Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Power packed color

 

God bless bright pink!  (and Saturday mornings)

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Winter fun

 

 
Happy DECEMBER...  A big, beautiful, and busy month!
 
(Even for penguins.)

Monday, November 28, 2022

Swoop, perch, plunge, soar....

 

Taking off into the last couple days of NOVEMBER!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Feeling it!

 

 

Wishing you a very warm & cozy Thanksgiving filled with friends, family, and lots of joy.  This is a nice chance to say THANKS for following along on my artistic journey.  I really enjoy making art & having the chance to share it with so many!

Saturday, November 19, 2022

All things birds.

 


Every Saturday (during the cold months) we feed the birds.  I think of it as a Saturday brunch for our feathered friends!  The feeder swings round and round becoming a carousel full of happy, hungry birds.

 


Also… Could this furry bird ornament from Terrain be any darn sweeter?!?
 

 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Happy Camper

 

My  new collection Happy Camper, with Windham Fabrics is in stores now!
 
There's a big tree house panel print.

And features all things outdoors with tents, campers, trees, trails and a variety of critters.  
 

 
Perfect for your next quilting adventure!
You can get more information here.
 
 

 


Sunday, November 13, 2022

Whoosh!

 

This is a quick watercolor painting I'm calling Autumnology.

I'd like to visit this place, in the fall of course!

Monday, November 7, 2022

Picturesque

 

          Rolling hills, shifting colors, and a crisp cool breeze.  Can you picture yourself here?

I'd be next to the ponies.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Gathering season

 

Sunlight streams – into NOVEMBER.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

All things October

 

 

                                 I like the playful spirit of this time of the year!

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

New addition to the Hello, World! collection

 

✴ GIVEAWAY ✴  A new Hello, World! board book is out today!  Rocks and Minerals is a simple introduction that explores different kind of rocks, how they’re made, a variety of minerals– with lots of colors, shapes, sizes, and super-simple facts.

To enter visit my Instagram page.  I’ll pick a winner at random October 28th.  Rock on!




Monday, October 10, 2022

I'm a guest blogger!

 


Stefanie Hohl is an author, educator, and speaker who asked me to write a guest blog post about my process of writing board books.  (Honestly and invitation I never expected to receive!)  If you’d like to learn more about my approach to writing you can do so here.

Friday, October 7, 2022

Shapes, sizes, and some sparkle! ✨


Last year I got to learn about rocks & minerals for an upcoming Hello, World! book.  Over the summer I visited my brother in Boston & he took me to the Harvard Mineralogical & Geological Museum which was spectacular!  Rows of beautiful rocks, minerals ores, and gems, in different shapes & sizes.  The even have a collection of meteorites. (Space rocks that are hurled to Earth from space!)  I never thought much about rocks or minerals but, they really are interesting & much more complex than you think at first glance.  




 

If you don’t have a fancy museum nearby head outside, varied rocks are often found by lakes, rivers, creeks, ponds, or streams. Another great place to look for rocks is on a hike!  

 


*If you’re just starting to collect rocks you can cheaply & easily separate & store them in an egg carton.  

Treasures are fun to find!


 

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Delight- FALL!

 

I'm inspired by early fall!  Finding myself wishing that October could last longer.  In the Midwest once November comes it is cold. (which is not my thing)  Until then I'll bask in the mild breeze, pretty colors and falling leaves. (which I miss once they're gone)

Can you tell I'm feeling melancholy today?

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Voila

 It's OCTOBER,

time to conjure up some magic!  (And maybe some candy too.)

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Fall Tradition

Do you have a favorite kind of apple?  (I like pink lady apples which are tart & sweet!) 

Since my son was a toddler we’ve visited the same orchard– Weston Red Barn every September.  We went on an overcast Saturday this year which gave the place a moody feel & and made the red apples really pop!  There’s also an assortment of animals to admire & feed.  This is a little sampling of what we saw.  





 

Do you have a special fall tradition?

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Cover Reveal

 

Today I’m sharing the cover reveal for Hello World! Kids’ Guides Exploring Insects –available early next year.  The Kids’ Guides picture books are packed with fascinating facts and are the ideal next step up for the Hello, World! board book fan.

There are about 1million known species, or types of insects.  In this book I cover quite a few!  Not quite one million but, rest assured there’s still a lot to discover.  If you’re interested in pre-ordering you can do so here.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Autumn Equinox

 Happy first day of fall!  I enjoy the overgrown look my flowers end up with at the end of each September.  Tasseled, wild and vibrant seeming to welcome a respite from the high summer sun.  I particularly love it  when the monarch stop by usually in the late afternoon.


Hope you make time to enjoy the cooler weather & seasonal color shifts nature provides.

 



Monday, September 19, 2022

Into a new week...

 

                                                   Let's make it a good one!

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Cover Reveal

 

Time to let out a ROAR!  This is the cover reveal for Hello, World! Kids’ Guides Exploring Dinosaurs picture book – available early next year.  The Kids’ Guides books (ages 3-7) are packed with aged up non fiction facts & are the ideal next step for Hello, World board book fans.  Dinosaurs roamed Earth millions of years ago yet scientist are still discovering new species today!  Dinosaurs continue to deliver in the delight & surprise department.  There’s some fan favorites in this book as well as some new dinosaurs to meet.  

I’ve also included a reveal of the back of book with more details.  If you’re interested in pre-ordering you can do it here.



Monday, September 12, 2022

Back to school express


 Do you have a child in your life that has started school?  My son started high school a couple weeks ago!  I can barely wrap my head around how quickly the time has gone by & our new wake up time.  

 I wanted to make a less traditional back to school print. (that didn’t include a yellow bus)  This got me thinking about how school is a universal “engine” that connects us all!  As we chug into the new school year I hope it feels back on track with kids ready to learn & teachers feeling supported & inspired.  Good teachers are so important they have the opportunity to change lives!

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Farewell Good Queen

 

I'm not British so I don't know what it's like to live in close proximity to a monarchy.  That said (as an American) I do know that Queen Elizabeth reined during 14 different American Presidents and had a sense of calm, dedication and service until the end that was admirable.

She had a front row seat to history like no other & was a constant presence that will be missed by most!

(Not all... because as an adult you know you can't make everyone happy:)

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Into the golden

 

We visit Grinter Farm (in Kansas) at the end of each August.  It marks my move from the summer season into the cooler days that fall brings.  A couple things I noticed this visit.

- The flowers follow the sun which makes them look like they're in conversation with one another.

- The leaves are larger than I remember & each has a jagged edge as if it was cut out with pinking shears. (which makes them a little prickly when you brush by)

-The yellow color seems to slightly shift from year to year.  This time the color felt a bit more red/ yellow and golden. (Maybe it has something to do with the sky that day?)


 

- I also noticed more bees than ever busily buzzing from flower to flower.  This made me happy as I know bees have been threatened by harmful pesticides & climate change.  We need bees they're one of Earth's best pollinators!

My final observation was that despite seeing this for years it still a complete delight for the eyes & spirit!

Have you ever visited or come across a sunflower field?




Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Sometimes I silkscreen. (and bake)

 

Mixing it up by sharing some silkscreen art I made a couple years ago.  As the days begin to get shorter & the temperature starts to shift I feel my thoughts changing.  The transition into fall inspires me to bake more often.

While I'll confess I'm not a terrific baker or even follow a recipe that closely. (which I'm pretty sure is the key)  I do love the smells a bake good fills the house with & what a special treat it is to have something warm & homemade on some of the first couple cold mornings.  Carrot cake bread... here I come!