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morthern: I was gonna colour that blood red, but with the text...

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I was gonna colour that blood red, but with the text it seemed more fitting to leave it white c:

Drew a coat of arms for the murdersquad.

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virize: Gilded Eeveelutions Series All of the Gilded...

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Gilded Eeveelutions Series

All of the Gilded Eeveelutions in a single post! I’m really happy with how all of them turned out, as this was originally an experiment with different pens and inks that just hit the ground running and exploded (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧

I’m also pleased to announce that prints for all of the Gilded Eeveelutions are now available for pre-order on my Etsy! I have 5x7 prints for $8 USD each and 8x10 prints for $15 USD each, which are available in a Matte “fine art” finish, and a Metallic finish which looks amazing in the light

I’m also offering a one-time discount code to celebrate the opening of my shop on Etsy! Use the code GOLDEEVEE to receive 15% off your entire order when you spend $15 or more! The pre-orders and discount code are running until June 7th, 2016 only, so if you want your own copy of any of them at a discounted price now’s your chance c:

OH! I almost forgot! I’m ALSO selling the originals of the Gilded Eeveelutions for $35 USD each, if you prefer owning originals over prints!

I’d also like to thank everyone who has followed my blog or sent me kind comments about my art over the past few weeks ♡(.◜ω◝.)♡ The past 8 months have been physically and emotionally taxing due to life things and left me with hardly any time to draw… but I’m super excited to be drawing more now that I’m a little more free c:

Here’s the link to my Etsy shop if you happened to miss it above! Thank you all for your support (´,,•ω•,,)♡



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Tichel me all the colours!

At the Bottom of the Garden
This week I started wearing headscarves daily. I wear them after the fashion of the tichel, which is the  Yiddish word for the headscarf worn by observant married orthodox Jewish women. I find this style the most flattering and user-friendly for me, but it also is culturally attractive to me as my paternal great-grandmother was a Jewess. I do not wear it for religious reasons, but respect those who do.

So, why have I chosen to start wearing a tichel? Well, my reasons are both practical and esoteric so I'm not going to share them here. Suffice it to say, I choose to wear a head covering.

My love affair with head coverings has been long - I wrote a blog post about it several years ago when I first flirted with the idea of wearing headscarves regularly. Even though I had a bob at the time, I struggled with the scarves slipping off my head. As much as my mother insists I have a lovely rounded head shape like my father, this simply isn't the case. The back of my head is flat, and scarves and headbands ride up all the time. As, well as this, I have very fine hair - lots off it, but fine, and soft, and smooth, and slippery scarfs slide back from my forehead all the time...

This put a stop to me wrapping my hair all those years ago, which was very disappointing.

Recently though, I came upon some YouTube videos by some women from a business in the US called Wrapunzel and there I learned about a thing called a 'volumizer' which is a cap you put on your head and in the back it has a pad cell that gives your head a little extra, well, volume.

Not only that, but these volumizers come with a velvet non-slip headband, which stops scarves riding up in the back and slipping back in the front. Abso-bloody-lutely brilliant! So, I let MIL kindly gift me a volumizer for Mother's Day and it arrived last week.

I feel so lovely in the headscarves. So graceful and even a bit serene - which really is so much better than I have been feeling in recent month. There is an added benefit of warmth in this colder May weather. I'm getting to express some creativity as well. Since the beginnning of March my wardrobe has transitioned to a monochromatic theme of black, white, and greys (mostly greys), and the scarves are a colourful focal point in my outfits now. This is working very well for me!


Crazy Thoughts that Pop into My Head in the Middle of the Night


It’s 3 am and I am awake.

Lying here in the dark I’m trying to switch my brain off so I can go back to sleep, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t do it.

I try thinking happy thoughts.
I try imaging what I’d do if I won a million dollars.
I even try one of those stupid ‘relax every part of your body’ meditation techniques…
But no matter what I do they still creep in.

They lurk in the shadows at the edges of my thoughts waiting for a moment to jump in, those crazy and irrational thoughts that pop into my head in the middle of the night.

Crazy and Irrational Thought #1
What if my child suddenly stopped breathing in the middle of the night and I didn’t know?

I thought this one might pass once the newborn phase was behind us – you know how it was back then, when it was so surprising that the baby slept for more than 30 minutes that you were sure they must be dead, so you creep in and try to figure out if they are still breathing, usually waking them up in the process. My kids all sleep a longer than the 30 minute stretches of babyhood these days (there is hope tired Mamas of little ones!), but that ridiculously irrational fear that something may have happened to them in the middle of the dark and scary night without my knowledge still haunts me every now and then.

I lie there in bed telling myself how stupid this thought is. The likelihood of a healthy 6 year old randomly stopping breathing in the middle of the night is slim… but what if it did happen and I thought about checking but didn’t check and… and suddenly I’m creeping around the house in the dark making sure everyone is still breathing and knowing that I have well and truly lost my mind!

Crazy and Irrational Thought #2
I am scarring my kids for life.

This a more ‘run of the mill’ guilt induced crazy thought – you know the ones right?

All the bad stuff I’ve ever done, all the mistakes I’ve ever made, the one time I lost it and said that really bad thing that I really shouldn’t have said… all these horrible, awful, terrible moments, these are the things that my kids will remember when they grow up. These are the things they will tell their therapist in years to come and the therapist will nod in a knowing way and say “hmmm” and “you are right, it is all your mother’s fault”.

Except that I am sure my parents made their fair share of ‘mistakes’, and to be honest, I can’t remember any of them. I do remember some difficult parts of my childhood, but not with remorse or anger, but with a kind of resilient fondness – ‘that felt so hard and horrible back then, but I got through it’. So I’m guessing if I wasn’t totally scarred for life my by upbringing, then my kids might just end up ok too?

Crazy and Irrational Thought #3
Everyone else does that except me.

While I’m lying there, marinating in self doubt and parenting guilt from all the mistakes I’ve made, this little gem bubbles to the surface next. Like a kid whining about how unfair the world is, I am sure I the only parent on the face of this earth who isn’t doing x y or z for my kids.

I’m the only one who’s kids don’t do three different after school activities.
I’m the only one who is not volunteering a hundred hours at school.
I’m the only one who feeds their kids cereal for dinner.
I’m the only one who won’t let their kids watch that on TV or play that video game.

Of course I know none of that is true. I know because I’ve asked other parents, and it turns out that some parents do certain things for their kids, and some don’t. It turns out that we all make different choices for our kids, based on what our kids need and what is important to us… who woulda thunk it??

Crazy and Irrational Thought #4
Nobody else’s kids ever do that except mine.

Just when I finally convince myself that every other parent in the world is not doing insane, over the top, things for their kids, then I flip to the other side of the coin and I worry about all the crazy things my kids do. OMG! My kids must be the worst kids in the whole world! Nobody else’s kids do these things, surely!

No one else’s kids pick their nose in public!
No one else’s tweens roll their eyes, and slam doors, and tell their mothers they hate them.
No one else’s kids struggle with friendships, or school work.
No one else’s kids fight constantly, chunk tantrums, or push the limits.
No one else has a picky eater, a bad sleeper, an occasional lyer or

Oh except they do, and I know they do, because I’ve asked other parents, remember.
We all have our struggles, we all have our bad patches, we all have kids who are unique in their own special ways, and above all we are hardly ever the ‘only ones’. If you reach out and ask, or google, I bet you’ll find someone who is going through something similar to you.

Crazy and Irrational Thought #5
I am the worst parent in the world.

I am awake, in the middle of the night, checking if my kids are still breathing and worrying about all these totally over the top insane things! I need to chill the heck out or I will end up being the worst parent in the whole world!

Oh yeah, that’s a really useful thought, thanks.

Well let me tell you something crazy middle of the night brain – the fact that I worry about this ridiculous stuff proves that I am a good parent. I care about my kids, I am trying to do my very best as a parent and to learn from my mistakes, that’s enough for me to know that I am in fact not the worlds worst parent… so be quiet and go back to sleep!

Please tell me I am not the only one who’s brain heads of to these ridiculous and illogical places when it’s given a few dark minutes to contemplate life?

We all have these crazy and irrational thoughts, we all have moments of hideous self doubt and parental guilt, right?

But it’s what we do with these moments that counts.

It’s ok for them to sneak up on us in the dark, middle of the night, moments, 3 am was made for crazy thoughts like these, but we need to find logic, or laughter, or just the light of another day to send the crazy thoughts back into the shadows. Because these kinds of illogical and irrational thoughts are based on tiredness, and stress, and overwhelm, not reality.

What crazy thoughts haunt you in the dark hours?

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Year 3 House 3

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gatoafterdark: I had a bad day, so I drew the BTD crew.

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I had a bad day, so I drew the BTD crew.


What would Rire's voice sound like?

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I don’t really have a specific VA but if you can imagine something deep and smooth like HONEY AND SILK (which gets rougher around the edges during times of extreme stress)…that’s pretty much what he would sound like :]


I bet D. has a fancy ass name like DeAngelo or Dominic. Or maybe the D is short for Richard! Izm would get a kick outta that.

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Sometimes i wanna tell people but then it’s like

it’s more fun this way XD


Make a Flying Rocket!


Boy it’s been windy here these past few weeks. We’ve had clear, bright, sunny autumn days, but the wind has been crazy!

Wild windy days always make my kids crazy too. They can’t seem to sit still and when they go outside into the blustery weather they run around like a pack of nutbags and do all kinds of silly things!

To rein in the crazies and take advantage of the sunny but windy days I challenged my boys to make something that would take advantage of the wild windiness.

We made these cool super swishy flying rockets!

For such an easy kids craft, these rockets turned out to be really fun to make and even more fun play with!

Here’s what you’ll need to make a super swishy flying rocket:

  • Our rocket template (see below to download) or draw your own.
  • Some card or the side of an old cereal box.
  • Something to colour your rocket with – paint, markers or crayons.
  • Streamers in firey colours
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A hole punch
  • String
  • A stick

You’ll need to print or draw your rocket onto some stiff card so it will fly well.

We didn’t have any cardboard that would go through our printer so we printed the rocket template onto plain paper and then glued it onto the side of an empty cereal box before cutting it out.

We used liquid water colours and cotton buds to paint our rockets, fluro crepe paper streamers left over from a birthday party, and a bamboo garden stake for the stick.

You can design your own rocket, or you can use our free printable rocket template.

You can download the rocket template here.

This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.

Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.

Once you’ve got all your supplies together it’s time to work on the rocket.

Cut out your rocket design and fill it with colour. You’ll need to make sure you colour/draw on both sides of the cardboard so your rocket looks great from both sides.

Once you’ve coloured your rocket you need to glue the streamers onto the bottom.

We chose fluro red, yellow, orange and pink streamers so it would look like a burst of flames shooting out the end of our rockets!

Leave the streamers nice and long so they make a wild and swishy ‘tail’.

Cut a piece of string around 30cms long and punch a hole in the top of your rocket.

Tie one end of the string to the rocket and the other to the end of your stick. Wrap a piece of sticky tape around the string and the stick to stop it slipping if you need to.

Now your rocket is ready to fly!

These little rockets swish around super fast if there is a bit of wind outside or even if you just twirl them around, and they make an awesome rushing sound that we think sounds just like super sonic rocket boosters!

They are so much fun to swirl and swish and fly around!

These rockets turned out to be so much fun that we busy thinking of new designs. Perhaps some swishy swirly flying butterflies, or birds!

What do you think?
If you’ve got a great of for what we should make next leave a comment and let me know, your idea might just feature in our next post!

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