Saturday, February 22, 2020

FIRST NEPHI. (New set)




I'm happy to announce that I've got another new kit in my shop. It's called "First Nephi" because it has most of the stories we read about in First Nephi.  The only thing that I feel is missing is Ishmael's family.  But I can only upload so much onto Etsy at a time and the files were big enough that I hit the max with what is here.  I'll have to draw Ishmael's family separately and make them a set of their own.
I feel bad that this set is too late to use with the current Come Follow Me curriculum, but I think it will still be useful.  One of my favorite things about it is the paper doll style clothes of Laban's that you can put on Nephi.  I hope you'll like that too.

I'm still plugging along on the "What If" book 3 illustrations.  I just have 2 double page spreads left, and I'll be so excited for you to see the finished product.  They really are cute and creative stories.

Of course I'll be picking 3 names to give a free set of First Nephi to.  Leave your name and email address in the comments to enter to win.  I'll draw 3 random names on Wednesday February 26.  Last time I asked you to comment on whether I should do more scripture characters or flip chart stuff and the results definitely came back for scripture characters.  So, this time, I'd like to ask which scripture characters you would most like to see in the future! 

Thanks for all your support!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Nephi's Bow FREE DOWNLOAD



I had a request this week for Nephi's broken bow, the liahona and a few tools.  I had these illustrations mostly done from a kit I started to draw and never finished.  I do intend on finishing the kit.  It will have Lehi, Sariah, the rest of the family and maybe even Ishmael and his family. Maybe some background scenery etc.  Even though its not a finished kit, I thought I'd post the small amount that is complete since I know many of you would like to use it in your lessons tomorrow.  Good Luck with those.  I hope these pictures will help.

This link has been fixed!  It will take you to the download page now. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Each image is in a separate file.  They are all png files.  That means they have a transparent background.  If you don't know how to use them, I would suggest inserting them as an image into a Word document.  You can resize them and arrange them there, then print. 

DRAWING WINNERS!

Hello, I hope you're all enjoying your Saturday.  I am happy to announce the winners of the drawing for a free set of 2020 Memory Game Cards (Digital files). They are:

MISTY FRANCOM

KENDRA

EMY FRANCO


I have already sent you an email with the files.  For those of you who didn't win the drawing, you can still get this set from my Etsy shop.  If you use the coupon code 2020BLOGFRIEND you can get 20% off on anything and everything in my shop till the end of this month.  Thanks again for supporting me!

And STAY TUNED!  Later this afternoon I will be posting a free download here of Nephi and his broken bow along with the liahona and a few tools.  It's part of kit I never finished, but I had a request for the tools and the bow for this week's primary lesson.  So I'm busy scanning what I've got for you.

Monday, January 27, 2020

New Kit and Give Away Drawing!


Hello Friends! I'm still working hard on illustrations for the "What If" Book Series.  But during the in-between times, I have been doing illustrations for the new 2020 Come Follow Me curriculum.  It's taken me months and months but I've now finished all the memory game cards for this year.  Of course, that means that I'm doing a give away.  Leave your name & email address in the comments to enter the contest.  I will choose three random comments to win a free set of these cards, next Saturday, Feb 1.

If you don't want to wait for the drawing and just want to buy a copy now, you can do that in my Etsy shop.  Just click here.

As for new projects, I am getting close to finishing the illustrations for Book 3 in the What If series.  I will be working only on it for the next six weeks or so trying to get it done and ready for print.  But after that, I'm thinking of doing either a third "Flip Chart Buddy" set with clip art that you can use to make your own flip charts, or more Book of Mormon story sets with scripture characters.  If you have a preference, or if you have other ideas you think I should work on, you can leave that in your comments too.  Thanks! And don't forget to check in next Saturday for the winners!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Just Checking In....and a freebie.

This is the first memory game card I've done for the new 2020 primary songs


Hello!  I just wanted to check in and let you all know what's going on.  I've been getting lots of messages asking about drawings for the new Book of Mormon curriculum.

Do you ever feel like there just isn't enough time in the world to accomplish all that you want to do?  (Of course you do! We all do!) I'm feeling that pretty heavily right now.

I'm still working on the illustrations for the third book in the "What If" series.  It's a super fun one! And I love working on it.  But I also really love drawing things for primary and with this year's new curriculum I've been dying to do some new Book of Mormon characters too.

 I try to prioritize and do at least a little of everything.  My first priority is my family.  And they are taking up a lot of my time lately.  My next priority is the book illustrations.  I am spending most of my drawing time on that. But, when my brain gets tired and needs a break from that in order to keep going,  I do a little bit of drawing for primary.  It's all very slow going right now.  (I could swear someone took a few hours out of the day while I wasn't looking.)

So, in other words, I'm putting in a very small amount of time each week into drawing primary stuff.  And right now, the primary stuff I'm drawing is memory game cards for the new primary songs.   They will still take a while yet to get the whole set done. After that, I will start working on new Book of Mormon characters.  I appreciate so much all the words of encouragement and support that I get from all of you.  I love you all!  Thank you so much!

Here is another factor in the equation.  I have depression.  I've had it for over 20 years.  Most the time I'm fairly good at managing it.  But this time of year it's more difficult for me to function normally.  I still function.  I'm just much slower at everything I do.  It's irritating and frustrating.  But it is what it is, and I'll get through.

I'm telling you this because I'm making a conscious effort to talk more about mental illness. Last year I read the book "Silent Souls Weeping" by Jane Clayson Johnson.  She interviewed over 500 members of the church who have depression.  One of the stories she shared has really stuck with me. A woman had two sisters who were both in the hospital at the same time.  One had cancer, the other was hospitalized with depression.  The sister with cancer had a room full of flowers, cards, balloons, and lots of visitors. Her ward rallied around her and brought meals to her family and helped take care of her husband and children.  The sister with depression had none of that.  It broke my heart to think of that poor woman all alone in the hospital feeling depressed.  A common theme through the book is that mental illness is an invisible disease.  As a society we don't talk about it, so we don't know how to help each other through it.

A few weeks ago, our ward asked my husband and I to do the 5th Sunday presentation about it.  He is a psycho-therapist.  He's really smart and knows a lot about these things, but because of confidentiality laws he can't share stories and personal experiences.  I can. So I did. Telling my own experience with depression was one of the scariest and bravest things I've ever done.  While I was preparing for it I wanted to back out a hundred times. I didn't want to share such ugly private things about myself.  But I kept thinking about that woman alone in the hospital, and I kept thinking that if I could help in even the smallest way - that sacrificing my pride and comfort for a little while  would be worth it.  That's why I'm sharing here too.  Maybe knowing that I struggle with depression will help someone of you out there.  I don't know.  I still feel awkward bringing it up.  But if it helps even a tiny bit- it's worth it to me.

Again, thanks for all your love and support.  I hope to have new things to share with you soon.  And as always, if you have suggestions for things you'd like drawn, I always love to hear them!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Looking for friends...

Is anybody out there in the Netherlands/Germany area?

Monday, November 11, 2019

GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

I am happy to announce the winners of the give away!

Linda Veteres
Pam Smith
Brooke Wendt

I have already sent the files, so check your email!  
If you are not a winner, you can still get these sets from my Etsy shop
You can use the coupon code BLOGFRIEND to get 20% of everything
from now until the end of the month.  Thanks everyone for
supporting me.  I appreciate it!


P.S. if you have any ideas for the upcoming year of Come Follow Me please let me know.  I'm still working on illustrations for the What If books, but every so often I need to work on a different project in order to keep my mojo up.  I love getting ideas and suggestions.