Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Spring

It sure is nice to see the snow trade places with fresh green blades of grass. It's backyard bunny season. Turtles are back in their ponds. Springtime is here.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Hoppy New Year

Happy 2019! I'm holding my daughter's bunny in this photo (Pickles is the world's cutest 2 year-old Netherland Dwarf bunny). Little did we know that another bunny would soon be joining our family...
Joey Snowball Sprinkles is a 1.5 year-old Californian rabbit. He is such a sweet boy and we are all quite taken with him. He got neutered on Friday and is recovering nicely. He's very good at eating, loves getting his face rubbed, and is a wonderful addition to our family. We need to wait about a month for Joey's boy bunny hormones to settle down and then we hope to gradually introduce the bunnies to each other. Hope that your new year is full of sweet surprises, too! xoxo

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Inktober 2018

These were the prompts for inktober this year. I looked them over and had a rough idea that revolved around a pirate, his parrot, and a whale.
Other than that, I had no idea what I was going to draw and took it day by day. This is how it unfolded...

1. Poisonous
2. Tranquil
3. Roasted
4. Spell
5. Chicken
6. Drooling
7. Exhausted
8. Star
9. Precious
10. Flowing
11. Cruel
12. Whale
13. Guarded
14. Clock
15. Weak
16. Angular
17. Swollen
18. Bottle
19. Scorched
20. Breakable
21. Drain
22. Expensive
23. Muddy
24. Chop
25. Prickly
26. Stretch
27. Thunder
28. Gift
29. Double
30. Jolt
31. Slice
Here is the entire illustration. Looking forward to next year! xo

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Three Little Pugs Giveaway

Here I am with three little pugs and The Three Little Pugs back in March at The Red Balloon Bookshop. Gordy is wearing the blue ribbon, Jilly is in the green, and their real-life sister, Zoie, is in pink (I'm the one in the pug skirt). I still can't believe that The Three Little Pugs is a real book! Since March I have been brave and have done a handful of storytimes and met a ton of adorable kids, wonderful parents, and even a few local celebrities.
It's Sting, the world-famous therapy dog! It turns out that greyhounds are fast runners and even faster readers! He is a very good boy and it was a treat to get to meet him.
Gordy, Jilly, and I also got to meet Saint Paul Saints pitcher, Trevor Foss, and the one-and-only Mudonna! Trevor told everyone at storytime that he likes to read biographies of his favorite musicians. The Saint Paul Saints are my favorite sports team so this was the tops!
(Gordy and Jilly not included)
If you would like a chance to win a signed copy of The Three Little Pugs, leave a comment on this post by midnight on Thursday (9/13) and a winner will be randomly chosen Friday (9/14) morning.



Many thanks to all of you for all of the love and support! xoxo 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

My Motto for 2018

I woke up one morning in this new year with a very concrete thought in my mind:

Respect Your Creativity. Give it the Time it Deserves.

Isn’t that nice? 

This year I am making more time for myself to do the things that fill me up: sketching, knitting, walking, inking, reading, painting, baking, writing, gardening, thinking…

My hope is that giving myself more time to be creative will result in many good things including, but not limited to, brand-new ideas and new ways of looking at old ideas.

2018 is the year I debut as author and illustrator, the year I am going to finish the scarf I started knitting last July, and the year I am going to truly give my creativity the time it deserves.

p.s. This post was also shared over at the Epic18 blog. I am honored to be sharing this publication year with such an amazing group of authors and illustrators! Be sure to check their books out! 

p.p.s. I finished the scarf I was working on and started a new one! yay!

Friday, December 1, 2017


I wonder if my husband would notice if there were a few more pugs around here???

Happy December! Just finished up another music book yesterday so I'm loving that sweet feeling of wrapping up a project. I have a few other things that I'm going to get back to now, so that is pretty fun. My art group got together this week and one of the gals was talking about making a list of the things you've accomplished this year and goals for the next. I hadn't ever thought about looking back on what I'd done, I'm usually too busy trudging forward. Here goes:

Posted every other Friday for The Sketchables
Volunteered as a field trip illustrator with the Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute
Turned in the final artwork for The Three Little Pugs
Illustrated 3 piano music books for The FJH Music Company 
Created a piece of art for the 2018 Bookmark Literary Calendar
Updated my website and portfolio with some new art
Donated a piece of art to The Plum Creek Online Auction
Volunteered for and attended the MNSCBWI Annual Conference
Sent out a new postcard (it had been a while!)
Participated in Inktober 2017
Revised a dummy and sent it to my agent
Went to a local writing retreat in August and one in PA in November
Working on writing and sketching new ideas 
PLUS keeping up with my teenagers, pets, husband, family, friends :)

That is a nice list! I feel kind of proud of myself now. Now I need to make a few goals for myself for the New Year (need to let that percolate for a bit).  I hope that you feel proud of yourself when you reflect on the past year, it isn't always easy being a human and things get away from us sometimes... Best wishes to you as we roll into the New Year! xoxo
Gordy and Jilly on the lake this summer

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Back To School

The kids went back to school yesterday. Our summer was a good one. We went on a fun family road trip and got some stuff done around the house that we have been meaning to do for ages.

The list of things I'd like to accomplish now that school has started is long and I am eager to tackle it! I have a little piece of art to make for the Bookmark Literary 2018 calendar, an illustration to finish for an intensive at the MNSCBWI Annual Conference, a handful of commissions to work on, and am working on sketches for a board book dummy that I am expanding into a picture book dummy.

If you are looking for a fun family event, hope to see you at the Minnesota Children's Book Festival. I'll have a shift in the "So, You Want To Be An Illustrator" tent drawing with the kiddies (my friend, Stephen Shaskan, will be there, too). It is a really great festival with non-book things, too, like raptors, Bug Guys, and marble games. Check out the author/illustrator lineup, it's top notch!

Oh, and be sure to visit the Plum Creek Online Auction to bid on artwork by children's book illustrators (including three little pugs). The auction opens on September 17th.

Looking forward to the Q & Ray launch party this Saturday at the Red Balloon! Hope that all is well with you, thanks for stopping by!

Happy reading, writing, drawing, and back-to-schooling!