The Book I Illustrated is now on AMAZON! Woohoo!

Hi friends! I promised I would let you know when the book
Sea Glass and the Lighthouse was available for purchase on Amazon and here is it!!!

 

Sea Glass and the Lighthouse by Kelly Brooks Bay is a sweet story based in Maine with full color illustrations (by your’s truly!) and I think it would be a delightful gift for any child this holiday season. It is so nice to see a project you have been working on for months become a reality! I hope you like it! That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Finishing Something…

Hi friends! There is nothing as satisfying as finishing a daunting task. This week, I completed the illustrations for Kelly Brooks-Bay’s new Book Sea Glass and the Lighthouse two whole hours before the deadline! Some revisions may be needed as par for the course but I am really pleased to have it completed.

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I am also almost done decluttering my craft-room using the Konmari method. I have been filming as I worked on this monumental task of physically holding everything I owned and deciding whether to keep it or not. I am very happy with how it is going and I will be happy to give you a full report with an indexed video (so you can skip to subject you want to see) in a couple of weeks. Working on two big projects at once reminded me of some valuable lessons: 1. You can reach any goal if you are willing to work for it and 2. Persistence beats perfection. Basically, show up everyday, do YOUR best and keep at it until the job is done. There is nothing better than the feeling of finishing something. I want to know in the comments what you are working on or if you jut finished a daunting project recently. Let’s cheer each other on! Happy crafting!

You Don’t Have to Get Ready if You Stay Ready {mini pep talk}

Hi friends! Have you ever had a really daunting task? I am the queen of short, instant gratification projects. I could write a blog article every day for a year with no problem but if I had to write a 365 page book I would be overwhelmed, even if I had a year to do it! I realized that tasks can seem manageable or daunting depending on how we look at them. I am currently in the middle of a children’s book illustration job. The deadline is tight and I ordinarily would not have accepted a job with such a short deadline but the success of the book depends on it being ready for this years catalog for bookstores. Also I am friends with the author and I don’t want to screw up someone else’s dream. I had to start the process with the cover of he book which I would prefer to do last after getting a feel for the book and the other illustrations. People, despite good advice, judge a book by it, that is a lot of pressure! Creating the cover was like pushing a boulder up a hill on an unfamiliar path, you think you are at the top but the author needs a change, so you plod away some more and you think you reach the top and the publisher needs a change and then you finally do reach flat ground. phew!

Now, instant gratification “me” would be running for the hills (or maybe start a massive declutter of her house instead of buckling down and getting this job done…) but luckily responsible-artist-in-her-right-mind “me” grabbed the wheel and set this ship strait. I sat down with a stack of white paper, a copy of my friends manuscript and a pencil and sketched out 12 illustrations, and you know what? They were pretty darn good. I was so caught up in the immense size of the project and short deadline that I forgot that I have trained my whole life for this. I draw every day. I am always creating. I am ready for this. I don’t need to go 0-60 because I am always cruising down the art highway at 65. You don’t have to get ready if you stay ready.

A few works in progress I am evaluating, it is always best to take a break before you are “done” and see them with fresh eyes.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by a project whether it be a work, school or personal project remember that you have been training for this, or, if you haven’t, cut yourself some slack and just start somewhere. Just starting is often all you need to do. I hope you are having a great week! We will have a live show tomorrow at 12:30pm eastern time, I hope you can make it. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Win a signed copy of The Rainbow Pants!

Howdy friends! Yesterday Kelly Brooks Bay (the author of the Rainbow Pants) and I (the illustrious illustrator) had a book signing…a darn early book signing might I add.  The event was from 9-10am about 20 minutes away, no prob I thought, I’ll leave at about 8:35 and have plenty of time. Well, Kelly knows me all to well (Lindsay will be late and she won’t bring a pen) and offered to pick me up. The phone rings at the crack of dawn (AKA 6:50am) and I dive for it as not to wake up my husband of kids and it is Kelly letting me know what time she is picking me up:

“Hey Lindsay, it’s Kelly, we have to be there 30 minutes early so I’ll pick you up at 7:45”

“What? Seriously? You have got to be kidding.” Said the undercaffeinated illustrator.

“Ah, OK, well, I’m not sure where we are going but I’ll push it to 7…maybe a bit later.”

“Awesome!” I’m telling you, I have the temperamental artist act down pat! And look, here I am (rocking the cell-phone self portrait) at 7am sitting on my porch, drinking cup #3 and waiting for my ride:

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And let the record show we had plenty of time! Unfortunately the harsh early morning sun (aka 8:35am) was not as flattering here:

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The school we signed books at was so cute! It was a historic building with high tin ceilings and lots of sunlight. I love the farm mural in the background on this photo of Kelly reading The Rainbow Pants:

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Look, We are rocking the hand held cell phone portrait.  I really need to become famous because I have this skill down…photos with fans, oh yes! Not sure what I’d become famous for though…I wonder if many illustrators get recognized walking down the street…probably not…oh well.

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Sorry about the blurry pic here, I handed my phone to someone else to get this picture of us at the book signing table.

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Here is another pic of Kelly with her book, you’re welcome Kelly! 😀

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How would you like to win a signed copy of The rainbow Pants? Well all you need to do is leave a comment on THIS POST on Kelly’s blog and she will pick a winner at random. You have to leave a comment on her blog to win but feel free to leave a comment here at say howdee-do too! I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my glamorous life hahahaha and til next time happy crafting!

Rainbow Pants Flip Through!

Howdy folks! I was so excited to see that you can look inside The Rainbow Pants by Kelly Brooks-Bay  on Amazon now! I also did a quick little flip through video of the book:

I think it is finally hitting me, I painted pictures and they are in a book, how cool is that?!? Happy Crafting!

WOYWW: Beads, Books and Blending tools!

Hi there, it is the three “B” edition of What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday, four B’s if you count the barbells that are always around to weigh something down.

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I have 3 copies of the new book, The Rainbow Paints (now available on Amazon!!!), that I illustrated, a cigar box that I glued scraps of foam board in for dividers to hold some ink blending tools (yes, I broke down and got Judikins color dusters, Sky Blue Pink had 4 packs of the dusters on sale for $3.80 last month) another cigar box that I have my 3 lonely panpastel cakes in and cosmetic sponges I use for chalk blending and my old Stampin up box that I keep my homemade bottlecap ink daubers in. Here is a close up of the cigar box I just altered:

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Beads! Need I say more? Oriental Trading Company asked me to be one of their bloggers and they sent me a bodacious bunch of beads to use in upcoming tutorials.

And of course I had to find them a home;)

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I wish I was so organized in the rest of my house LOL! So, wonder what all of thew WOYWW fuss is about? Check out the Stamping ground for more What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday fun and til next time happy crafting!

A 1st Place Float, a Book Signing and a Craft Fair Booth!

And that sums up my day! It was a wonderful Old Home Week event, or shall I say events, yesterday! The town showed up for the parade, it was covered by two news stations and my daughter’s girl scout troop won 1st place for their root beet float float!

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After the parade the girls sold hundreds of root beer floats to raise money for their troop! We did much better than we expected, in fact  one of the moms had to run to the store twice for more ice cream and root beer! I did a lot of running that day because it was the release date for the book The Rainbow Pants written by Kelly Brooks Bay and illustrated by me! Here we are at the book release party signing books:

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These fabulous photos were taken by Patty Violette of Little Pine Photography. If you live in the Bangor Maine Area and need a photographer do check her out!

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And here is my little craft fair booth, pretty much like it looked last time 😉 We had a pretty good day in sales, I sold 3 watercolor paintings, several bracelets, some earrings and a lot of cards! I had not sold any of my bracelets up until this fair so that was a relief! I hired my son to watch my booth while I was at the book signing and he handled it like a pro, he even made 3 sales, one of which was a painting! I think this is a great way to teach math, maybe next time I’ll put him on commission and teach him fractions LOL!

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What there was my day in a nutshell. I hope to check out more of the Old Home Week events this week…wiffle ball tournament anyone? Til next time happy crafting!

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