Friday, December 23, 2011


Wishing you & your family a Christmas full of JOY
& a New Year full of possibilities!
See you in 2012!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winter Solstice

Did you know today is the winter solstice? The shortest day of the year. The word "solstice" is Latin for "sun stand still" The bright side? From this point on (until June) the days will progressively grow longer. Whoa, what a relief to anyone feeling a little light deprived this time of year!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Time to...

wrap it up! With Christmas around the corner I thought it would be fun to offer these downloadable to: from: tags. Use them on presents for your little ones. Naughty or nice.
Ours may be on the naughty list. I think he's just out of his mind excited for Christmas
morning. Happy Wrapping!

Friday, December 16, 2011

What more exciting...

than Friday? You guessed it Christmas. Just 9 days away!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

2011 Holiday Card

Going out today & WOW- later than ever our Holiday card. (yikes is anybody else behind on this?) I painted these mittens in my sketch book & like how simple they were. I added a little text & done. (late but done) Next it's on to Christmas shopping which I haven't started yet. I need a quick Holiday infusion to get me in high gear! Maybe a peppermint latte some fruitcake & caroling?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Frosty Friends

Brrrr... it's cold outside. It took a while this year so I'm trying to remember that. If I had wings I would definitely join the birds & fly south for a while. Happy Friday! (and stay warm*) Art is cut paper collage with some paint & stamps.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Be Merry...

Be Jolly & check out my gift bag at Papyrus stores. (sold in JUMBO, large & medium) I worked on this last year & it's fun to see it out in the market. The red background is completely flocked giving the bag a great cozy feel. If you're not familiar with Papyrus take a look at their site. They have lots of fun art on their products- ENJOY!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Sweet Tooth

My little Luca has a real sweet tooth. (the look in his eyes gives it away)
We put together this gingerbread house a few nights ago. I LOVE his age right now (4)
We can enjoy all sorts of activities together. He's got lots of ideas, is a complete
chatterbox & constantly busy. His daddy & I can't get enough of him!
(guess this was my proud parent post for the month)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Birds on Grey

A newly finished print made by Liz - Birds on grey. Makes me think of the brightly colored birds we see outdoors on cold, dark, late fall days. (OK, maybe not the butterfly but the rest works :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wishing You...

Your family & friends a beautiful Thanksgiving!
(harvest scene I painted a few years ago)

Monday, November 21, 2011

20% discount coupon!

Holiday season is upon us!

We have a lot to be thankful this year. And in the spirit of sharing we would like to offer to all our friends a 20% off discount coupon at our Etsy store. The coupon will be valid through December 31st.
This is so exciting, I Love coupons!

Feel free to pass it on!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


We've enjoyed a warmer than usual November. I love this delay of the winters cold air! Last Saturday I even saw a ladybug while raking leaves. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a warm Thanksgiving day. Nothing better than a big walk after I eat too much!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving Invite

Last night I painted our Thanksgiving invitation. We've hosted the big meal at our house the past 5 years. Antonio LOVES to cook (& I love that he does:) I'm really looking forward to the event this year. I've been gathering place setting ideas, planing the menu & can't want to spend the day with all the people I'm so GRATEFUL for! Hope you're looking forward to the holiday too!

Monday, November 14, 2011

The best kind of news...

Just found out that someone near & dear is pregnant. Love finding out such good news!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Holiday Magic

Today I received this enticing holiday ad for Anthropologie. I have always loved their aesthetic & celebration of the uncommon. Once you're in their site if you scroll over each image a simple & charming illustration begins. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did. *Just to throw this out into the universe I would LOVE to have some of my art in their store- someday :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Jill McDonald in the news

We had a two great features on some very nice blogs yesterday.

The first one was on They did a feature on "What a world" my first fabric collection with P & B Textiles. The article shows a lot of pictures of the booth where the fabric collection was introduced at the Fall Quilt Market 2011.

The second was on child MODE. They did a very comprehensive review of the new Tada by Jill Mcdonald Etsy shop.

Thank you for featuring us!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tada by: Jill McDonald

As you might noticed looking at the new blog layout. I'm the proud new owner of an Etsy store.
I came up with “Tada by Jill McDonald”

I’m very excited to present a collection of Canvas Growth charts, Wall cards and Posters. This line is drenched in color, has fun themes, a sense of humor & a touch of education.
This new step in my journey is a labor of love and represents 2 years of work to bring this products to the market. My goal with the Etsy store is to make art that kids & their parents will remember & love!

I hope you enjoy browsing through my Etsy store. And if you like, please tell your friends!

Also, as an introduction to my shop I'm offering your a 10% discount if they join our mailing list.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Welcome November

Golden treetops, acorn paths & early sunsets. That's what November is all about!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween 2011

What did the ghost say to the cat?
Halloween is such a BOO-tiful night!

*Wishing you a fun, safe Halloween filled with a few tricks & even more treats!

Friday, October 28, 2011


Did I scare you???
I can't believe Halloween is just a few days away. Like bats... time flies! I found this piece I made in 2009. It was a sketch for Halloween felt finger puppets. Perfect fun for little fingers this time of the year. Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chalkboard Paint

We painted one wall in our kitchen with chalkboard paint. I think we are all enjoying it. We post or grocery list (no more loosing it). Luca loves to draw on it. His shapes are getting more complex & I like seeing what he's interested in drawing. (all those things in his little head) He never ceases to amaze me!

Friday, October 21, 2011

What A World Fabric

Hooray it's FRIDAY! Things have been moving fast around the studio. I'm hard at work with New JM crib bedding updates. My Jill McDonald Baby & Kids (stationary, albums, puzzles & more) will hit the market this January & I'm starting to work on new products for the summer launch. And on my free time I'm hard at work starting an Etsy shop.

Next week my first line of fabric What -a- World with P & B Textiles will debut at the International Quilt Market. Makes me a little tired & happy just thinking about it all. I don't want to portray the idea that all this stuff is easy. I've been hard at work for well... years now slowly making things happen. I often think that's the problem with blogs- it seems like *poof magically a designer or artist has conquered a market. But like all good things it takes hard work, putting yourself out there & specially perseverance. OK- now that that's over on to the fun stuff!

I've dreamed of having a fabric line for 5 years now. P & B textiles contacted me about a year ago & I was thrilled! My collection What -a- World keeps with my love of mixing art & touches of education. One of my fabrics is a giant world map packed full of fun facts & cultural icons, another is how to say "Hello" in over 15 languages. For another I illustrated a group of international kids. Each world kid can be cut out individually backed with another fabric & sewn together to make a doll. (This idea still makes me SO happy!-and they turned out really nicely) There is also a large panel print called "City Blocks" were in each square I explored a different city.

I hope to show more of this collection soon. For now here's a sneak peek.
I think this will be fun fabric for both parents & kids- Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Things have been busy lately. Here's some of the FUN things I've been up to.
1. A annual family weekend outing to Weston Missouri
2. Picking out the perfect pumpkins
3. Planning the spooky vampire costume for Luca
4. Cutting out Halloween shapes out of black craft paper
& decorating them.
5. Making soup on cold days
6. Finding an amazing old weathervane for the car port
7. Like a squirrel collecting nuts. I'm busy gathering warm cozy items.
8. Soaking up any outdoor time I can get. It'll be cold soon!

Hope you're enjoying the fall season too.

Monday, October 10, 2011

What to Be?

It's the big question this time of year. When they're babies it's easy- you decide. When they get a little older they decide & then change their mind about 5 times. Either way it's fun! Have you started thinking about a fun or fancy Halloween costume? Do share...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Floral

Liz made this pretty fall floral today. Ewww, Pretty! Would make the best wall paper.

Monday, October 3, 2011

P is for Park

We've been enjoying some beautiful fall weather. I keep reminding myself to take advantage of it.
Like all good things it will come to an end. So after work we're headed to the park. *I still love to swing. Now with my little one in my lap :) Life is good!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Cuckoo For Friday

Well it's here... my favorite day of the week. I am officially cuckoo for FRIDAY!
Hope you have a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Moving Day!

I've never been particularly close to too many people. I'm shy, maybe too focused on work & have never really been that social (it can be painful for me) My best friend Gigi who has lived a little bit of everywhere the last 7 years is moving 3 blocks away. This is a strange universe moment for me, but I couldn't be happier about it. She made this beautiful little box for me a couple years ago. Now that she'll be close by we are planning on a Monday craft night, Thursday evenings we'll watch our favorite shows. Sundays Antonio (who loves to cook) is planning on preparing big family style dinners. I think we're all excited. She's is the sister I never had, Antonio's chicken wing partner & Luca's Aunt Gigi. She helps me remember I am not an island. You really do need people in your life. (especially crazy, fun ones like her!)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ready, Set....

Go! Jumping head first into Tuesday! Lots to do. Thought I would start the day off with some fun art. I've been grouchy lately but woke up feeling excited & ready to go. Hooray for that! Here's to a great Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Over in the Meadow

I received some exciting news this morning. "Over in the Meadow" won the National Parenting Publications Honor Award in the Children's media/ music category. Hooray for good news! If you haven't seen the book you can check it out HERE

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall into Autumn

I painted this fall piece while I watched the Emmys last night. I've noticed that lately I'm starting to get ready for the colder weather. Flannel sheets on the beds, just bought our first gallon of apple cider, taking the winter clothes out of the spare closet & picking the last zinnias in the garden. (I know it won't be long..) Cold weather is not my favorite but I decided this year I'll make an effort to prepare. What do you do to fall into autumn?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Picture Day

About a month ago Luca went back to school. Today was picture day! I love seeing all the kids spiffed up for their individual photo. Getting him ready this morning was a challenge. (he wanted to know why he needed so many layers, why don't I like wrinkles, why he had to slick his hair back, why we needed to spend so much time brushing his teeth, why we use chapstick- so many whys?!) Capturing how cute & innocent he is now is well worth the effort. Hooray for picture day! (until junior high & high school, then Picture Day becomes something embarassing)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Almighty Paintchip

I really like paint chips. I have several large zip lock bags full of them. I use them to get a quick visual grouping of a color palette. Each trip to the hardware store I grab a handfull. Sometimes I pick colors that I'm feeling that day, other times I base my selection of the names that amuse me or seem poetic. Either way it's fun (and free) Although my son will ask "mommy are you suppose to take all those?" So what to do with all these paint chips??? I did a bit of research & came up with some surprising results. Who new you could do so much with the almighty paint chip!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Little Things

I've been tired lately. We all get pulled in so many different directions. Some days I wonder what do I like... What makes me happy? Of coarse making art does & I'm lucky I get to do that. Other little things also make me tick. I love chubby little baby arms/ hands in bracelets, the smell of lilies, watching the sky turn all grey & then hearing the first few giant drops of rain. This list goes on & on. Each year that goes by I realize more & more that it's all about the little things.

Friday, September 9, 2011

desk treasures

I was excited when I received this month Mini Boden catalog. The cover is an assortment of all sorts of little treasures. My desks has tins & baskets full of buttons, trinkets & other odds & ends that make me happy. Before a stressful phone call, in a moment that I need a little pick me up. I'll put on a spritz of my favorite lilac perfume, I'll apply a bit of my favorite lipstick, or put a pretty button in my hand & feel it get warm. I have match books, wrappers, photos of the people I love. Little moments that brought something to me. I keep them close by- it helps. My desk is full of treasures.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Man of Mystery

Or in my case woman of mystery. I recently got glasses & keep catching glimpses of my reflection in the glass wondering who is that? I'm not use to them yet. My eyes however are much happier!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Oh My...

I'm noticing the beginning of subtle color changes in trees, crisp morning & an overwhelming urge to head the orchard for some apple picking. This can mean only one thing. Fall is around the corner!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ready, Set, ENJOY!

I'm ready to enjoy a weekend of fun & family. After a busy summer & not much free time I'm ready to run barefoot through the grass, fire up the grill, & take one last dip in the pool. Must hurry before it's too late! Hope you & yours have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Early Fall Border Floral

I look forward to each change of season. It helps rev up my creativity. So as the shadows grow bigger & the day light gets a little shorter I'm planning what will keep me busy this winter. We have several projects I'm really looking forward too. Each of which takes lots of thought & careful planning. Learning Illustrator is still at the top of my list. I'm getting better & have set aside a couple weeks to Just do it (thank you nike) I found this floral in my print achieve & quickly adjusted the color to feel early fall. Sometimes a simple exercise like this makes me happy! (hmmm- maybe I'm procrastinating)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Tiny Sheriff

This saying has always made me smile. Luca has started saying it. He just turned four & really has no idea what it means. He has caught on that this is a phrase you say with some authority. I have plans to post this sign on the outside of his door. Somedays, this is unfortunately fairly appropriate. He does have a way of running our life. (think this may apply to kids in general:)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I can feel it around the corner. I've started pulling out my sweaters & quilts. Have you noticed the changing light & the long 4pm shadows?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Big Brother / Big Sister Books Discount Coupon and Giveaway

A few month ago I had the pleasure of doing a couple of beautiful books called "The Super, Incredible Big Brother" and "The Super, Incredible Big Sister". The books help the older children with the change that it is introducing a new, younger sibling to the family. Just click the links to see a virtual tour of the whole book and how the personalization for each book works.

The good news for you is that from today to the end of August "I See Me!" is having a special 20% discount on both books. Just Enter coupon code INCREDIBLE at check out at

Also, we will have a giveaway of one personalized Big Sister or Big Brother Book. All you have to do is Like us in our Facebook page or if you already do just enter your name on the "comments" section of this post in Facebook

Friday, August 12, 2011


Just the sound of the word makes me happy!
Wishing you a Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Things I WISH as an adult.

I would have continued those piano lessons. Guess it's never too late?