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Monday 29 December 2014

Sleuthy in the garbage room atelier

CALLING ALL UNITS: Be on the lookout for 
Shadowy Woman in a Shadowy Cat Bar
I woke up in a dark underground bar surrounded by drunken cats, a passed out bartender, and a dog head on the wall. I can't be sure, but I seem to remember some bad poetry too. Am I dreaming?
This definitely called for a head-to-toe black-ops shoot in the garbage room atelier.
Under cover in tuxedo pants that someone before me paid lots of money for, a $5 top, and a thrifted wool beret. What's on my feet? you ask. BWAhahaha!!!!!!
You know my green shagariffic boots? It doesn't matter, suffice to say I have acquired an identical pair in black for waaay more cheap, thrifted, $30. My undercover exposed black-socked toes were chilly but it was a small sacrifice for feeling slinky sleuthy. Except for the shaggy texture, these boots are a tad boring, so I have Plans for them. [Edit: I'm linking these boots up with Sheila's Shoe Shine 18 at her blog Ephemera]
Also, it's nearing the end of the year so I sketched this this morning on my inspiration walk. I'm - 
                  T  A  K  I  N  G      S  T  O  C  K               
H  A  P  P  Y     N  E  W     Y  E  A  R     
YOU GORGEOUS CREATURES, plus you're smart too, and funny, and creative, and have generous hearts.
Just moving like a fool in the garbage hall. Same 'ole, same 'ole.
I'm linking up to Patti's Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Shtyle, even though I'm under cover. I'll deputize you all and give you a badge too.


  1. I am on the hunt for my own shagariffic boots too!~

    I'll be looking for my B&B deputy badge in the mail.


  2. I love your face! Love your boots! And love your doodles!

  3. Haha, that dog's head on the wall!

    I too love your little drawings, hope to see more of those in the future. And I need a beret like yours.

  4. I want to hang out with drunken cats in a cat bar, too!
    Love your sketching and insanely envious of you having TWO pairs of shagtastic boots.

  5. Ah that bar! I want to spend new Year's Eve there, with you and all the fabulous cats. Thanks for linking up your art and poetry to Visible Monday, and have a dreamy new year's. xox.

  6. Geez, those felines really can't hold their liquor (or is it catnip?). Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am in awe of the creativity that oozes out of you and yoru blog.

  7. I am ENTHRALLED with your cat bar. And you look adorable.

  8. I just adore your sketches! You really need to be writing a book. Although a bunch of cats that have overdone the booze might not go down well with the pre-schoolers! LOL

    I cannot wait to see what you do to your new boots.

    You are looking sleek and mysterious. A lithe shadow dancing in a dimly light corridor of an independent European horror film. Somewhere out of the shadows in the garbage hall an over schooled immature pretentious snob of a Frenchmen is waiting to attack you with a barrage of political slurs and meaningless ideology. I'm so frightened I cannot bare watch.

    Have a wonderful New Year my friend! I hope to see you again in and famous! Or maybe just rich cause you're already famous ; P


  9. Oh my God the FRINGE. You are divine! Shadowy cats are divine! This post is divine!

  10. Ah! You found another pair of Fluevogs in a thrift store? You are amazing! I love your cartoon of the year.

  11. Melanie, your posts, your photos, your sketches always brighten my day! Thanks! Happy Happy New Year!

  12. Happy New Year to you, too!
    Love the fringed shoes - and of course you have creative plans for them. Do your ideas ever stop flowing?
    The cat bar...I'd go if the drinks are good!

  13. You give me hope for a creative, generous and intelligent new year full of thrifted treasure finds (open-toe shaggy boots?!), drunken cats, and speakeasies with killer drinks. To maintain my positive energy, I'll leave the serging to you.

    Love your drawings! Happy New Year, Melanie!

  14. Cat bar! I would make a total ass of myself in a cat bar, harassing all the patrons :) In fact, I'd probably get 86'd.

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to more doodles!

  15. Love your doodlings! Love! Happy New Year!

  16. Oooh, I love the drunken kitties, your "Taking Stock" drawings, those amazeballs shaggy boots (so wish i could wear shoes like that), and that last photo of you movin' and groovin' in the hallway. I LOVE IT ALL! Happy, Happy New Year doll!

  17. you're adorable. Loooove the drawings!

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  19. Happy New Year Melanie. Looking forward to your creativity in 2015. Wonderfully shagariffic boots AND sketches. I'm thrilled to be deputized by you!

  20. Happpy New Year dear Mélanie!
    I have seen the post about your meet with the It girls - It was grandiose! Those meet up are so much fun - I would be nice if something like that happened in Montreal, there are other bloggers here, but it such a closed circuit here!

    Love your sketches and all your are - you are sunshine

    It's so cold here, having a hard time coping with this cold stupid weather -

    Keep well and warm see you in 2015!


  21. Oh how wonderful to have two pairs of shagarrific boots! also I love the word 'shagarrific', will try and use it tonight!! i always love your sketches, love 'em to bits!! Have a Happy, Happy New Year Melanie, see you next year!! x x x

  22. I think I may have spent a drunken night in that bar, it looks awfully familiar...
    Shagadelic boots x2? Wonderful! Hope you are having an all-singing, all-dancing NYE. And thank you for one of my highlights of 2014 - being a cover girl (it could never have happened without you, darling!) Xxxx

  23. Love, love, love the sketches! You look as gorgeous as ever!

    Happy New Year! x

  24. hurrah for new fringed boots, fabulousness once more !!!
    you look gorgeous in black!, and love your designs!, sparkling and cute!!!
    Feliz Año Nuevo!!!

  25. Your creativeness is awesome and your smile just makes my day. You have the best smile. You don't use it enough on your blog. Love your taking stock drawings.
    Happy New Year Melanie.

  26. Drunk cats are amazing. Now I'll be saying: drunk like a cat! Happy New Year Melanie. :*

  27. Phew, I feel like 2015 can begin proper - now I've had my fill of inebriated cats, shaggy boots and the power of daily journalling. Happy new year to you too, you creative genius you.

  28. How I love to see our Little White Cat smile so big ... mythic, epic and wondrous in sneaky black! You hang out in the most interesting environments ... gotta go find a cat bar. Bitchin' sketches, my dear!
    Hope you are spending your New Year's Day in some totally fun and inappropriate way! 2015 is all yours!

  29. "Doughnut of destruction"...adorable!
    As are you, with your quirky fertile brain and pen. I couldn't recognise you with your glasses on!
    Thanks for sprinkling your crumbs my way occasionally. It certainly sparks up the day...before the dog eats them! See you around in 2015, that mythical year that seems so fresh and shiny new :-)

  30. Absolutely love the boots! great post!Happy New Year! :)

  31. Happy Happy New Year to you, you gorgeous artist You! I must remind myself to visit here more … I always leave feeling happy and inspired!


  32. Happy New Year, gorgeous and vibrant Melanie! I love your doodles and envy your serger but I tell myself I must be using my regular machine more before I can have one. Love your outfit too. It's so you in that funky- paris chic- artsy way!

  33. You rock, gal!

    You sure know how to pose with confidence and do visual storytelling. Very entertaining!


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