Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Personalized Valentine's Day Cards - FREE printable

I am so excited to share these little personalized Valentine's Day cards! Simply print, color and cut. Find the person that matches your friend, write their name down, and then add your name.  

Click here to download the JPEG or PDF file for Valentine's Day cards 

 I also made bigger versions for boys and girls that say "Happy Valentine's Day." 
Here are some examples I added with color.

My 5 year old loved coloring these to match her friends. But she declared that she will be giving "Shimmer & Shine" (a kids cartoon) Valentine's Day cards on the actual Valentine's Day. ha ha! I guess I can't compete with store bought Valentine's Day cards, but these are still so fun to print and color. 

Click here to download the JPEG or PDF file for BOY Valentine's Day cards

 Click here to download the JPEG or PDF file for GIRL Valentine's Day cards

For personal use only pretty please. If you would like to edit these so they fit your child or classmates I'm totally fine with that! Not for resale. Thank you! 


Monday, January 29, 2018

Christmas / Holiday portraits of 2017

All of November & December I stocked up on chocolate and then drew every spare moment to finish all my orders for Christmas / Hanukkah. Thank you again to all who supported me and my little doodle business. I absolutely loved drawing your families and most importantly making dear friends across the United States and the world in the process. If you are ever in the area, visiting Idaho or Yellowstone National park (just a couple hours from my home) you have a place to stay. My home is always open to you!

I thought it might be fun to write some of my customer's reactions when I sent their portrait.

I loved drawing this wreath and this adorable family. They used this for their Christmas cards. The wife said, "Our card got a great response! Thank you!!"

I LOVED drawing Amy and her beautiful family. I hope it's okay to share this. Amy wrote the sweetest message when she ordered her portrait. She recently separated and this would be their first family Christmas card with just the 3 of them. She wanted something a little different to transition into their new reality. It tugged at my heart strings and made me love Amy even more.
Amy said, "My cards turned out sooooo cute! . . . I have had so many people text me about the cards . . This might be my new Christmas tradition."

She also sent me a Christmas card and it made my whole day, probably even week! 

"Thank you so much! I've really enjoyed working with you. My sister-on-law is going to love it!"

"My daughter almost cried when she got it. Said it was her best gift!"

This one was a fun challenge. This family loves their 1973 Scout ii truck. They look like a blast to hang out at the lake/beach with! 
The wife said, "this couldn’t have turned out better!! Woweee"

"Wow. Totally nailed it! There’s something personal about everyone so it’s great."

This one was extra special. I drew this family several years ago, but they have increased with a few extra in-laws and more grand-babies. They were so happy with the updated portrait. 
I drew each couple or family separate and then layered them together, so that I was able to also send their individual family portrait too. 
"Oh Spring!! You make me tear up!! Thank you for the extra of my little family!"

This one was special too because I learned their sweet dog passed away last week, and so this has extra meaning.

I'll be honest, I didn't draw this porsche, I am not great with cars, so I found this porsche clipart on etsy and bought it. My brother-in-law and then husband walked by, while I was editing this on my computer, and immediately they both knew it was a porsche. I still have no idea how they could tell, I'm just glad I didn't draw it.

This was a gift to a friend's parents. I actually worked for the mom at Hallmark in high school. I learned so much there, and they were so patient with me as I probably made a lot of mistakes, but it created a love of cards for me, and helped steer me in this directions in life.
"We loved the pictures. As soon as Nancy saw it she said she knew you had drawn it."

I'm a little hesitant to show this large portrait only because everyone LOVES these large portraits and I am afraid those will be the only portraits I draw. ha ha. These take hours and hours to draw and organize and put together, but when I am all done, these are amazing and so rewarding. This was for a sweet couple who just returned home from a service mission for their church. Their children and grandchildren were so anxious for their return and missed them! And yes the cute grandma really is that tiny and short. So adorable.  This was printed 12"x36"
The daughter that ordered this said, "Wow! I knew this would be cute but I just couldn't picture it so perfectly! I love this!"

The minnie mouse ears are my favorite. 

Another larger family portrait for my husband's cousin's family. What wonderful people. The daughter-in-law that ordered this said, "I just cried tears of joy!" She did just have a baby, so hormones might have played a part in those tears, but I'll just pretend it's just my drawing that made her cry. :)

"This. Is. Amazing. I can't thank you enough!"

 This large family was awesome and I love all the small details that the family noticed days later.  "The whole family loved the drawing. They oooooooed and awwwwwwed over it for hours!"

Every year my dear friend Holly orders several portraits. Now her friends order portraits and their friends order portraits. Probably a quarter of my business comes from Holly, ha ha! I don't know how she stumbled upon my business several years ago, but she has become my most faithful customer and biggest fan. I adore this Georgia lady and just know one day we will meet in person. I also always love the ideas she comes up with. This is their friends "the Ring family," the wife was a competitive dancer, the dad is an attorney and always on the phone, ha ha, and they have two fabulous boys who love hockey and tennis, and of course rock the RV. 
Also Holly is the best complimenter. I would draw just for her compliments, "I mean, I can’t. I just can’t.  This is so amazingly brilliant!!!!!!"

Paula is one of Holly's friends that I drew a portrait for last year, and she had me draw this portrait for her new baby nephew.  Paula said, "Is it weird that I cried? It's PERFECT! I absolutely LOVE it!!"

I loved drawing all these grandchildren for their grandma! So fun!!  
"So cute, thank you!"

This beach family was fun to draw

 I loved drawing the mom's animal print shirt. 
"Thank you so much!"

This awesome family wanted to wear their favorite sports team shirts and then also a portrait with regular clothes. So I tweaked a few things when I was editing on the computer and was able to use the same drawing for both. 
The mom wrote back to me, "I'm sooooo excited!"

Mary is an old friend from high school and I just love her and her purple amazing hair.
"I love it!" 

This one was so adorable. This is my sister-in-law's sister-in-law. Did that make sense. :)
This cute family dressed up as eggs, bacon & Texas toast for Halloween with her cute pregnant belly as the yoke. My sister-in-law wanted a picture of them so they could always remember it. I LOVED drawing this!!
"It's perfect!"

I've been drawing portraits for about 6 years and this was the first year I drew our family for our Christmas card. I think my husband loved that I didn't have to bribe or torture them through family pictures and everyone is looking forward smiling. :)

I loved drawing all these beautiful families. I have yet to see two families exactly the same. They are all different but they are all filled with love. Maybe some eat dinner together every night at the dinner table, maybe some eat dinner in their car on the way to activities. Some have extra love with step-parents and step-siblings. Some families are big and and some are small. But all families are beautiful because that is where love is first shown, where we learn to apologize, forgive and look out for one another. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!! Lots of love - Spring

Sunday, September 3, 2017

animal doodles for classroom bulletin boards

My niece, Ali, is 9 years younger than me. She was more like a little sister than niece, and growing up I spent all my spare time at my sister's house playing with Ali. She was my little sidekick and I adored her. 

Last week she started her first year as a 3rd grade elementary school teacher. I am so proud of her! She spent this summer planning and preparing her classroom. She had a color theme, purple, turquoise blue, and lime green. She asked me to draw the following animals to decorate her room and bulletin boards. 

I'm thinking of making these available on etsy as a package for other teachers to purchase for their classroom. What do you think?

One wall had a giant shark that said "Fish are Friends not Food" with a fish tank below it. Then she had a board that said "A Sea of Helpers" with assignments for cleaning the room.

The owls each have a number on their belly that correspond to the student's number. The owls are also on the board that shows all the birthdays and says "One Year Older and Wiser"

These reptiles were next to the "The Rules of the Jungle" bulletin board. 

She blew up this beehive and it said "Welcome to our hive" outside her classroom. The best part is Ali's dad is a beekeeper so she is going to have him come do a presentation in her classroom about bees. She really wants bees to be apart of her theme. 

She framed the following pictures and put them on her bookshelf to inspire reading. 

Here are some pictures of her classroom

I am so proud of her. She always wanted to be a teacher and she has reached her goal. Everyone keeps saying the first year is the hardest but I'm not worried about her. She already loves her students and will give it a 110%. 

Here is a side by side low quality photo of us at Ali's high school graduation, and then 4 years later at her college graduation. I remember just beaming with pride. She is a wonderful person in every way. Good luck Ali, I love you! Now go teach some children some knowledge. :)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

FREE teacher questionnaire

It is the end of the school year and the cheesy teacher gifts are coming out! Check out this link to see past cheesy ideas (free printable for hand soap, flowers, bookmark, and pretty quote you can frame).

This year I decided to make a questionnaire for my children to fill out all about their teacher. I love the ones they fill out for Mother's Day or Father's Day, so I decided to make one for their teachers. 

Here is a questionnaire for younger children. It has room to draw a picture
(to download just click on picture to download to computer and then print, or click her for JPEG or PDF)

My oldest is in 5th grade and she thought she was too old to draw a picture, so her questionnaire just had more questions. 
(to download just click on picture to download to computer and then print, or click her for JPEG or PDF)

I loved my children's answers so much that I decided I wanted their whole class to fill them out. I sent a stack (30 papers) to school with my daughter when she knew her teacher was going to have a sub and she gave them to all her classmates to fill out and then she brought them home. 

My son's teacher wasn't planning on having a sub any time soon, so he took them to a school with a note from me asking the children to fill them out, but his teacher could not look. :)

I thought this would be a cute idea, but I had no idea how hilarious it would be! 

Here are some of the answers from the children. 

My teacher always says  . . ."zip it lippy" 

After school my teacher . . .  "Talks to Mark (her fiance) and looks at pinterest" ha ha ha!

My son's 3rd grade teacher is the sweetest lady ever!! She is in her 50s and this is her first official year teaching. EVERY single child said her favorite snack is raspberries. And almost every single child said she always says "naughty, naughty, naughty" but not one child spelled it correctly. ha ha!

After school my teacher sleeps. yep! 

Now this next one had me crying I was laughing so hard. Several said their favorite memory is when their teacher accidentally swore. What?! And then I kept reading more and this child described the incident better. ha ha!! That poor lady, it was a total accident, she just said two words in a row that sounded a lot like a swear word. I can't stop laughing!

 After I finished laughing I bound all the papers into a little book.

 Isn't this picture just the sweetest!

And I love this last one!
What I will miss most about my teacher  . . "is all of the funny sentences she says when we have a spelling test"

Another child said what I will miss most is her hugs.

My son is a quiet little guy, I can't get much out of him. At his last parent teacher conference I met with his teacher not so much worried about his school work or grades but about him. Did he talk very much at school, was he happy there, did he get along with his friends, etc? His teacher just smiled and sighed and told me how much she loves him. I could feel her love for him just pour out. That he is wonderful, happy and a great helper at school. My little heart just soared to know that he is loved and taken care of at school. 

Aww.  . . . teachers really are so amazing and special. What other profession can have such an impact on these little humans. 

You don't have to have the whole class fill out a questionnaire. Just have your child fill it out and I promise your child's teacher will love it. Or better yet, just write a sincere thank you card! Words have more power than any cutiest cheesy gift. 

(wording by Bitsy Creations, drawing by me - Spring Time Doodles)