Merry Christmas Eve!


I am slightly obsessed with penguins this Christmas season – my wrapping paper has penguins, I made a few cards with penguins (also slightly obsessed with Scratchboard), and I am currently wearing a dress covered in festive penguins.  I’m about to go dashing through the snow up north to visit my family for the holidays, so I figured I’d make my Christmas post now.

Wishing everyone a very wonderful and joyous holiday season! (and may you eat all of the cookies and not feel any guilt)


Winter Fun


It’s been awhile since my last post, so I figured I’d make a more up-to-date seasonal post for today (instead of Halloween). While it technically isn’t winter for a couple more days, we’ve had 3 weekends in a row of “Aw yeah, we can use the snowblower!” snow, so it definitely feels like winter. All I need now is a hill and a sled!

Vampire Cat


I think my cat is a vampire.

I’m not exactly sure the best way to tell if he is a vampire, but I tried to put a little black cape on him to see if that helped.  He wasn’t too happy, so in case he was truly a vampire, I figured I’d play it safe and just get a cape-less picture of him showing his vampire fangs instead.

Happy Halloween!


Illustrated Guest Book

Whew! This summer has been pretty busy with projects, doing things around the house, trying to soak up as much summer as Wisconsin has to offer, and finally, a wedding.  My fiance and I got married last weekend, so to make our wedding as Leah-ish as possible, I turned our guestbook into a picture book. (Each guest got to pick a character and write a message in the speech bubble).

With a blank book, an entire pen full of ink, and a fiance helping me think of the words to write, I think it turned out pretty well.  Best of all, we ended up getting some amazing animal puns :D.

Here’s the book before the guests signed…

Throwback Thursday – Illustration Friday (Nostalgia)


Alright, technically it’s not Thursday yet, but I didn’t feel like staying awake an extra half-hour to post this.  My post for this week’s Illustration Friday topic, “Nostalgia”, is the very first thing I had ever submitted on my journey into the world of Children’s Book Illustration.

The year was 2005…
I was a senior in highschool…
And I hadn’t learned a good colored pencil technique yet
(and wouldn’t learn Photoshop for a few more years)

Ever since I was in 10th grade, I wanted to be a Children’s Book Author/Illustrator – it was an answer I jotted down for a “what do you want to be when you grow up” essay and it stuck with me ever since. For my 18th birthday, I got my very first “Children’s Writer/Illustrator Market” book, where I stumbled across an SCBWI illustration contest (at the time, non members could participate). The prompt for the month was  “spring”, which inspired the picture above. Obviously I didn’t win, but I still save the file to nostalgically remember where I began.