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Dinosaur Territory

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The leftover glass stones and rocks from our paper flower project have made a great little habitat for our dinosaurs and plastic bugs.  Yes, the kids are in heaven.

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I won’t be surprised if some fairies show up later.

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It’s days like these when I get inspiration to write books like this.  If your child likes digging, dinosaurs, and mysteries, they will definitely enjoy this book!

Super Easy Paper Flower Pens

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This is a great gift for Mother’s Day or for Teacher Appreciation Week.  These flowers look beautiful, and you will be surprised at how easy they are to make!

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First, start by printing out this template (click HERE, or on the image for the printable version).  Each sheet will make ONE flower, so print as many sheets as flowers that you want.  Don’t worry about printing on any special paper, regular printer paper is what I used and it works great…just part of what makes this SO easy.

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Use watercolor paint and have your child paint to their heart’s content, right onto the template.  The paper will get buckled and the paints will smear—and that’s perfect!  (Tip:  the finished flower looks really great if you paint the largest and smallest shapes one color, and the medium shapes a contrasting color)

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When the paint is dry, just cut the flower shapes out, then cut cross-hair slits in the center of each shape, right where the small circle is.

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Push the shapes onto the top of a pen, from largest to smallest.  (Note:  I used black pens with lids.  I took the lids off and stuck them on the top of the pen, then attached the flowers.  This way, the pen is ready to be used, and adds a little height to the flower as well)

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When all the pieces are on, I wrapped a little florist tape around the top of the pen lid, as well as underneath the flower.  This will hold the flower in place so the pieces don’t slide off (you could also add a little hot glue onto the pen tip before wrapping the tape, if you want).  Squish the upper pieces together  so they kind of form up, then squish the bottom piece down just a tad—this will make it look very flower-like.  20140508_121011

For the flower leaves, I used 1/2” green ribbon, cut to about 5 inches in length.  Just tie once, then secure it with a little hot glue under the knot.

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I found these cute glass jars, and filled them with rocks and green glass stones.  Won’t these cute pen flowers look cute on the teacher’s desk, or maybe next to Mom’s computer, or by the kitchen phone?

The best part is that it is truly hand-painted, and any child will feel so proud of the end product.

The hand-painted bloom is perfect for adding the child’s touch to a beautiful gift for anyone…and it’s SO easy!

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Getting Flashbacks

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Except for the red hair, this is pretty much a flash back moment.  Yes, this illustration is flashing me back to my good old college days.  I always had paint on my cheek, and all over my art smock.  In my early married days we lived in a small apartment.  I had a small painting space to work in, so when I was working on large paintings, I’d turn some binoculars backwards so that I could “back up” in a way and see my paintings from a distance.  I’d use a small ladder to reach the top of the painting.  I had a habit of turning the paintbrush backwards and scratching the top of my head with the end of it, so I would often get paint strokes on the ceiling.  There were always smudges of paint on the phone and the doorknobs.

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This character is an important key in the solving of the newest case for the Gumshoe Crew.  I am getting so close to finishing the illustrations for the new Investigator Anne book, “Case #5 – The Grave of the Indian Princess.”  I just finished illustration #84 out of about 100.  Hoping to do some more tonight.  (I’ve got to go out and weed my garden in the meantime though.  Planting time is coming!)

The Librarian

There is a part in the new book where the Gumshoe Crew visits the library in search of some needed clues.

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This was the original sketch I created of the librarian, but then I thought it would be more fun to style the character after my friend, Sylvia, who actually works at the town library.

 

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This is how it turned out and I think it works much better this way.  Thanks for the inspiration Sylvia!

My Day So Far

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I finished this illustration last night.  Funny thing, while I was working on it, I just kept yawning.  It made me tired to draw someone tired.  Well, that and it was about 11:30 pm.  Today, I’m working on new drawings.  Maybe if I draw someone with lots of energy, it will make me feel energetic…here’s hoping.  Is it okay to play with my own mind this way???

Character Sketch — “Lily”

Lily is one of the characters in my Investigator Anne series.  She’s smart and she loves all things to do with nature, plants, and animals.  She always wears a flower in her hair, and she often helps solve the mysteries by contributing knowledge about her interests.

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In this scene in the upcoming book, Lily and Anne are having a discussion about lemons and invisible ink.  What is the connection you may ask?  You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Anyway, I just reached my halfway point with these illustrations!  I “only” have about 50 more illustrations to go.  Stay tuned, I’m in the groove and so excited to complete the book.  It’s a fun story and I think you’re kids will love it.  My kids have read it already, so it truly is kid-tested and kid-approved.  As always, I’ll keep you updated on the progress!

Mother’s Day Sale

Today is the last day to order these gifts to get 20% off and to also get them in time for Mother’s Day! Discount code is MOM2DAYSDEAL

Perfect Mother's Day Necklace - Floral

The phrase on this necklace is precious and timeless: “Mothers hold their child’s hand for a moment, and their heart for a lifetime.”

Don’t forget, you can print FREE matching Mother’s Day cards here!

Necklace for a wonderful mom

This necklace says: “this Mom is loved by many.”  I think it’s a very sweet reminder for any mom.  I love how my watercolor flower paintings turned out on these products.  The jewelry is sterling silver, and has a very sweet, loving message that I think any mom would appreciate.

Mother's Day Breakfast Plate

I keep thinking how great it would be to give my own mom a plate to enjoy her Mother’s Day breakfast or dinner.

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I love how the aprons turned out too, I’m especially loving the convenience of the pockets.  This white apron says “this Mom is loved by many.”  Wouldn’t it be so cute to have kids or grandkids sign it, or press handprints on the pockets?

(Just click here, or click on any image to order on the store)

Super Easy Mother’s Day Cards

Handmade says so much!  Even if you don’t consider yourself a crafty person, you can totally make these.  These are the easiest cards you and your kids will ever create.

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This Floral Heart Mother’s Day card is already painted for you.  Just click on the image below and print it on your handy dandy color printer.  Cut it out, then write a meaningful message for your momma.  Super easy.

(Just click on the image you want, and then print it)

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I left out the personal Mother’s day greetings on the card templates, so that you can customize them yourselves for your mother or grandmother, or other special mother in your life.

 

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The kids will love these.  Whip out some paints and have the kiddos create their own finger print flowers. The stems and border are already done for you!

 

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Just have the kids dob their cute fingers three times around each flower head.  Try using three different colors to make the card fun and bright.  Water-based paints are best – (use watercolor paints or slightly thinned acrylic craft paint)

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Mom’s are busy bees…and they are also bee-utiful.  These bees are also fashioned with fingerprints.  Just print the template, cut, then dob on some fingerprints.  The bees’ stripes and eyes are already there, just press some painted fingers over the design.

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  Take time to make the mothers in your life feel special!  To view and print all the cards, click HERE.

Gizmo Sketch

I’ve been up to my eyeballs in sketches and illustrations for the newest Investigator Anne book, so I thought I’d post a little teaser.

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I’ve been sketching the spot illustrations for “Investigator Anne – Case #5 Grave of the Indian Princess.”  Usually there is anywhere between 80 and 130 illustrations in the Investigator Anne books.  I feel like it’s important to have a lot of pictures in early chapter books.  It helps to break up the wall of words that can look so overwhelming to young readers.

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After the sketches are done, I finish them up with a cleaner drawing.  Gizmo is a fun character to draw.  I love his big goggles and inventive personality.  He is always creating some kind of gadget.  In this book, his newest, one-of-a-kind invention, is just as brilliant as ever.

BTW, you may wonder why this style is so different from other styles I’ve done.  It’s obviously very different from the watercolor I recently finished.  The reason is simply that this style is a relatively quick way to illustrate a book with so many pictures.  There really aren’t many chapter books out there with a full-color illustration on nearly every page.  I use this style mainly to save the book buyer’s money.  My books are always a low affordable price, and this is just one way of how I can make it that way.

Watercolor of Em

Lately, I’ve been working on book illustrations for the Investigator Anne series, book #5.  Sometimes I need to do something different for a little change in my routine though.  Here’s a little watercolor I did of my Em.  It was super fun and I think I’ll use this style for a book illustration style in the future.  I have some ideas in mind.  But for now, I’ll post this to keep me inspired.

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This is Em playing with the little kitchen Mr. Everything and I made for her.  I feel like these moments change so fast, I’ve got to capture them in some special way to remember them forever!