Saturday, May 30, 2020

Enough!


Seems cliche to post this without saying more.
Isn't it time that we want more for our future than this continued
injustice?

If you're caucasian (like me) here's some things we can do:

  1. Learn about other people and their culture but go beyond foods and festivals.
  2. Explore the unfamiliar. Put yourself in situations where you are in the visible minority.
  3. Be a proactive parent. Talk to your children candidly about race.
  4. Don't tell or laugh at stereotypical jokes.
  5. Think before you speak. Words can hurt whether you mean them to or not.
  6. Be a role model and help educate others regarding your own experiences.
  7. Don't make assumptions because they are usually wrong and stereotypes are destructive.
  8. Consider how race and racism impact your life and those around you.
  9. Don't let others get away with biased language or behavior- speak up and out.
  10. Take a position against hate and take a Stand Against Racism.

    This list was written by Margaret Mitchell, President and CEO of 
    YWCA eliminating racism empowering women in Cleveland, Ohio.




Friday, May 29, 2020

Something a little lighter...


Summer  B I K E S !

My 12 year old has never expressed interest in learning how to ride a bike.
His grandpa has fond memories of bike riding as a child so he bought
him one that just sat unused in the garage. (for years)

Last fall his school had a program to teach kids how to ride a bike 
& he enjoyed it.  His dad loves ride & I just like the feeling of
the wind in my hair! 

We live in downtown Kansas City & although it's not bustling with constant activity
it's still not an ideal location for a novice rider.
There's a private airport for small planes nearby that has
a flat circular drive that I'm thinking will be perfect
for us.

I'm looking for things we can do this summer to make it 
feel a little more normal & maybe even like summer.
So far my plan was just a lot of popsicles so the list is slowly
growing!

*I think I should of added band-aids to the above art.
My son is really clumsy so, I know that will part of the bike rides.
I'm happy he doesn't let that stop him!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Fiesta Fabric Collection


I have a new fabric collection with Windham Fabrics called FIESTA.


When they selected this theme over a year ago no one knew how ominous it might feel today.
Seems like death has been brought front & center lately.
I've felt an ongoing sense of mourning and an awakened sense that this one life
we get is precious.
None of this is what the collection is about.  It is designed to be fun, vibrant  & playful
 with a nod to Day of the Dead.
(but, when you make something it's hard not to reflect on the space you're in today)


I hope this collection inspires you to make something that stirs your spirit
& lifts you up.  *Happy sewing & please consider making a mask for you & your loved ones.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

We remember



Painted with gouache in my sketchbook.  Between Memorial Day & the rising death toll due to Covid -19 my heart is feeling heavy.  It seems easier to look away but, memories hold on tight & root deep in the heart. (and maybe that's what it means to be alive?)

Friday, May 22, 2020

WEATHER

Every Friday for the past 4 weeks I've been on the Chick-fil-A Facebook
page for story time.  Each week I've read one of my Hello, World!
books. I've paired each week's reading with a coloring page that corresponds with the book.
This week was WEATHER.
(Incase you were wondering my favorite weather is sunny & warm!)

Chick-fil-A has been offering scaled down versions of some of my
books as part of their kids meal.  It's been a great way to get my books
into even more little hands.

Here's all the coloring pages we've made so far.
(I say we because my husband Antonio spend a good chunk of time 
tracing my art in Photoshop to lovingly make each page.)


You can download these pages by following the link in my
Instagram header. Each page is 8 x 10" so a standard printer does the trick.


Add a little color & voila!
Coloring is a great indoor activity & I hope you ENJOY.
*Remember coloring outside the lines is just fine! 
Sometimes even better  :)






Monday, May 18, 2020

ONLINE BLUEPRINT Show


I designed the poster for the ONLINE BLUEPRINT show that starts tomorrow.
It was originally scheduled to be in NYC but, due to the circumstances it will
be online. (which is a smart solution)

If you're an art director or a buyer you can sign up to see my collection by 
clicking here  to set up a time for a virtual viewing.
(with simple directions online for scheduling)


There's lots of great artists & studios participating so, 
if you're looking for art please take a look.

THANKS!


Sunday, May 17, 2020

Floral Frolic


Painted with watercolor in my mini- sketchbook.
Adorned with a few flowers gathered on my morning walk.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Solar System coloring page


I've been on the Chick-fil-A Facebook page for their story time feature.
Each Friday I read one of my Hello, World! books.  Today, I'm reading Solar System, which I've paired with the above coloring page.
To download visit my Instagram page & hit the link in my header.


 I've added a new coloring page based off what I read 
during each story time.


Get your crayons ready...these are the pages that are available so far.
ENJOY & happy coloring!



Thursday, May 14, 2020

Keep Going


I love the feeling of the wind in my hair!
Summer is around the corner.  (Which makes me happy!)

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Leave Room for DREAMS


Are you feeling worn down by the relentless Covid-19 situation?
Me too!  Here's a gentle reminder to leave room for dreams,


as beautiful & bright as you can imagine!
(and then some...)


Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day


Amen!  Well at least most of the time–
we're human after all!

*Wishing all the MOM's a moment of peace & thanks for all you do.
(we're growing the future & that's no small task)

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Teatime


Hot tea & a sprinkling of flowers, now that's a calming combo!

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Weekend Doodle


What are you up to day?
Just a reminder–it's SATURDAY and
it's a good day for a GOOD DAY!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ e  n  j  o  y ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Friday, May 1, 2020

Hello, World! coloring page



I made some Hello, World! coloring pages to correspond with some story time readings I'm doing for Chick-fil-A story time.  Each Friday from now until May 22nd I'll be reading a new
Hello, World! book starting with Backyard Bugs.
To hear me read visit the Chick-fil-A Facebook page.
To download a coloring page visit my Instagram page & hit the Dropbox like in my header.

Hope you're hanging in there & that you enjoy a little story time some coloring fun!


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Showers to Flowers


Swirling winds & showers– there's only a few day of April left.
Somehow this month has gone fast & slow all at the same time.
It feels a little like being stuck in a dark cloud while we all wait 
for a  r a i n b o w.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Fun anyone?


Have you done anything fun lately?
Despite the challenging times I'm trying to find
ways to have a little fun.
+ + + + + + + + (especially when I don't know what day it is anymore) + + + + + + + +  




Thursday, April 23, 2020

Earth Day


How did you celebrate Earth day?  Yesterday I posted a cover reveal of my next Hello, World!
book Planet Earth on Instagram but,  I forgot to do it here too!  Yikes, I don't want to neglect mother Earth so here I go.... I was excited to write & illustrate this book & share some of what makes the world wonderful to me (and I'm sure many others)  Special places like oceans, savannas, mountains, deserts and forests waiting for us to discover & enjoy!  Also included a few kid friendly maps & and a discussion point for kiddos about how their family helps keep Earth clean.
It's a pretty amazing planet we get to call home.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Spring Bug Scene


Although life is definitely feeling different I'm finding some solace in 
noticing things that are still the same this time of year like...
bugs & blooms.
Keep your eyes open– there's still comfort to be discovered.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Friday Getaway!



We recently discovered a show called Travel Man on Hulu.
It's quickly become a family favorite.
We've enjoyed jet setting around the globe from the safety of our couch.
Soaking up all the different locations & cuisine– in return feeling a little less cooped up.

Tonight we're off to Lisbon, Portugal!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Wishing you a ....


Hope your weekend is filled with painting eggs, green grass, a family meal & hopefully some chocolate!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Yessss!



This week I'm looking forward to some consistently warmer weather.
Spring is in the air & while I can't go out I CAN sit on the deck, soak up 
the sun, breathe in the fresh air & watch the birds.
I'm seeing robins everywhere!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Now more than ever....

It's still safe to dig in the dirt.
(Thank goodness!)

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Happy Hour

I take a walk everyday for about an hour.
I gather bits of nature, check out the sky, greet birds & squirrels
& come home a little happier with treasures in hand.

These are called muscari & they're one of my early spring favorites.
The remind me of a tiny bunch of grapes.
I particularly enjoy their petite scale!



Wednesday, April 1, 2020

In it together...


 –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  deep breath!  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Filled to the brim...


with blooms!
I'm working on being a glass 1/2 full kind of girl.
Or in this case teacup bursting with blooms.
(Which maybe pushing it?.?)
It's hard to stay positive but, being pessimistic doesn't fix anything.

*Thank goodness for art- which has always been my happy place!
Hope you're leaning into what brings you some joy.

Monday, March 30, 2020

A- Z


Something a little lighter today...
my A through Z flowers & foliage chart.
What's blooming in your neighborhood?


Thursday, March 26, 2020

A drift....


in bottles– sending messages.
What a strange time for all of us!
*Hope you're holding up okay.



Sunday, March 22, 2020

Gathering beauty


Inspired by some flowers I gathered on a walk.
I'm getting over a sinus infection. (not a good time to get sick for an over thinker-3 more days of antibiotics & hopefully it has done the trick)
I needed a little lift yesterday so, I went on a walk & it didn't disappoint.
Things are really beginning to green & pops of color
stick out like little jewels for the eye & spirit.

I'm leaning into ways I can be gently with myself as we all navigate the unknown.
This is something I needed to prioritize anyhow but, times like these 
brings it to the immediate forefront.

Hope you're finding ways to manage stress, uncertainty, new routines & still finding ways to laugh, connect & notice beauty that I promise hasn't left us!

< < < < Hang in there. > > > >

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Just for you


Sending good vibes!
* * * * * * * * Happy St. Patrick's Day, BTW. * * * * * * * *


Monday, March 16, 2020

Weathering the storm

I hope you're doing well, washing your hands, practicing social distancing & folding in a couple acts of simple (at home) comforts each day.  This is going to be hard but we are all weathering this storm.

Take care!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

For All Woman-kind.


Courageous, kind, determined, strong & resourceful...
that's just a few of our superpowers.
Happy International Women's Day!


Monday, March 2, 2020

Onward


Headed towards spring & I couldn't be any happier about that!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Chugging Along...


A variety of ways to get there- drawn with watercolor pencils in my sketchbook.
Just like these forms of transportation my mind travels in lots of different directions.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Frolicking in tall grass!


Painted playful kitties- I think this would make fun fabric.
It's also a nice way to start off the week!


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Pastels


 A painted & collage patchwork I'm call The Promise of Spring.
(Can you tell where my minds at?)

Monday, February 17, 2020

Current mood:


Ready for spring!
Telling myself every new week is one step closer.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day


lovey-dovey polka dots... It doesn't get much happier than that!
Hope you do something nice for yourself.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Kaleidoscope of color!


An experiment using watercolor pencils & regular colored pencils.
It reminds me of a carnival.