Showing posts from February, 2013

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 !

last minute love notes

Did you spend a ton of time making cute and clever Valentine cards and treats for you kids' classmates and then realize you haven't done anything for your own Valentine? Yup. Thought so. Todays Mama thought ahead and had me design these little love notes for just that reason. Print 'em out, cut 'em up, and leave 'em around the house for your real sweetheart. Not that we don't like our kids' classmates, but c'mon! What's this holiday really about? And who's it really for? Probably adults who are actually in love. Not 3rd graders. And if you need something bigger, here is printable quote from a great Dave Matthews song that celebrates grown-ups in love.

fish bowls treat cards!

I'm so pleased that the little fish bowl valentines have been popular! This year they've been featured on many wonderful sites. . . here are just a few: ivillage featured me in their favorite kid-made valentines list Family Fun Magazine did a fun DIY version which turned out really adorable. If you look in the magazine, you'll see they credited me! They were also very professional to work with. Dishbaby ordered a cute custom saying and blogged about it. There is still time to order from my shop !

Despicable Me 2 Valentines

I had a fun project this week. . . I got to help Marie at Make and Takes do these cute Valentines cards for Despicable Me 2! For the free printable and a nice step-by-step, click here .

So we used up all our emergency water supply to flush the toilets...

Our pipes were frozen for four days last week. Four days. Four. Long. Days. We quickly used up our entire emergency water supply after only a day and a half. And here is the sad part. . . We used it all up flushing the toilets. 7 gallons of stored water only flushed 36 hours worth of toilets and that was flushing conservatively (I will spare you the details!) After that we refilled the milk jugs at Grandma's and at the neighbors. At one desperate moment when it was too late to make a water run to the neighbors, I even went outside, got some snow and melted it down. You wouldn't believe how much snow you need to get one gallon of water! I reiterate, this was all for toilet flushing! We had bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth. Hand sanitizer and baby wipes for hands and faces. Hubby and I showered at the gym. The kids bathed at the neighbors and it was a pain! So after four long days, I am so So SO grateful to have running water again and am re-evaluating our