Fish, Scarlett, Ruby


I have made a new variation of the sketchbook.


Three different covers. Endpapers are cut from one of Recollections “Black Jack” papers. Book pages cut from a nice substantial Southworth paper I’ve had for maybe… *thinks back to the last time we may have actually printed out a résumé* … a really long time. I drew the fish a few years ago when I was dabbling in surface pattern design. So we meet again, eh, fish?


Of course an ephemera pocket.


I have been gone a lot lately from my home, and Scarlett especially was not stoked. There was some regressive behavior and acting out.


I was reminded, though, of how much I liked the Sea House Warming Hut living roof, and how much I miss having a current build. But then I remembered the fate of the Argo Wool Works…


… and sighed. Thus far, the room box that houses the set for Modern Miniature Succulents + Sundries is unravaged, cunningly set atop a bookcase, so that will have to continue to suffice for my construction longings. Scarlett is a year old now — a small cat in stature forever! — and although her depredations have diminished considerably, I am reluctant to reengage with my nemesis.


The reason for my absence is shown above, in this picture taken by my daughter, of her daughters. Here is four-year-old Maddie reacting to the sounds of her 10-day-old sister, Ruby. We are all so in love.



17 thoughts on “Fish, Scarlett, Ruby

  1. elizabeth s says:

    LOVE the photo of your grand-daughters and my CONGRATULATIONS on having a new Ruby to add to your crown! :D
    Your new fish notebooks are Very Lovely as well as (excuse the pun) Stream-lined. And the photo of Scarlett snoozing in her mini “cat house”, is the picture of tranquility.

    Such a naughty little kitty! ;P

  2. Keli says:

    Your granddaughters are radiantly beautiful. Scarlett as an adult is regal. The fish are neat. The possibilities are endless worth your journals, I love them so.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thank you for appreciating the things I find beautiful, Keli :)
      I love that the journals strike a responsive chord with so many of us. I just saw a full-size sketchbook with black pages, and now I’m all resourcing that O_O

  3. Sheila says:

    Congrats on your new granddaughter! They’re both just beautiful.

    I’ve been wondering with Scarlett… when you first put up pictures of her she seemed mostly cream with only a bit of orange… but she seems to be darkening as she gets older, like Siamese do. If she’s part Siamese she’s highly intelligent. And easily bored. We have five cats and to a point they entertain each other but they’re all staggered in ages and we still have to play with the youngest two to wear them out a bit.

    If you have time, check out Jackson Galaxy’s information, he’s the ‘My Cat From Hell’ guy and his videos give a lot of good advice on how to get a mischievous cat’s energy redirected.

    The other option is building plexiglass boxes to cover your houses to protect them and keep them on display.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thank you, Sheila! It’s astounding to see, even at less than two weeks old, how much of an individual with intrinsic preferences Ruby is. And Maddie is so very smitten with her sister, so candid and expressive.
      I’m fairly certain Scarlett is part Siamese. There is, like you say, the obvious intelligence, although she does not have the typical long face and ears. (At the shelter, her sister was all ginger striped.) Scarlett now spends most of her time outdoors, although she routinely checks in with me for sugar throughout the day. She has mostly stopped harassing our middle cat since he has determined she is no longer a kitten, and has lessons to learn about being smacked down :)
      Will check out Jackson Galaxy! Thank you!

  4. Pepper says:

    I knew it, just KNEW IT! As soon as the delivery from you reaches me, you come up with something new and I have to start my ‘want’ list again. I’ll let you off this time though. You are saved with the gratuitiously gorgeous pic of Maddie and Ruby. Awwwww :0)

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Pepper, thank you for your mercy. I swear it’s not intentional on my part. it’s just… the ideas… they burn, and intrude most innocently. Forgive me :)

  5. brae says:

    All great stuff! :D Congrats on having a lovely distraction.

    Though bad kitties are trying at times, I love the pic where she’s looking at you as if to say, “There’s a cat lounging on that chair inside, so there’s now a cat lounging on top. I’m just completing the scene.”

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Haha, Brae, thanks! When Scarlett leaps from the desk to the case top where the most accessible builds are, she knows she’s naughty and usually won’t make eye contact with me. But I had been gone for days, and then I hadn’t noticed for a while she was even up there… and it was just so cute I had to laugh. Complete the scene, indeed :)

  6. Jodi Hippler says:

    It’s amazing the things we took for granted before our little pets arrived… Maddie looks delighted at her new little sister, who it seems arrived on my little brother’s birthday, June 15th? What a wonderfully special time for your family – congratulations!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Jodi, thank you. Ruby made her debut on June 14, and yes, it is a wonderfully special time for our whole family. Seeing the two of them together is especially heart-expanding.

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