A Winner!! New Ideas & Finished Designs!!

                  Look what came in the mail!!! A GINORMOUS thank you to Anna from...
who came to my rescue and  was so kind to send my son an old school gameboy when I was having trouble finding one for him!! Despite LOVING new tech stuff, my son prefers the old school games. This pic is just for you... hahaha!!! After 5 hours in the car, he still posed for a picture!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in my mini Pizza giveaway!! There were some fun combinations!!  The winner is......
Congratulations to "V" from...
Special Teacher for Special Kids
I actually think that a salad pizza would be delicious!!!

Onto more pressing matters... My kids are coming home today after being gone for  two weeks & I am trying to get this post finished before they run through the door!!! I am so excited to see them both!!

I have been working hard to finish the last couple custom blog designs up before I take my break, but I had a sudden creative window open up yesterday in between design approvals & I SNATCHED it right up!! I left my digital bliss... and opted to get my hands a little dirty instead... Here is a little snapshot of how I work most days. HAHAHA... Look how cute my little ipad looks next to my Cintiq!!! And yes, that is a stopwatch bookmark under the screen. I used them while I taught Kindergarten and now I use them to pace myself.. (but that is a post for another day)..

I got out my sketchbook, some pencils, my favorite eraser and I let my hands create what my brain was inventing... here is a peek.... I used about 20 pages from my sketchbook & I am so excited to get these digitized!! I did not have any one theme I was going for, I would just start sketching whatever popped into my brain....

It has been a really long time since I created something completely for my own enjoyment (as opposed to a request of some sort) and I had a lot of fun. I have a few freebies and a bunch of new sets coming your way!!
I would also like to share with you some of the designs I have recently finished...

Let me tell you a little about this design before I show you another. I had a lot of fun with this design!!
Laura is such a sweetheart to work with and she allowed me complete control over the creative process of the design. She gave me a few colors and style preferences to start with, but allowed me be completely free with the design. It was such a nice change of the design process can often be very demanding and time consuming. Before I showed her the result, I thought to myself.. well, if she doesn't like it, then I will use the design for my own blog... hahaha..

To my sadness, she LOVED it..hahaha.... I was actually so relieved and excited that she loved the design and the color choices. I always get so nervous when I send over a design preview. I spend hours one each element and having to change the design is often heart-breaking....but the end result is always stunning!!

Laura is someone that I connected with on my Facebook Fanpage and there is just something about her that I am completely drawn to!!

Thank you Laura for allowing me the honor of designing your blog - I just LOVE you to pieces!!
Click the image to visit Laura's Blog...

This next design was for someone very special as well!!! Linda and I connected through blogging and even met (in person) at the Arizona Blog meet up in 2012!!  I cherish her friendship and I could not have been more nervous to design something she would love!! The design truly reminds me of her... so delicate and inviting!!

Thank you so much Linda for allowing me to take on the challenge of bringing your creative vision to life & for being such a true friend!!

I WISH that I could show you the ones I am working on now, but that would be rude of me to ruin the surprise!!! hahaha..

I will tell you that Lisa Mattes (from Growing Firsties) is one of the funniest darn ladies to work with and I LOVE how her vision is coming to life!!!

Here are some recent custom button designs I have completed. Have fun looking at the designs...

I won't overwhelm you by posting all of the buttons I have designed, but these are some really fun designs and you might even find a linky to join!! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!!!


  1. Your drawings look great! I admire people who can draw! :-)

    Cute buttons and blog designs too!

    Teaching Little Miracles

    1. Thank you so much!! I just posted a freebie on TpT (

  2. Thank you so much for making my blog beautiful, Michelle! You are so patient and kind and I loved working with you on it my sweet friend!!

    Enjoy your break, it is so well deserved!


  3. Loving your designs! You are so creative and talented!!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  4. Michelle- Thank you for all those yummy pizza pieces. I can't wait to use them on something delicious.

    Your blog designs are AMAZING! and your artistic talent is unreal. I am so happy to see the bodies on those beautiful heads. Your sketches are awesome. I hope you put a waiting list together of blogs to design when you come out of blog design retirement, I would like to be on that list.

    Thank you for the wonderful prize.
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

  5. You are so amazingly talented! I love the fun you put in everything you design. :)


    Fluent in Fourth


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