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Nativity paper puppets - FREE printables

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I'm pretty excited to share this with you!!
I tried last year to make nativity blocks. I didn't like how they turned out. They needed to be a little wider to fill out the space. So this year I sketched several versions and finally made these cute little "round" nativity people. 
I never found the time to put them on blocks, perhaps next year. :) 
In the meantime here are your free paper puppets printable!
Click here for Nativity paper puppets color in jpeg Click here for Nativity paper puppets color in pdf
Click here for Nativity paper puppets color 2 in jpeg Click here for Nativity paper puppets color 2 in pdf




Click here for Nativity paper puppets black & white 1 in jpeg Click here for Nativity paper puppets black & white 1 in pdf
Click here for Nativity paper puppets black & white 2 in jpeg Click here for Nativity paper puppets black & white 2 in pdf
Here is a black & white version your children can color, or you. :)





When I was looking at different nativitie…

FREE Christmas Don't Eat Pete

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I have become known as the "Don't Eat Pete lady", and I can't think of a better thing to be known for. 
A wonderful gal Katie asked me if I had a Christmas version and I'm happy to have finally finished it. 
A couple things I love . . . Mrs. Claus's glasses, took me several tries to figure it out. And I love my elves and snowman, and penguin. Okay, I love them all. 
This would make a great neighbor gift too. Print and laminate (if you want), tie with a bag of M&Ms or other candy. Done!
Click here for Don't Eat Pete game in jpeg Click here for Don't Eat Pete game in pdf Click here for Don't Eat Pete instructions in jpeg Click here for Don't Eat Pete instructions in pdf
You can also click on this image and save to computer


I'm almost done with my nativity paper puppets. I am so excited to share them soon!


How I draw a custom family portrait

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I am often asked how I draw my pictures. 
Short version . . .
A regular custom detailed family portrait takes between 3-8+ hours. Usually one or two hours sketching and re-sketching. Then I scan the picture into my computer and start the editing process (about 1 to 2 hours) where I clean up the picture and add color. When complete I e-mail the picture/proof to my client and we discuss any changes they need. A simple color change only takes a few minutes but sometimes the changes require a couple more hours of redrawing and tweaking. Sometimes depending on the research I need to do for a picture it can take longer. 
I can sit and crank out a picture in one very long evening, but I like to take several days to work on it. I sketch it in one sitting and then come back to it another day with fresh eyes and I see changes I want to make. I usually ask for a week to finish a picture, so there is enough time for the customer and I to correspond a couple times, but I can speed up the process if n…

Lego men coloring page

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Lego fever has hit my home, and my poor feet are trying to recover from stepping on them. Also the song from the movie is stuck in my head "Everything is awesome . . " Rad, now I'll be singing it all day.
I found this lego man clipart on flicker. This guy has awesome pictures of star wars lego men. I give him full credit. I can draw stick figures, but don't have lego skills. :)
My kids always wanted to draw more than one, so I made multiple ones on one page.  
2 LARGE LEGO MEN Click on image and save to computer or click here to download
8 SMALLER LEGO MEN Click on image and save to computer or click here to download
Today's cold-yucky-thank-you-Idaho weather turned into hours of coloring awesome lego men. They plan on cutting them out into paper puppets and taping to popsycle sticks. 

Let me retract that last statement . . .  not just lego MEN, but also lovely lego WOMEN!
Is it just me or does the "good" guy look more evil than the "bad" guy? 
Our son …

family portriats

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Here are some more family portraits I did this summer. 
This pregnancy announcement holds a special place in my heart. Jill found me on etsy and asked me to draw her whole family (her husbands and hers) to announce their first baby. This baby will be the first grandchild on both sides of the family, therefore making a lot of HAPPY people grandparents, great grandparents and aunts & uncles. Through our communications I loved getting to know Jill & her family. Her husband's family owns a pizza restaurant (none of this Pizza Hut stuff) and if I'm ever in their area I plan on stopping in. So happy for you Jill!!


I haven't drawn a simple stick figure family in a long time, and I really loved it. Sometimes I love things more simple. 
The Hansen family are great friends of ours. We briefly met them when we were both first married at college. We moved on with our lives and families and then just a couple years ago we ran into them again and said "Hey, don't we kn…

Summer PIRATE Reading Chart (free printable)

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Oh my oh my. It's half way through the summer and I'm finally unveiling my PIRATE summer reading chart. But hey, let's not chalk this up as pure laziness. I planned on doing it this way!!

This is a remake of last year's summer reading chart.

We're in full summer mode and our reading has slacked, our cleaning has slacked, our cooking dinners in the heat has slacked, okay let's be honest, my cooking is always slacking.

This is the chart to motivate your little ones to get cracking on their daily reading.

Here's how it works:

1. It's a board game. Let me rephrase that, it's an awesome PIRATE board game. Rad looking huh?
2. Each square/shape counts as a day of reading. It can be 15 or 30 minutes of reading for older kids, or one book a day for younger children.
3. Mark off each day with a check mark, sticker, etc.
4. When he or she lands on a square with a reward, they get to do that awesome reward. Do these rewards not work for you? What if you live in Antarct…