Wednesday, December 17, 2014

We need a tree!

Things are running slow here in southern CA - we need to be like The Mousekins and get our tree! Next I'll post the new ornaments I'm working on...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lamby Love

I've been away a long time but here's a sneak peak of my next book - just working up the dummy now but it's all written - a very simple concept story. I'm having a lot of fun with the sketches and can't wait to paint! xo

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Paisley love

Yesterday I received the sweetest email from the mom of this adorable munchkin named Paisley, who loves my book of the same name:

I wanted to drop you and a note and let you know what one of your books means to my little girl. My three year old, Paisley, wants to read your book "Paisley" every night before bed. I even hear her in her room during the day reading it to her stuffed animals. Her favorite line is "the Earth shook."
She loves the book and also that the main character has the same name is her. It is really sweet to see her love for the book! She can "read" it verbatim because we have read it to her so much. I got her the book before she was born and it was always a sweet sentiment and so special to me, it's so nice to see that it is for her as well.:-)Hope this note gives you some encouragement. 
Thank you for writing this special book!

Yes, it certainly does give me encouragement - more than she can know.
One can feel small and insignificant in the book world, so a note like this means so much.  
Her mom really made my week!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

What an incredible world we live in - aren't we lucky!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bits and Pieces

Today I was attempting to fight the clutter in my studio and came across a little basket of notes & scribbles I made while working on my book Christmas With the Mousekins - A Story with Crafts, Recipes, Poems and More!. Especially on a book that has so many details, I accumulate a lot of ideas on random pieces of paper - things that occur to me while I'm in bed or watching tv, etc. If I were super organized, all my notes would be made into one sketch book, but that doesn't happen! So I scanned them and assembled them into groups.
So here you can see me working out the details of the book, from the Mousekins' house and decorations inside,
to their outfits,
their holiday decorations and Momo's Christmas Tree Hat,
as well as a letter to Santa Mouse and the presents, wrapped and unwrapped.
Some of these ideas didn't make it into the final art, but most of them did.
What a completely fun and joyful experience it was to make this book! xo

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Mouse Love

I enjoyed making this Valentine card with my scanned & tweaked pencil line, then coloring with flat color digitally - all muted except for the red.
Hope you had a heart-filled day! xo

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2 bunnies and 1 elephant need new homes!

The giveaway tied in to the release of my new book is finally live.
Enter for your chance to win one of the adorable bunnies or the big yellow elephant!
Tell your friends!
Enter on Facebook
Enter on HMH blog
Good luck and let me know if you're a winner! xo