Showing posts from 2016

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl! Ugly Thoughts free printable

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl! Last year I shared this post about my favorite quote from Roald Dahl. I shared more details on Roald Dahl and the artist Quentin Blake in the original post , and my cute little girl.  I could read these beautiful and quirky words over and over again.  I've wanted to hang this quote, especially the drawings, in my bathroom for a long time, but all I had was an old copy from a book. So I scanned the picture in and changed the font. All credit is given to Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake.  If you would like to hang this up in your home, closet, bathroom, etc, feel free to save image to your computer and download & print. You can also comment with your e-mail and I'll e-mail you a copy in JPEG & PDF. Or you can e-mail me springmcdonald(at) Hope you have a wonderful day and have good thoughts that will shine out your face like sunbeams .

A Scottish family portrait - 60th wedding anniversary

A month ago I was contacted by Katrina from Scotland, Great Britain. She asked me to draw a family portrait for her parent's 60th wedding anniversary. This project was so wonderful and near and dear to my heart. I wanted to share more of the back story, and dedicate a whole post to it, so I hope you enjoy! John & Julia are the cutest Scottish couple. This is their love story.   John likes to play golf, and Julia loves small birds like robins, blackbirds and bluebirds. During their 60 years they were blessed with 3 children, 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and wonderful in-laws that married into the family.  They love to visit Forth Rail Bridge just west of Edinburgh, Scotland. I loved learning about this beautiful bridge.  They started construction on the bridge in 1882, and finished in 1890, it was the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world at the time of it's completion, and is currently the world's second longest single cantile

Kitchen Doodle Art inspired by Julia Child

I hate cooking, I abhor cooking, I detest cooking. What other word can I use? How about just simply I'm terrible at cooking! Wait! That is probably why I hate cooking! If you follow my instagram account "springtimedoodles" you can see my doodles but you also see my history of cooking fails. "My apologies to the church Christmas party. Looks like the Oreo pie I made wont be attending the party tonight. She's a hot mess." I was craving my mom's homemade chocolate chip cookies. Yep, nailed it! In case you couldn't guess, mine are on the left. My mom's are on the right. They were rock hard within 10 seconds of cooling. Sometimes my children are so very thoughtful and try to help with my kitchen fails. Like the time my toddler spilled a whole bottle of cayenne pepper. I don't even know why I have cayenne pepper. What do you put it in??  And on the slight occasion I don't burn something I flip out. Quite literally. Forc

New app - LDS FUN

I received some really exiting news today. A few years ago I was approached by a couple people in my community that were creating a children's LDS app. They asked me to draw the pictures for the coloring app. You can read all about the experience and see the app here . This is an LDS app, what does LDS mean? It is a nick name for a church I belong to, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints , also known as the Mormons . Yep, I'm one of those weird mormons, but I hope you still feel welcome here, my drawings and doodles are for all!  A few weeks ago they let me know they were making a new app using the same pictures but with lots of additional activities like puzzles, connecting dots, mazes and coloring. It looks fantastic!! I also absolutely adore the children voices you hear in the app.  Today the app was launched and for a limited time it is half price, only $0.99. Here is the link to purchase.  If you can't click on the link, copy and paste this  https://

Teacher appreciation gifts

It's that time of year again where we bow down and say a huge thank you to our marvelous teachers. Actually, I think it was last week. But . . .  my lilacs are in full bloom so we are giving our teachers their gifts (flowers) with a nice thank you note today.  I just noticed how loved my kitchen table is with scratch grooves and pen drawings. Lucky table :)  Here is a link with all the teacher gifts I have posted in past years  If the link doesn't work copy and past this in your search browser. Cute tags to attach to flowers or soap, bookmarks & printable to frame. Hope you enjoy!

Christmas 2015 family portraits

Merry Christmas . . . just a little late.  Christmas time is always my busiest season, when I receive the most orders. And this year was my busiest by far. Thanks for your support for my little shop. It was the first time I had to turn orders away (sorry again to the few I had to).  For the whole month of December I would tuck my little children in bed and then spend all evening drawing and editing. I'll admit, there were days I was worried I bit off more than I could chew and would not finish in time, but my little family was so sweet and supportive, and let's just say we had mac & cheese with cut up hot dogs one too many times for dinner.  I closed my shop for a few weeks after Christmas to relax but I'm open again. If you would like a portrait for Valentine's Day hurry and order . I have limited spots open.  Below are some of the Christmas portraits I drew. I had so much fun drawing these and watching them come to life. I have said this many times