Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine's Day cards 2017

I love love love Valentine's Day cards. But I don't love mushy sappy Valentine's Day cards.
That's just wrong. A Valentine's Day card should make you chuckle, giggle, or at least make your mouth grin on one side. And if you still want something sentimental you should write it yourself inside one of my funny cards. Right?

These cards are available on my etsy shop with lots more, take a look around!



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You could delivery this to your sweetheart with a plate of sticky buns, cinnamon buns or just with your buns. 

My sister and I had a heated discussion about this card. I made a boy version to give my husband. But do you give your husband the boy or girl card? I was thinking you would give a man the boy card because he is the baker, but my sister thinks you would give your husband the girl card because you are giving it to him. As you can tell we have very intellectual conversations, so just give either one. 



Okay, I lied, this one is a little mushy, but I love it. Doesn't it make you want to sigh  . . . awww . .


I love cheeseburgers, and I especially am proud of that cute little cheese burger I drew. It's making me a little hungry.

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If I had to pick a favorite, this would be it. It's a little stalkerish but who doesn't love a stalker!

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These last two are a little more simple, nothing inside, perfect place to write that sentimental stuff.
I love my little surfer dude


And this dudett is pretty cute too. 


My cards are usually $3.00, but I am doing a Valentine's Day special, only $1 a card. Why? Because I just want everyone to have one!! I wish the shipping was free, but darn post office wouldn't comprise with me. So enter LOVECARD when checking out and get $2.00 off each card. If you live close by me just tell me the card you would like and I will hand deliver it (and just skip the post office).


Still want to see more Valentine's Day cards? Click here for even more. They are pretty rad too!







Monday, January 23, 2017

Christmas portraits 2016

It's that time of year again when I can finally post the Christmas portraits I drew the last few months. It's always my busiest time of year and I really appreciate your support and love making new friends from all over!

I say this every time, but I mean it every time. I feel so close to these families when I draw them. I look at their pictures, trying to get the hair, clothes and hobbies just right, and after several hours I feel like I know them and feel like we are best friends. Even if I already know that family, I feel like I know them and love them even more. That probably just sounded stalkerish, but it's true. I love these dear families and I believe every family is beautiful.

This rad family is my sister-in-law. I loved all the details she asked for. Each person has something that represents them, and her arms are full holding her family that she loves so much. Oh and their momma and baby cow. They are certainly part of the family. 

I love the Cook family. They are my awesome neighbors and I just adore their little girl!

 My 4 year old loved watching me edit on the computer and would beg to color the family I was editing. So I would print off a pen version (one where I hadn't add color yet) and she would happily color next to me. I started to think how much a child (or maybe even adult) might like to color their own family. So I started to send a black & white color version also with the finished portrait. I hope the children (and maybe even adults) enjoyed coloring it.

I loved drawing this Chicago Cubs loving family. I love when husbands order portraits. The way he described his wife & children was so sweet. 

I was asked to draw several "simple stick figure families" and I LOVED drawing these! I especially loved the scarves on this family.

 I love floral dresses!

Oh how I love these simple stick figures!



I loved the colors and sweet dogs in this one!

The Stumpp family are all avid scouters. This was a rad order to draw them all in their Venture scouting uniforms and try draw all the patches in the right places. 

The Arnold family asked for trees in the background that would be native to their home state of Virginia. I usually draw pine or aspen trees, but they don't have those there. I searched and searched online for a Virginia tree and finally ended up with the State Tree, the dogwood tree, that blossoms these beautiful pink flowers. I really loved this one!

The Blaser family was special because it is my sister-in-law Jamie's family. They are the nicest, best family. 

Just before Christmas I decided to finally get a hair cut, I wont tell you how long it had been since I had been in last. Anywho, I love my hair lady, Stephanie, and she was telling me she couldn't find anything for her dad for Christmas and I said, "I know the best gift to give someone who has everything . . .  a family portrait!" This is her sweet family, and she said her dad and family loved it! I especially love her sister who it holding the cat. She loves her cat so much. :)

Large families take a lot longer to draw and more brain power for me to sort everyone out and then try squeeze everyone in, but when I'm done they are always my favorite. So many small details to look at. Loved this family!

This was a uniques and special order. The mom asked me to draw her 9 year old daughter (with her favorite animal - dolphin) and surround her with positivity words. She sent me a list of beautiful words that describe her and I loved it!

The Nuffer family is awesome. I loved adding small details, like the passport in the husband's pocket because they travel and ballerina shoes for the daughter, and my favorite part are the toe shoes, and sandals. :) 


My dear friend Holly asked me to draw her stepmom June and her children & grandchildren. Holly's father passed away (June's husband) and he is in the black frame. My husband helped me find the right skateboard logos to go with the skateboard. 

The Bess family was a very dear project. I have never met them, but my friend Rebecca e-mailed me asking me to draw this sweet family. The mom has cancer and her diagnosis is not too good. She wanted this sweet mom to have a picture of them all together. Rebecca also told me about a camp that is near and dear to her heart, it is called Camp Kesem, it is for children who's parents have cancer. The Bess children are signed up to go this year. Here is a link to read more about it. I have never met this family but after drawing them I feel like we are close friends. They are in my thoughts and prayers often. 

I took a cake decorating class with one of my oldest friends. We loved our instructor and loved hearing about her grandchildren she adores. In the end she taught us to decorate fabulous cupcakes & cakes and I drew her two daughters and their families. 


People often ask to include a family dog or cat, this was a first for me, a pet snake. It was so fun to draw!!

This family was just so stinkin adorable! The dad & son love the Bulls, and the mom described her hair like "Shakira" and big hoop earrings. I loved drawing the son's blue glasses. 

Remember that Scotland portrait I drew for John & Julia's 60th anniversary? Here is the link to the original post. One of the grandchildren, Michael (on the far left) asked me to draw his dear friends for their wedding present. Nick proposed to Vicki at this same location. I loved drawing this, and I especially loved drawing the Scottish kilt! Congratulations Nick & Vicki!

Holly is one of my most favorite people! She was one of my first customers several years ago and since then has ordered many portraits for friends & family, but I've never draw her AND her husband together. This year her good friend e-mailed me to draw a portrait for Holly & her husband. They truly are Mr. & Mrs. Fabulous!

My beautiful, hilarious and just wonderful niece is a senior in high school and we all adore her and her cute boyfriend. I wanted to draw them a portrait to remember but I couldn't decided which to draw, them in their Prom formal clothes, or casual clothes, so I drew both. 
Here they are in their formal clothes . .

And here they are in their casual clothes. They really are this cute in real life!


Thank you again for letting me be apart of your family. Families are crazy. It's where you learn to fight, tease, pick on one another, but it is also the place where you learn to forgive, help, encourage, stand up for, and love one another. What a beautiful creation families are. 


For this week I'm offering a special Valentine's Day offer. I'll draw you and your sweetheart for only $20, and that includes a shipped 5X7 print. I'll also e-mail you the digital file so you can print it any size you like. Click here for the link and more details. 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/507206857/custom-couple-portrait-valentines-day?ref=shop_home_active_1






Monday, January 9, 2017

Valentine's Day printables Honey Buns & Wild Thing

 How is everyone handling the winter blues? 

Random story #1
When I die and go to heaven I have a list of moments from this wonderful life I would like St. Peter to replay for me. #23 will be January 9, 2017 at 7:34am when I walked outside and promptly slipped on our frozen icy front step. I performed a crazy acrobatic move in .01 seconds and landed on my back. After I gained my composure I couldn't even stand, I was falling and flailing everywhere. The worst part was there was no one to enjoy it. I was dying and wheezing from laughing but no one could join with me. My neighbors were all wisely in their warm homes. I've tried to explain it to my children and husband, and even showed them my bruised back but it's just not as funny. I can't wait for St Peter to show me that instant replay. I just know we are going to laugh, watch it over and over again together and slap each other on the back it's so funny.

So in other words, yeah, I'm ready for winter to be over.


Well, since I can't replay that moment, I like to slap up Valentines decorations everywhere, but this year I wanted to keep it simple so I made a few little quotes I could frame in my small kitchen that would instantly put a happy tune in my mind.
 After I made this first one "Sugar pie, honey buns" I thought, "hum, something sounds off. I better google the lyrics." Yep. All these years I have been singing this song totally wrong. Let's just say this is definitely not the first time this has happened.

Random story #2:
My first week at college I was so nervous I asked my neighbor to show me around campus, I'm not sure why, she was a freshman too. She just seemed so much more mature than me. It we getting cold so we huddled together as we walked across campus towards our apartment. We started singing the current trending song by Rascal Flatts, "These Days" that goes something like 
"I wake up in teardrops that fall down like rain
I put on that old song . . .  "

However I sang it
"I wake up in teardrops that fall down like rain
I put on my red sweats . . ."

She just about died hearing my new and improved lyrics, that I honestly thought were real. Yep, and that is how we became best friends. 


Anywhoo, I digress, so I made a second printable with the correct words "Sugar pie, honey BUNCH." But what is a honey bunch? 
I can't decide which I'll hang in my kitchen



And here are two more, this little tune always adds a little pep in my step.




Feel free to save the image to your computer and then print and slap up on your walls or in a frame to make your long winter a little brighter.

For personal use only pretty please. And of course like always if you have trouble downloading feel free to message me and I'll e-mail you a copy. 











Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl! Ugly Thoughts free printable

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!

Last year I shared this post about my favorite quote from Roald Dahl. I shared more details on Roald Dahl and the artist Quentin Blake in the original post, and my cute little girl. 

I could read these beautiful and quirky words over and over again. 

I've wanted to hang this quote, especially the drawings, in my bathroom for a long time, but all I had was an old copy from a book. So I scanned the picture in and changed the font. All credit is given to Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake. 

If you would like to hang this up in your home, closet, bathroom, etc, feel free to save image to your computer and download & print. You can also comment with your e-mail and I'll e-mail you a copy in JPEG & PDF. Or you can e-mail me springmcdonald(at)gmail.com.

Hope you have a wonderful day and have good thoughts that will shine out your face like sunbeams.


Monday, August 1, 2016

A Scottish family portrait - 60th wedding anniversary

A month ago I was contacted by Katrina from Scotland, Great Britain. She asked me to draw a family portrait for her parent's 60th wedding anniversary. This project was so wonderful and near and dear to my heart. I wanted to share more of the back story, and dedicate a whole post to it, so I hope you enjoy!

John & Julia are the cutest Scottish couple. This is their love story.  
John likes to play golf, and Julia loves small birds like robins, blackbirds and bluebirds.
During their 60 years they were blessed with 3 children, 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and wonderful in-laws that married into the family. 


They love to visit Forth Rail Bridge just west of Edinburgh, Scotland. I loved learning about this beautiful bridge. 
They started construction on the bridge in 1882, and finished in 1890, it was the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world at the time of it's completion, and is currently the world's second longest single cantilever span. 

The pictures of the construction are beautiful


To illustrate the use of tension and compression in the bridge, there was a demonstration in 1887 with the Japanese engineer, Kaichi Watanabe, supported between the two designers, Fowler & Baker, sitting on chairs. I'll be honest. I still don't understand it. 


 Now back to John & Julia. Their daughter said this is one of their favorite spots. 

They even purchased a love lock to hang on the Forth Road Bridge. Their lock says, 
"John & Julia Truly, madly, deeply." 
They are such romantics. 

After many correspondences with their daughter Katrina, and tweaking the picture here and there, here is the final portrait. It included all their favorite things.


See the love locks on the railing behind them? There are also little inside stories all over the picture, like a bluebird on the Julia's shoulder, and George from Peppa Pig on the little boy's shirt, and the teenager granddaughter that always poses with "peace" fingers over her eyes, daughter holding flowers because she is a florist, and more.

And ta-da, here are John & Julia on their 60th wedding anniversary with the portrait framed. Katrina said they loved it!



However my favorite part of the picture is the picture of the Queen next to the cake. I ask Katrina about it and she said it was a personal card from the Queen. The palace / Queen send cards to citizens on special occasions such as this. How sweet! Where was my birthday card President Obama?

Here are some up close pictures of the card. 


I loved my conversations with Katrina, and had a special bond with this project. My husband's ancestors come from Scotland (our last name is McDonald), and almost 2 years ago we were able to travel to Scotland. We stopped in Edinburgh and then traveled to the very top of Scotland to Wick & Thurso where we found a very small community called Surrey. We found the stone remains of the homes my husband's ancestors lived in. It was very amazing to walk the same land and even sit inside the church his great-great-great grandparents were married in.

Here is a picture of us in Edinburgh. We were only miles away from the Forth Rail bridge but we didn't know about it. We have been wanting to go back and do more family research in beautiful England & Scotland and the top of my list is visiting Forth Rail bridge, and you better believe I'm going to look for John & Julia's love lock and hopefully add our own. 

My husband in Surrey, where we tracked his last relative to have lived in this little community and possibly lived in one of these homes.

And one of our favorite days was my husband competing in a mile run at a highland game. 



I hope to look as beautiful as Julia, and my husband as handsome as John on our 60th wedding anniversary and have our children all around us. Thank you Katrina for finding my little business and asking me to help with this special project!