Friday, February 24, 2012

Sketchbook Friday!!

Well, I'm in a bit of a mood today . . . a really good one. I'm heading to SCBWI Springmingle in Atlanta, and I've just realized that it's been over a year since I've been to a writing conference. I need my fix!

Happy weekend y'all!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Happy (late) Fat Tuesday

Well, I'm emerging from the cloud of the dreaded stomach bug, so I'm late with this post, but I just had to show you these fabulous Mardi Gras masks that I made with my beloved art teacher Jacki Kellum many, many moons ago. Seriously, I was, like, thirteen.

I'm proud to say that they are holding up beautifully except for a few floating feathers and less-than-sparkly rhinestones. I hope you all had a wonderful celebration last night (and aren't paying too dearly for it this morning!).

Sarah Frances

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sketchbook Friday Fail!

Hi all!

I didn't get my Sketchbook Friday post up today because I'm here:

At the Hampton Inn in Clinton, Mississippi, while my daughter rehearses for the Mississippi Girls Choir. I've got a blissfully long block of time to work on things (mostly PR for Puzzled by Pink but also a bit of revising on another project). 

Ignore the In Style magazine underneath the lap desk. I'm not sure how that got there . . .


Monday, February 13, 2012

So does this make me a hoarder?

Recently my daughter said, "Hey mom . . . what's the deal with all the glass jars?"
"What do you mean?" I asked.
"Well, you kinda have jars everywhere."
"But I use them for painting. I put water in them to clean out my brushes and stuff like that," I said.
"Uh, mom. You have ONE jar that you keep on your desk and you wash it out and reuse it."
"Okay, I know. But everything is going to plastic--I mean peanut butter and mayonnaise and baby food jars? All plastic. One day they're going to quit making glass jars altogether and then where will we be? Besides, you can't recycle jars anywhere around here and I hate throwing them away." As I said this, I actually felt myself becoming panicky about the prospect of a world without glass jars.

Then my daughter gave me that look (the one that says "whatever . . . but I think you're a nutcase")  and she walked away.

But I started thinking. Was my obsession with jars becoming pathological? Was I going to be the next intervention featured on the show Hoarders?

I've always liked to think of my decorating style as "trying to look like the Anthropologie store" with a healthy mix of coolness and clutter.

This is the Anthropologie Store (not my house--sigh).

 However, I do have a really hard time throwing anything away, so I started looking around my house for stashes of jars.

My utility room--not so bad, right?

A cabinet in my studio.

Medicine cabinet (yikes--I actually put this up a few months ago so that I would have a place to put jars).

So, now it's getting scary. This is a piece of furniture that is out on my screen porch.

Hmmm. I'm realizing that it just might be time to stop saving jars. I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that there are other stashes that I haven't even shown you (eek). So starting today, the next jar of pickles or salsa that we finish, is going in the trash can.

Unless I can find someone else who needs some glass jars. Any takers??


Friday, February 10, 2012

Sketchbook Friday!

This morning, I'm returning to my favorite fictional siblings--Izzy and Rose--who are the stars of my upcoming picture book release PUZZLED BY PINK (Viking Children's Books). You can pretty much figure out their personalities from this sketch!

Happy weekend, y'all!

Monday, February 6, 2012


 The lovely Carol A. Bender (aka children's author extraordinaire) was kind enough to bestow this award upon me:

The word Liebster is German, in English it means beloveddeardearest, or love. Awww, to be loved and appreciated, isn't that what we all want? 

Today I am a winner. Carol loved my blog and passed the award to me. 

The Liebster Award is given to lovable blogs with less than 200 followers to recognize worthiness and drive more readers to them.... and hopefully generate higher Follower numbers. I am thankful for all the followers I have and for future followers as well.

As a recipient I am supposed to list 5 tidbits about myself that others may not know:

1.  I saw Elvis in concert when I was in first grade (the real Elvis)
2.  On a good day, I can do a killer handstand.
3.  I graduated from high school with Kathryn Stockett and Tate Taylor (The Help).
4.  I freaked out last month and dyed my hair red. I'm waiting for it to fade away . . .
5.  I absolutely adore the super-supportive children's lit community.

Okay, so now, I'm supposed to tag 5 other blogs as award recipients. I've found all of these through the 12 x 12 in '12 Challenge. Go and pay everyone a visit and be sure to follow their blogs!

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Sketchbook Friday!

I don't normally sketch from start to finish on my Wacom tablet, but I thought I'd try it out this week.