Snow Day















Keep warm, everybody!





90 responses to “Snow Day”

  1. Grace @ Cultural Life Avatar

    You never fail to amaze me with your wonderful creativity. Enjoy your snow day! :)

  2. Michael Cargill Avatar

    That’s a corking idea.

  3. muddledmom Avatar

    We don’t have snow today, but it was 7 degrees this morning in N.C. If I had my way, that’s where I’d be today, nose buried in a book! I love your snow scenes.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      7 degrees in NC?! Holy cow! Hope you find your way to nest of blankets and a good book soon!

  4. bhbkidstyle Avatar

    Brilliant and funny, as usual!

  5. silkpurseproductions Avatar

    I like the way you think. Hiding out with a book was always my favourite thing.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Me, too! Still is. I used to even do sit-ups while reading books! Now it makes me too dizzy. Too bad… maybe then I’d do some sit-ups, haha…

  6. She's a Maineiac Avatar

    I plan on doing just that this afternoon. Nothing says heaven more than a warm quilt and a good book.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Add a hot beverage, and it’s pure bliss!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Brrrrr, that’s some cold! Hope you’re warm now!

  7. bottledworder Avatar

    Ha ha ha. I can really appreciate this when it’s 7 degrees F outside although it’s very, very sunny here in NYC. No matter where it is, avid readers will create their igloos. Since I’m from India, where the sun and the heat, not the cold is usually the problem, I can imagine your scenes with the little girl placing herself firmly in the shade of a very leafy banyan tree in the same pose! Thanks for a good laugh.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Haha! You are right! Banyan trees are common where I live now, and they are wonderful to escape the heat. So pretty, too!

  8. Noodle Avatar

    Beautiful! And true!!

  9. pegoleg Avatar

    Love how Tess (?) is up to her waist in snow – what an eye for detail you have.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Yes, that’s Tess! That’s one thing I distinctly remember about New England winters– how very deep the snow was. It would go right over your boot, down to your socks. Always had to wear plastic bags over my feet to play outside. Bleh.

  10. becomingcliche Avatar

    It’s just as wonderful as I had hoped it would be! Thanks for posting that teaser yesterday!

  11. sj Avatar

    Awwww, this is so me!


    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Hahaha! Yeah, I can definitely see that!

      1. sj Avatar

        I wish I had a reading igloo RIGHT MEOW!

  12. rachelocal Avatar

    Perfect! And my ideal version of a snow day.

  13. Lorraine Avatar

    Do you create each scene separately? Is this on a panel like a cartoon? Do you frame and sell your artwork?

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Yes, each scene is created separately, then dismantled so I can reuse the paper for another project. I scan them at a high resolution and prints are available at my society 6 shop, which is linked in the sidebar. I have never sold an original paper cut, though I have sold many paintings.

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    Reblogged this on hocuspocus13.

  16. Rae Avatar

    Love! You need to start a fashion line because I always love the sisters’ clothes!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I can’t sew a bit, but I do love dreaming up outfits. That’s why I had to start the Catalogue for Paper Dolls. (Link here, for anyone interested…

  17. Jackie Cangro Avatar

    Nothing better on a cold day than snuggling up under a comforter with a good book and a furry pet by your side. :)

  18. The Waiting Avatar

    Perfection! That little igloo looks so cozy!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      They always were! My dad showed up how to make them relatively quickly, and it was always surprising how warm you could be in one.

  19. JackieP Avatar

    That would be me! Great comic!

  20. Kay Avatar

    I was the same! Love it :) Enjoy the snow, here in the uk we just have rain :(

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Just rain? What’s the point?

      1. Kay Avatar

        Indeed! Monumental levels of rain if that’s any better?!

  21. Kathryn McCullough Avatar

    Oh, I LOVE this! I remember my mother saying similar things.

    Blogging from Ecuador,

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! Moms are very wise, but sometimes they must be ignored in favor of MORE READING!

  22. Samantha Avatar

    This is so cute! That was always me when I was a kid, although we never had snow. I’d rather have my nose in a book than doing anything else.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! Books trumped all in my childhood. Nothing better than being curled up with a good story!

  23. Emily Avatar

    Nikki, did you ever really do that? I mean, the snow fort is plausible (although, it’s pretty hard to make a snow fort with a roof), but spelling “Do Not Disturb” with pebbles is a bit of a stretch.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Yes. My dad taught us how to build igloos easily and somewhat quickly, and we made dozens of them over the years. As for spelling things with pebbles, is it really hard to believe that a girl who now spends her free time cutting paper into tiny scenes from her childhood would have had the patience as a child to spell things with pebbles in snow? hehehe

      1. Emily Avatar

        Fair enough. I love this story–I just noticed the mismatched mittens. Nice touch. :)

  24. talesfromthemotherland Avatar

    I want a Nicki igloo! It looks so cozy and fun!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      So cozy! I’m a little sad that my own kid isn’t growing up in the frozen north. Will she ever learn how to build an igloo?

      1. talesfromthemotherland Avatar

        I feel like my kids have missed out on all the ice skating I grew up with. It was so magical, each winter. My kids have no idea… but then, they are growing up with beautiful mountains and ocean to enjoy, and wilderness all around. I imagine your daughter will feel the same way. It’s a trade off. ;-)

  25. gatergirl96 Avatar

    We had a snow day minus the snow lol!

  26. gatergirl96 Avatar

    We had 2 snow days, minus the snow lol!

  27. Go Jules Go Avatar

    Ha! This might be one of my favorites yet – and that’s saying something! And? The frayed edge detail on the snow? Amaze(snow)balls.

  28. The fifth sister Avatar

    i love the final picture. My favorite activity- cuddled under a blanket with my kitty, reading

  29. Siddharth Singh Avatar

    LOL “Nobody Messes with my reading time!!!”

  30. literarybex Avatar

    Reblogged this on literarybex and commented:
    Everyone should read this. It’s lovely.

  31. Madame Weebles Avatar

    As soon as I saw the panel with you and the giant snowball I thought, “I bet she’s going to make an igloo and read in there.” Because that’s would I would have done!

  32. Marie Avatar

    It’s so me !!! How did you know ?!
    Brilliant as always. I love your work !

  33. baskin2013 Avatar

    Reblogged this on Toblog and commented:
    Where there is a good book there is a way…

  34. Dina Avatar

    Amazing work, so simple and effective. Really clever way to tell your story, and you tell it so beautifully.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you, what a nice comment!

  35. Sheryl Gervais Avatar

    Hello! this is my first visit and I’m so glad that I ‘found’ you! Beautiful, whimsical, work. I think I might just get lost here for awhile and catch up on The Middlest Sister’s life. I can totally relate to finding the quiet space in the snow fort. My refuge was often the hay barn – I’d smuggle a book in my snow suit and hunker down with the barn cats in cold, rural Ontario winters. Thanks so much. Such a treat.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! Is a hay barn as dreamy as it sounds?

  36. Sincerely Kate Avatar

    I’m a big fan of your work and your imagination, hence me nominating you for the Imagine Award! See my post for more details :-)

  37. Emily Avatar

    I have to wonder, why do adults even do this to kids? If a child wants to read, then……let them. The same goes for writing, drawing, and other solitary-but-beneficial activities.

  38. thepumpingmama Avatar

    This is fabulous :)

  39. eat sleep lose Avatar

    Happened upon you & have been flipping through these – I’d say “genius” but that’s so over-used…..Oh, how ’bout “mastermind” !

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Haha! Better than acceptable :) Thank you!

  40. franhunne4u Avatar

    Oh, how I can relate to the “do not waste your time reading inside, go outside more” … Never was an outdoorsy person – love your solution!

  41. Eda Avatar


    Did you guys really wear skirts when you played in the snow?

  42. Lolly Avatar

    That’s so something I would do LOL

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  44. Imelda Evans Avatar

    Reblogged this on Wine, Women & Wordplay and commented:
    I found this though a writing friend (thanks, Kate Belle!) and thought it was wonderful. Something to lighten your Monday!

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