Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Valentine's Day love cards

Valentine's Day is around the corner, are you still looking for a card for your valentine?

Did I mention that I worked at Hallmark during high school, and holy cow, you should have seen the husbands and boyfriends pour in Valentine's day evening frantically looking for a Valentine's day card. We usually ran out and whoa, look out, the wrath of a last minute husband. 

Fast forward to when I was married and my husband came home with a spanish Valentine's Day card, the english ones were all sold out. I loved the card so much it became a tradition, now every year my husband TRIES to find the most ridiculous Valentine's Day card, "To my Uncle", "Your 100th birthday" a sympathy card, etc. 

From my years at hallmark it created a love for cards and I bought and hoarded many, I still have some I can't part with (over 12 years old). The best are love cards with a dash of sarcasm. 

I have wanted to create these cards for quite some time and am just a little stoked about them. My husband might receive one of each. 

(These cards are available on my etsy shop with more color options, if you don't see the hair color / skin color you need, you can specify which colors you would like, even dress color). 

I try to offer most of my doodles for free, so I will have a free Valentine's Day card coming soon.

Librarians might not like this card, but it shows how strong your love is. :) 

Perhaps you would like a hip blond that has amazing skills at balancing heavy books in one hand, and on one foot I might add. :)

I would just like to quickly state that I only have one husband . . . and yes, he is my favorite husband. 

Oh how I love this "got love?" card, of course from the "got milk?" advertisement. 

A card to tell your special one that you still check him out. 

And last but definitely not least is the beard card. My husband does not have a beard, but I have several brother-in-laws that can grow fantastic beards and I had my awesome sister-in-laws in mind when I made this. 

And because not all beards are the same I had to make one in each color. 

And if you would like an assortment of love cards to give through out the year for anniversary, birthday, or random days to say "I love you" here is a link for a set of 5 (better deal). 

Hope you find a way to tell your special person you love them, or if you don't have that special someone yet, just wait, and start hoarding cards like I did 12 years ago . .  or maybe not, that is kind of weird. :)

Monday, January 28, 2013

LDS ABCs app on sale this week

Hi guys,

A shout out today that the LDS ABCs full app (that I illustrated the pictures for) is on sale this week only for 99 cents. Find the link here. It is also featured on www.pinchingyourpennies.com here.

It is pretty sweet. You can follow along and listen to the ABCs being read by the sweetest little girl. Then you can color pictures, e-mail the pictures to family and friends, and even print pictures off to color by hand.

And if you already bought the app, make sure you update it, there is a new eraser for activity pages.

So check it out and have fun coloring pictures like this Noah and others.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Clothespin Giraffe (free printable)

When my daughter was in preschool she came home with a super cute clothespin giraffe. I looked all over online and couldn't find one as cute as hers, so we made our own. 

This would also work great if you were teaching the letter "G"

(click on picture and save to your computer, make sure scaled to correct size before printing). If you ever have trouble printing one of my freebies send me an e-mail (found in my contact tab) and I'll e-mail the document directly to you!)

This is the same idea as my clothespin turkeys 

Simply color, cut along dotted lines, glue (we used a glue stick) legs to clothes pins, and then attach clothespins to body. The glue stick works well, but use lots of glue and hold paper legs to the clothespin for a few long seconds. 

It works even better if you use cute kids. Sorry, you can't borrow mine. 

We call this caveman coloring in our house (gripping the marker like a caveman), hey don't judge, it works!

You can even make them do a little gig. The giraffes that is, my kids can do a gig too.

We made a little "How to make a clothespin giraffe" tutorial. It is very impressive if I say so myself. My daughter might just drop out of grade school and start working for Martha Stewart.
If this video doesn't work here is the link


Like my daughter said in the video "You can play with it, or use it as a decoration." So true, what better center piece than a clothespin giraffe. 

Now last week I announced a giveaway to say thank you for helping me reach 20,000 views on my blog, and the winner is  . . . . 

I used random.org. Thanks again everyone who entered and your kind comments! If I had more time I would make a family portrait for you all!  I'll have another giveaway soon. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

A HUGE thank you & a giveaway

I started this little blog a little over a year ago, September 2011 to be exact, just for fun. Thought I would share some silly doodles and puppets. I did it as a side hobby and didn't really advertise with blog swaps and others (as you can tell I have no idea how to since I don't even know the proper lingo), so I really want to thank my wonderful friends and family that have supported me and spread the word, linking me to pinterest and sharing my blog on facebook.

We hit 20,000 views this month, my mom is probably 10,000 of those views, but that still blows my mind.

If you google "Don't Eat Pete" my blog is listed under links. Or "how to draw a family using stick figures" my doodles pop up under images. More importantly you can finally google "Spring Time Treats" for a long time nothing came up but Easter goodies and crafts. :)

Also Todays Parent (Canadian magazine) showed my blog in their list "12 free printable toys for kids" here. They have some really great sites on there, my daughter is so excited about the Paris and Eiffel Tower printouts.

And the app I drew pictures for is now offering a FREE version here.

I have some, or actually lots of ideas I want to share this year, so here's to hoping I can squeak in the time in to finish them. I might even try make my blog look a little more professional. But then again, it's a stick figure blog, so I'm not sure how professional I can make it look. :)

I guess what I'm getting at is thank you! I still sit back sometimes and think "These are stick figures, why would anyone like them, especially, why would anyone buy them?" Thanks for your confidence and sweet comments, they really do mean a lot. Now don't worry, this hasn't gone to my head, I still do the dishes, take care of my children, make dinner every night. . . whoa, whoa, did I just say make dinner every night, ha ha, aww, that was a good one.

So to say a better thank you, than just "THANK YOU" I am doing a give away. It's my first one - oh ya!

All you have to do is
1. Enter you name and e-mail in the comment below so I can contact you.
2. Enter what you would like from my etsy shop. A family portrait, assortment of cards, digital printable, etc. Just one please. :)
3. And if you would like to follow me that would be great too, but not necessary.

I will use random.org to randomly choose one winner a week from today Monday, January 14th. 

Once again, thank you! 
Spring Time

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year 2013!

Our New Years Eve was spent running errands because we had just come home from a trip, and we quickly stopped at Taco Bell and then Little Caesar Pizza (because they are both soooo good we couldn't choose). We were eating in the car (when I say car I really mean awesome minivan - seriously, even if I only had one child I would still buy a minivan, so much room), anyway, eating in the van because, like I said we were running errands and didn't have time to go into one of their luxurious seating areas. 

I looked around and for a half second I thought "What a lame New Year's Eve" and then I quickly looked at my two children chowing down on their taco/pizza with the most content smiles, because honestly tacos and pizza are wonderful, my sweet sleeping baby and my funny husband and I thought, "I can't think of better company than this," and then the naco cheese flipped on the floor, luckily it landed upright, it was a New Year miracle. Happy New Year! 

Here is a flashback to last New Year. I made this Be Happy poster and I have thought of it often over the year. My resolution this year is the exact same as last year 

"To deliberately remember to "be happy" and try these things when I feel that grumpy, stressful cloud gathering around me. If I can do that, I don't need a resolution to be a more patient mom, be a kinder wife, do things for others, because I am those things when I am happy."

One thing I forgot on this list that makes me VERY happy is eating chocolate, so mentally add a picture of a girl chowing down on a snickers bar, or Taco Bell / Little Caesar Pizza. (P.S. Do they have Little Caesar Pizza everywhere, or is that just an Idaho thing?) 

My son's little legs speak volumes here. Life doesn't turn out perfect but by golly it's still going to turn out okay.