Friday, October 28, 2011

Introducing Spring Time CARDS and my Etsy shop

With wonderful encouragement from you guys, I have finally opened up an Etsy shop. My link is to the right. 

I'm so exited to share these cards. Some are new, but most are cards I have made and given to family on special occasions (so some of you might recognize these).

They also come without color so you can color them how you like. 

Congratulations cards on new baby & pregnancy. (I so love the "new bump" card)

 More Congratulations (wedding & new home)

Get Well and Happy Birthday 

Congratulations on Graduating 

Thank You!

And my personal favorites!

 Each card is blank inside with a black border, and has my logo on the back. 

 They even come wrapped. Aww . .  I already have my first customer . . . well . . it's my sister, does that count?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sports theme

This year my husband said enough is enough and bought us all Boise State shirts that we are required to wear on game days. So far only he and our son have faithfully worn their shirts. Our little three year old, with his limited vocabulary, will yell "Boise State" when he sees anyone with the blue and orange logo on their clothes, while this is embarrassing for me, the people in the store will proudly high-five him.

So I understand this sports-theme-family-love. 

Emily and her beautiful family love the Colts. I grew up around Emily's family, and along with her they are some of the sweetest & kindest people ever. 

Some BYU fans

Challis & Josh live in Boston and so it's obvious why they love the Red Sox. I LOVE these two. They are smart, truly kind to everyone around them, and so hilarious! I remember sitting next to Challis in government, our senior year of high school, and she would talk about how she just wanted to go on a date with Josh, well they did go on that date, and have been together ever since. 

Challis didn't ask me to draw this next one but I really wanted to. I am crazy proud of these guys, Challis just graduated with her law degree and passed her bar, and Josh will soon graduate with his PhD in Chemistry. Because my friends are smart that means I am smart, right? 

Thanks guys for sharing your awesome families with me!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Happy Halloween printable

I had so many things to do last night and instead I found myself doodling children in halloween costumes. Why? Because Halloween is AWESOME!   

I hope you have fun coloring this free printable 
(Click on the picture and save to your computer, make sure to scale to size before printing)

That witch is pretty stinkin awesome, huh? I'm just a little proud of myself. Our little boy is going to be Superman for Halloween this year and I spent way too long practicing that Superman symbol. 

I found this cute Boo Hoo at Pinterest here, and I wanted to make my own version. 

Halloween is seriously awesome, and kids only make it more fun!
Um . .  and someone was a little excited to be pippi longstockings. :)

This is my all-time-favorite picture. We often only take pictures of the good times, and then throw out the unflattering pictures, when really we should take pictures of the rotten and unpleasant times so when we look back through our photo albums we will have pictures as awesome as this one. 
This was 3 years ago, and our little girl was Tinkerbell. Her first meltdown happened when she realized her wings wouldn't really make her fly, and this meltdown happened when daddy kept taking pictures when she told him to stop. I remember thinking, "Hold it together Spring" and our little boy is looking at me thinking, "What kind of family was I born into?" 


Sunday, October 16, 2011

a sweet thank you note!

Recently my sweet sister-in-law was in a car accident. A broken rib and big bruises left her feeling lucky but very sore. Her wonderful neighbors and friends came to her rescue and brought meals and cleaned her home, something that meant so much to me because we are not close enough to help.

My sister-in-law asked me to draw a "thank you note" for her friends, something that had to do with her friends being the sugar that turned her lemons into lemonade. This is what I came up with. 

I couldn't decide which I liked more. 

Then my sister-in-law used her crafty skills to turn the picture into a card and delivered them to her friends with some lemon drop candies. Too cute!

While it's not a finished card (you need to add some color, some card stock, etc) I hope you enjoy this doodle. Click on the doodle picture and scale it to the size you want and print it, sorry I still haven't figured out how to attach a pdf, that would be so much easier. You could attach the card to lemon drops like my sister-in-law did, or to lemon bars, hum . . . that's as far as my cooking knowledge goes. I guess you could attach it to lemonade packets, any kind of goodie or simple just send the card!

I am wonderful at sending mental thank you cards, meaning I think in my head "I need to tell that person how much they mean to me," and then 6 months later I realize my beautiful mental card never got past my brain. 

Take the time to tell someone how much they mean to you, your mom, sister, friend, co-worker, neighbor, child, etc. My current favorite quote is by James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan,
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."

I would love to see what you come up with, send me a picture of your card to my email 

If you can't scale the doodle just right, e-mail me and I can send you a pdf or word file. Thanks - Spring

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Erin R. Family (preschool friend) & Kathy (preschool teacher)

This is my wonderful friend Erin, who I have known since preschool. Erin is a wonderful friend. She is genuine, so very kind and always a blast to be around. She is so smart, crazy talented at sports, especially volleyball, and now she is a teacher, something I always knew she would be great at. 

Our little girl went to preschool last year, and that first day I looked around at all her cute little classmates wondering if she would find a life long friend there like I did. 

Here we are in the 1st or 2nd grade Christmas program. I'm the ridiculous reindeer in the red (check out that awesome crimped hair), and Erin is right next to me looking so cute in the black dress. One of our favorite memories is when I got caught cheating on our spelling test in first grade, yep.

Erin and her husband Jason have the cutest baby girl, holy cow she is so beautiful, my drawings don't do justice. 

I experimented with fonts & colors, and title locations. I'm still working on the colors.

 I wanted to use Erin's family to show my two styles. The true stick figures are below. And the more full stick figures, meaning the arms and legs aren't just sticks, are above. 

Another cool fact about Erin, is that her mom, Kathy, was our preschool teacher. She had the coolest room set up in her basement but honestly all I remember is nap time. If you were really quiet you could get chosen to be the wake up fairy and with a special wand you could walk by everyone and softly poke them to wake them up. Well . . .  I was never quiet enough to be chosen as the wake up fairy, I think I talked too much back then too. But I'm totally over it now. :)
Kathy has been a family friend for many years and went back to school when I was at college and I loved seeing her on campus. She is one awesome preschool teacher and one amazing lady. 

Here is her cute family now that her kids are out of the house. Yes, this is my second try at dogs, these are weimaraners, I think they look pretty good. My favorite part is Kathy's husband's mustache. That was also a first, and I'm pretty proud of it. They live in the country on a beautiful ranch, so this also was an experiment on backgrounds. 

Thank you Kathy for letting me experiment on your beautiful family. And thanks Erin, for not only letting me color your adorable family but for being one of, if not my longest-knowing friend. You really are an amazing person, and I feel so very very fortunate to have had you in my life!!