Sketches and Doodles

November 23rd, 2009

Yesterday and today were consumed with working on a slideshow/movie for my Grandmother's wake tomorrow. Such a time consuming process, all the scanning and cropping and editing. But sorting through the old photos was fun. The picture above is of my Grandma and I. You can see she's working on a blanket in it. She was an amazing knitter and knit me everything from the coolest Christmas stocking you've ever seen, to beautiful sweaters (my favorite was blue with fuzzy white cats on it), to doll clothes.

My Grandma did have a beautiful life filled with 5 children and 15 grandchildren and a few great-grandchildren and a long, happy marraige. It was nice to go through these memories, remembering the better times before she got ill.

I'm exhausted, but I did manage to do a few little doodles in my moleskine-like sketchbook with watercolor pencils. They were fun to do and I appreciated the time to be playful.

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Oh Leah, even as a little kiddo you wore that same blue that I think of when I think Leah. I love it. Such a sweet photo of you and your Grandma. My Grandma was a big crocheter. What a sweet memory.

Beautiful sketches as well.

Lots of love to you and your family. I will keep you all in my heart tomorrow.

Peace & Love.

I am glad you have such happy memories of your grandmother. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Sweet of you to put together that slide show for your family. I imagine it is both hard and nice to remember the good memories. My prayers are with you as you and your family transition through this time. Great that you still got a little sketching in to relax.

It’s kind of you to take time for making a slideshow and I’m sure your Grandma is glad you did it for her.

I love the beehive hairdo! I assume the others come from childhood phrases? The last one makes me think of “all around the mulberry bush.”

I love old pictures and reliving memories. Death is terrible, except that it brings family together and causes everyone to relive special times. It’s possible to do so many neat things with technology now, too – like home movies.

I’m so sorry to hear about your family’s loss. Your pictures are sweet and remind me of my dear grandmother. Find peace with those wonderful memories. xoxo Jodi

Thanks for sharing this darling photo. Thinking of you especially as you celebrate the life of your grandmother!

I am so, so sorry to hear about the loss of your Grandma. I hope you are finding comfort in the memory of her, and that the beautiful pictures help in your healing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Blessings.

such a tender photo Leah…the slide show will touch many ~ blessings elk

I can see that talent runs in the family. Your grandmother lives on in you through your creativity. The photo is so lovely and sweet and such a reminder to treasure every moment with loved ones. During this time Leah, be sure to take good care of yourself as well as others.

I have been praying continually for you and your family, Leah. I love your drawings/doodles – especially the flower and the tree. Thank you for giving to us so generously here at Art Every Day Month.

Your family is so blessed to have you make the slideshow. Your sketches are so fun, they have a power about them that just radiates with beauty.
Thank you for taking the time to share with us.

Leah, I am so sorry for your loss. She sounds like she was a wonderful woman.

Leah, You are such a giving person, I hope you are being kind and gentle with yourself this week. Hugs

She may have been a knitter, but what she’s doing in that photo is definitely crochet.

Kym, yes, you’re right she was crocheting in the picture. She did both. I have her knitting and crochet needles now.

Cheryl, I like the idea of doing drawings from childhood phrases, but I was just doodling.

Thanks, guys! I really appreciate your love and support.

Catching up with your posts today, I saw your sad news. My heart is hurting for you. Take good care of yourself during this time.

Oh dear. I’m so sorry for the loss of your grandmother. I missed your post before. I remember when my grandmother passed away and how I had no words really for how I felt, but I did have my journal, and my paints and whatever wanted to show up between the two. It didn’t help, but it helped.


I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I know how difficult that is because one of my grandmothers passed 4 years ago.

I also wanted to say thanks for your comment on my piece earlier today.


I am sorry to hear about your grandmother. I remember how hard it was when we lost my grandmother a few years ago. Grandma’s hold a special place in our hearts.

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