Happy New Year!

Every year I always say it goes by fast, but really truly, it goes by so fast! I enjoy reading everyones recaps of the year, so I thought there might be one of you who reads mine and gets inspired to do the same. 

January I handed over my final copy of If I Wrote A Book About You to the publishers and it was released at the end of May. 

February the Happy Happy Art Collective officially launched. 

March was the best month of year, We Love Nature which I created over 200 illustrations for, was published. I designed a personal piece book cover for the Happy Happy Blog that turned out to be one of my favorite drawings of the year. 

In March, I also got the courage to send out an inquiry email to my dream art rep Tugeau 2 and signed on with them a few weeks later. And my daughter turned 2 on the 15th.

April I started working on illustrations for The Giant Book of Creativity which comes out March 24th!

May I turned in my final images for The Yoga Game by The Sea which comes out February 5th!

June I celebrated my 33rd birthday, a great accomplishment I know.

July and August we traveled by Amtrak to San Francisco and Portland and discovered If I Wrote A Book About You was an editors pick at the amazing Powell's bookstore.

August I discovered nib pens and fell in love with drawing all over again. My letter T was brought to life using ink and nib. We also celebrated my husbands birthday at the end of the month!

September I participated in the around the world blog hop and wrote about three of my favs Jill Nicky and Sabina

October I took a quilting class and now I'm hooked.

November the Happy Happy Girls finished illustrating the alphabet and we all ended with a bunch of zebras, zinnias, and zip lines!

December I signed on to do two new books for 2015, the second Yoga Game book and Monkey See, Monkey Do by David Elliott with Blue Apple Books. 

Favorite books I read this year were The Magicians, The Magician King and The Magicians Land. 

Favorite movie (which I saw last night) was Birdman

My favorite netflix watching was Gilmore Girls, Peaky Blinders, and Raising Hope

I couldn't stop listening to Sylvan Esso and Devendra Banharts Mala.

For podcasts, who didn't listen to Serial? I also loved Your Dreams My Nightmares, Let's Get Busy, and Snap Judgement

And last, my favorite children's books were Uni the Unicorn, Julia, Child, and Littleland

2015 is right around the corner and I have my list of things to do. I want to learn how to watercolor, write more, quilt more, and read more. 

What about you? I would love to read your accomplishments and goals! Please share!

Happy Freebies!

Well my friends, The Happy Happy Art Collective's 24 Days of Freebies ends tomorrow! Have you had a chance to download any? Everyone created the most amazing printables, I'm so impressed with the groups work! You can see all of our printables here. Don't forget to check out the last one tomorrow!

Other stuff and some good things

Fixed a few things around here. First, my logo (oi), I am never happy with my logo. But, alas, I just put this one together and I'm quite pleased. I have always loved this little blue haired girl and I wanted to have my name handwritten, so here it is! Ta - Da! 

Next, apparently my contact form up there under info wasn't working for the past year. I might have missed out on a few e-mails. I hope that isn't the case, but if you were my dream client or company maybe there is a slim chance you'll see that in fact, I am a nice person, I didn't get your email and that yes, I would still love to work with you. Peace offering? It is the holidays.

Last, my facebook link at the bottom wasn't work either. Let's just say I am very amateur at the creating of websites. So it goes. I'm hoping that the rest of the bugs are so minor that no one will ever notice. Click on the fb link, like my page and make my day. While your at it, send me a message from my contact form above! :)

This year has been the best of the best. I signed on with my dream agent, Tugeau 2, who has helped acquire a contract with Blue Apple Books. I am spending 2015 illustrating a book written by David Elliott (Finn Throws A Fit - heard of it? One of my daughter's favorites and we can relate to it oh so well.) 

I got to work with so many amazing and talented small businesses this year. So many fun custom drawings and logos and lovely friends that I have gained along the way. Muddy's Bake Shop, Sarah & Abraham, Lou Brown Designs, Little Gnome Knits, Dolly Priss, Kelly Bejelly, and Laura Gonzales from Peace to the City.

I met two artists I greatly admire; Nicky Ovitt and Emily Balsely.

I got to know all the ladies of the Happy Happy Art Collective. Love keeping in touch with these girls, video chatting and making art. You make me so happy.

The authors I have had the pleasure of getting to know Stephany Aulenback and Kathy Beliveau and how grateful I am to have illustrated their beautiful words. 

Happy Happy's 24 days of free printables is turning out to be so amazing. Check out all the amazing things we have been creating. 

Erin and Phillip Stead are amazing children's book illustrators/authors they have this very interesting blog called Number Five Bus. I recommend reading through. Plus Matthew Cordell! Come on! 

My editor Kallie George over at Simply Read Books has written a magical book that I can't wait to get, The Magical Animal Adoption Agency. Isn't that cover amazing?

Cannot wait for this book!

And treated myself to this amazing one

Looking forward to my goals for 2015.