Friday, December 9, 2016

Blobby Holidays

My friend, Jean, loves bats. We have been calling each other BLOB since high school. Hopefully this all makes sense now... ;)
Best wishes to you for a happy holiday season and a most excellent new year xoxo

Friday, November 4, 2016


(early Nina art)
Ten years ago I attended my first kid book conference. Today I am revising my own picture book that will be published in 2018. A lot can happen in ten years. Keep drawing, keep writing, never give up. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Good News

Monday, August 8, 2016

Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival

This little painting of Chicken Lily is going to be a part of the silent auction to raise funds for the Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival so that more than 13,000+ students can attend the festival free-of-charge. The auction opens on September 1st. Many thanks to Dylan Teut for all that he does to connect kids with books!

Friday, May 20, 2016


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Chicken Lily Giveaway

"Mashed potatoes and gravy, Marie!"

To celebrate Chicken Lily's book birthday, I am going to give away a signed copy! Leave a comment on this post by midnight on Thursday (3/31) and a winner will be randomly chosen Friday (4/1) morning.

Many thanks to Lori Mortensen, the fabulous folks at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, the amazing Teresa Kietlinski, and to all my family and friends for all of their kindness and support.

Oh, and there will be an event at the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, MN on Saturday 2 April 2016 at 2pm: David Huyck and I will be there to celebrate Chicken Lily and David's awesome new book, Manners Are Not For Monkeys. Hooray for books!

Andi Butler is the WINNER! Yay!
Thank you all for playing! I will give away
another book if I get to make another one! ha

Friday, March 18, 2016

Chicken Lily Coloring Page

Happy Coloring!

Saturday, March 5, 2016


Look at this adorable magnet! I ordered it from PureButtons and am thrilled with how it turned out. I also placed an order with StandOut Stickers and am working on a bookmark and probably a postcard, too, that I will order from GotPrint. I have ordered from GotPrint for ages, their prices are great as is the quality and customer service. StandOut Stickers is a terrific company, I have ordered from them before, too. There will for sure be a giveaway here when CL makes her debut, so stay tuned (and I will get all of my ducks, er, chickens... in a row)! xo

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!