Friday Five is Here!!! Grab a FREEBIE!!

Hi everyone! So many of you ask me about my art, when I draw, how I draw, why I draw and how I come up with my ideas... so today, I am going to share a little piece of me, my heart, and what makes me draw. Consider this to be my

Here are a couple of images of my most recent sketch this week. Sometimes, I feel like I am being swallowed alive by the the pain I carry and the people in my life who are so easily able to find satisfaction in breaking me down. My sketch symbolizes my innermost weakness as well as what makes me strong. I call it, "Swallowed". The reason I chose to leave out my clothes is to express  how stripped my spirit can feel at times. My hidden face symbolizes how my pain can often feel like invisibility when I carry the weight of it on my own. The wings are my saving grace and gift from God, who patiently waits for me to use them. My children are my little loves and my son is the one reaching for my hand. My daughter is so beautifully innocent with her smile and my son's intuitive heart and discernment can often bring me back. I try to hide my feelings on the days I am really struggling, but my son will often pick up that something is off and he will draw with me or just slip me a flower, which brings me back to all of the things I have to be thankful for. Their smiles and giggles are more precious than gold. 

 I hope this does not make you feel sad in any way. My art is my my music of self-expression and it is what helps me to stay grounded by releasing the swirling chaos of emotions that I would not want to dump on anyone. We all battle our own struggles (some more difficult than others), but it is our human emotions that allow us to understand and connect with one another. Empathy and discernment are the greatest gifts a friend can have. 

Just today, I got an uplifting text message from a fellow blogger that I have become very close with. It was just a quick note to let me know that I was in her thoughts and I don't think she will ever know how perfect her timing was. If you feel an urge to send someone you love a thoughtful note - please follow through- because the person on your heart may need a little encouragement at the moment you first had the thought.

I would love to know how you channel your emotions!!


Actually, I found some new tricks in Google Chrome (not new) and I am LOVING them!!! I had some problems with my browser this week due to some add-on and I had to delete my default browser settings...ugh!
In doing so, I lost the little app buttons (links) that show up on the Google Chrome home page.. you know what I am talking about....the little square links that take us straight to the places we visit most often...
Well, I had to figure out how to get them back because even a few extra seconds typing in the omnibox for the website I need to get to is too many seconds!! 

By visiting the Google Chrome App Store, you can add apps to your home page to make finding the sites you visit most often more easily. The only reason I did not know this was because I never had a dire need for them. You can add whatever you like or even create your own... I will have to create a fun tutorial to show you all how... it is really fun!! Below are a few examples of what I added to mine.. 

Tip# Thing to make life easier that I never knew I needed....hahaha

Just something hilarious for the ladies this week!! In certain angles she looks a little bit like 
Zooey Deschanel....

This week's feature was in fact my own pin of a craft that a fellow blogger made from my Safari Animal Giraffe!!! I couldn't resist the urge to share this with all of you!!!

Meet Mr. Kindergarten Smorgasbord.... Not to mention the fact that he got Debbie Clement to visit his school!!! I LOVE her!!!

Fine Motor Friday: Mark Making   Maps
If you haven't already had the pleasure of visiting Greg's blog, then I suggest you do so!! He is funny and FULL of creative ideas!!!
Thank you for using my graphics Mr. Kindergarten!!!

If you use my graphics and would like a place to pin the creative things you make or sell, please leave your Pinterest link below and I will add you to the board!! I can't thank everyone enough for using my graphics to create such fun and useful resources for education! It is my way of getting into the classroom while I am not teaching..haha!!

Here is the set that was used... There are more graphics in the set than are shown in the images below. You can check them out by clicking the first image...

 And last, but certainly not least.....

Grab a FREE Chocolate Easter Bunny Image by mwah!!!
Click the image above to download the set from TpT OR click the download button below to download the set directly from my blog!!

Before I let you go, let me introduce my newest and brightest sets - HOT off the press this week!!!

#1: Under the Sea
My newest set with over 50 colorful sea animals!! I know the walrus does not quite fit in there, but he was funny in my mind and I had to draw him..haha

#2 & 3 Kites, Clouds, Kids and more Kites!!!

Have a great weekend and please don't forget to sign up for the Pass the Torch Linky!!!! There are only 6 more days to enter!!!

Feel FREE to link up below with your own Friday Five or Friday Freebie!!!


  1. Michelle, I adore the new chocolate bunny! Thank you, I've pinned your new graphics and your post. I would love to be added to your Pinterest board for items created with your graphics. Pin name FernSmith
    Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith's Pinterest Boards!

  2. Thanks for the fabulous freebie Michelle! And the tech tip. How did I not know that?!?! Have a great Friday!

    Fun in PreK-1

  3. Michelle, thank you for this post, I loved your transparency and it was just what i needed. I have had a very hard day and it is nice to know that there are others out there that need that hug or love even in the cyber world! Your ideas are amazing! I have a safari theme classroom and look forward to using some of your graphics!! Have a great weekend...

  4. Hi Michelle,

    Your "Swallowed" sketch and the meaning behind it are so very moving and beautiful. Even though I too love to draw (& paint) , I channel my emotions through journaling. Your children sound amazing, thank God for our little ones!! I LUV your graphics and I think I have something of yours in almost everything I make! I would love to be added to your Pinterest board,

    Thank you, I love reading your posts, they are so "real"!!
    Science for Kids Blog

  5. Michelle, that is what I love about you. Not only are you talented with your designing and products, but you also remind me so much of ME in the artsy, emotional, depth kind of way. I love your sketch and I think its beautiful and tells a lot about you and how you are only human and feel like that sometimes... but you will always get pulled right back out :) xoxo wonderful post.. love ya girl!

    Laura Love to Teach

  6. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww and you know how much I appreciate all of your support and encouragement, right?

    How sweet of you to include me in the shout-out!

    Debbie Clement


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