The sketchy and inconsistent blog of Bethie Engstrom...

Friday, December 31, 2010

:A peek into my sketchbook:

Medium: ink
To be coming soon - more sketches and watercolors. I want to get real feedback about my stuff (love my family and all but they are family, and think that if I did it it has to be good).  So, I'll say it again... Coming soon!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Some Changes

Some new changes have came around to my trail in the woods, hope you like them all! More to come still

A new header... of sorts.

Really like this quote

I think this quote is so true and the picture was SO perfect for it!

I'm very happy how this turned out - another top five favorite quote

ME! Or at least - my new profile picture

Friday, December 24, 2010

Confessions of a wanna-be blogger

I'm on, I'm off... I'm off again - then back! And all that jiggiejig stuff.

I honestly don't know why I keep on going back and forth (and back and forth)... it gets annoying sometimes (so sorry)
When on blogger: *whine* "I don't want to post! Why do I even post anything at all? *whine, whine, whine*
When Not on blogger: "Oh, I should post about that! ... wait... never mind."

You get the picture.
So, I'm just going to be randomly posting... I think it's what works (with life in full scale right now it's the only thing to do)

So, what's been happenin' my peeps?
Me? Oh, not much really. Just a few favorites...
Despicable Me. Love this movie!
Margo, Edith and Anges ... pretty sums up the only three girls in my family (I'm Edith btw...*grins*)
"...Um, it was your cousins idea!" "Whaaaaaaaattttt?" (I died watching that the first time with a friend=)
I've fallen in love with these little guys - gross hair and all!

Random picture of me... sorry. but I have to show off my new bangs.

Christmas Eve morning in 2009 and this year. Same place but almost totally different people. But, that's what my mom says.
THIS. IS. THE. COOLEST. KNIFE. EVER. Thank you so much Ari!!

What you ought to know... Yeah, this guy is great.

Anyhow, I'll end this now with this.
Merry Christmas!

-Part Time Lib

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Is it not amazing? How two (or more) people, in whatever walks and levels of life - sisters and brothers through Christ, can have friendships that are just awesome? It's inspiring.

Lërown is someone I can call my dear friend - and the quote (don't know who by) "God made us friends because he knew our mothers couldn't handle us as sisters" describes us greatly (or so I've heard from my mother). I've known Lërown nearly her whole life (we were neighbors back in the day) and she is just awesome. We also get along great, in that way that lots of people do, with opposites. She's outgoing, and I'm shy/quiet(-er. Not "super" though), and I just love her (and miss her!!! Even her annoying me to death by pinching my nose.=P)
So anyway - what I'm trying to say is - Go Check out her blog (after NaNo though - you could be a dear and follow her and write an encouraging comment for her writing!). Here at Purple Dreams (Is that not just a creative/fun title. I can't get over it!)
(btw. Isn't her purple hair awesome!? In the pic above, you can see her purple and can slightly see my red=)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

"I think we should sometimes read stories where everything's different from our world, don't you agree? There's nothing like it for teaching us to wonder why trees are green and not red, and why we have five fingers rather then six."
-Mortimer (Inkheart)

Monday, November 1, 2010

I really, really, really - like this quote

You cannot fully read a book without being alone. But through this very solitude you become intimately involved with people whom you might never have met otherwise, either because they have been dead for centuries or because they spoke languages you cannot understand. And nonetheless, they have become your closest friend, your wisest advisors, the wizards that hypnotize you, the lovers you have always dreamed of.
-Antonio Muñoz Molinas

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Panda's, Panda's and another Panda

Medium: watercolors

Medium: pencil

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Will, with out a doubt - bring on laughter if needed.

Pass the good ol' belly-shakin' laughter.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Very true and wise quote

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
-Oscar Wilde

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Riddle for you

Here is a riddle.

What is it that everything has?

(No google-ing it either!)

Comment your guesses, and if you have no clue, then invite others here to try their minds at it.
(but please - if you know it - as in you have read it in a book or heard it from your uncle - give everyone a chance)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Erika Bella the Faerie Princess

Medium: Colored Pencils
My little sister named this one - she tells me what she thinks will happen in this story that we are making up and I write it down and she helps with the art work.
Erika Bella is a faerie princess that lives in a treat shop with her ten sisters and three (very mean) brothers. They, along with her best friends have many adventures in and around the treat shop.
We'll post some of it soon. ;) 

The little author and artist!
I also used the faerie with my header^ =) Not bad for someone with no savvyness with electronics!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Oddities in this world

Honestly, who comes up with this stuff?!

Anablephobia- Fear of looking up.
Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
Bibliophobia- Fear of books.
Bogyphobia- Fear of bogeys or the bogeyman.
Cathisophobia- Fear of sitting.
Chorophobia- Fear of dancing
Domatophobia- Fear of houses or being in a house
Ephebiphobia- Fear of teenagers   {Mawhaha - feel the power!}
Francophobia- Fear of France or French culture
Geliophobia- Fear of laughter.
Genuphobia- Fear of knees.  {"ah, yes, that explains it."}
Graphophobia- Fear of writing or handwriting
Homichlophobia- Fear of fog.
Ichthyophobia- Fear of fish.
Koinoniphobia- Fear of rooms
Lachanophobia- Fear of vegetables
Melophobia- Fear or hatred of music.
Novercaphobia- Fear of your step-mother  {I could understand that}
Omphalophobia- Fear of belly buttons.   {"oooookkkkaaaayyy...?}
Phobophobia- Fear of phobias {!}
Pogonophobia- Fear of beards
Rhytiphobia- Fear of getting wrinkles.
Syngenesophobia- Fear of relatives.
Tyrannophobia- Fear of tyrants
Verbophobia- Fear of words.
Xanthophobia- Fear of the color yellow or the word yellow
Zemmiphobia- Fear of the great mole rat

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A great quote to live by

Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence.
Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them,
joke over your troubles but gather strength from them,
make a jest of your difficulties but over come them.
~L.M. Montgomery

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

To be named or not to be named?

That, is my question.

What to go by now? Jare and Lib went so well together, but we both were like "meh" after a while. So Jare gets his way, and myself, my own (or something like that - we never actually talked about it)

Libby was (I mean), is, a nickname of a nickname (if that makes sense). But I'm not sure if I want to keep it. At the moment, I am cleverly titled as "noclue" (yep, just chugging away at all those brain cells!). Any ideas? Maybe I'll just go my my real name, it's not a secret or anything like that... (I don't like it though - so boring =P

Don't you just love my profile pic!?
So, also. I would like to know if anyone does, in fact, read this {pathetic} blog. Anyone? If so, what do you want to see here? Quotes? My attempts at art? Stories? I'm clueless... er. Or just delete the whole thing?

Now, I'm going to end this short post (before I add any more commas or question marks to it), and the only thing left unsaid is:

You just know sometimes...

This is my hand, used as a paint sampler.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Love 'em and hate 'em

Medium: Pencil sketch


The title pretty much sums it up.

I love them, because of their extreme awesomeness, and just because it's something that I just do, honestly. (weird, I know)

I hate them, well... because they hate me (in a sense). As in, I'm on one (happens to be the one I own - go figure) and I think I'm getting the hang of it. "Yah! I've got this!" I shout as I jump back on it in the Goodwill parking lot (where I just bought it 15 min. earlier. And under the sign that reads No Bicycles, Rollerblades or Skateboards Please!) and I push off.
It was grand - 18.4 seconds of pure bliss!
Then, as my brother poetically puts it, "your feet went over your head" thing happened.

In other words, I have no sense of balance. Really, I don't. I tend to fall over a lot. Some call me clumsy, others a pancake (don't ask) and strictly friends, "The Lib-out"


I admit it - I have become a horrible blogger. Please forgive me everyone!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wake Up Call

Medium:  Watercolor
(click to view larger)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dress up

Medium: Watercolors

I think we all agree, even as we get older or are older then the age of 5, that we love to dress up. Boys and girls alike. This was a lot of fun to sketch and paint.

Go and dress up.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


I challenge you, and you, and you (and yes, you too hiding behind that screen) to write!

Sound common huh (someone telling you to write)? But I'm not challenging you to just write, no, I'm challenging you to write worthy quotes... To create sayings that will be remembered 50+ years from now. Write them, share then, get them out there!

Will you?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

47 Years Overdue, Book is Returned to Library

Patron pays $171.32 late fee for “Prince of Egypt”

{from The Associated Press} --- Robert Nuranen handed the local librarian a book he had checked out for a ninth-grade assignment – along with a check for 47 years’ worth of late fees.
Nuranen said his mother misplaced the copy of “Prince of Egypt” while cleaning the house. The family came across it every so often, only to set it aside again. He found it last week while looking through a box in the attic.
“I figured I’d better get it in before we waited another 10 years,” he said after turning it in Friday with the $171.32 check. “Fifty-seven years would be embarrassing.”
The book, with its last due date stamped June 2, 1960, was part of the young Nuranen’s fascination with Egypt. He went on to visit that country and 54 others, and all 50 states, he said, but he never did finish the book.
Nuranen now lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches seventh-grade social studies and language arts.
The library had long ago lost any record of the book, librarian Sue Zubiena said.
“I’m going to use it as a example,” she said. “It’s never to late to return you books.”

This is a article clipped from The Seattle Times, dated Monday, January 8, 2007 … I found it with a bunch of other loose papers in some of my old school bins. It made me laugh and I thought to share it.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Thought Provoking Tuesday {more "funny" then "provoking"}

Here's a good one ... and I secretly hope its true. =)
Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented.
It was ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden".
And thus, the word GOLF (and the sport) entered into the English language.

(tell me if you don't get it)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


What before had been little eggs are now hatched ducklings!
I am so glad that they are finally out
(you can see with the egg cloese to you a little punch where it was starting to peep out)

(only a few hours old)

They eat, sleep, drink, poop and sleep
They are Darling!

Oh and, were going to name them all with Italian names! Do you have any ideas for them?

(they are peeping at me as I type)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thought Provoking Thursday Part II

A answer to the last TPT was answered by a Thursday (funny me doing this on a
thursday too huh?). Here's the answer Thursday gave to me:

"According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the English word "orange" was imported around 1300 AD from Old French, "orenge". The French got it from the Latin "pomum de orenge", which came in turn from the Italian, "arancia". When the Italians first began using it, though, it was "narancia" or "naranza", because they got it from Venetian sailors trading with the Arabs, who called it "naranj" because they learned of the fruit from the Persians who called it "narang" because that's what the Indians, who first cultivated oranges, called it in Sanskrit - "naranga", "orange tree".

(Maybe that's why nothing rhymes properly with "orange"...)

Anyway, it wasn't used to describe a color until 1542, a couple centuries after it was used in English to begin with, so the color must have been named after the fruit! :D "
Thanks so much Thursday!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Be There Faeries

One of my favorite things to do when I'm not drawing or writing (not much of that lately, sad) or other crafty things; is that you may find me among baskets of ferns, dried flowers, veries of leaves and a needle and some green thread.
But what to do with these ingredients?

Why not make some faerie gowns?

A summer gown that is more dressy then anything else - perhaps for your cousins wedding or a dance by the meadow edge.
A winter gown, worn with silky spiders web legings will keep any spirited faerie warm while flying from one celebration to another.

{my mother called this a Hippy Faerie outfit... I guess it does look like it but I would wear it... if I were4 inches tall} Something to wear while roaming and having adventures.

Something more dressy - while funky at the same time.

Perhaps a nice gown for a stroll by the creek in the cool evening. Maple leaf shawl included.

Then a ball gown that will have all the other faeries heads turning.

Soon to come:
Male Faerie Apparel

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Thought Provoking Tuesday

Why is it that the fruit, the Orange, is the color Orange?

Has anyone else ever thought about that?

Was the fruit named after the color or the color named after the fruit?

As Davy Keith from L.M.Montgomery series of Anne would say:
" Anne? Really, I want to know!"

Friday, March 19, 2010

I shall lamely title this as... "bookmark"

Medium: watercolor

"Libraries will get you through times of no money better then money will get you through times of no libraries"

That's the quote that I wrote on this bookmark (if you can't see it -really bad angle, so sorry), along with a detailed sketch of a dollar bill and a quarter and nickle. This was a very fun craft to do and even though it did take some time to sketch out the bill it was well worth the time. This was a gift for one of my dear, and library attending friends for her birthday. ... I think she liked it. =)

Well, I hope this encourages all of you artist out there, as well as writers (make some more quotes worthy of bookmarks!!!).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

An Explanation

"I meant to do my work today-
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
and a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.

And the wind went singing over the land
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
and a rainbow held out it's shining hand-
So what could I do but laugh and go?"
~Richard LeGallienne

...for those of you who were wondering why I wasn't posting much, or nothing really worthy of much noticed -The above poem explains it nicely.

You may not see much of me in the next few weeks or months - with rising ducks, preparing for our kidding season, and trying to finish three months worth of school in, well... one and a half. *wry grin* It shall be a challange to find the time to blog - forgive me!