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Squam Fall 2014

Sept. 10-14



@2007-2013 All artwork, including
doodled icons, banner, portfolio work,
and journal pages are the property
of Dawn DeVries Sokol. Please do not
steal or copy for your use, especially
on your web site. Thank you.






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Pikaland’s Good to Know: Issue 11





{Feeling the Love}

I just finished another doodled page and am really loving the black-pen-only thing right now. It's kinda nice not to think about color or anything else...just doodling, writing...


In honor of Valentine's Day, pick up your  journal and show it some love!


{What I ' ve Been Up to...}

This last week just flew by. In fact, where did January go? It's almost time for Artfest!

With 2007 just blowing by, I've decided to be done with the Christmas Journal. I only had four more days I was going to do and I had the last four pages painted in, but I just can't keep going with it. My mind is on to other things. Spring journaling. Plush. Artfest trades. And crochet...

Yesterday, I was feeling sort of light-headed, so I decided to just hang on the couch for most of the day. Hubby was sweet: he went to the store and made dinner for me...beef enchiladas, which were YUMMY! I doodled. Yes, I doodled. Since CHA, I've been inspired by Elsie Flannigan, whose new scrapbook line is coming out soon. I WAS snubbed at her booth, but I'm still a huge admirer. So I pulled out my big 8 X 10 journal, the one I made in Teesha's workshop a couple of years ago... It was fun just to let go and play with pens...


Like my little Whoville houses? Me, too! While I doodled, I watched the Season 1 finale of Project Runway. I just love Jay.

And this book really cracks me up...Even hubby was laughing...Of course, he said there are a couple of projects in there that are a bit disturbing...But it's still a riot!


And this book, which I just picked up last week. It was first published in Japanese, and now it's in English. I hope they begin to do this with more of the Japanese craft books...


What did you do this weekend?


{Day 29}

I didn't really follow the prompt for this day...wanted to do something easy...most of the work involved was in the background...



What not to do...

An interesting thing happened to me in my hotel room Monday night. I was using the internet and had it plugged into my laptop. I wanted to check e-mails, blogs and such. I was on it for a while, and then decided to start getting ready to go meet with my college friend, Kaylee. So I unplugged the internet access, and RIGHT when I did that, this piercing, really LOUD noise poured through my room. Like, RIGHT when I pulled the plug! So I started scrambling, jumping back and forth, thinking "what did I do, what did I do???" I was FREAKING out! Weird, right? Until I finally realized that it was the FIRE ALARM! Yikes! So I grabbed the laptop, grabbed my messenger bag, my cell phone, my iPod, and my purse, and RAN like hell out the door...there were other people in the hall and one guy said, "This is so weird, I've never had this happen to me before!" I said, "Me, too!" Then I heard him tell his wife, "Hey, did you see that lady? She brought her LAPTOP!"

Yes, I grabbed my Mac. My precious Powerbook, which has my entire career on it. (OK, not the entire career...) But I mean, it's my BUSINESS! I do have everything backed up on an external and always do a backup of all recent files before I travel anywhere. And I do have an extra computer, where if anything happened to my laptop I wouldn't be totally SOL. BUT, come on! It's my work...Also, once I got down to the parking lot and the alarm stopped, I couldn't find my room key. I HAD looked for it before I ran like a banshee out of my room, but couldn't find it. So I had to go to the front desk to retrieve another copy...

Now, Kaylee, upon hearing about this story, said she would've grabbed her laptop, too. "I doubt I would've grabbed my iPod, though..." Yes, that was a stretch. And after this whole episode, I read that handy dandy little map thingy on the back of my hotel room door. I did nothing right. The instructions read that I should take my room key and calmly approach the room door, feeling it for heat. If it seemed fine, open the door and proceed calmly to the nearest stairwell to exit the building. Whatever....

I guess we never really know what we'd do in an emergency... That was the first time I had that happen to me at a hotel.

What would you have done?