Great Ideas


I am more than happy to announce that Ideaologie will now be representing my artwork and brand! Founded by Melissa Schulz and John Mavrakvis, Ideaologie is a consultancy that fosters the development of a strong stratgeic plan in growing and marketing licensed brands. That is basically a fancy way of saying that they help artists get organized and focused as we make artwork (and, oh, some of us really need it!).🙂

I began working with Melissa and John almost a year ago. We’ve talked and planned, and I’ve studied and focused, and we have had a really nice time working together.

I thought about trying to find an agent or agency when I began developing my portfolio in earnest in 2012. It wasn’t until I met John and Melissa that I found two people who offer the kind of collaboration and breadth of experience that made me feel both at home with my natural artistic expression and encouraged about my vision for the artwork.

I am thrilled to be working with ideaologie! If you are unfamiliar with them, check them out on Facebook, at their website, or at Art Licensing Below you can read a bit about John and Melissa and their varied and interesting careers.


John Mavrakis has a deep executive expertise with brand titans Hallmark, American Greetings, Discovery Channel, The Gap/Banana Republic, The Body Shop, Intl., Kathy Davis Studios and Mary Engelbreit Studios; experience that has formed the powerhouse business advisor that John is today.  His experience and expertise are found in the areas of brand building, strategy and execution, executive management, marketing, retail and licensing.  John is currently the co-Founder of ideaologie, the business advisory firm specializing in brand development, business strategy and licensing execution.  Learn more about John and ideaologie at Melissa

With 20 years of experience in the art licensing and product development fields, Melissa Schulz has strategically led creative teams through transitional, successful and growth periods.  Associations with key brands such as Hallmark, Hard Rock Café, American Greetings and Kathy Davis Studios have given her the expertise and insight into the world of licensing.  Melissa brings a vast level of expertise in the areas of brand strategy and execution, marketing, creative direction and product development, retail and licensing.  She is currently the co-Founder of ideaologie, the business advisory firm specializing in brand development, business strategy and licensing execution.  Learn more about Melissa and ideaologie at


Born Wild via Baby Hobbes Design

Today is day three of the blog tour on Baby Hobbes Design’s blog featuring my collection Born Wild (Available through Blend Fabrics). This Create Kids Couture reversible jacket was sewn and photographed by Elizabeth Santiago De-Jesus. I love how Elizabeth used the Little Acorn and Bunny Patch fabrics on the Bristol Reversible jacket. If you love this pattern, you can enter to win it on the Baby Hobbes Design Blog! The winner will be selected on Wednesday.

Pi Day & Giveaway

Happy Pi day! 3.14 is my favorite date, along with May 4th. Both are puns–3.14 for the Pythagorean theorem and May fourth, as in “May the Fourth be with you.” I’m sure that my amusement with the dates reveals my inner nerd. But there is no shame in celebrating Pi Day. Head out and buy a pie! We will hit up a local favorite, Hoosier Mama’s.BOPpic

I blame Hoosier Mama for the fact that my jeans are too tight. Honestly. I moved to the neighborhood before Hoosier Mama opened, and I was thin then. Coincidence? I think not. (I am going to conveniently ignore the fact that I am now 12 years older, have had two children, and no longer play tennis 4 hours a week. It is definitely the pie lady’s fault.) Now, down to business. Did you know that there are TWO giveaways of my products happening right now? It is true.

Firstly, Roommates and Cottage Door Press have partnered up this month to celebrate National Reading Month. They are giving away a combination of my children’s books and wall decals each Monday this month to celebrate reading. You can enter to win on Roommates Facebook page. I just love this giveaway, and I hope you help spread the word. Today they are giving away the ABC Animals set:


The other giveaway that is happening this week is through Baby Hobbes Design. There is a Blog tour featuring my most recently released fabric collection, Born Wild. Today, Marieanne, from The Naptime Project, has made the ridiculously cute reversible vest and banners below. I mean, seriously. She used Create Kids Couture’s William Formal Accessory pack. There’s a tie too! Go to Baby Hobbes Design to enter to win a 1/2 yard of Born Wild in blue hues and create your own Create Kids Couture Accessories for either a child or teen.Boy3Boy1PLUS, Stitched by Crystal has made these charming soft block using Born Wild. She has posted a free tutorial on how to sew them on her blogblocks-10 Be sure to come back again this week to Baby Hobbes Design Blog to see more Born Wild cuteness. Visit the Roommates Facebook page throughout the month to get in on the Cottage Door Press book and decal giveaway action, too.

And don’t forget to eat some pie!

National Reading Month Give-Away



Oh, how I love to read. Whether I read four chapters or four paragraphs, I read every night. Books take me to another world, an alternate reality. Reading is an opportunity for me to decouple from the day’s activities and it allows me to Calm Down. Reading relaxes me in a way that few other activities do.

Reading has the same effect on my two young sons. Story time offers a moment of peace in our day. I know from experience that our “Wild Things”* quickly become lazy lions* when I pull out a book. A quiet concentration brings them down from the bouncing, bouncing, bouncing* of their days. Once their movements have slowed and their attention is focused, they snuggle into my arms and learn about the brand new skies* and moss-grown mountains* that exist inside of books.

It is because of my own daily reading routine and the great pleasure of reading with my sons that I welcome National Reading Month. I adore the idea of a month to promote children’s literacy. And what parent couldn’t use a little inspiration from time to time? Let’s face it, we love our children, but they can really wear us out!*🙂 So, in the name of reading and children and the folks that do one for the other, I am happy to share the news of a joint give-away by Roommates and Cottage Door Press: These two fantastic companies have rallied together to support and promote National Reading Month.

For ideas and inspiration on ways to get our children excited about books, please visit this page where Cottage Door Press has published a free downloadable kids activity calendar with simple and entertaining things you can do with your kids each day in March. Also, every Monday at noon throughout March, Roommates will be posting a link on their Facebook page where you can enter to win one of my wall decals and one of my children’s books!

If you noticed, I made a few references to children’s books throughout this post. Below are a list of those books (marked with an *asterisk) plus some other favorites, both old and new. This list is by no means comprehensive. It is simply a list of ten of the books that have been brought to my bedside over the last few months by my own readers-in-training, ages 6 and 2.

*Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak


*The House at Pooh Corner, by A.A. Milne, illustrations by E.H. Shepard

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*Olivia, by Ian Falconer


The Big Red Barn, by Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Felicia Bond


Bits & Pieces, by Judy Schachner

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*Animalia, by Graeme Base


*d’Aulaires Trolls, by Ingri and Edgar d’AulaireTrolls.jpg

The Dark, by Lemony Snicket, pictures by Jon Klassen

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Another Brother, by Matthew Cordell

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*All in a Day, by Cynthia Rylant, Illustrated by Nikki McClure

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