Thursday, June 7, 2012


Do any of you remember these oddments? They arrived for the very first post (in digital form) & now they've returned (in acrylic this time) for the anniversary party.

And in honor of the occasion, I'm having my first-ever giveaway drawing! There will be three prize-winners: first prize will win this original painting, plus a signed, archival oddment print of their choice. Second & third will each win  a signed, archival oddment print of their choice. The first prize will be chosen from my pre-existing followers, while the other two will be from anyone who follows the blog, even if they join on the last day of the drawing. I'll choose the names one week from today (12 June 2012), & announce the winners on the 13th.

In order to be eligible for the drawing, just follow (if you don't already) & leave a comment below. And thank you all from the bottom of my heart for following, commenting, & making this odd year of oddments so much fun! 

I still can't believe it has really been a full year. When I started, I gravely doubted whether I'd make it this far. (I was reminding my husband of my opening post, when I said "Because it's my birthday & I'm allowed to do as I like, I'm daring myself to post an odd little creature of some kind on every odd day until my next birthday, or until I go completely mad, whichever comes first!" His response: "Define completely!") :-D

I didn't manage to post on every single odd day-- computer trouble & other impediments held me up from time to time-- but I came a whole lot closer than I'd feared, & I enjoyed the experience even more than I'd hoped!

For the next little while, I'll be easing up on the schedule a bit, but I couldn't possibly stop altogether. In fact, soon I'll be announcing a special new project. I can say no more! ;-)

Acrylic on text scanned from A Thousand Ways to Please A Husband, 1917 (much less racy than it sounds-- it's essentially a recipe book with stories), ~5"x 6.5"


  1. Yay! I've loved seeing the oddments pop up in my Google Reader :)

  2. Ohhhhh... I see what you're doing..... Clever, Leah, very clever.

    Well, I don't need a prize to continue following your blog and marveling at your perfectionistic, yet slowly painted creatures. But I certainly wouldn't turn one down if it came my way. But I'm not so sure if I actually believe you're a slow painter, you post so often you couldn't be THAT slow. I'll bet I'm twice as slow as you. :)

  3. No prize or further inducement could make me a more dedicated follower. The reward is in seeing each new creature of your imagination and skill beckon to me from my Reading List window. Keep up the fabulous work. :)

  4. I am now an "official" follower...which is odd ;) because I thought I was, all along! I love your blog and your work, and I hope it continues for many more years! Looking forward to the announcement :)

    1. That is odd, Elizabeth-- I could have sworn you were too! It may be a Blogger glitch. I'll grandfather you in to the first prize drawing. :-)

  5. They look soooooo cute. Like Jack Spratt cout eat no fat and his wife could eat no lean! Hahahaha! Oh my goodness. You are most generous. I think I will faint if I ever have the chance of owning something you made. Wow. I think I will gather all my multiple personalities and twins so I will have a lot of chances. Hehehehe!

  6. Agh, my keyboard is jumping with excitement. COULD COULD not COUT.

  7. Ha ha
    this is worthy of congratulations!

    Your odd(ments) bring always cheerful mo(ments) !I was here (almost) from the very beginning and always enjoying your highly scientific-artistic skills!

    Looking forward to your new project.

    greetings from the Kingdom of Artichoke

  8. I followed you months ago, then stopped because my computer froze every time I went to your blog. (Odd and curious indeed!) Now I'm back with a new computer, I haven't experienced any frost bite, though some of your work does give me the chills and on occasion a shiver or two. Keep it up, your peculiar approach intrigues me!

  9. Congratulations, Leah! I only discovered your blog in February (when I discovered IF & blogging in general!! I'm a late bloomer, what can I say?), but I love visiting regularly & commenting on your whimsical creatures! No incentive necessary! Can't wait to see what year #2 brings!

  10. I'm trying to catch up. You have done so many fabulous creations in the past week or is it two now? Anyway, I hope my name will find it's way into the mix.

  11. Love your creations! A gorgeous, inventive combination of "bizzaria" and charm.

  12. I didn't know I wasn't following the blog! Seems a ridiculous idea to me… then again, I'm not sure I get 'following' blogs - you still need to visit them for updates. LOL. Anyway, been neck-deep in a projects for several weeks and totally missed this announcement last week. Thank goodness I caught it this morning! ;)
    Congrats on the anniversary! I just about finished my first full year of 'Drawing Morning Pages'… but this project has taken over my life and I haven't been keeping them up for a few weeks now. :(