I am excited! I may be able to squeeze a little family vacation into my schedule in the near future. Nothing too long just a few days.
We are discussing possible locations. So MANY options! Have you been somewhere exciting, exotic, amazing, relaxing? Let me know... we are open to suggestions. I would love to hear where you get a little R & R. The art I'm featuring today is an older piece that I've always liked & fitting for this post.
Last week I attended the Atlanta Gift Show to debut my new products & partnership with C.R. Gibson. Building the Jill McDonald baby & kids brand is my passion. As an artist & a mom I believe in making fun art with a touch of education that parents & kids will remember.
I am happy to announce my two new baby collections with them- "Enchanted" for girls & "A- Z Animals" a gender neutral option. Each collection includes a memory book, a photo album, grandma's brag book, a melamine set, a first year calendar, gift bag & photo frame.
In addition to the baby items I've also introduced some toddler friendly products. Chunky books, finger puppets, puzzles & Thank You cards.
The show was so much fun to attend! I was super excited to see all my products together & delighted to see the beautiful quality of each. I even got to do a signing event with my albums. (kind of a surreal moment for me :)
C.R. Gibson has done a wonderful job promoting my brand. Take a look at the video they put together featuring me in the new Brand's new day campaign.
I love making alphabet art. Over the years I've probably made over 30. (which seems to be a lot of the same subject) The thing I really enjoy about it is I'm able to find a different approach each time. Unlike some themes that are more of a creative challenge to work through. So I just keep making them. Who knew learning my abc's would have such an inspiring effect on me! Here's one from not that long ago.
Over the next couple of months I'll be hard at work making lots of new art for the Surtex & the Licensing show this spring. On the agenda fun new prints & illustrations for kids, baby & seasonal art. I feel like I'm bubbling over with ideas the challenge for me is always time. (like any mom :) So I've made a list- my action plan for how I'll get all this done. A few new (unfamiliar) things at the top: I'd like to try to create a small plush collection for the shows. Also, I'd like to try some art for adults too. I'm thinking a fun kitchen collection (art that would like great on tea towels, ceramics, so on). Hello- New Year! I'll keep you posted about my progress. Today I'm featuring the tried & true for me... cute baby art!
I thought I'd kick off the New Year with a sale at my Etsy shop. All personalized growth charts are now just $39.99 through February 1st. I've featured Birds & Branches here, you can check them all out at my Etsy shop. The growth charts are big, bold, colorful & packed with fun little details. Each growth chart was hand painted & collaged then scanned in digitally. They are printed here at my studio on a thick weight, durable canvas with 4 grommets for easy hanging. These would brighten up any little one's bedroom or play area. *idea: would also make a great Valentines day gift