Saturday, October 29, 2011

This evening

A watercolor I did this evening: my view from the kitchen table.
I took a break from working on it at one point and went sledding. It's been snowing steadily all day and now we definitely have a good four inches, maybe more in some places. It's crazy--looking outside, you would guess it was mid-December or maybe even January.

The snow outside made it nice and cozy inside, though, which was what inspired me to do this painting. ☺


Winter already...?

Well, right now in Massachusetts it's snowing so hard outside that it looks like December. We're supposed to get 4 inches. Everything feels so wintry all the sudden...
And it's not even Halloween.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pip: The Story of Olive

This is random, but...
To everyone I recommend the book Pip: The Story of Olive by Kim Kane. I am extremely fond of it, because, (for me) it's the kind of book that I will never, ever be bored of. I can read it an infinite number of times (and I have) and I will still love it (and I do.)

It takes place in Australia and has a nice quirky plot that isn't necessarily believable, but a lot of fun to read. ☺


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Paper Dolls!!!!!

This is Nadia.

This is Tamora.

Both of them live happily in origami paper land.

I created Nadia and Tamora (named after two authors I like) months ago, along with their clothing, and since then I've been keeping them in a converse shoebox. (Actually, the shoebox isn't really the most convenient place to keep them, but I like the sound of keeping something in a converse shoebox. ^ ^ yeah.)

For each of them I made a set of clothes--eight outfits.



These were so much fun for me to make. So much fun, because I was basically creating things that I want to wear. (Tamora's purple bunny rabbit shirt? Totally want it!)
     Since I had never made paper dolls before, I made all kinds of mess-ups: the mistake of having hair hang over shoulders and dresses that puff out but still have tabs on the sides, so they don't actually even reach the legs.  Most paper dolls you see have their arms sort of sticking out to the sides, or have arms drawn in with the clothes, so that they go over the actual arms on the doll. (Like this.)
I imagine drawing the arms attached to the clothes makes it much easier, but I think it's a little creepy making them have several sets of arms at once.
 Nadia was fairly easy to make because her arms were tucked behind her back. But I wanted them to look different, so I made Tamora's arms hanging down at her sides.Then realized that that wouldn't work. There would be nowhere for the tabs on the sides to go.
So, I ended up doing this thing where I cut a little slit on the line where her arms are against her sides. It was a pain, because I had to line up the tabs exactly with that spot, but it worked! ☺
And now, I still haven't bent any of the tabs on the outfits. I can't bring myself to do it.
But the clothes really do fit them!
(This looks a little weird because it's hard to get it positioned right on the scanner and I refuse to use the tabs.  It looks better in real life.)

Sooo, in conclusion......
Paper dolls are great fun, especially the clothes. ☺☺☺☺☺☺



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New look!

(In case you didn't notice,) I've changed the blog's look! I really like it like this, and I think this is going to be how it stays for a while. Until I feel the need for a change again.


Monday, October 24, 2011


Here are the links to two blogs that I like: and

Check them out.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Where did all the viewers from outside the US go? I thought it was really cool having people from all over the world looking at this blog.

-Ava ☺♥♫☼‼

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011


are there people looking at the blog now? (If so, hi) :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I do love getting comments. So so much. Please, please leave a note for me! 。◕ ‿ ◕。

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Guest Blogger: My Long Lost 4th Cousin, Igor Splatovitch

Hello! What an honor for my very distant, very talented cousinik Ava to have me show my beautiful art! It is, of course, without parallel, if I may say so. For I have decided to unveil my MAGNUM OPUS, the work of my dreams, the bane of my exhausted soul: SELF PORTRAIT IN BEETROOT. It is a remarkable likeness, one that has taken so many (TOO MANY?) years of beet propagation and complex genetic manipulation. If you suddenly, spontaneously recognize me walking down the streets of, say, the swanky Upper West Side, or upon the hip, vertiginous streets of Pacific Heights, well then - YOU KNOW ME FROM THIS ART!