Lady Liberty Coloring Page: “These Arms are Wide Enough”

Lady Liberty Coloring Page: “These Arms are Wide Enough”

Lady Liberty Coloring Page“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”

For those who expressed interest, here is a FREE coloring page download of the Lady Liberty Coloring Page based off the drawing that I’ve titled “These Arms are Wide Enough.”

This illustration was hand drawn and optimized in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The coloring page depicts the Statue of Liberty holding refugee children in her lap, with the words “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

*** I would love to see your finished art. Feel free to post them on my Facebook page, or tag me via Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr. I can’t wait to see and share what you create! ***

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD!

Happy (Belated) Holidays!

Happy (Belated) Holidays!

ย Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa!

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Happy New Year!

Well, this is the first Monday back from the holidays (boooooo!). I hope that everyone had a nice break! Mine was not nearly long enough – but that’s the sad truth of a developer who has very little vacation time.

Anyway, did you miss me?! (Sorry. I may have watched Sherlock this weekend. Ehem.)

For those of you who may not have received it via my social media accounts, here’s my Merry Christmas illustration:

I also did a little one for New Year’s Eve – because, frankly, the only way to celebrate the END OF 2016 was to drink lots of alcohol fizzy drinks!

Now, it being a new year and all, how about some resolutions? January comes every year, and every year I like to think of it as a mini reset button on my life. Not to say that the year before never happened — but it’s a chance for me to stop and think about things I’d like to change and better myself. Many people hate new year’s resolutions, and I totally get it. But, I always like to think of things I could improve on from the previous year. Here are my top five:

  1. Be more present.
  2. Stress less.
  3. Exercise and meditate daily!
  4. Focus on the little things.
  5. Show gratitude.

Not too bad, eh? Definitely things worth striving for, in my opinion.

I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited to see what 2017 has in store. Be on the look out this week for some news — both here and on my social media (if you don’t follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook, the links are to the left!).

Lots of love to you all!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

This week, I will be disconnecting from the inter-webs to spend time with my wonderful family. (Well, as much as I possibly can. I mean, let’s be honest.) Before I go, I just wanted to share this very important Thanksgiving message!

Thanks to each and every one of you. Your words of praise and encouragement mean the world to me. Your sincere interest in my work is what keeps me creating. 

So, whether you celebrate the holiday or not. Whether you are from right here in America or far across the ocean – Happy Thanksgiving! Because the holiday, to me, is about giving thanks – and YOU are the thing I am most grateful for. 

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My favorite things about autumn (& fun things to do when the weather starts to turn)

My favorite things about autumn (& fun things to do when the weather starts to turn)

I miss autumn on the east coast.

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That crisp air and the crinkling of leaves underfoot. Red, amber, orange, and gold that explodes in a kaleidoscope of color everywhere I turn. The biting scent of burning firewood from chimneys and outdoor fire pits. Scarves and warm fabrics; heavy boots and sweaters. Pumpkin everything.

Back in my hometown, you are completely immersed in the fall season. The leaves pile high enough to jump into. Once the weather turns cold, it sticks to you and lingers. Cold turns colder. Frost covers every surface . Every waking moment, you are reminded of the season. Halloween seems a tangible, real thing. Pumpkins and pumpkin spice are the norm.

Okay, so living down south still has a lot of those things. Certainly the pumpkin. But, itโ€™s hard to enjoy fall when the mornings are frigid but, by midday, the temperature has shot up 40 or 50 degrees and the afternoons turn sweltering hot. (Mother Nature has a serious case of menopause down here.)

Alabama autumns just aren’t the same.

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In Alabama, the trees hold onto their leaves until the last possible second. There are brief flashes of color interspersed within the green, until one day late in the season – the leaves fall in great bunches, leaving the branches bare for winter. No kaleidoscope. Just a spark that extinguishes when winter rolls in.

Halloween makes less sense to me in that warm Alabama weather. Pumpkins and pumpkin spice seems a bit forced.Although I am jealous of the kids in this area. (Insert old granny voice) When I was that age, we fought tooth and nail every year NOT to have to wear a winter coat over our costumes. Here, it’s so nice out that they usually don’t need any jacket at all. Many times I remember my friends and I (unsuccessfully) trying to squeeze out coats underneath the costume. Marshmallow ballerinas, puffy superheroes, policemen that looked like that had one too many donuts… it was truly a sight to behold.

But, north or south, east or west, autumn is still my favorite time of year. If you’re like me, autumn is the perfect time to reflect. It is a time of creative renewal. I get my second wind, and the ideas start rolling in.

Here are some fun things to do to keep you in a creative, artistic mindset (and maybe a jumping off point for some great new projects!):

Now that you are in the right mindset, take this time to think about your favorite fall things. Maybe jot them down, describe them in detail. Try out one of the ideas above. Snap photos. Journal. Mind map some new ideas.

While you are delving into all these creative outlets – what are your favorite things about autumn? And, what sort of things do you like to create during this season? Post them in the comments below!

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Some days, I just need a hug

Some days, I just need a hug

Some days, I just need a hug.

We all know those days.

Nothing goes right, your hair frizzes, the cat pukes on the carpet (and you step in it), you hit your funny bone climbing out of the car, you spend five minutes searching for your phone when it’s in your hand the entire time… (Yes. All of that has really happened to me.)

By the end of it all, I drag my weary body and soul through that door, slip into my comfiest pajamas, and wander aimlessly around the kitchen in search of chocolate. I then turn to my husband and pout. “I want a hug,” I say, trying to look as pathetic as humanly possible.

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Here’s the problem: Steve does not do comfort. He does humor. His new favorite thing to do is to hold me at arm’s length and do that thing Baymax does in Big Hero 6. He turns all cloying and sugary sweet and, in an overly dramatic gesture, pats me gently on the head.

 

Steve likes to do this little thing where he pats my head and says, "There. There." like Disney's Baymax

Yes, it’s funny. Yes, I freaking love Baymax and it’s adorable when he does it. No, I do not want my husband doing it when I’m seeking comfort and solace. I want a hug and I want it NAOW!

So, I usually take matters into my own hands.

When provoked, I can be quite an aggressive hugger.

Hey, I’m not above taking what I want. ๐Ÿ˜‰