Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Don't Eat Pete - Nativity version FREE PRINTABLE

Merry Christmas everyone!! I haven't been posting, or shopping or sleeping much these past few weeks. I have been so busy drawing family portraits for Christmas, and eating chocolate! I'll share the portraits I drew come January. It's been so fun staying up late drawing your sweet families . . . and eating chocolate!

I finished this Nativity version of Don't Eat Pete a few weeks ago but I haven't gotten around to sharing it yet. My sweet aunt asked if I could make this last year . . .  and I'm finally getting it to her. 

To print: Click on image, save to computer & print. 
Click on this link to download JPEG or PDF 
Click on this link to download the instructions JPEG or PDF

Click here for my link to print last year's North Pole Don't Eat Pete

Last Christmas I shared these little Nativity puppets. They are still my favorite. Click here to for the link to print the Nativity puppets. A black & white version is also available for your children to color. 

I hope you enjoy these little doodles. It's just something small, but it's my gift to you to enjoy with your friends & family. That we might remember the first gift of Christmas, our Savior. 

Merry Christmas! 


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thanksgiving Clothespin Turkey links

Happy Thanksgiving!! This is my favorite holiday because it's just food. No stress about presents or costumes to make or even parties to plan, just eating a lot of food with family. Of course I'm not making the dinner. Hum . . . maybe that would increase my stress level if I was cooking the food. :)

This little clothespin Turkey that I drew a couple years ago has become very popular, especially on pinterest. I have received quite a few e-mails from people having trouble downloading it. So I thought I would included some links to help download. 

Link for original Clothespin Turkey JPEG
Link for original Clothespin Turkey PDF

I also made a new version with no lines on the feathers so you can write what you are thankful for on each feather, turning it into a Thankful Clothespin Turkey. Oh ya!

Link for Thankful Clothespin Turkey JPEG
Link for Thankful Clothespin Turkey PDF

Here is the tutorial of how to make a clothespin giraffe. Same concept as clothespin turkey. My children are pretty talented. Look out Martha Stewart. Click here to view if not working. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

It was me . . I brought the whistles. AND FREE Don't Eat Pete HALLOWEEN PRINTABLES

I have a confession. I'm seriously really nervous to share it . . okay here goes  . .  it was me! I was the one who brought the whistles to last year's (2014) neighborhood/church Halloween Trunk of Treat party. 

Whew! I feel a little better. But before you storm my house with pitchforks and torches let me explain. 

I have lots of beautiful nieces and handsome nephews. I love being Aunt Spring Bean. I also have quite a few nieces and nephews with food allergies or other diseases that limit their diet. Some mild, some quite severe - very life threatening. Halloween is rough when they can't participate because of all the candy that is yummy to me but dangerous to them. 

Last year I thought I would purchase toys instead of candy to give out to my neighborhood kids as a way to help out those few children who can't eat the candy. I thought it was a great idea. Seriously. I was patting myself on the back for being awesome and planning ahead of time to purchase the toys online. I found the best deal on these cute little whistles. 

Then the day of the neighborhood/church Trunk or Treat. We had a wonderful chili cook off, played some carnival games and then when it was time for the Trunk or Treat we decided to have it inside the church gym because of the weather. I handed out my 100 whistles . . .  to say they were a hit would be an understatement. The next thing I know I hear 100 children blowing their whistles as hard as they can. They don't stop, it just gets louder and louder.  You can see the tension building in the gym as little old ladies pass by me swearing under their breath. I start to shrink against the wall as people start exclaiming "Who brought the blasted whistles?" I keep as quiet as a church mouse as adults try quiet the 100 loud whistles. People have to make announcements on the microphone and soon everyone starts to leave as quickly as possible to get home and take some Tylenol for their throbbing headaches. I'm dying. Literally dying. I make it home covered in shame and humiliation, and then I start laughing. That laugh where you are on the verge of crying but start laughing instead. My husband just looks at me and says "What were you thinking?" 

People still bring it up in the neighborhood and I just smile and say, "Who would bring those whistles?" The only people I told were my parents and for the last year it has been their favorite story to tell, how their daughter single-handedly ruined the Halloween Party. 

Now my secret is out, and I'm very nervous. I hope you will forgive me. I promise it came from a good place. I promise it was out of love for so many sweet children around me. I hope every time my nieces and nephews hear whistles they will think of how much their aunt loves them. :)

I promise, this year I bought NO whistles or anything that makes noise. Just sticky hands that you can fling across the room, what could go wrong? :)

Here are a couple articles I have read recently about food allergies that I truly loved. Teal Pumpkin Project, and 8 Unexpected Silver linings of Food Allergies. While food allergies and so many other diet restricting diseases don't affect my day to day with my children, they affect so many around me. I am so proud of these strong moms and dads who works so hard for their children to keep them healthy and happy. I hope they all have a wonderful Halloween and blow lots of whistles, just not at our Trunk or Treat.  

Below is our famous "Don't Eat Pete - Halloween Edition." I have been tossing around the idea of using these pictures to make some Bingo charts, is that something you would like? How many charts would you need to play with a family, 6 to 10?

Click on this link  to the original post to download 

And my husband's ridiculous "Don't Eat Pete - Mullet Edition"
Click on this link  to the original post to download 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Back to school ideas

It's back to school season, and with the best intentions I haven't done anything new for you. Sorry. I know you feel hurt. I feel the hurt too. 

However, I wanted to share these oldies but goodies with you. 

These cheesy jokes go great in your child's school lunch box, or left on their pillow. 
I'm all about being cheesy.  Here is the original link with pictures that show the jokes better. (I'll just tell you now, they are really good). 

But these next ones are my favorite. 

These are lunch box notes for teenagers, spouses or my 7 year old son who informed me is too old for little kid jokes. 

Check out the original link for other awesome ideas on how to use these. Seriously, I really love the idea "Random acts of Chuck Norris" or where you attack someone's door with these jokes and post 
"You've been Chuck Norrised"

You know what? Forget the kids, just put these in your lunch box. They are awesome. :)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Ugly Thoughts

I have a 9 year old daughter * gasp * can that be? She is the sweetest thing around. I adore her. She starts 4th grade this year. She'll learn about Idaho history - the Oregon trail, Lewis & Clark and awesome Sacajawea who saved their tails a few times. And of course our famous potatoes, can't forget those Idaho potatoes. But I digress.

4th grade is awesome. But it's also where she will slowly start to leave her childhood. I hope she always knows she is hilarious, talented and beautiful. How do I teach her this as she grows? How do I teach her to always see the beauty in herself and others?

I found this quote from one of Roald Dahl's books, I especially love the drawings. I'm going to hang this in the bathroom, so when my 9 year old gets ready for the day she remembers to also prepare her mind for the day. I need a copy in my bathroom too. 

This is hands down my favorite picture of my daughter- around the age of 5. Look at that beautiful confidence shining through. 

We don't have to be screaming with delight at all times, or feel like it's not okay to have hard days or sad times. That's not what "ugly thoughts" are. Ugly thoughts are when you tear someone or even yourself down. Ugly thoughts are little dark whispers that take root in your mind and worm their way into every thought you have until you only find fault with everything and everyone. 

We cannot hide our thoughts, they will eventually show through in our actions and even our appearance. For good or bad, our thoughts become who we are. 

I hope you have a beautiful day filled good thoughts that shine out your face like sunbeams. 

About the author / illustrator

Roald Dahl (1916 - 1990) British novelist, best know for his children stories. I knew many of Mr. Dahl's books like James & the Giant Peach, Matilda, BFG, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, and more, but I had not heard of The Twits (where this fine quote comes from). In the story Mr. & Mrs. Twit play mean practical jokes on each other out of hatred for one another. They live in a brick house without windows with their mistreated pet monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps. I have unfortunately not read this book yet. I will put it on my list. 

Quentin Blake (1932 - current) English cartoonist, illustrator and children's book writer.  He is best known for illustrating Roald Dahl's books. He is still alive and has won many awards for his wonderful work. While Roald Dahl's books are amazing, when I think of his books I also think of the drawings. Quentin deserves his due credit. I found his website with wonderful tips and videos. Fabulous work and a true teacher. Quentin Blake has a fan in me. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

family portraits - before and after - sketch process

These are some of the recent family portraits I have drawn. I have started to take pictures during the process. Sometimes I send the customer a quick picture of the portrait after I sketch it to get their approval before I add pen and finish editing on my computer. Lots easier to change anything (hair style, etc) when it's still just pencil.) To see the full process from beginning to end check out this post. 

But mostly I love to take pictures during the process to see the before and after. Sometimes I love the pencil drawing even more than the "after" picture. :)

This simple family picture is one of my favorites. 

Another one of my favorites ever (yes, I have lots of favorites)

I took this picture after I added pen to the sketch. 

I LOVE when a client sends me a picture of their finished portrait in a frame. This sweet family was celebrating the dad's graduation from pharmacy school. They had a big party with this picture as a display. Lots of fun decorations, including candy inside prescription bottles. Ha ha, looked so awesome. 

One of my favorite families. Their beloved cow made it in the picture. 

I loved the challenge of fitting 22 people, 3 chickens, 1 fish, 1 bird, 1 stuffed shark animal and lots of fun inside jokes in this picture.

Um . . . sometimes the whole family doesn't fit on one piece of paper. Oops. 

But they eventually all made it in. :)

I love to draw portraits of people I know. Love this rad family.

Quite a few of my orders recently have been gifts for grandparents, a way to have a picture of everyone together when they can't all gather together in person. I hope these new grandparents enjoyed this portrait. 

I have changed my pricing on my etsy shop. I kept going back and forth wanting to offer a reasonable price but also enough to cover the time I spend working. The price is based on how many people are in the portrait. :)

Thanks to these sweet families for letting me share their portraits. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Paper Puppets FREE (Space Robots, Pirates, Cowboys, Fairies & Mermaids)

One of my first posts ever I shared some Pirate, Cowboy & Fairy paper puppets. It has become my most popular post with over 16,000 views. Wow. Thanks mom for viewing all those times. :).

I have since slightly edited the puppets, and made them a little better quality to download. Click on picture to download to your computer or click on links to download JPEG or PDF.

**Note: I sometimes do craft fairs (if you see me - wave, I'm super nervous at them) and I sell these paper puppets. You might be thinking, "What? They are free on her website!" I don't charge much, just enough cover the price to print in color and laminate. There are some people who want to save time and ink and pay a little for the kit. Just wanted to clarify. :) 

Thanks for your support of this silly hobby of mine. To say thanks, I added some Space Robots. Whoot - Whoot!

Click here to download Space Robots in color JPEG or PDF

Click here to download Space Robots coloring page JPEG or PDF

 Click here to download Pirates in color JPEG or PDF

Click here to download Cowboys & Robbers in color JPEG or PDF

Click here to download Sweet Fairies in color JPEG or PDF

Click here to download Mermaid Tales in color JPEG or PDF

And if you are an ink hog like me and don't print often in color, here are some black & white coloring pages your children can color. Even more fun!

Click here to download Pirates coloring page in JPEG or PDF

Click here to download Cowboys & Robbers coloring page in JPEG or PDF

Click here to download Sweet Fairies coloring page in JPEG or PDF

 Click here to download Mermaid Tales coloring page in JPEG or PDF

Thanks again for your support, I love seeing where these little paper puppets end up. Send me a picture or post a picture with hashtag #springtimedoodles 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Don't Eat Pete: Mullet Edition FREE

It's here, it's here! The solution to all your problems. Drum roll please . . .  
Don't Eat Pete: Mullet Edition

Last year I proudly shared this hilarious and hideous game board my husband drew for my etsy shop. It only cost a couple dollars on my etsy shop, and after talking to my husband, we decided to share this as a FREE printable for all to enjoy. It wasn't that long of a talk, "Hey, what do you think if we gave that Mullet Don't Eat Pete print away for FREE on my blog" . . . "What Mullet picture? Oh ya, that one. sure" 

Father's Day is in less than a week. Print on card stock and if you feel so inclined you can also laminate. Add with his favorite small candy and ta - da!! You nailed Father's Day. 

I hope you enjoy!

Click on picture and save to computer or click on links to download JPEG & PDF

Click on picture and save to computer or click on links to download JPEG & PDF

Don't know how to play Don't Eat Pete? My children demonstrate in this oscar winning video.

What if you are thinking, "No offense Spring, but I don't really want to play Don't Eat Pete, but I want to enjoy this fine work of art." No problem, I've already thought ahead. Here is a simple 

Mullet Men: First edition. 

You can simply print, frame it and place it on your bed stand, or print and make into a card, the sky is the limit with this beauty. 

Click on picture and save to computer or click on links to download JPEG & PDF

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Father's Day cards

Father's Day is less than 2 weeks away. I was looking through my cards and realized some of my cards would work for Father's Day! 

Well . . . not to give to YOUR father, but more for a wife to give her husband. Because even though it's called "Father's" Day, we all know it's more like "Husband's" Day. :)

I LOVE YOU and your beard (etsy link)

I LOVE YOU more than ESPN (etsy link)

You're my favorite husband (etsy link)

I'd follow you anywhere . . . the view from behind is great (etsy link)

These next few really have nothing to do with fatherhood or being a husband, but they still crack me up.

Man with bike (etsy link)

Man with dog (etsy link)

And um . . . maybe you had a rough couple days and this might work better than a mushy card. 
No judgment here. :)
Sorry I bit your head off (etsy link)

And in a couple days I have something REALLY awesome I'm excited to share just in time for Father's Day!! Prepare yourself!