Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Free Gift Tag Printable Sheet

December 21, 2010

If you head over to my personal blog, I have a gift for all of you diner readers! I created a printable gift tag sheet. I printed one out myself and used a nice thick gloss paper and they turned out pretty nice, if I do say so myself! Have a look at what you could be attaching to your gifts this year. Enjoy!

{Finished Tags, 2010}

{Printed Sheet, 2010}


On the Seventh Day

December 19, 2010

My true love gave to me…

Meet the Synchronized Sisters of Sunnyvale.
These lovely ladies are known far and wide for their beauty, grace and of course their precision technique! Never a more friendly gaggle of gals could be found. That is, until Sylvia joined the group! She was a rare bird indeed!!

Then the feathers flew!!  “Why does she always get to stay above water?”

Sylvia just smiled and let it roll like water off a ducks back… or should I say swan!

a break from our sponsor

December 18, 2010

On this sixth day of Christmas Teri has six geese waddling their way to The Doodle Diner, a wee bit later. In the mean time, please enjoy this commercial break.

on the Fifth Day of Christmas

December 17, 2010

Portnoy had originally planned on sending Priscilla her present by mail. But being a wise pig he decided to do it in person, er porcine.

Oh, and seriously, at the end of the day, which golden ring gives you more pleasure, the ore or the onion?


The Twelve Day of Christmas continues at the here at the Doodle Diner and we’re having a blast. Stay tuned for more, and if you have moment, check out Day One, Day Two, Day ThreeDay FourDay SixDay SevenDay EightNinth Day and Tenth Day.

C’est les trois poules français!

December 15, 2010

Le troisième jour de Noël, mon véritable amour m’a donné, trois poules français…
Who said those two years of French in High School and four semesters in College just to obtain my BFA were totally usless?? Joyeux Noël!

On the second day of Christmas…

December 14, 2010

{watercolor, 2010}

My assigned day was the second day! This is what I imagine when I think of a turtle dove. Otherwise, if you google an actual turtledove its a pretty plain little bird. Nothing against the turtledove, I just like my reptilian flying creature idea!

The Second Day of Christmas

December 14, 2010

On this second day of Christmas Candace has some fabulous turtle doves winging their way to The Doodle Diner, a wee bit later. In the mean time, please enjoy this little turtle dove teaser.

Favorite Holiday Book – My Penguin Osbert

December 13, 2010


My Penguin Osbert

I just love “My Penguin Osbert” written by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, illustrated by H.B. Lewis, published by Candlewick Press. It is a sweet story and Ireally like the way it is written. Most of all, however, I just love the illustrations. No surprise there, I’m sure. 🙂

The First Day of Christmas

December 13, 2010

Sadly, being a partridge, Penelope possessed poor reading skills. So it was only after having trained vigorously to become the next pear-eating phenom that Penelope realized the sign, in fact, read “pie-eating contest”.


Although the tradition and history of the Twelve Days of Christmas is deep, complex and fascinating and the twelve days typically begin on December 25th and go to January 6th, we at the Doodle Diner decided to break tradition and start our twelve days today and go until Christmas Eve.

We’re just rebels like that.

So, the Doodle Diner denizens would love it if you would check back each day until Christmas Eve to take a gander at what illustration goodness we have in store for each of the next twelve days.

Check out the Second DayThird Day and Fourth Day.

Oh, and make sure to have yourself a merry little Chrismahannakwanza!

A Favorite Holiday Book: The Polar Express

December 12, 2010

{Click on Photo to Shop for “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg}

One of my favorite books for the holidays is “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg. It is beautifully illustrated and the story is still so magical for me even as an adult. In 2005/2006-ish the book was being made into a major motion picture  and they did a Hollywood type screening in my hometown (and where I was going to art school at the time) of Grand Rapids, Michigan. As art students we were given the task of recreating massive scenes from the book that were larger than life size. While I had always loved the book, this was the first time I had really studied the compositions because they had to be repainted at such a huge size. For the event, Chris Van Allsburg was in town… he is a bit of a hometown hero in GR because that is where he hails from… and I also had a chance to hear him speak a bit about his experiences in the children’s book field. All in all, the book and movie couldn’t even be compared because they are completely different experiences and both good in their own right. If you’ve read the book, I just have one question:

Does the bell still ring for you?

Update: Here are a few photos from the 2004 movie premier!


{Chris Van Allsburg Speaking at Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Raids, MI, 2004}

{Backdrops created by Kendall students for movie premier, 2004}