Sunday, December 30, 2018

Hi. Remember me?

Hello?  Is anybody still there?

It's been a really long time since I've posted here.  I just wanted to give a little update and let you all know what's going on.  In the summer, not long after I posted last, I was contacted by a man whose kids I used to babysit.  He was a young men's leader in my ward while I was a teenager.  His name is Tim Brown.  He's one of those guys you never forget, and his family is one of those families you never forget.  They are GREAT people.  And they were my favorite family to babysit for because his kids loved art and we'd spend most of our time trying to draw Disney characters together.

Have you ever been to the Utah State Fair and seen the Butter Cows?  His wife sculpts those.  Of his seven kids he has painters, sculptors, graphic designers, and even a fashion designer.  They are a creative family to say the least.  However, they don't have any illustrators.  That's where I come in.

Now, you may or may not know that I try to stay away from doing professional projects.  My first priority is to my family.  I have special needs kids who need extra attention and help.  I don't like to work against deadlines because then I have to start telling my kids that I can't pay attention to them or spend time with them because I've got to get this thing done for somebody else who is infinitely less important to me than they are. It can also get really stressful for me.  I like to have a flexible schedule so that when (not if) there is an emergency with one of my kids I can drop whatever I'm doing to take care of it.  I can't always do that when I'm working for someone else.  It just doesn't work.  So, professional work is just not something I do.

That having been said, when Tim contacted me and told me he wanted to talk to me about an illustration project, I was ready to say no.  But, I met with him and his wife anyway.  He told me about a game that his family used to play around the dinner table called "What If." They would take turns presenting a "What If" scenario and the others were only allowed to agree and build on what they imagined.  They had a great time and often were even able to solve family problems that way.  It's a fun idea.  Tim is a talented writer.  And the first story he read to me was really cute.  As I listened to him, I also tried to listen to my Heavenly Father, and I felt like this is a project I should do.

Long story short, I've spent the last 6 months illustrating the first book in the "What If" book series.  I've learned a lot and done a lot of things I've never done before.  I even learned (kind of) how to use a new computer program!  I've been really blessed.  And I don't have any idea why, but I know that Heavenly Father wants me to be working on this project.  I've been able to take care of my family just fine.  Don't look at my house though. It's a mess.  And I haven't put anything here or in my Etsy shop either.  I feel bad to have neglected you all.  I really enjoy getting your emails and comments with ideas for new projects, and I love to give away my kits to you.  I'm not a person who enjoys a lot of attention, but I enjoy the one on one interaction I get with all of you and I love hearing that the little drawings I do while sitting on my couch in front of the TV have been able to help you all somehow.

I don't think it probably matters much to many of you.  I don't imagine any of you sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for me to post a new freebie or add a kit to my shop.  But if you are, I wanted to let you know not to give up on me.  I'm still here and I'll still be posting freebies and kits in the future when ever I can.  I'll also start doing drawings for the new Come Follow Me curriculum.  Just that right now, I'm busy illustrating some books.  I'd love for you to check them out on Amazon or on the "What If" book series website.  Because the author has self published the books he's paid for them all out of pocket and I don't have any to give away. I would appreciate you taking a minute to check out the website though.  and if you buy a book there you can use the coupon code WHATIF15 to get 15% off.  Or, if you prefer Amazon you can go there.  There's even a kindle edition there for just a few dollars.  I'd appreciate it even more if you'd leave a review.

I hope you've all had great holidays and that you'll have an even better New Year!  Thanks for supporting me!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


Something a little different for the Etsy shop. Every kid needs a great sign for their Lemonade stand right? Well, I think so. I made these illustrations of typical drink type things that kids like to sell. It's clip art for making your own signs. I don't know if it's anything anyone will really use, but if this set goes well, I might draw a bake sale set or a concession set. Let me know what you think!  

If you leave a comment with your opinion, I'll put your name in a drawing to receive a FREE copy of this set.  Please remember to LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS!  I will draw a winner on Saturday - that's JUNE 9, 2018.  And for those of you who would like to purchase it (or anything else) from MY ETSY SHOP click here, and use the coupon code SUMMER2018 for 20% off. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Digital Disciples

Shauna Edwards and her husband recently gave a fireside in my stake talking about being 'digital disciples' It made me realize what a slacker I've been.  I did this drawing quite a while ago and decided it was time to scan it.  It is free for the taking.  You can even share it if you want. :)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

This is SO COOL!

This is SO COOL! Let me introduce you to Brecka Hawkins.  Her mom Kimberli contacted me to get permission to use my temple art to make a quilt.  Brecka was making a quilt for a personal progress project.  I was happy to give my consent and I asked them to send me a picture of the final product, and this is it.  Isn't it amazing?!!  They said they printed the artwork onto fabric then sewed all the pieces together.  A lot of the flowers and things are appliqu├ęs.  I think it turned out incredible and I'm so glad they shared this with me.  It is so fun for me to see my artwork used in so many creative and different ways. Thanks Brecka and Kimberli!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

ASL Young Women's Theme

This is the newest addition to my Etsy shop.  It is a poster and flash cards of the ASL signs for the Young Women's Theme.  My daughter has cerebral palsy and some hearing loss.  This is her first year in Young Women's.  She was having a hard time speaking fast enough to say the Young Women's theme each week in church. We decided it might be easier for her to learn it in sign language, so she and I watched a you tube video and made these pictures to help us remember the signs we learned.  Now, we are teaching all the young women!  It's been an awful lot of fun.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

President Nelson

I have always loved President Nelson. Happy to have him as our new prophet. I know many many of you have my Follow The Prophet kits that include President Monson.  I love him dearly too.  But with his recent 'graduation' from this life, I've done an illustration of our new prophet to put in that kit.  I will add the file to my Etsy shop for anyone who buys the kit new,  but for those of you who have the kit already - you can download President Nelson here for free.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Primary 5 lesson 43

I made a little game for my primary class this week.  The Lesson was about the Martin Willey Handcart companies.  So, I came up with this little puzzle (based off of one my kids have) I had the kids cut apart the pieces while I read them the stories from the lesson, then, gave them the big sheet with the handcart on it.  They had to put the puzzle pieces together to fit everything in the handcart.  They loved it! I should mention that there are many ways to arrange the pieces to fit them in the cart, not just the one pictured. I hope you'll enjoy it and get some good use out of it!

I recently received some feedback about my blog.  So, I'm following the suggestion to attach a link to my Etsy shop in each post.  I've got several new things in it, so click below to check it out!