My handmade Christmas cards are finished and in the mail, so it's time for the big reveal! There's a point every year when I look at my sketches and think, This is the dumbest idea ever! Then I shrug my shoulders and finish them. What else could I possibly do? Buy cards? Send photo cards? Skip the... Continue Reading →
Guess and Win a Card!
Yes, once again, I've created my homemade Christmas cards. I hope you can guess what I drew so you can win one. They are a huge part of my holiday traditions; a labor of love, sweat, and a few tears. I actually balled up a few early sketches and threw them. It seemed like the appropriate,... Continue Reading →
A Day in London with Charles Dickens: Photo Essay
A visit with Charles Dickens made the top of my list as I traveled by train from Gatwick to London. So far, the trip to Europe had exceeded anything in my crazy imagination. I brought comfy shoes and planned to walk everywhere. After recent terror attacks, I hoped it would be enjoyable and police presence wouldn't... Continue Reading →
My Christmas Card Drawings Revealed
In three days Christmas will arrive whether we are ready or not. Three days! I'm psyching up for my last lap around Boulder for holiday gifts. I need to bake my annual cinnamon rolls and make a list to hit the grocery store. The good news? The illustrated Christmas cards are done and in the mail.... Continue Reading →
Win a Handmade Christmas Card!
It's time to guess and win a card! One of my Christmas traditions is to draw a family Christmas Card. It's almost done. I'm toying with adding something to the last drawing. Yes, there are three illustrations this year. No popups. Whew! I had to draw a line (pun intended) to save my sanity. A... Continue Reading →
You Still Have a Chance!
I have spent hours sketching, drawing, crafting, cutting, slicing and pasting my Christmas cards in a sort of elf-like assembly line without the elves. While up to my elbows in paper scraps, I looked forward to that blissful nirvanic state attained after slipping them into envelopes. A lot of love goes into each card and... Continue Reading →
Elfish Holiday Survival Tips
If you are a little behind in your holiday shopping, decorating, and baking, don't get down on yourself. You can always regift, dim the lights and order from the bakery. https://45.media.tumblr.com/fd7602e45e86f8df61f8eb80135947c8/tumblr_myaefftUym1qdbxo3o1_500.gif This is the time of year when everyone believes in Santa and Christmas miracles. If you don't, keep it to yourself. https://45.media.tumblr.com/91fe880e56cc9795582a08129af25909/tumblr_myafrwMfLx1qdbxo3o1_500.gif Embrace your inner... Continue Reading →
A Day in Dublin, Ireland!
Highlights from a trip to Dublin Ireland. Every year on the 17th of March, the Leprechauns scatter their gold coins throughout my house and I boil corned beef and cabbage while listening to Irish music. This year, I'm taking a trip back in time to our trip to Dublin. Danny and I traveled with my dad... Continue Reading →
The Nutcracker Sweet – A Video
A few days ago, I mentioned a few of my Christmas traditions, but excluded my favorite. There were many guesses. Some readers were right. BAKING. We used to watch my daughter, Courtney, dance in the Nutcracker. I had an idea. I could combine the two! I saw an adaptation of the traditional gingerbread man on... Continue Reading →
My Project Unveiled For All To See. Yikes!
I've sent out all of my greeting cards, so it's time to unveil my project. I'm so nervous. I hope you like it. Every year an idea comes to mind which becomes a sketch and then transforms into some kind of 3-D popup creation. I know what you're thinking. Most people don't even take the... Continue Reading →