The Waiting Room

1/07/2011 05:02:00 PM Edit This 19 Comments »
I had a wonderful time with my friend, Vicki, today.  We went to Ann Arbor to Hollanders (Vicki, are you proud of me?  I did this link all by myself!).  For those of you who don't know, Hollanders is a wonderful paper store that sells the most amazing papers, and they teach a myriad of book-making classes as well.  Vicki and I have taken some together, and we're planning on taking another one in March. 

After lunch we  went to a store that sells Stuff.  I know, that's  a bit vague, but you just never know what will be there.  For $11 I got 4 handmade book covers just waiting for the signatures to be put in,  1/2" of 8.5 x 11" paper suitable for making signatures, a beautiful 8 x 10 box covered with handmade paper, a pack of blank notecards with envelopes which can be drawn on,  a fold-it-yourself envelope made of handmade paper which I will use as a template, a large piece of suede to use for making books, 6 upholstery fabric samples, also for making books, a bag of wine corks to give to a friend who makes trivets out of them, a little bag of various seashells, and 4 large, colored, wooden beads which I may use on the baby's mobile!  Whew!!

Next we went to the Salvation Army where I spent $3 on 3 hardcover books which have cool covers that someday I hope to turn into books.   What a haul! 

The very best thing I got today, though, was the gift of laughter..... and while it cost nothing, it was priceless!


So, the only art I have to share is the wee drawings I did yesterday while waiting for my blood to be drawn.  I have a little sketchbook in my purse that I only use when I'm waiting.  Most of the drawings were done in medical waiting rooms.  I've had the same book for many years (I don't spend a lot of time in places like that), but I do love doing the rapid sketches, never knowing when my model or I will be called in.  So, here they are..... BTW, the guy with the ponytail was done at a different time, but I discovered  a blank page that needed to be filled.  You may have seen him before!



19 comments:

Vicki Holdwick said...

Hey Nancy,

We did have a lot of fun today, didn't we?

I'm so glad you posted these sketches. It is a great post and I am impressed with your link skills.

Laughter is a wonderful thing isn't it; almost as wonderful as long haired sterns.

xoxo

AutumnLeaves said...

Awesome little sketches and what a perfect day!!

Helen said...

Oh - I so want to go to that store that sells Stuff! (Possibly a little difficult from Australia ...) Hope you keep laughing!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Nancy, Wow! Too much fun! It sounds like you had a wonderful day. Fun drawings too! I do the same thing, my little sketch pad has lots of chairs and salt shakers. ~Peggy

Peachtreeart said...

You made good use of your time while having your blood drawn!

Sandra said...

You are the bargain shopper! Glad that you had a god time.

ffyrebird said...

Lovely sketches and a great use of otherwise 'lost' time.

donna said...

I am glad you had such fun. Good sketches too.

Linda T said...

Great sketches! I love the line quality.

Cathy Holtom said...

What a lovely day, loads of 'stuff' and plenty of laughter.
Like the man with a ponytail!

BarbaraB said...

Sounds like a lovely day. Your sketches are excellent.

Alex said...

Nice sketches Nancy! =) I don't know what's lost in having fun...I see too much gain in these ;)

EVA said...

these are fabulous Nancy!!

Do you arrive early sometimes just to add to it? What a special little sketchbook!

marancat said...

You and Vicki certainly had a great day! How I wish I had a 'stuff' store nearby. Great sketches - you get better and better!

raena said...

Wow, I just love that kind of 'stuff' store! I'm so glad you and Vicki are having such a great time together! And these sketches, in public, are just great! You're doing a wonderful job on people!

elkedagtelt said...

Nice sketches. Lucky for you, that you don't have to be that much in medical waiting rooms. But for sketching it wouldn't be a waste of time.

Tahirih said...

Good on you to actually use the sketchbook you pack around in your purse! I forget to use mine most of the time, but I still pack it, just in case.
I guess, the thing is, we live in a really small town, so we don't have to worry about too much time spent waiting for anything!

My Mane in the Wind said...

I love how you post your sketches. I really think the only way I am going to stop the critic in my head about my drawing attempts is to post what I draw at least periodically! I must be brave and live up to the challenge! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting and inspiring me!

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