreciate your continued support over the last few years. I’ll make another announcement when I’m accepting custom orders again.

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new family portrait

familyportrait

familyportrait

We welcomed miss Guinevere Charlotte, aka Gwen, on September 7th! We’re absolutely in love, and she’s keeping us very busy. Ellie is especially smitten with her new baby sister! I took a little time during Gwen’s nap to update our little family portrait.