Sunday, September 05, 2010

Whew...Time Flies When You're Having Fun (or something like that)!

Hello Party People! It's been forever since I've even touched this here blog. So much has happened in the past few months. Hmmm....let's see. First, this little cutie made a splash into our lives way back in April:
After a not-so-fun and downright yucky life-halting pregnancy, we were graced with this happy little gem. Oh my gosh, I can't believe she's already going to be 5 months!

Big Brother was so excited for the arrival of his new Little Sister.
Then, a few weeks after she was born, my agent contacted me with an opportunity to illustrate my second book, titled "The Really Groovy Story of the Tortoise and the Hare" written by the uber-talented author Kristyn Crow. It's a super cool--I mean, GROOVY retelling of the old fable. It's written in witty rhyme and SO much fun to read aloud.

I finished all 32 pages in a record time (for me, anyways) of about 3 months from sketch to finish. That was a doozy, for sure! Newborn plus 3 year old, plus firefighter hubby (with a crazy work schedule), plus tight deadline equals some serious work. But we got through it, so whoooo boy, bring it on!

Here's a little sneak peek of one of the illustrations. I've been advised by the publisher (Albert Whitman) to keep the discussion about it to a minimum until the publishing date (Spring 2011) gets closer. I can't wait!
So, three weeks after sending the final paintings off to the publisher, I'm done with my self-imposed lounging and am getting the urge to tackle my to-do list! There's the Etsy shop to open, Halloween costumes to be made, blogs to be updated, baby rooms to be finished...the list goes on and on. And on.

I'm happy, healthy and excited for what's coming next!

But for now, I'm signing off. It's beddy-bye time for this sleepy mama.