Vintage Ad Art

Finished this one the other day.  Thinking of doing a much larger one with heaps of detail.  Thinking about it.

Finished this one the other day. Thinking of doing a much larger one with heaps of detail. Thinking about it.

Going to give this one to my little sister.  ❤ Thinking of doing a series of cards cause my Etsy shop is doing soooooo well,  nottttt! Lol.  But one day I will sell something…as God is my witness Rhett I will sell something…Next week I will actually put some effort into putting these black and white sketches up on Etsy.  But don’t hold me to it as I will be attending the Procrastinator World Championships…

Hmmm would love one of these.

Hmmm would love one of these.

This lady is super impressed with this camera.

This lady is super impressed with this camera.

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Ruby Canoe, over and out good buddy. ❤  xx

I love likes and comments! What can I say, I’m needy! 🙂

Under Da Sea

Jelly fish. Jelly on a plate jelly on a plate, wibble wobble wibble wobble, jelly on a plate.

Jelly fish.
Jelly on a plate jelly on a plate, wibble wobble wibble wobble, jelly on a plate.

Jelly

Jelly

Seastar

Seastar

I am guessing these are types of mantis shrimp (?).

I am guessing these are types of mantis shrimp (?).

Great illustration of, I don't know what, but love the illustration and colours.

Great illustration of, I don’t know what, but love the illustration and colours.

Octopus.

Octopus.

This illustration reminded me of a collection of stuff a sea captain would find behind his lounge...I don't know why...don't ask silly questions.

This illustration reminded me of a collection of stuff a sea captain would find behind his lounge…I don’t know why…don’t ask silly questions.

Illustration by Albertus Seba.  If you want to see more of his work just goodle image his name.  Well worth it.

Illustration by Albertus Seba. If you want to see more of his work just goodle image his name. Well worth it.

I always sing this to myself (and sometimes, annoyingly, outloud, as I do not have a musical ear…so I am told…but they do say I improve greatly after the second glass of wine) whenever I see anything that belongs under the sea.  Now you can sing it, in bed, when you are trying to sleep tonight.

Under The Sea  (Disney’s: The Little Mermaid)
The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else’s lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you lookin’ for?

Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling it’s better
Down where it’s wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin’
Full time to floatin’
Under the sea

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain’t happy
They sad ’cause they in their bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who’s gon’ be on the plate

Under the sea
Under the sea
Nobody beat us
Fry us and eat us
In fricassee
We what the land folks loves to cook
Under the sea we off the hook
We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea
Under the sea
Since life is sweet here
We got the beat here
Naturally
Even the sturgeon an’ the ray
They get the urge ‘n’ start to play
We got the spirit
You got to hear it
Under the sea

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they soundin’ sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is the duke of soul
(Yeah)
The ray he can play
The lings on the strings
The trout rockin’ out
The blackfish she sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it’s at
An’ oh that blowfish blow

Under the sea
Under the sea
When the sardine
Begin the beguine
It’s music to me
What do they got? A lot of sand
We got a hot crustacean band
Each little clam here
know how to jam here
Under the sea
Each little slug here
Cuttin’ a rug here
Under the sea
Each little snail here
Know how to wail here
That’s why it’s hotter
Under the water
Ya we in luck here
Down in the muck here
Under the sea

Please Note: Clearly these lyrics belong to Darth Vader and Mickey Mouse, hope I haven’t offended the dark lord and the mouse, it is merely intended to entertain the subjects of the empire.

Ruby xxx

Ooo Arrr Fashion

I have had a Project Runway overload. Love Mondo, Michael, and Tim.

I have been watching the last 3 series for the last 3 weeks and now I have moved on, even though I know the winner, to Project Runway Allstars…Now everything I see I want to make into something.  I put new flyscreen on the front windows and with the off cuts I made a hilarious fly screen hat.  My daughter disapproved.  Rolled her eyes and had a laugh as she took a photo of her ridiculous mother.

Anyway here is a lovely fashion feast for your eyes.  The people who make these things are genious.  Love the layers and ruffles and fabric and the cut.

Pretty Valentino

Pretty Valentino

De la Renta (I think)

De la Renta (I think)

Christian Dior. (Swoon)

Christian Dior. (Swoon)

I don't know what fantastic designer conjured up this little beauty, but I love that person.  xxx

I don’t know what fantastic designer conjured up this little beauty, but I love that person. xxx

Envious.  Zac Posen, I love you.

Envious. Zac Posen, I love you.

More Zac

More Zac

She is just luxuriating (spelling may or may not be correct) all over that runway in Zuhair Muad.

She is just luxuriating (spelling may or may not be correct) all over that runway in Zuhair Muad.

Alexander McQueen brilliance.

Alexander McQueen brilliance.

Yellow and black dress.  I don't know who to credit this beautiful dress to :( sad face.

Yellow and black dress. I don’t know who to credit this beautiful dress to 😦 sad face.

McQueens Rose.  How did he do this? <3

McQueens Rose. How did he do this? ❤

Knit dress, just in time for the chilly months.  Jean Paul Gaultier.

Knit dress, just in time for the chilly months. Jean Paul Gaultier.

Love Ruby “fashionista (LOL)” Canoe xxx

Friday Photos.

Sunflower 26/04/13

Sunflower 26/04/13

All the little ducks in a row.  26.04.13

All the little ducks in a row. 26.04.13

Water Dragon 26.04.13

Water Dragon 26.04.13

under the tree 26.04.13

under the tree 26.04.13

Gum Tree 26.04.13

Gum Tree 26.04.13

26.04.13

26.04.13

Red berries.  26.04.13

Red berries. 26.04.13

An unfortunate end for a galah.  26.04.13

An unfortunate end for a galah. 26.04.13 Looks like it needs a sad little poem to go with it.

26/04/13 Green Parrot.

26/04/13 Green Parrot.

Spent the morning at the Japanese Gardens, next week I might take my sketch book with me.  Have a nice weekend everyone.  Be creative and be productive.

Ruby.

 

ANZAC Day 2013, Lest We Forget.

Lest We Forget.

Noel Arthur Pracy.  Remembered this ANZAC day.  My Fathers best mate.  My Dad still talks of Noel, and will always be remembered by our family.

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Onya Sapper! ❤

I am one of two proud daughters of Sapper Bryan J Ingram, who survived two tours of Vietnam.  Love my Dad with all of my heart.  (For the record, my Mum is super awesome as well).

Dedicated to all who have fought and died in all wars.

ANZAC Day 2013.

Ruby

Edit:

After posting this way back when, I sat down with my Dad and asked him to tell me a few stories about Noel.  As he spoke I wrote scribbled down some notes, and here is a transcript:

Noel Pracy, at aged 13, was helping bread vendors deliver bread in and around Blacktown NSW.  Bryan and Noel got to be friends as Noel was also delivering bread to Dagmar Cres which is where Bryan was living with his parents.  Bryan remembers that the first song Noel could play on the guitar was Red River Rock, so after leaving school at 15 he started a band.  Noel was lead guitar, John Volman Drummer, Tony Volman Bass and Gary Thompson Guitar.

Noel also worked for his brother in law Hans for a while, before Noel and Bryan decided to start a business as Gyprock fixers.  Their first purchase was a 1946 Oldsmobile as their “company car”.  They were in business for aprox 6 weeks until returning from a job one afternoon…they were driving through Laylor Park (not sure of the correct spelling) , past the school, when the steering wheel fell off and the car went through the school gate.  Well eventually they did make it home that day, and after receiving the bill for the damage to the gate, they decided to put the business into liquidation.

Around one year later after going from job to job they decided that the Army sounded more permanent.  Oct 1964, Noel headed off to Kapooka, closely followed by Bryan in January of 1965.  Noel marched out in February as an Infantry man and Bryan marched out in April as an Engineer.  Noel was posted to 5th Battalion in aprox June 1965 and Bryan was posted to 21 Construction in August 1965 at Puckapunyal.

In November ’65 Bryan was off to Borneo while Noel stayed to continue training to be ready for Veitnam, after completing training Noel left for Vietnam in May ’66.  Bryan returned home in August 1966.

Noel went on R&R, one of the choices for R&R was Taipei Taiwan.  This is where Noel died, officially from “Accidental Death”.

***So if you are reading this and you knew Noel and want to add a story or three, feel free to email me at sharon@rubycanoe.com

Hello Charlie.

The Kid.  1921. Charles Chaplin and Jackie Coogan (Uncle Fester). Just thought I would share this movie great.  Love the locations and the acting, the cinematography, just a great movie.  Even though it is a silent movie you should have a look at this great movie.  I think this is the edited version.  Charlie edited  the film in 1971, and he composed a new score for reissue .

The Kid.  Poster.

The Kid. Poster.

Chaplin and Coogan.  The Kid.  1921.

Chaplin and Coogan. The Kid. 1921.

Charlie and the kid.

Charlie and the kid.

This movie came about through unfortunate circumstances.  Charlie had married young Mildred Harris.  By all accounts the marriage was an unhappy one, despite this Mildred inevitably became pregnant.  Sadly the baby died just a few days after birth.  During this marriage Charlie was creatively stifled, however after the birth and the loss of their son, Charlie started to audition children for this masterpiece.  He was probably using this new project to keep his mind and body busy.  This is quite an emotional movie and really worth a peek.

Why not have a look at Charlie’s Wiki page and Jackie Coogan’s too.  Interesting characters they were.

Have a great day/night

Ruby Canoe xx

Movie from You Tube Channel of Yogesh Rao. 🙂

Where Are My Kangaroos?

So disappointed this morning 😦  Where are my kangaroos?  My big mob of roos? Maybe it was just a little chilly for them this morning.  Every morning, on the school run, we drive past a big mob of roos.  Probably about 40 or 50ish.  I drive down the hill and off to the right is where they usually hang out.  When the grass is long all I can see is their long ears poking out from the top of the grass, and then you get the odd kangaroo that pokes his head out to have a peek.  

These photos were taken at or near my parents farm in Tasmania.  Love Tassie so much.

Hello baby!

Hello baby!

Mama emu and her two babies

Mama emu and her two babies at the farm.

whitebabyrooAnother mama and baby 🙂

largecloseupemuI’m not one for selfies (being as I’m not 12) but here is emu mama and me 🙂 Please note…This emu is a pet and was hand raised from a (gigantic) egg.

Video of a beautiful little wombat, so cute!

I really love the flora and fauna of our country.  Every time I visit my Mum and Dad I see something I haven’t seen before.  The first time I went to Tassie I saw a wombat in the wild, I have never seen one before, and he was so amusing.  I don’t think their eyesight is the best during the day, because we stopped our car along a dirt road when we saw him and he wandered down to the fence…noticed us and took off.  He ran straight up the hill, I really didn’t know they could run so fast, it was hilarious and awesome.  And the last time I visited (late last year) I saw a juevenile echidna waddle across the road.  I’ve seen a few at the side of the road, sleeping, (YES THEY WERE SLEEPING! DENIAL IS NOT JUST A RIVER IN EGYPT), and it was a really great experience to see this little one on the move.

Just a short note…if you do come to visit Oz please don’t approach wild kangaroos…they get a little cranky, and they are all muscle, so don’t approach: emus (kicks, ouch) cassowaries, snakes (obviously) umm, probably any wild Australian animal really…or reptile or spider or anything in the ocean or um…you get what I mean…it sounds frightening but we seem to survive…mostly.

My Top 10 Blogs.

I have nominated these 10 blogs for the Epically Awesome Award Of Epic Awesomeness, because I enjoy their blogs regularly.  So head on over and have a look around.

  1.  Elizabeth Thomas Photography Of Cape Cod:  Love the photography of Elizabeth.  Such beautiful subjects, photography and blog (pics  available for purchase).
  2. Eldin Smille:  Art and Stuff…Just finished filming his first movie.  Congratulations! Follow his blog to keep up to date on the progress of his future work.
  3. Write Meg:  Books books books, loves anything to do with stationery and has a few columes as well.  Busy gal.  Nice blog.
  4. 1000 Hearts:  The title says everything.  I look forward to seeing every heart.  Just lovely work.  Follow this blog and enjoy a thousand hearts. ❤
  5. An Owl A Day Keeps Burnout Away…Right?  Again the title…An owl a day, who doesn’t love owls?  Any who wouldn’t like to see one everyday?  Follow for an owl.
  6. 2 Me 4 Art:  Lots of great pics of nature and other great stuff.  Head over to Amy’s blog and have a look, cool!
  7. Mummyshymz: Really nice blog about family life and life in general.
  8. Jess Finds Vintage:  Guess what this blog is about 🙂  Lots of really nice vintage finds.  Worth a visit!
  9. Doron Art:  Self taught artist, love the art love the blog.
  10. A Thing Created:  Just fantastic blog with a heap of fantastic artwork.  Illustrating fashion and pretty things 🙂

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Beards and Octopus. Octopus Beards. Bearded Octopus.

"Waiter, there's an octopus in my hair!"

“Waiter, there’s an octopus in my hair!”

The Old Man And The Beard.

The Old Man And The Beard.

So I am totally going to need glasses by the end of the year, my eyes are so tired after these…this problem is not stopping me from watching a Project Runway marathon of season 10 (I think).  Every time I watch Project Runway I feel like I just wanna sew and design and totally feel like I can design something fabulous, can everyone say “deluded?” Deluded to the max.  Lol.  I am babbling now, a bit sleepy…almost 2 am…having trouble hitting the right keys… need to go nigh nighs…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz  🙂

Ruby. xx

 

A Giggleworthy List From A Mother’s Dictionary:

haha now tell me I'm pretty.  :)

haha now tell me I’m pretty. 🙂

Having been a parent for quite some time now, I know exactly what I am doing…not at all.  Because with each passing month something changes.  You hit a new and unusual problem.  Stages aren’t just for the little ones…IT NEVER CHANGES…STAGES…EVERY YEAR… UNTIL…THEY… MOVE OUT.  Sorry if I’ve burst anyones bubble there.  Anyway, these stages produce some of the best/worse experiences of our little lives.

Below is a list titled A Mother’s Dictionary and it just made me giggle, so I had to share.  If you are a new parent, most of these will ring true and if you are a, not so new parent then you’ll remember them, and you can puff up your chest and polish off that great gold badge that they give us after we make it through toddlerdom and be proud of yourselves.  God knows what is waiting for us all in the morning.  Enjoy.  (NOTE: Gold badge may or may not exist).

Source:  Berkeley Parents Network.

A Mother's Dictionary
=======================================
amnesia:
        A condition that enables a woman who has gone through labor to
        have sex again.

bottle feeding:
        An opportunity for Daddy to get up at 2AM, too.
defense:
        What you'd better have around de yard if you're going to let de
        children play outside.

drooling:
        How teething babies wash their chins.

dumbwaiter:
        One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.

family planning:
        The art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep
        you on the edge of financial disaster.

feedback:
        The inevitable result when the baby doesn't appreciate the
        strained carrots.

full name:
        What you call your child when you're mad at him.

grandparents:
        The people who think your children are wonderful even though
        they're sure you're not raising them right.

hearsay:
        What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.

impregnable:
        A woman whose memory of labor is still vivid.

independent:
        How we want our children to be as long as they do everything we
        say.

look out!:
        What it's too late for your child to do by the time you scream
        it.

prenatal:
        When your life was still somewhat your own.

prepared childbirth:
        A contradiction in terms.

puddle:
        A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry
        shoes into it.

show off:
        A child who is more talented than yours.

sterilize:
        What you do to your first baby's pacifier by boiling it and to
        your last baby's pacifier by blowing on it.

storeroom:
        The distance required between the supermarket aisles so that
        children in shopping carts can't quite reach anything.

temper tantrums:
        What you should keep to a minimum so as to not upset the children.

top bunk:
        Where you should never put a child wearing Superman jammies.

two-minute warning:
        When the baby's face turns red and she begins to make those
        familiar grunting noises.

verbal: Able to whine in words

weaker sex:
        The kind you have after the kids have worn you out.

whodunit:
        None of the kids that live in your house.

whoops:
        An exclamation that translates roughly into "get a sponge."

as I tell my kids..."you have to something to tell the psychiatrist".

as I tell my kids…”you have to have something to tell the psychiatrist”.

Hope you enjoyed the Mother’s Dictionary. 🙂  Ruby. ♥

 

 

 

Ya got curly, ya want straight. Ya got straight, ya want curly.

Can not find a source :(

Can not find a source 😦

A lot of my illustrations have long curly hair, at the moment.  I’ve found some awesome examples.  Very sorry, but some of these do not have sources to credit.  If any illustrations pictured here are yours and you do not want them here please let me know immediately and I will remove them, but they are just so good. 🙂

Alas :( no source.

Alas 😦 no source.

Again no source...no source...no source.

Again no source…no source…no source.

John Keats

John Keats

Street Art Utopia

Street Art Utopia

By Lesya Nedzelskaya

By Lesya Nedzelskaya

By Dan Redding (maybe?)

By Dan Redding (maybe?)

Kate Louse Powell

Kate Louse Powell

By Arabella

By Arabella  I particularly love this cartoon, this has actually happened to me.  I had spent a few hours straightening my hair and then went to pick up my niece from school.  I got out of the car and it started to rain, by the time I got to her class room the straight bits were gone, and to add insult to injury the first thing my niece says is “Wow your hair is so curly today!”  *rolls eyes and put her in the boot car and off we go!

I don’t go to the hair dressers very much these days, for a few reasons.

  • I have very long hair = lots of $$$$$$
  • My hair grows very quickly so I would have to get it coloured every 5-7 weeks which  = $$$$$$$ (last time I got it done cost me over $200 😦 …)
  • And ever since I can remember someone says “geez you have really thick hair” or “OMG I love your hair, it’s so curly” (you wouldn’t love it if you owned it), “Oh wow, so much hair”.   If you have curly hair you know exactly what I am talking about.

I’m not saying it’s a curse, it can just be a pain in the butt sometimes, but,  that one day of the year when your hair is having a great day, it’s bloody awesome, you just have to hope you’re going out that day, cause a day at home on a good hair day, is a day wasted.  Now I just have to go and colour and wash and treat and dry and straighten my hair…shouldn’t take more than half a day.  Have a great night.

Ruby “Bottle Red” Canoe,

Make Memories, Make Art, Make, Make, Make

Or even something not so good.  Just something.  I’m planning to continue with a drawing of a geisha, I estimate another 6 or 7 hours worth of work.

So what are you going to create today…will you be creating at home or creating at work?  What will it be? Oh you could create memories, that’s always a good thing to do.  Create memories for yourself or create memories for others.  Maybe even someone you don’t know.  Random acts of kindness can create memories even if you don’t know it.  So now I have talked myself into performing a random act of kindness for a stranger…but I don’t think I am going anywhere tomorrow except the school drop off…ah well, we’ll see how it goes.  You should do one too.  🙂

Keep smilin’  Ruby.  xx.

Please Note: Artwork is by the amazing Jen Renninger.

Top 10, Completely Sexy Pics Of Elvis.

1.  Blue shirt sexy Elvis.

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2.  Oh Elvis, you silly.

3.  Oh those cheek bones!

4.  Bearded Elvis, oh my.  (Charro, movie)

5.  The King.

6.  Hearty laughing Elvis.

7. Candid Elvis

8.  Karate Chop Elvis.

9.  Action packed Elvis, rockin in my favourite…The Fringe Suit.

10.  Black leather Elvis.

My Elvis Board on Pinterest where you will find the other 2150 pins.  Completely addicted, I know, but not crazy addicted, huge difference.

And it’s my Birthday today…  🙂  42 today!

Ruby.

Look At Books.

This weekend…find a good book, grab a coffee, chocolate and a blankie and read.  Sounds like a great idea doesn’t it?  I just need to finish the housework, and cooking, need to do a bit of gardening, organise the garage and start a really large illustration, but as soon as I’ve finished all of that, I’m definitely going to start reading a good book 🙂

Ruby.

Just a little side note:  Why are people reading 50 Shades Of Grey on public transport?  I just find it really weird.

Awesome Facts?

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I have recently been nominiate for the “Epically Awesome Award Of Epic Awesomeness” try sayin that a few times.  I was nominated by the lovely Michelle at Many Cha Cha

So here are the guide lines:

1. Write ten awesome facts about yourself.
2. Nominate ten other bloggers that you think are awesome enough to win this award.
3. Inform the chosen they have won

I might start off with 10 awesome facts about myself, since it may take a while to think of something.

1.   My favourite poem is The Owl And The Pussycat. ❤

The Owl And The Pussycat by Edward Lear, artist unknown at this time.

The Owl And The Pussycat by Edward Lear, artist unknown at this time.

2.  I have three cats that I adore but I still, secretly, am a dog person.

Cat Brain

3.  I love going fishing but rarely go.  I love to catch the fish but I love to throw them back more.  When we were kids, (stop reading if I have already told you this story) my family would go camping every Easter.  One year, I remember my Dad got into a little bit of trouble from Mum because he spent so much money on his fancy ocean fishing rod but he went fishing while my Mum, my sister and I stayed back at the camp site.  Mum suggested (told) that we go and get Dad because there was a storm coming, so off we go.  We walked along the river that led to the ocean, and as we were walking there was a giant clap of thunder and then suddenly a whole school of fish beached themselves right infront of us.  My sister and I collected as many as we could carry, about 8 or 10 and went back to camp.  Then went and collected Dad and excitedly told him of our catch…we was not thrilled…not at all…his tally for the day = zero 😦  Mum thought it was pretty funny 🙂

4.  I once saw the Pope drive past in the Popemobile (well he didn’t drive past he was a passenger) I am not Catholic but it was pretty awesome.

The Popemobile.

The Popemobile.

5.  When I was 4 weeks old I had an operation for pyloricstenosis…the exit from my stomach closed and I would projectile vomit and coat the ceiling (nice!).  My Mum took me to the nurses and told them there was something wrong with me, they said there was nothing wrong and sent Mum and I home, my Mum argued with them (she does this at times) and said she would feed me right then and there…walls and ceiling coated and straight off to hospital for emergency surgery.  Note: I didn’t really notice the scar until I fell off a brick wall and scrapped my belly.  Other people noticed it when I was a kid and pointed.  Dicks.  I love my scar, it’s me. (Will Ferrell has the same scar, maybe we just needed more cowbell).

Pyloric Stenosis

Pyloric Stenosis

6.  When my son was in primary school and had to do the whole manditory learning of the recorder thing, I learned to play Darth Vader’s Death March so I could be way more awesome than the other Mums!

Darth Vader, behind the mask.  Available on Amazon as a print.

Darth Vader, behind the mask. Available on Amazon as a print.

7.  I still miss my Pop.  He died when I was 16 and I am almost 42 now.

by twistynoodle.com

by twistynoodle.com

8.  My favourite book is River God.  But I haven’t read it in a long time.  I used to be like my daughter is now, a reader.  Read all the time, Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, mystery novels, I didn’t like Hemingway ( I should give the Old Man and the Sea another shot).  I feel guilty when I read now, or I just fall asleep.

River God by Wilbur Smith.

River God by Wilbur Smith.

9.  I love globes and I read maps really well, and if I go to a place once I can usually find my way back there years later.  I don’t know how this will help me in life, but…I just can.

Globes.

Globes.

10.  And the last “awesome fact” is my blood pressure has been the same since I was 15 years old!  115/70 yay!  The older I get the more awesome that fact becomes…to me anyway.

That was not easy.  I think finding blogs to nominate will be a lot easier.  Stay tuned.

XXX Ruby XXX

You are not normal!

When I grew up I didn’t think I was a normal girl.  But I believe all people must think that at one point or another or all the time.

I could throw a base ball like a boy.  And almost take their heads off.

I could hit a golf ball like a crazy person, straight up the middle of the fairway.  I think it really impressed my Dad, and his mates.

I used to play with trucks (My Dad was a truck driver) and I hated dolls.

I was very witty. (Obviously I still am, and being as I mediate all comments clearly everyone agrees 🙂  )

Hated being limited to “girl” stuff.

And on the subject of “girl stuff” OMG I used to hate watching TV show where someone was chasing a girl and she would always fall…I remember, even when I was about 5, watching and yelling at the TV…”get up, get up!!!”

Hated I couldn’t join the Police force on the dog squad because they didn’t accept girls!!!

Loved being able to play any sport fearlessly, results: many injuries…and many times immediately after injuries pretending that I’m totally fine, you know the feeling.

Loved/hated never backing down, even after that horrible moment when you realise you are utterly and completely wrong…eek!

Loved that when my sister and I had a “fight”, it wasn’t a normal fight between siblings, it was a punch up that resulted in blood flow, on one occasion, out of my nose due to a nasty run in with a bottle of Clag glue thrown by my sister.  I do believe I paid her back by spraying fly spray into her mouth (sorry!)

So being as we are in a, not so, new century some of this stuff has changed, and some never will.

 

And having said that I didn’t feel like a normal kid, my kids now take great pleasure in informing me I am not a normal mother…

I don’t yell at them, belittle them, hit them, abused them, belittle their friends.

But I do:

Make pancakes in funny shapes, mickey mouse ears, love hearts, initials, boobs, cars, etc etc.

Accept their friends because if they have passed my kids rigorous testing then they are okay by me.

Still tickle their feet, lightly, when they won’t wake up.

Make up songs and sing loudly in the kitchen even if we have visitors. (My house I can do what I want, right?)

Give them a hug and kiss in front of their friends. (Whenever they are leaving with their friends they always say good bye and give me a hug and kiss on the way out).

Hold their hands when we go shopping(when I say “their” with this one I actually only mean my daughter, because my son and I went shopping last year and we held hands and then we both looked at each other and giggled a little and decided it was a bit weird in public…he is 19).

Still listen to what they want to tell me, even though it is about something that is boring me to death and I switch off then suddenly remember they are telling me something and I should nod, and then I hope I was nodding in the right place…and then at the end of the conversation I need to tell them something encouraging…(and my daughter gets an email of my posts so by putting this towards the end of the post hopefully she won’t know that’s what I do,…and now I am think that is what they do to me when I am telling them an interesting story…hhhmmmm I am onto those kids now…)

And I even let them listen to their music in the car and figure if I get pulled over for speeding that will be my excuse…”Sorry Officer, my kids were making me listen to death metal and I wanted to get home as fast as possible”  and by the way when I say speeding, 5 k’s over the limit is okay isn’t it?  Sorry I am actually one of those weird rule following people…

So the moral to this huge story is…nothing is normal, there is no such thing, just be a good person, don’t hurt other people, love and live and smile and laugh and have a glass of wine once in a while even if you are on a no carb diet and you know it will make you sick but taste good anyway. 🙂  And teach your kids stuff, not boy stuff or girl stuff; just stuff.  Teach your boys to cook, teach your girls to change a tire, teach your boys how to treat a lady or how to pick a lady more to the point, teach you girls how to use a bloody hammer and fix things with an electric drill.  And please stress to your children how difficult being a parent really is, we do not have a manual, we are learning too, we are just doing the best we can and sometime the rest is left to them. Forgive us, for we know not what we do (seriously kids we are as confused as you guys are).

Here is a picture of a red velvet oreo fudge cake, for no reason what so ever, do I really need a reason??? Nup didn't think so.  :)

Here is a picture of a red velvet oreo fudge cake, for no reason what so ever, do I really need a reason??? Nup didn’t think so. 🙂 Picture by Pizzazzerie.com via Pinterest (Of course)

Chow!

Ruby Ruby Ruby.

 

 

Maxine, She Is A Wild Thing.

Maxine

This is Maxine… As some of you might already know, I love Where The Wild Things Are…and I always wanted to be Max in the story and travel in his little boat, so here is Maxine!  I love it but I think I’ll make the crown a little more solid.

 

Anyway after completing the three pictures in this series, and spending 29 hours creating these illustrations, I might spend the rest of the week cooking and filling the freezer.  The only problem I can see will be what to cook…I think I’ll start off with Beef Bourguignon, and I promised my son a chocolate crepe cake in exchange for a days worth of work in the yard…hhmm I don’t see both of those thing happening, but wish me luck…

Rube ♥