Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dots, dresses, and doodles

It was an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini

I love polka dots. You could probably tell from my post yesterday. And today, I have more dots to share!

My niece is having her birthday soon, so I decided to make her a summer dress. I found these two dotty fabrics that I liked and decided to get both - one will be for her, the other, who knows? I just couldn't decide which one would look cuter on her. The orange one has this awesome texture, but the blue one is very soft cotton. Hmmmm..... What do you think? She's going on 4, which one would you choose?

And on to something else... I can never have a blog post with only one topic, can I?

I love to doodle. Anywhere, anytime. 

There's this doodling "activity" that I first did as part of the Silly class with Carla Sonheim where you make lines, circles, shapes, whatever on the paper. No plan, no thought, just make a mess, sort of. Then you "find" your picture in it. These two below I did on my small sketchbook while waiting for a meeting. You can see another example in this post. 

I also started doing this with N. Here's what we do:

  1. Give your little one pen and paper and let 'em rip. Let them draw lines, dots, circles, whatever they want.
  2. Then you look at it and find something.
  3. Darken the outline of this "something" so that the little one can see it clearly.
  4. Give it back to them to color the picture, but don't expect the coloring to fit your picture. 
  5. If the child is older, this will probably be fun for them to do by themselves. You can each do your own and compare what you found. :)

Do you doodle? When?


  1. Ooooh - that was a hard choice... I like them both, but maybe, maybe the orange one?

    I love your doodles, too cute! :-)

  2. I'd go with orange too! I love polka dots so much. :)

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE blue so make her a dress in orange and me one in blue. LOL Just kidding.


  4. I love this doodling idea. I was a chronic doodler in high school. The margins of all my notebooks were filled with random doodles. I only remembered recently, having picked up a notebook again to take to French class. Computers spell death to doodling. How sad.

  5. I have a preference for blue, but I can see the cool texture in the orange fabric even in the picture, so it's hard to choose!

    My daughter just loves to scribble! The next time she brings me one of her 'drawings' I'll do as you suggest and outline something. Isn't it adorable how they are so proud of what they drew! I wish we could keep that same pride in everything we do as we grow up.

  6. Oh I love this doodle activity. I used to do it in art class, just letting your hand go at it with charcoal, then come back to it later and decide what looks like what and add details. I came back to one like 6 years later once, and it's one of my fave.

    I like the yellow polka dots. My 4 year old would love it. :)

  7. My recommendation would be to choose the color that goes with her. My mother made me a dress when I was in grade school that was yellow and I absolutely cannot wear yellow so all the work she did (on an old treadle machine) was wasted. I hated the dress because it made me look so ugly.

    I'm getting ready to teach my 5 year old grandson how to make a doodle picture. :)


  8. love the orange...very bright, young and cheerful!! I'm also a doodler, always if I'm on the telephone!! However, I'm not as creative a doodler as you!
    Found you from the A-Z Challenge, I’m now following you on GFC and I hope you have a chance to check out my blog!

  9. Oh, thanks for sharing this!! I am SO doing this with the kids. What a brilliant idea! =)