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New Christmas Book
December 16th, 2013

I have a Christmas book out that’s similar to the Poke-A-Dot Halloween book I did. It’s like endless bubble wrap fun and they are in Sam’s Club stores now. My little guy loves it and even sat still long enough to demo it on video. Take a look:

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I’m 2!
January 22nd, 2013

We celebrated another b-day this past weekend and Ocee turned 2. He went around all day saying “Happy Day!” Robots were the theme so I used the robot classroom decor I illustrated for Creative Teaching Press as the party decorations. I even use some of it for the cake.

All the food was robot themed too and we also used out metal robot collection for the table too. I knew those little guys would come in handy one day!

Close up of the cake:

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1st Birthday Party
January 17th, 2012

We celebrated Ocee’s 1st Birthday over the weekend and thought I’d share some pictures.

We had a dog themed party (he LOVES dogs) and this was his invite:

“Pup cakes” decorated with a few different dogs I illustrated:

The spread. All dog themed food lie puppy chow, bagel dogs, corn dogs, etc:

And then the digging in began. He didn’t get as messy as the Woog did on her 1st:


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Happy 1st Ocee!
January 10th, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday to the SWEETEST little boy I know!

And of course, a special lunch box note today for the Woog (“AaBa” as Ocee calls her):

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New Baby Bibs
September 29th, 2011

I have some new baby bibs out this fall that your baby can spit-up and drool all over. Some if not all are available at CVS stores. I’ve heard my local CVS has them, but I haven’t checked it out yet. Here we have one cute little man modeling one of the bibs:

I think my days are over with him sitting still for a picture. All the pictures I get of him now are blurry.

And here are all the bibs:

And tomorrow will be my last post of the year because I’m going off the grid until January of 2012. No blogging or social media but I’ll post about that tomorrow.

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Art Camp – Day 3
August 3rd, 2011

Well, I think Art Camp is going downhill. We only got the canvas collaged for our Junk A Doodles project so here’s our in-progress shot:

The Woog moved onto dancing and singing in her room and Ocee moved on to fussiness so we’ll try some more again tomorrow!

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Art Camp – Day 2
August 2nd, 2011

Today’s Day 2 of Art Camp and I think we are moving to half day camps. Although I would love to go all day making art and experimenting with new mediums, the Woog seems to lose interest after lunch and Ocee seems to be a bit fussy in the early afternoon. So, we’ll just focus on about 4 hours a day of art. Ocee didn’t make anything this morning due to napping plus today’s mediums were not a good fit for him. I might try something after his afternoon nap.

Today we finished up our boot paintings from yesterday:

And we did some scratch board art:

The Woog is giving this piece to a friend who will be coming over on Saturday to “make a music video.” Not sure what that involves.

While doing this piece I heard this about 50 times “Momma, that lady is really freaking me out.”

Tomorrow we’re devoting the day to Junk A Doodles!

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Art Camp – Day 1
August 1st, 2011

With only a week and a half left of summer vacation, this week was declared “Art Camp” in the studio and today was Day 1. We started off the morning with the Woog visiting my oil painting class. I painted while she sketched and looked at the techniques of the other women in the class. I even let her paint a little on my painting. We then came back to the studio and watched (pretty much in fast forward) a video of the biography of Pablo Picasso. We then started with the art!

First was oil painting of the Woog’s red cowboy boot (still in progress):

We had to “erase” her’s a couple of times until she got the hang of it. Ocee slept during this part of camp. probably better that way. I don’t think a 6 month old oil painting would have been a good idea.

Then when we couldn’t do anymore to our pieces until they dried some, sowe moved onto oil pastels:

Ocee join in after his nap. He took to the oil pastels fairly well by stabbing the paper with them

Tomorrow we have another full day of it so stay tuned!

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The Royal Experience
May 3rd, 2011

I’m posting this a little late due to a busy garden planting weekend and then deadlines, but I thought I’d share our Royal Wedding experience. The Woog was very excited about a real Prince and Princess getting married and I was excited that this was going to be the first historical event she would remember for the rest of her life. With all the tragedies in the world, I’m so glad her first is a happy occasion. The Wedding promptly started at 4:45 on Friday with Giuliana Rancic as our host (love her!) for the evening. She supplied us with fantastic seats and allowed us to have pretty much full access to the entire Abbey, so if we got blocked by a big hat, we’d just move our seats up right next to Will & Kate (who didn’t seem to mind).

We dawned our tiaras and O’Hare worn his sash:

O’Hare quickly feel asleep after the picture so I’m glad I avoided any possible stink eye from the Queen for having a crying baby at a wedding.

We had tea and crumpets (which were milk and chocolate chip cookies) and I made up a little activity booklet to work on (mainly to keep her interest in during the long ceremony).

We did a Royal Wedding Scavenger Hunt:

We found everything except my cousin Drew who is studying in London this semester. We feel sure he was at the receptions though, knowing him :)

We also drew the Royal couple:



Drew our favorite hats of the day and also counted how many hats we saw. I found 101 and the Woog found 207.

She had a blast (and so did I)!

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April 26th, 2011

I’ve been on an alligator kick lately. I have a huge empty canvas hanging in Ocee’s room waiting for an alligator to appear on it, but I can decide what I want it to look like yet. I’ve got sketches galore but not settled on one, but I have seemed to show up in some other pieces. This one is for our current promo mailer for Illustration For Kids:

and this one is for a greeting card/sticker combo:

One day I’ll decide on “his” but for now I’ll just stare at the white canvas. At least he doesn’t know it’s not supposed to be blank.

Later gators!

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