Monthly Archives: October 2009

SCBWI Winter Conference 2010


For two years, I have had a goal of going to the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York City. I imagine it must be like Woodstock for writers & illustrators. 🙂 Yes, I’m a picture book geek, and I rarely ever read anything older than YA. So, the excitement is beginning because registration begins tomorrow . . . and . . . I . . will . . . be . . . registering!!!!!!! YIPPPPEE!! I’m saving my pennies, polishing my portfolio, and heading out from suburbia to the big city! I’m going to have to pace myself. The conference is 3 months away – if I stay this pumped, I just might crash into a weepy mess when I walk through the conference doors. (I’m practicing my “fanning myself while crying like Miss America” face) Let me know if you’ll be attending. I’m anxious to meet my cyber illustration buddies. Conga line to NYC!!


My Fall Mailer


Here’s my fall mailer. I love fall. I love all the colors, the crunchy leaves, the pumpkins, and the cooler temperatures. It’s all good! Living in Texas, fall isn’t quite the same as when I grew up in Michigan. We don’t get a real fall – leaves don’t change until late November. Kind of a bummer, actually. I’m not a cold weather person though, so if I could have spring, summer & fall only that would be awesome!!

Tin Man Pumpkin Junkin!


It’s that time of year again, folks! Time to junk your pumpkin! This is my third year to participate in Holli Conger’s Pumpkin Junkin exhibit & contest. It’s always fun and helps fill the creative well. You’ll never look at pumpkins the same way again!

This year I decided to go with the Tin Man since I have lots of tin “junk” around the house. Then I grabbed a photo online and added a yellow brick road & apples in Adobe Illustrator. He’s just waiting for Dorothy & Scarecrow to swing by on their way to see the Wizard.

UPDATE: My pumpkin is runner-up in this year’s Pumpkin Junkin!! SQUEEEE!! How exciting! I always have such a fun time junking a pumpkin. What a fun way to spark some creativity! If you haven’t tried it yet, be sure to plan on it next year. You’ll have so much fun!! Thanks, Holli!! 🙂

Art Licensing


This year, I’ve been interested to learn more about art licensing. If you’d like to learn more, go to Tara Reed’s site. She has some awesome e-books that will teach you all you need to know. I’ve also listened in to several of Tara’s phone calls with experts, and taken her Goal Wheel study. Very cool to get info like this from home. You can even get copies of past calls at her site – so don’t feel bummed that you missed it! Tara’s latest tool for you is Product Mock-up Magic – a tutorial for learning how to mock up your art onto products in Photoshop. I absolutely love to have a guided tutorial that I can refer back to over & over again. I have a big binder full of Tara’s ebooks including an awesome pattern ebook. (Remember my Christmas pattern? Learned it from Tara!) Product Mock-up Magic will be a great addition!

Check it all out . . . you’ll be glad you did!

Oh, I’m also supposed to mention that if you click on these links and purchase the products, I will get a small percentage of the sale. Legal stuff, so I have to tell ya this. However, I think you’ll enjoy the products or I wouldn’t have told you about them in the first place (commission or not!).