Art it Up! (42) & Tough Traveling – It was a Sunday Crafternoon

January 29, 2015 Art it Up! 14

Fan Art Up buttonArt it Up! is a weekly feature hosted by Tabitha @ Not Yet Read. It is dedicated to showcasing our Art. It could be inspired by a book or some other entertainment media or even just whatever artistic thing you’ve done that week. Break out those dusty art supplies!

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This week’s art

This past Sunday I got together with a group of ladies from my neighborhood, most of which I met through my neighborhood book club. The lady that organized the group, get this, her name is Bea. Lovely right!? Anyways the club reads books that are not at all to my taste or liking so the past few months I haven’t even been attempting to read, but I still like to go and hang out to chat with them all and discuss books. It turns out Bea loves arts and crafts as much as I do and she put together this “Sunday Crafternoon” at a local lodge. The lodge let us use one of their big rooms for free and thankfully there is a restaurant so we all were able to bring whatever craft project we were currently working on and order lunch. Then sit and work on them while we socialized. It was absolutely lovely! I was working on 3 of my tiny wooden plaques (shown below), another lady brought a pillow she was reupholstering, Maggie in the middle brought a bunch of pin on buttons she got from recent trips to Disneyland and was turning them into magnets. Another lady was knitting a baby dress, another was drawing and Bea was making valentines day cards. It was so much fun to socialize and work on our various projects while hanging out! I will however be bringing a rolling bag next time because I brought WAY too much stuff with me!


chibi art

You can see lots more of my daily doodles over on my instagram! Remember if you decide to participate via Twitter or Instagram please use #ArtitUp so we can all checkout your doodles!


Tough Traveling!

Each Thursday, at the Nathan’s Fantasy Review Barn, our copy of ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.

The topic this week is LAW ENFORCEMENT!

Seems odd to think that in fantasy cities in which entire economies revolve around crime there is room for the men in blue (or crimson, or whatever). But the law does the best it can, even when faced with magic, mystical creatures, or rogue deities.


Dark CurrentsIt’s been awhile since I participated in my buddy Nathan’s TOUGH TRAVELING feature. So I decided since I’ve got a few that come to mind I would throw them on up! Be sure to check out the feature its a lot of fun! Each week is a new topic that you have to try to find examples of in your past books you’ve read!

AGENT OF HEL trilogy by Jacqueline Carey

This trilogy is made up of DARK CURRENTS, AUTUMN BONES and POISON FRUIT all starring Daisy who is a half demon and works as a clerk for the Police department but also as the human liason (essentially the cop) for the local diety that rules the The Oversightsupernatural community in her small midwestern tourist town. (My interview with the author!)

THE OVERSIGHT by Charlie Fletcher

This is the first book to a trilogy and I have to tell you it was an awesome book. The group called The Oversight are basically the supernatural police. They uphold the lore and the law and ensure that normal folk aren’t abused by the supernatural and hopefully vice versa as well. Set in Victorian London and definitely not like the other UF you’ve read lately!

FirefightSTEELHEART & FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson

These are the first two books in the Reckoners trilogy. Featuring a world where superheroes are real except they aren’t heroes …they are villains. And the main character David has joined a group called The Reckoners which are trying to bring justice back to the people via their vigilante group that kills epics. Definitely lots of good reading to be had here!




My sketches were hung on a wall!

Back in December several people actually bought some of my art and sketches. Lesley was one of them and she was lovely enough to tweet me a picture of the sketches hung up on her wall! I’m so flattered!

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When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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14 Responses to “Art it Up! (42) & Tough Traveling – It was a Sunday Crafternoon”

    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Definitely! I always tell myself if I can easily come up with three from the top of my head when I see your new topic then I’ll do it. Because I used to scour my bookshelves trying to find examples and I’d hate to use “Harry Potter” every time – what fun would that be. And yes formatting and making sure I have something artsy every Thursday has become more challenging then I originally thought it would be.
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  1. Danya @ Fine Print

    Your art makes me so happy, Tabitha!!! Especially that little panda. 🙂

    Good Tough Traveling list, too. One of these days I’m going to read the Agent of Hel series…just add it to the list of UF series I need to catch up on!
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