Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Spring Children's Books

I just had to get the PW spring announcement 
issue because Chicken Lily is in it:
Lori Mortensen has two more books coming out this spring, too!

There are a LOT of books that I am really looking forward to, including:


You can imagine my surprise when I found this on page 170... yay!

Thursday, January 7, 2016


Breathing a sigh of relief- it's a new year!

I'm excited for everyone to meet Chicken Lily
and looking forward to making loads of new art,
cheering on friends as their books are published,
submitting my new book dummy to publishers,
knitting some new scarves, reading lots of books,
and drinking cup after cup after cup of tea.

Wishing you every happiness in 2016!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Shop Talk

I recently opened a Redbubble shop and I am so glad that I did. 
The quality of the products is excellent and the merchandise arrives carefully packaged (and yet, not overly packaged) in a very timely fashion. 
Greeting cards, stickers, and a print from Joanna Hunt's shop 
arrived in perfect condition.
T-shirts and stickers from Andi Butler's Eleven Santas series. 
Aren't they funny!?!
This is the sweet tote bag I ordered from Gina Perry 
(adorable greeting cards not pictured).
My Mini White Stars mug pictured alongside 
Gina Perry's original Earth Fox painting 
(which is also available on products in her shop).

Be sure to check out these fantastic shops:

Friday, September 25, 2015

Squirrel Sketch

Working on something new for Halloween, this is a bit from the sketch I just started. I love the weirdness of how ideas happen and look forward to seeing how the final piece will turn out.
I also posted this sketch at The Sketchables today. Happy sketching!

Monday, September 14, 2015


Hello! My kids have officialy been in school for 5 days now. I miss having them at home during the day, but they are enjoying school so far so that is pretty great. Ticking things off my to-do list is a good feeling: our new storm door has been installed and new window boxes are up (the house colors turned out great, btw!), the dogs have been to the vet, and I even scheduled a furnace tune-up. I have some book dummies out on submission right now so that is exciting, working on a new picture book manuscript that will eventually turn into a dummy, and revisiting a painting I started a while ago. Getting all of my duck, duck, gray ducks in a row is a very nice feeling.
p.s. I made my first meme this summer. It barely makes sense. Christopher Walken played The Continental on SNL. Knitting with the yarn in your left hand is the continental style, knitting with the yarn in your right hand is the english style. ha

Monday, July 13, 2015


Hello! Haven't posted in a while, summer vacation is keeping us busy over here. We have picked out new colors to paint our house,
watched some monarch caterpillars turn into butterflies,
picked a lot of raspberries,
added a new pug to our fam (Gordy and Jilly),
drew on the driveway (thanks for the chalk, Shawn McCann!),
and have seen some pretty beautiful sunsets.
Hope that you are having a nice summer so far, too! xo

Sunday, May 31, 2015


I was thrilled to receive the proofs for Chicken Lily this week. It's going to be a real book! The official publication date is 29 March 2016. Absolutely thrilled with how it turned out, I can't wait for you to meet Lily and all of her pals! Here is the official cover: