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Behind the scenes of a mother & daughter's humorous journey in creating new characters, writing, illustrating,
& self publishing a children's book.

September 25, 2018

I woke up with what seemed to be a million to-do’s bouncing in my head. But where to start? It’s in moments like these, that I often ask God for direction. I’m always in awe of His humor.

As I made my bed that morning, something caught the corner of my eye: a ladybug crawling across the blue sa...

July 21, 2018

By the time I entered the picture, the work was done. At least on the outside. 

From my mother Lynn's training as an American Greetings artist, she knew how to design a girl character for maximum appeal:  big eyes, primary colors, long curls, pink cheeks, freckles, and of course,...

April 19, 2017

My teaching career started the day I spilled red wine on the woman in the white suit.

I spent four years in college only to move from NYC back to Cleveland not knowing (quite yet) what I wanted to do with my life. And so I became a waitress. I’m not sure how I landed a job in the most...

March 15, 2017

I think it started in second grade. I wished only to sink deeper into my oversized paint smock as I watched my exuberant classmates splash rainbow colors on their papers. They were having the time of their life. I was beyond horrified. The creator of all this "fun" was a visiting parent teachi...

January 24, 2017

It's hard to keep a messy desk when you are part of a mother & daughter team. Even though studies say that these types of desks are seedbeds of creativity and a sure sign of genius, trust me, it doesn't fly. No matter what your age, mothers will always be mothers. So clean up. Quickly....

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