Iron Man and Cindarella

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Inspired by Joni

School has been out for the last two weeks, but I wanted to share something that my son did with his second grade class the last week of school.  They learned all about people with disabilities and having care and compassion.  They even had each child go home and earn $3 by doing chores so they could purchase a wheelchair for a child in need as a class through the Joni and Friends ministry - just another reason I love my kid's school.

If you aren't familiar with Joni and Friends you need to visit this website.  Then watch that youtube video of Joni creating art.  I also love a song she sings which you can click on here (her prayer before the song is beautiful too).  My parents gave me a book by Joni and her husband Ken which I highly recommend.  You can order it over there.  I have been a true fan of Joni and Ken ever since I heard them speak at an event over a decade ago.  They are both a true inspiration.

Arrival

I decided to join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (scbwi) illustrator's drawing challenge called "Draw This!" which offers a new topic each month.  This month's prompt is "Arrival" so I had fun thinking and sketching and whipping up my own take on it.


Puppy Love

I am so excited to announce that I just sold these two dog pieces along with my two Paris works to a great company (Boston Warehouse) who will manufacture them for a store called Bealls.  Many thanks to my friend, artist, and creative director Hadden Spotts for encouraging me and ultimately getting me this "gig."  :)


Both portraits are my own personal dogs - the terrior is in doggie heaven and the hot dog is our current family dog.  Both were literally rescued from the street (one rescued by my dad and one rescued by my husband) and have held a special place in our hearts ever since.

DIY T-Shirt Capes


I had fun making these capes for my kids.  I bought two inexpensive solid t-shirts from Michaels, used this tutorial for the cape, and used this tutorial for the "S" logo.  I highly recommend the project - it's easy and fun.



One day I want to make a bunch of capes for kids - the no-sew pattern looks like a fun birthday party project.

Happy 2016

Happy 2016!  I hope your new year is going great so far!  After a busy travel season over the holidays, I have been busy with some resolutions like house cleaning and exercising (yuck ;) ).  My plan is to start working more on my children's book ideas too.  I'll keep you posted.

Skirting the Issue

So last week my husband and I had a lunch date at the mall because we needed to stop by Nordstrom for him to get some new work socks.  After we were done browsing the store, we took the escalator down to the first floor.  Without my realizing it until it was too late, my long black maxi skirt got caught in the last stair of the escalator.

All I could think of was that at least my husband was with me because surely he would give me the shirt off his back as a cover up in case the moving stairs took my entire skirt with it.  I was clutching the waistband of my skirt for dear life and could feel it ripping at the bottom.  This went on for what seemed like an hour but surely it was only a few minutes at the most.  They were able to stop the escalator and my husband yanked my skirt out (leaving a huge tear) and within minutes a customer service representative for Nordstrom was sincerely apologizing for what had happened (even though it was clearly my fault!) and insisted on buying me a new replacement skirt on the spot.

Just another reason to love Nordstrom.  If you ever find yourself in the same situation, surely they will be as kind and generous to you as they were to me.  Although I highly doubt that it will happen to you as these sort of things seem to only happen to me. ;)

Tutu's Fabric

I had fun creating these two little mixed media canvases the other week.  I love using vintage fabric in my work because I love using something old and discarded and giving it a new life and purpose.  Both of these pieces have vintage fabric from my late Grandmother-in-law, Tutu.  She was a special lady....always making things for others.  She  learned how to quilt later in life and then made about 400 quilts for relatives, friends, and the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.  At the end of her life, she even made several quilt tops for future great grand children she would never meet.


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