Feast or Famine

So it's been 3 months since my last post and here's why. On June 29, 2005 our house in Michigan sold and we had only 2 weeks to pack up and move across country to Utah. We found a house there and moved in on July 28th. Then the unpacking began. A few weeks later, most of the boxes were empty and the dust started to settle...JUST IN TIME FOR MORE ILLUSTRATION JOBS.

It's amazing. I was blessed to have no deadlines or projects during the months of the selling and moving, but as soon as my feet were propped up to relax, I got calls for 3 illustration jobs. The timing on all worked out great. One was black and white line drawings for a workbook due in 1 week, the 2nd was 7 full color illustrations for a 3rd-4th grade reader due in a total of 4 weeks, (the cover is to the right) and the 3rd was a more drawn out project...a picture book. It's final due date is January 4th. So, I decided to take a minute and post to my forgotten blog before I get into the full swing of the picture book (that is...beyond thumbnail sketches). I'll try and keep up to date with posts on the picture book's progress from now till completion. So stay tuned!

In addition, the box and book set I illustrated called "The Fairy Princess" will be sold at your local elementary school's bookfairs beginning this fall. It comes with a tutu and wand and a book about a little girl who imagines herself in a Fairyland. I'm trying to get extra copies to make available from my website as well. I'll let you know if that happens. Here's a picture of what the box looks like...


  1. I'm where you were now. In the middle of a big move across the state with all the stress and work.. No jobs have been coming in through the process...some bites which is nice. The hardest part has been figuring out what to keep behind as far as supplies for a "just in case". As you can see, the computer stayed. Your artwork looks fab! Princess book is too cute. ~ Roz chatting to you surrounded by boxes

  2. Great! Who even knew you had a blog? I'm glad I found it and I will visit often. Keep staying busy. My daughter would go nuts over the fairy thing. I'll keep my eyes open for it.

  3. You'll have to let me know when you sell the sets from your website, I would love to have one or two to give as gifts! Too cute Julie!


  4. Hey, so nice your are back!


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