Monday, July 21, 2014

The Land of Nod

My little hedgehog is now for sale on "The Land of Nod"! It is so satisfying to see your work out there after months of back and forth with a company. It is always an interesting process, and this one was no different. Since I began licensing my art to companies, I have had requests based on what they are looking for, what their research tells them sells best. I have learned that blue and pink are your best bet, and customizable art is booming now. I am also very surprised at what illustrations become best sellers. This hedgehog, even though my original image looked very different, has been far and away the most popular. 

Can you find it?

Here it is...

here is the original illustration...the yellow, considered to be "gender neutral," needed to be more specific to the buyer, hence the pink. The little flag was evidently a great spot for some kisses and hugs.....

which one is your favorite?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Picture Update

We traveled to Steamboat this weekend to see friends, to eat, and to drink. Maybe a bit too much on the last count, but it was perfect. The mountain air, scenery, and company were just what we needed. Both Zach and I have been craving some outdoor time lately, living downtown gets HOT! It is always great to see old friends; it feels so good to catch up, laugh, and to capture the feeling that seemingly nothing has changed (except the addition of new little ones of course!) 

Wish it could have lasted longer.... 'til next year.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Swoon: Bill Ingram Lake House

This architect/ interior designer's creations are simple, classic, and soooooo beautiful.  Just look at this lovely lake house he designed from top to bottom.... who wouldn't want to spend some time here?


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Monday, July 7, 2014

Picture Update

We visited the great state of Iowa for the 4th of July. It is always so wonderful to spend time with our family, meet new people, eat good food, and get plenty of hugs and kisses from darling kiddos. It was a quick trip, but well worth it. Zach was finally able to find time to read and relax, and I took naps and indulged with large quantities of unhealthy food. I always have and always will love staying at my grandma's house. It is a great place to be and relax, and right now, her garden looks absolutely beautiful. The dogs enjoyed their visit as well, even though the drive down was plagued by 6 vomiting spells (All courtesy of the dogs, not us, in case you were worried).

Driving through the cornfields and lovely rolling hills of the farmland landscape, we are always in awe of how long this area remains green. All in all it was everything we needed!

Thursday, July 3, 2014