Halloween Cocktail Inspiration

Halloween Cocktail Inspiration
Six years. Long enough to have a baby and raise him/her until they are school ready. Long enough to date, get married and launch a career. Six years is long enough to remodel a house, launch a business, go to graduate school or change the course of your life. Six years is a substantial commitment and you may not believe this, but: I have been blogging for six years. I will give pause for you to roll your eyes. You should. And you might think I am about to pontificate about my ability to own a soapbox, talk incessantly and blog blog blog into the horizon.… [ KEEP READING ]

How to Make a Flower Pinata, just in time for Cinco De Mayo!

Today’s post is from the lovely Joanne of Ready, Set, Craft!. She was one of our prolific participants in Make Something Cool Every Day in April (MSCEApril), and when I saw this awesome pinata she did, I had to get a tutorial out of her! She graciously agreed, so without further ado, here she is! – Dot How to Make a Flower Pinata (instructions below photo) (photos correspond by row from left to right) Materials:
One 10inch balloon
White liquid school glue
Pinch of Salt
ΒΌ cup Warm water
Spray paint
Tissue paper
Hot glue gun STEP ONE: Cut newspaper into strips.… [ KEEP READING ]

How to Make a Blueberry Pie (A Dabbled Re-run)

I’m taking a computer break today, so here’s a tasty older post that you might have missed!
Dot’s Mom’s Blueberry Pie:

Pastry for top & bottom of 9 in pie *
4 c fresh or frozen blueberries (I used frozen ones from my parents haul this summer)
3/4 c sugar
3 Tbs flour
1/2 tsp grated lemon rind (doh! no fresh lemons on hand today, so I left out)
dash salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1-2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbs butter
*Although it’s certainly not that hard to make your own piecrust pastry, I cheated here and used the all-ready type rolled pastry you can find in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, near the cookie dough rolls and biscuit dough tubes. [ KEEP READING ]

Illustration Friday – "Poise"

A little break from the robots, today. I finished Series 1 of the Robot World, which are going to be on loan to the Museum of Science in Boston for a bit. Not sure of exactly when they’ll be on display, but I’ll let you guys know the details when I do, so if any of you are in the Boston area you can go visit them! So a little break before I start Series 2. This doll dancer was a creation from a while back–she was a character in a book I was collaborating on–so I decided to reinterpret her in watercolor.… [ KEEP READING ]

How to: Needle Felted Gnome

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I’m the guest artist for Sluggy Freelance today – check it out! Please Welcome our guest blogger for today, the lovely Hello, I’m Sally from Pollywog’s Cakewalk! Today she brings us a really great tutorial on how to make a little gnome using needle felting. I’ve never tried this process, and it looks like a ton of fun… Thanks to Sally for sharing with us today! Dot
I had the wonderful opportunity to take a needle felting class at a local community farm where I made this little sheep.… [ KEEP READING ]

IF: Pretend (Alice In Wonderland)

Wonderland… Is it real, or just pretend? Alice was requested in the comments last week, and there are so many great scenes one could illustrate from the stories, but I chose the Rose Garden to go with last week’s Poppieeees. (Be sure to read the In Other News below) I’m not sure I’m thrilled with the colors – I tried taking some of the orangy-ness out here:
CLICK ME In other news, I’m still collecting cool online shops for the holiday links page – if you have an etsy or other online shop, with cool stuff, click here for more info.… [ KEEP READING ]