Showing posts from May, 2012

Let's peel back these layers!

juliannlaw Here is a closeup of the endpapers in my debut picture book, THE WORKD’S LONGEST SOCK. I work digitally in Adobe Photoshop but the program doesn’t do it all for me! I knit all the pixels by hand! Haha! I do have things I do to help me work quickly and efficiently, though, like using layers. Here you get to see me take off those layers one by one till we are back at nothing but a background. The World's Longest Sock is now available on  Amazon ,  Barnes and Noble ,  Target , or wherever you  buy books !

up to the highest heights

My parents were in town recently (Mother's Day weekend, to be exact!) and we hit the slopes of Sugar House Park for a little kite flyin'. The wind came in short but powerful bursts which made it exciting and we all loved the crisp, spring sunshine. (P.S. Astute viewers will observe that this is an example of the "matching outfits" I posted about.)

for the last day of school

For the last day of school, we sent a yummy bag of Nova Granola made locally by my friend Jane and  teacher report card for each of Lucy's teachers. Don't worry, they earned very high marks. If you need something for the other kids in class, these printable fishbowl cards are still available in my shop.


The girls have been trying to match lately. . . Wait, correction, Lucy has been trying to match Emmie lately. She'll wait until I get Emmie dressed and then she'll go try to find the closest matches in her closet. Then I have to give her a matching hairstyle. Luckily she hasn't asked for a binkie and a blankie to match. I caved in to the whole idea and have bought a few matching things for them. I realized that this will be the last time it's really even possible to buy matching outfits because even though Lu is almost too big for 5T stuff, she is in the same grouping as Emmie's 2T. So why not? One good thing is it motivates Lucy to get dressed by herself and it generally meets parental approval since we put the smaller version together in the first place for Emmie! Win, win. Except it kind of feels like we're on parade when we go out. . . What do you think, are matching outfits cute or obnox?

last minute mother's day prep

Well, its a flurry of Mother's Day prep and projects around our place. Some bouquets for the Grandma's.  .  . free printable found here . After seeing tutorials here and here for DIY tea towels this week, we had to try some. Again for the Grandma's. (Sorry for the spoilers! Act surprised, Gramma Linda and Gramma Leen!) This one's for me. . . a mom gets to make special requests, right? It's a simple template with the head and the body and the kids add the rest. We cut out our bodies and put fabric behind. . . Free printable found here . (By the way, see the bearded whale in the red frame? That's an original watercolor from Marc Johns which my hubby surprised me with one year for Valentine's Day! Men if you're looking for gift ideas, sneak onto your wife's computer and see if she has favorites on etsy. . . or an amazon wishlist. . . or look at her pinterest boards and find the board called "dreaming" or "one day" or

who will be the next fabric design star? pick me!

Ranunculus, a desktop and phone wallpaper for Ranunculus a repeating pattern which can be printed at Spoonflower fabric. For my birthday this year, my little ones gave me some ranunculus. They didn't last long, but I immortalized them in a drawing which I then made into downloadable desktop wallpaper for todaysmama which then got made into a repeating design for fabric which was then entered into a fabric design contest on Spoonflower and was subsequently chosen as one of 100 semifinalists from which 8 finalists will get to design a fabric line from which one lucky/talented artist will get to produce a line of fabric for Robert Kaufman fabrics !  Was that the longest, run-on sentence ever? Let me sum up, my fabric design is in a contest and I need your vote!  See details and vote here! You can vote for as many designs as you like! There are so many beautiful choices, don't just pick mine, pick a bunch! I would love, LOVE, L-O-V-E to design fab