Friday, July 10, 2020

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Pink puffballs

This is the mimosa tree in my front yard.
I look forward to its pink feathery blooms each summer.
We bought the lot we live on 7 years ago & built our home 5 years ago.
The Mimosa tree was a sign to me that this was our place
to call home.  I always wanted a Mimosa tree.
(which I just found out is also called a Pink Persian Silk tree)

Extra bonus... it smells great & attracts hummingbirds.
Can you see one making a surprise appearance in the photo?
I was overjoyed.  I'm more easily entertained now!

Monday, July 6, 2020

Abundance of blooms

I'm so happy it's summertime!
I love wandering around collecting blooms.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Happy place

It's Monday... again.
Hope you make some time for your "happy place"
this week.  Whatever that may be.?.
For me it's art.
I'm lucky it also pays the bills!

As I get older I'm learning to lean into what makes me
happy more & try to not dwell on the rest.
(I won't lie this is hard!)
I tend to be a perfectionist so, I want to get
everything right which is impossible not to
mention ridiculous.
(& squelches out joy)

Friday, June 26, 2020

Pinching myself!

                   I hit an exciting milestone with my Hello, World! early learning book series–
ONE MILLION books SOLD! I wanted to share a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has
enjoyed the books & sent me kind messages (featuring your cute, curious kiddos).

A special thanks goes to the team at Random House Kids / Double Day Books who has been a 
delight to work with. Espicially my editor, whose keen eye & generous spirit has helped make
this series even stronger! You never do this kind of things completely on your own. 
So... THANK YOU for making space on your shelves & in this busy world for my books!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Puzzled characters

To great adventures.... once the world is safer to navigate!
(Who knows when that will be?)

I've always liked making art for the baby/ toddler age range.
Lately, I've been thinking about that extra layer of stress Covid-19
has added for a pregnant or new mom. (or dad)

I don't have any big revelations about this thought but, I 
do think it lights a fire under that care and mindfulness
parenting requires. (with no training wheels)

Feels like we're all living in a bit of an unruly experiment now.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Set Sail

You can't change the wind,
but you can adjust your sails.
–Indian Proverb

I've been thinking about the importance of being resilient.
(especially now)