a girl who creates
Songs
February 26th, 2013

Ocee was singing this morning and it made me think of all the songs our parents and grandparents sang to us as children and now I’m singing them to my kids. This is a regular one we sing. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s from Guys & Dolls. Her’s Doris Day’s version:

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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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I Believe
January 17th, 2013

Early this week a very close friend of my cousin was in a skiing accident and has severe spinal cord injures. Her name is Lindy and although I’ve never met her, she has been in my prayers and on my heart all week. Instead of checking facebook for my daily dose of what people are eating for lunch or what plans they have for the weekend, I check to find an update on Lindy and my newsfeed is full of people talking about her, several like me that don’t know her personally but are amazed by her story and are rooting her on. I think what hits me most is that she has a 6 month old son and the simple pleasure of holding him again is going to be an uphill battle. She has an incredible support system and her given motra has become “Believe in Lindy.” Please check out this blog post to learn more about her and her spirit. I #BelieveInLindy and after reading it I know you will too!

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2012 Ornament Exchange
December 14th, 2012

I participated in Cindy Ann Ganaden’s annual ornament exchange this year and to go along with my Santa theme I made these for my group. You can check out more of the ornaments here.

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A Santa A Day
December 8th, 2012

I’m posting a Santa a day until Christmas over on my facebook page, so be sure and like my page to see them all:

I’m also booking consulting for next year now, so let me know if you’re interested by emailing me.

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Consulting
August 30th, 2012

Wanted to post this since I get so many emails asking about my consulting, but my last 2 month consulting “sessions” for the year will be September-October. If you’re interested and ready to start before the year is out, let me know by this Friday.

You can find out more info here.

Each session is personalized to you and where you are in your career. You can be relatively new to the industry or a pro who just needs to refocus on marketing and get more work coming in. The focus for consulting is children’s illustration but I tailor it some towards licensing if that’s of interest. We go over portfolios, finding clients, promoting & more. There is a lot of work on your end with assignments given weekly but at the end of the 2 months, the goal is to have a flushed out portfolio/website, a postcard mailer complete and a strong mailing list to send them to, and a consistent plan to keep you moving forward with your career.

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New Books
July 18th, 2012

I have two books coming out August 1st written by Lisa Bullard and illustrated by me. Daniela’s Day of the Dead and Hailey’s Halloween. I love how the final printed books look and how the color pops off the pages.

Spread from Daniela’s Day of the Dead:

Spread from Hailey’s Halloween:

*links above are affiliate links via Amazon.com

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Freebie Facebook Cover Image
July 5th, 2012

I’ve kind of taken a blogging break and have opted for mini blogging over on my facebook page. Seems easier and a better way to converse with others. I’ve been trying to stick to some daily warm-ups when time allows so this morning I came up with a warm-up that’s also a freebie for all you creatives out there. A cover image for your facebook page. It’s taken from a Matisse quote and then I added to it because that’s just what I do.

So click on the image below for the full size image, download it and add to your FB page.

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creative victory
May 15th, 2012

I love coming up with new sayings for these and I really love this one. Oh, and I got my 1,000th “like” on FB today. Thanks to everyone for keeping my creative spirits up!

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Teacher Gifts
May 7th, 2012

Just in time for teacher gift season I have some products available in Dollar Stores around the country and each one is just a $1!!

Note pad, notepaper booklets & note cards. Each sold separately.

Note pad, notepaper booklets, note cards & gift bag. Each sold separately.

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