Saturday, 1 January 2011

I didn't set foot outside the door...

Happy New Year everyone.  I hope you all celebrated it in your own way - whatever way makes you happy.  For me now that is staying home, fire lit, pyjamas on, a couple of spiced rum and cokes and plenty of nibbles.  Yes, that describes pretty much every night in our house, actually!

The next door's teen boy did have a party and as they all seemed to prefer mooching around on the street outside than actually staying in the party house, we had our wild night out vicariously by peeking through the curtains from time to time at teen girls with far too little on and teen boys trying desperately to impress them, and being thankful that we no longer have to go through all that posturing, posing, and angst!

No, I don't think I regret that my wild nights out are done with for this lifetime. I am happy in the knowledge that whilst those who headed out for a night on the town were swaying in the taxi queue, kebab in hand, trying to work out just how much money they actually spent on one night out and wondering if they would ever get home, I was toasty warm in front of the fire watching re-runs of Father Ted (yes, New Year's Eve TV is officially the worst in the world!) and eating my body weight in dry roasted peanuts!

So, apart from turning into a grumpy old woman, I have been busy the last few days catching up on the Sketchbook project and have now finished another 5 sketches (only 12 more to go!). The one above I painted from a photo taken from the Paint My Photo website that I love so much.  The original photo is here and was taken by Michael Yates. One of the 5  is a complete cheat in that I recycled one of the designs I did for my Christmas cards this year. Still, it's another page filled in the sketchbook and at this point, that's all I'm trying to do!


  1. This post made me smile, I fully intended on staying in much to the disgust of others, however I had the same vision in my head that you talk about, however I spent the evening asleep with manflu so didn't even get to watch the neighbours kids or Father Ted. Happy New Year, I feel a little better so may just have a drambuie to celebrate the New Year

  2. This was the quietest New Year's Eve for me by far. We were exhausted (my son had hockey tryouts in the early a.m. in Cocoa Beach, 3.5 hours away, so he zonked out early and so did we).

    Those days of partying all night are probably not over but it's been a low-key start to 2011 and I'm not complaining.

    Glad to hear you had a nice evening in doing what you love to do.

    Your sketchbook project sounds awesome! I'm trying to complete one, too...of figures and portraits. Maybe I'll share a couple of pages on my blog soon. Maybe. :)

    Happy New Year, Chica! Enjoy the rest of your day.

  3. count me in your crowd! i fell asleep at 10:30 :) i love your watercolor - just perfect, a door to the new year!

  4. Tell me that this is a door to your house! It is so appropriate if you would live in a fairytale house with a fairytale door like this! Love the sketch! How many more to do?

    We had a very quiet evening - a glass of wine and a movie, then a little walk before midnight. Very pleasant.

    Happy New Year to you!

  5. Here's to a low key New Year's Eve! Yippie.
    PS. Your puppy photos below had me grinning from ear to ear. They are sooo darn adorable in their outfits!

  6. Hi Jill, I hope you had that wee drambuie and are back to full health now!

    Lulu, the sketchbook project is a really good idea but at this point with only 12 days until I have to post it and 12 pages still to fill, I just want it to be finished already! It will be exciting though to know it will be touring around cities in America that I have never even been to myself!

    Thanks Aimee - you definitely sound like a woman after my own heart! I'm looking forward to the List It Tuesdays starting back up again.

    Thanks Sugar Plum - I hope you had a good New Year too.

    Alex, I only wish this was the door to my house. Maybe someday if my lottery numbers come up I might be able to buy a gorgeous old chateau somewhere with doors like this! Another 12 sketches to go. Really want it to be finished now!

    S.E I'm so glad you loved the pups - they really are right wee characters!

    Happy New Year to everyone!


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