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Wednesday, January 3

a New Year Scribble Picnic


Happy New Year! Here's my celebratory ode to 2018 with a pink bubbly confetti dalmation! :) What on earth? Well, the word, "sparkly," kept coming to mind so that inspired me for the design, which in turn, reminded me of the title graphics from Mod '60's shows, like Bewitched and such. I'd bring a snack to our picnic but am not really sure what was popular back then. Hmm... Maybe one of you can enlighten me? The only thing I can thing of, funnily enough, is Connery's "Shaken, not stirred" Vodka Martinis but not being really into alcoholic drinks, perhaps I'll just bring some Sprite or, better yet, how about some good old fashioned Lucozade? How about you? Sign up below and let us know how your New Year turned out.

P.S. The new themes are updated on the side bar and I'll announce the giveaway winner in another post on Thursday to keep this short. Please check back. Who knows? Maybe you'll might be the next winner! :)

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  1. Happy New Year to you and Alexandra, Michael! I adore your Dalmatian illustration...pretty in pink comes to mind and quite dazzling too! I had Vodka Cruisers to bring in the New Year...close enough? From what I've seen in movies from the 60's, egg salad sandwiches seemed to be fairly popular...or was that the 70's? I know salad or fruit gelatin moulds were a big thing in the 60's. Ewwwww....

    I'm looking forward to the picnics this year! So exciting!

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    1. It's funny how many people recall gelatin moulds. I totally forgot that, well forgot Ive seen that before in movies and photos. lol. Thank you. And yes, those cruisers will be quite the hit with some I think. :)

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  2. Aww Michael this is sooo cute! Happy New Year!

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  3. Oh it looks all bubbly like New Year's Eve ... is that little friend a member of the family? Snacks in the 60's ... all I can remember is getting cinnamon rolls at the Union (I was in college at the time) every morning ... they were freshly made and oh so delicious. Otherwise, Clark Bars and Black Jack gum come to mind. I got all political in my post this week ... hope you don't mind :)

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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    1. Ha, I;ve not even heard of Clark Bars and Black Jack gum , Andrea. Looking those up now. So the question is, do you still remember how they tasted? Thank you.

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    2. Sure do remember how they tasted ... and there are many others treats I remember from my childhood. Some of them I can still get if I order them on line ... but, trying not to eat too many sweets, so I don't bother.

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  4. Love it Michael! Anything with animals makes a theme so much better! Great job. I think I over think these themes! haha

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    1. Ha, you might be surprised jsut how much I mull over these themes before committing to anything. And then I run out of time and have to rush through them but even then they take me a good 5-6 hours or so from beginning to end, sometimes longer and sometimes shorter.

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  5. Love the pink bubbly and who cannot love a cutie of a dog. BTW..messed up...can you delete Wanda #5?

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  6. Hi Michael :) Happy New Year!!!! :))))))
    I LOVE that font and yes, it does remind me of Bewitched!! Love it! My Alex and I listen to the old Jack Benny radio shows from the 30's through the 50's and the biggest "snack" at that time was JELLO lol (according to all the ads)...so maybe I'll bring a good old funky-looking jello mold to the picnic! :)

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    1. Jellow salads! but of course. I "forgot" that was big then. how fun and so not today! lol. I suspect cheese was popular then too btw.

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    2. I modified the font and moved the letters up as wanted too to help add to that affect of sparkle.

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  7. Happy New Year Michael and your lovely wife Alexandra, this is my first time joining, I hope I followed the rules correctly, thank you so much for hosting, your painting very much reminds me of bewitched!! I love the pink spotted Dalmatian!!! I'm not sure if my link worked, please delete if I came through twice, lol,, sorry in advance,,

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    1. You get an A+ Laurie. Thank you and welcome!:)

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    2. Dear Laurie, I'm such a clod!! I jsut realise that you are the same Laurie who used to do Creative Tuesdays but had to stop due to vision issues! Wow. Really wonderful to have you here. I feel very honoured. Thank you. I left you a more detailed comment on your most recent Pint Friday post. Thank you.

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  8. . . . . . I'm bringing my leftover mince pies and brandy butter to melt on top when we heat them up. . . . . . . . . . with a big jug of eggnog 'doctored' with more brandy, whipped cream and grated nutmeg! Hey, it's so cold here and we need warming up.

    Love your New Year piece Michael - I have a feeling this will be a great year for you and Alexandra.

    Hugs - Mary and Bob.

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    1. I hope your feeling is totally spot on, Mary! Thank you.

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  9. If you're bringing Sprite, the suave, Bond-ish you may wish to change the phrase to "Stirred and definitely NOT shaken!" lol

    I love the illustration and yes it definitely catches the eye and invokes the nostalgia of Bewitched! You know who I miss? Paul Lynde, who played Uncle ??? on that show! And Endora of course. . . reminds me of a Great Aunt I had who could never get anyone's spouses name right and we always thought it was on purpose! :)

    A Happy New year to you both and the best of wishes and hopes for all of the creative wonders in the year to come!

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    1. Haha, that is so funny, Nicolas. Very. And the names for that show I will need to look up as I only ever saw a few episodes when visiting the US. Thank you.

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  10. Very Mod! At first I thought you were trying to let us know that you had a new family member, but I like your "Sparkles"! I seem to remember my parents drinking "Highballs" back then and fondue pots were the hot thing. My mother was into Jello salads too. What's going to be the "hot" thing in 2018??? Happy New Year to you and Alexandra - I hope it's a happy, healthy, and prosperous one!

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    1. Oh yes, Jello salads! Haha, I need to bring one of those then too. Thank you.

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  11. this is cute. happy new year!

    sadly, I didn't get around to do anything, feeling very uncreative lately...

    have a lovely day.

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    1. HNY anyway, Lissa. Bummed you missed out but glad to see you whenever you make it. I need to go visit your blog, regardless.

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  12. This is a great and different approach for you and SO glad you went with it as it turned out FABULOUS! Well done! Happy New Year, Mooks....even if I've spent the entire week (and still am) on the sofa! Thank you for all you do! You're an amazing man!! I love you!

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  13. Aw, thank you, Smoots. Whilst I could jsut say this to you, will leave for you to find here, since you are in the tub right now anyway, I believe.

    Yes, this turned out better than expected, must admit. Thanks for encouraging me to stick with it when I wasn't sure of its direction.

    And you know what they say...In sickness and in health. UNconditional. Always. xo.

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