Baby legs, baby feet, baby clothes.


I’m not as obsessed with baby clothes as I thought I would be. There are a few I really like and I’m considering making something out of them once they’re outgrown. Interestingly enough, the ones I love most are the cheapest ones, like the quilted woodland print from Uniqlo. Of course, in my head I have this ideal expanse of free time that allows me to make little stuffed toy keepsakes of outgrown baby clothes but a) we might have another baby someday so why damage them? and b) when will I ever have enough time that making little keepsakes out of outgrown baby clothes even nears the top of my priority list?


Also when I was still pregnant I used to stroll around the neighborhood enjoying the peace and quiet. Now that I have a four month old who enjoys sleeping in the carrier, I loathe every scooter, coughing old man and squeaky bicycle that comes my way. And there are many of each of those.



The body of a shark and the head of a lion.

I actually wore gloves on my way to the train station this morning, it was just cold enough. No more snow, thought, not yet. Maybe in January?

Etsy has been fairly busy. I’ve been trying to be more creative, but at the same time, now that I have an Etsy shop, I feel obligated to draw things that people will actually buy. Hm.

There are a few pieces I’ve been hesitant to scan and let people buy. Why? I don’t know. Maybe I feel a little too possessive. With time, eventually I let them all go… tomorrow I’ll try to take photos of the kelpie drawing I did. I thought I’d let it rot in storage but I’ll list it in the coming weeks.


We are heading to Aomori over the new year’s holiday. I am looking forward to it very much, and even picked up some new winter boots since my BearPaws from Seoul’s 2013 nightmare of a winter fell apart once they hit Tokyo pavement. What a shame!



A couple of sloths, a pair of sloths, a sloth hugging another sloth. Sloths are fun animals, I think. And they have disgustingly putrid fur, it would seem, and yet it is fun to draw it clean and clear.

I really like this one.


Also, the snow has melted, but I am waiting until the New Year comes so we can go up to Aomori and hopefully tromp around in the snow for a few days. That will be fun and I’m looking forward to it if all goes well between now and then.

You can see a tiny bit of snow clinging to the shady ground in the far right.



I drew this dog and his little snake friend a while ago, but I forgot about him. I finally made some postcards of them though, and I think they turned out alright.

Also, happy December.

Today was actually pretty warm, with some light rain in the morning that let up by the time I reached the station.

We could have dinner together in Tokyo tonight. That was nice.



Work has been busy lately, but I doodle when I can. When I should be studying Japanese. I cannot pretend that my priorities are misplaced when I’m set to live my life here. But when it’s getting cold and you talk all day, language seems unappealing.

I know, I know…excuses, excuses…

Lately I’ve been drawing snails and wondering what to draw on their shells and then letting my hand wander with my mind.

It feels like winter ambushed us this year.

It snowed in Tokyo, and hung around for almost a day in Saitama, too.



This Owl Prince is one of many drawings I have done that looks much, much better in person. That’s a major weakness of mine. When I look at it from the artist’s perspective (not head on) it looks alright. I scan it and all of the lack of symmetry and dimension is glaring.


That said, I still like him. I still think he is cute.