August 9, 2012

Settle Down

Characters keep popping into my head. Sometimes I wish they would shut up and settle down so I could get some work done.  I feel like Oda Mae Brown in Ghost.
This one?  Julia. Julia finds an odd hat and puts it on. Then, something, something something...
Want to fill in the blanks?  :)

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  1. Julia inadvertently started a new fad. Now all the cool kids are wearing goose hats.

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  2. You know, I couldn't think of a more fitting hat for Julia.
    Suits her perfectly!

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    1. I think so too, Cerena :) Although I'm wondering how many birds might reside in it.

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    2. Me too! I didn't think of that before :O!

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  3. Thank you Julia for popping into Eliabeth`s head! I just love her and want to see more about her, especially togther with the cat;-) And I think she puts on the hats so she can think better! Or with this one: see better ;-)

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    1. Yes, Hopefully the hat is helping Julia think straight...although I'm not sure she is aware of the bird. I think this is where Cat might figure in, don't you?

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  4. Then.....she feels compelled to do yoga?
    I don't know, but it looks like she might be receiving messages from the goose up there! Who knows - he might like yoga, but without arms & legs, has to live vicariously through Julia... Love it!!!

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    1. Yoga...I like it :) However, I think she might be oblivious to her hat-bird. Thanks, Mit!

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  5. Oda Mae was a great character. :)

    I think Julia will show you what goes in the blanks. I have full faith in that.

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    1. Oda Mae is awesome :) Yes, I have no doubt Julia will have her say ;)
      Thanks, as ever, S.

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  6. I know what she's thinking, "now, where did I leave those gloves?" :-)
    Di
    xxxxx

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    1. Oooo... I wonder what THOSE look like!? :-)
      Thanks for stopping by, Di!

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  7. maybe julia wanted to become a rabbit. and once she heard that if you try very hard at anything in life, you will succeed. except it’s not working for her. what is she doing wrong...ok that’s non-sens but that's what i do best...
    x sandra

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    1. I laughed when I read this, Sandra. I think maybe Julia found the rabbit's hat :)
      I like your nonsense !

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  8. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I like your little creatures and I see I am in good company!

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  9. Ohhh....you know, I might have to fill in the blank for you in an upcoming FMFM post :-)

    Love the character. She could definitely star in her own children's book!

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    1. Yes, Mr. Turnip, I think you might have to. I'm a little behind in my FMFM reading, so I don't know how close Tyler's adventure is to resolution ;) Julia would be in good hands...maybe she should join Tyler? ;)

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  10. Wonderful beginning! I'll put on my thinking cap! (or is that the something, something, something? It's her 'thinking cap'?)

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    1. Yes! Thinking cap! I think Julia might need one ;)

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  11. It's a Broody Hat. Hence the birds. Once you put it on, you have the overwhelming desire to sit down and be cosy. Ideal for nursing and hatching eggs.

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    1. Oh this is too clever! A magical Broody Hat! Excellent.

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  12. I laughed ... and I laughed! It's brilliant, Elizabeth! It reminds me of my niece, who was born with her very own fashion sense. When she was about two-ish, her mom bought her a reindeer hat for the winter. Really, it was a complete reindeer sitting on her head - cute and funny. And she loved that hat. Thank you for reminding me of that. [She is now almost 15]

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    1. I laughed when I read about the reindeer hat! The fact that is was a complete reindeer sitting on her head is awesome. I must get Julia one ;)

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  13. Hello Elizabeth:
    Julia is absolutely charming, a delight. But then she is not alone for, in their very different ways, the same may be said of all your creatures and characters, that is if they are not a little scary. You have such a talent for creating a mood, an expression, a moment to identify with, Elizabeth, with a few brush strokes or pencil lines - something we hugely admire.

    The 'balloons' are now framed and hanging on the wall. We are having difficulty, to date, in taking a picture because of the light reflection but as soon as we have something passable, then we will send a copy. We trust that you will approve!

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    1. J & H - My brain always lights up at the sight of your comments :) Thank you, thank you! It means a great deal to me that you admire my work. Truly.

      As for 'balloons,' I am looking forward to seeing it! Less-than-passable is fine. I'm just so thrilled its home is with you. I SO approve, already!
      xo

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  14. Hi Elizabeth,
    Love the illustration, great fun...

    "Na na n n na...can't catch me now Mr Cat"
    "Um, I'll catch you bird, just wait and see..."

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    1. I think you are quite right, Catherine. Poor Julia's in for it, I think. I wonder how high Mr Cat can jump ;)

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  15. Hello Elizabeth!

    Great blog and wonderful Illustrations! I look forward to seeing more!:D

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  16. Oh, Elizabeth! How curious! I feel it, too, through your illustrations.... something is going on with her but what, I don't know but there's such a mood and personality. I feel.... I feel like little Katy, again, remembering snippets of my day. Thinking about and looking at her....little Katy's days were always alone - off doing something, something, something....and having curious little moments flashing by. ;) =]

    Well! That's just plain weird! LOL! =D

    Actually, as I think about it, in the last one, I thought, for a moment, that her knees were together and her legs splayed out - just like I used to sit. I just don't remember the hat! (guffaw)

    I'd better stop! =/ =]

    xxo

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    1. Katy! I totally should have drawn her that way...I used to sit like that too!! I'm so glad you feel a connection to little Julia. Her story is unfolding, but it might have to wait, since I am about to go full steam ahead on Henny! I just love your comments :) xo

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  17. I'm afraid I think Julia is totally overcome with a suspicion that she is looking rather foolish in her fool's cap. In fact, so overcome, that she needs to sit down and ponder.

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  18. Julia is another great character idea from you brain, and how about that; I friend in your hat so you're never alone. Brilliant.

    Of course, I'm like you in that I have a restless non-stop imagination, so I'm wondering; what would that hat goose look like in a year? A full grown goose sitting on her head?? My, my. How the townspeople will talk.

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    1. Ted- Goosie is already full grown-- Julia is a very big girl ;)

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  19. Julia is just wonderful! Adorable and fun and so full of wonder. I'm pretty certain this is a magic hat. She is looking upward because she can feel the pull of the air currents. She is very grounded now, not being used to magic hats, but one day perhaps she will learn that the hat will allow her to fly short distances! And talk to birds maybe! :)

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  20. It's wonderful that you have fantastic little characters like this pop into your head. She's great and what an awesome hat!

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    1. Hey Nora! Thanks! It CAN get a little crowded in there sometimes ;)
      I think we should all have hats like this, don't you? :)

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  21. All of the sudden Julia laid a big goose egg. She was positively flummoxed and sat there for hours till her mum said; 'Don't be so daft, Julia', and took off her goose-hat. Julia instantly didn't feel the egg any more and started her next role-play.

    Lovely illustrations, Elizabeth.

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    1. Thanks, Paula! Yes, Julia DOES have quite the imagination. You are quite right :)
      Thanks for stopping by !

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  22. She puts me in mind of my daughter. When she was very young she wanted long hair, and wore a pair of woollen tights on her head.
    "You never took her shopping like that?" they asked.
    I shrugged. She flicked her woollen 'hair' from her eyes, with more than a little disdain.
    "Aren't people funny?" she whispered.
    "Mm!" I replied.

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    1. Absolutely adorable, John. I just love that you let her wear tights on her head--she sounds like my kind of girl!

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  23. Elizabeth,
    I just saw what you did for Friko on losing Benno. What a beautiful person you are! Is is perfect :-)
    Di
    xxxxxx

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    1. Thank you, Di. You are so kind to stop by and say so. I was so flattered to see her post and am pleased that it brought her a bit of comfort.
      It's so sad losing a beloved pet...and we all know how deeply she loved him :(
      xo

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  24. It's fantastic:)Love her hat,I want one too:)

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    1. When I finish her story, and if it gets published, I think I should have one made...don't you? It would be the latest in "kid-couture." ;)

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  25. I have just discovered that, sometime back, I copied the link to your website, rather than the blogfeed onto my feedreader, and, as a result, I've been missing out on your posts! Your dog-angel card to Friko, by the way, was so, so lovely and thoughtful.

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    1. Hey Susan! I'm glad to be back on your radar! Poor Friko...I do think of her often. I am so pleased that it touched her so. Btw, your photos of England are so beautiful!

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  26. That is so awesome that the inspiration bug is always buzzing in your ear! Cute character.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. Sometimes I want to give it a swat ;)

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  27. Oh how absolutely darling.....dearest, I was away on vacation, but it is so good to be back! HAPPY DAY! Anita

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    1. Hey Anita! Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful time. Thanks for the Happy Day wish--and... right back atcha! xo

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  28. Oh my, so sweet! I love how you just "see" these characters and you don't rest until you get them on paper! Wonderful!

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  29. So darn cute! I love the slightly disconcerted, but basically unworried expression on Julia's face.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. Julia senses something's amiss...
      ;)

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  30. Adorable and funny, Elizabeth! I just love the hat – especially with the duck head popping out. Such a fertile imagination you have – or maybe it's something special in your coffee? I believe I need some of that!

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    1. I hope you're right about the coffee, Mardi...I was jut thinking of pouring another cup ;)

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  31. I love Julia! She reminds me of me as a child! lol I have same problems in my head. 'They' start doing things on their own. So distracting! They only become quiet after I give them shapes in clay. Ceramics is my therapy!

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    1. And such good therapy it is! Your work is wonderful, and I just love it (and hooray for your new Moon Rabbits)!
      Thanks, Midori!

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  32. Awww! She's so quirky and fun and adorable! I think perhaps you should figure out how to make that hat for yourself.

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    1. I think that's a good idea, Laurie. I'm sure it would make me the talk of the town ;)

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  33. I like Julia - she doesn't care about what people think about her hat (I just love that hat).

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