Illustration Friday:Modify

August 6, 2009 at 7:18 am | Posted in dorothy, friends, IF, illustration friday, Momentum, princesstomato, steampunk, wizard of oz | 7 Comments

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Steampunk Dorothy is ready for a ride over the rainbow. With a little help from her friends, a little courage, and a lot of heart, she realizes that wisdom is still far greater than rubies…and that there is still no place like home.

You can see more photos of this here: LISTING

Winner, Winner Chicken dinner…oh, and Steampunk Dorothy listed

July 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Posted in follow your heart, Momentum, time, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Well, now that ball season is over for both kids, I have been able to get lots more work done! I have been needing to sort through all the numbers, posts, facebook adds, etc in order to see how many entries came in for the June contest I held. (see the june 1 post for details)…
In all, there were 415 entries. Here is how I broke it down:

1-137 Mailing List–i am including these because they have been with me since I started, basically. I cannot exclude them just because they are not following the new technology, sites, etc!!! I also found it impossible to count the 450+people on Facebook. I have no idea who is there or joined because of the contest. I figure those that wanted to be counted have joined the Facebook group for Princesstomato…where they are counted/entered
138-334 Princesstomato group members on Facebook
335-352 June 1st blog comments (subtracting my own)
353-370 June 1st blog comments counted again. I did to give those who left a comment there an extra entry. I really appreciate the comments. 🙂 It is nice to know people read, etc…so thank you!
371-393 Twitter adds (the ones I could track…)
394-411 Etsy adds
412-416 mentions on blogs and/or mailing lists

THE RANDOM NUMBER CHOSEN by using Random.org is……..352!!!! Looks like this is the last post on the June 1 blog entry, so I will need to look up who that is after I publish this entry. This person will win the $100 credit with princesstomato!…Number 352 is Jennifer Paganelli! http://www.sisboom.com/Wow, no pressure!!! LOL 🙂
I am also selecting an additional winner for a surprise package, just because!!! This number is …. 187. 187 translates into number 49 on the facebook group/list. 49 as of today is….Valerie Walsh. Valerie will receive a surprise gift from my goody closet.

Whew, I feel better having this done! It was harder than I thought it would be to keep track of all the numbers, but I learned something for next time! 🙂

Now for more fun news. I have a new listing up. It can be seen here:
STEAMPUNK DOROTHY

This is part of a group launch. You can see all the other amazing creations by searching STEAMPUNK BOUTIQUE on ebay. You can also win some serious prizes by bidding. Here are the contest details. Contest is for all bids through July 29.

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Ok, that’s it for now! Thanks to all who entered! You are ALL the BEST!!!

Illustration Friday IF: DRIFTING…Enterprising Pearl

June 19, 2009 at 7:31 pm | Posted in flyfishing, follow your heart, gemini, girl, Momentum, Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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This is a sneak peek of my listing that will be part of an ebay launch called “k9Qt”. Tune in Monday, June 22. This post has been updated~~ (here is the link…click this line)link to the full color version and a host of many more K9Qt’s. 🙂
Also, be sure to leave a comment here to win a princesstomato painting.

Illustration Friday: CRAVING

June 9, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Posted in Birds, follow your heart, friends, illustration friday, princesstomato | 19 Comments
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Birds are craving the crumbs. Bird Lady just wants the birds to be happy. As we all know, true joy is obtained by giving and sharing.

This illustration is done in a collage style that I am enjoying very much. It is for a book I am working on. More about that can be found here.

Also be sure to enter to win my blog giveaway. I am giving away a custom painted pair of jeans/denim valued at $100. Six ways to enter.

Big Giveaway! Happy Birthday to me!

June 1, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Posted in butterfly, follow your heart, friends, gemini, Momentum, princesstomato, Uncategorized | 23 Comments
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I just feel like today is special for some reason. With an abundance of gratitude, I realize it is time to get back to my usual outgoing self, and come out of “hiding.” In my little hiatus, I see that things have really taken off at etsy, and I would like to really start selling there. So, for the 100% shameless promotional part of this post, I want to offer a ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR giveaway!!!!!!! :

There are several ways to enter this giveaway: (you get one entry for each of these things…yes, you can have six entries each)

1. Post a comment here on this giveaway post
2. HEART ME on etsy!!! I am new and lonely over there!
3. Follow princesstomato on TWITTER
4. Remain or Add me as a friend on FACEBOOK
5. Join my FACEBOOK GROUP (this may end up replacing my regular mailing list in the future)
6. Promote this giveaway on any of your sites, blogs, etc!!! (you will have to let me know if you have done this so i can add your extra entry!!)

So, start posting!and adding me! I will use a random number sorter to give away this $100 PRINCESSTOMATO gift certificate good toward painted denim on June 30.

Today I am filled with so much gratitude. It has been a long and painful year and a half…filled with many, many ups and downs. I was just looking through some photos from the card in my camera,,,,and I nearly started crying. Just so many, many things I have to be grateful for. My life is really full of more blessings than I probably deserve, and I hope to make the most of it!

I would like to extend a note of thanks, mixed with a bit of apology out to my wonderful, wonderful customers over the years. You have been with me through it all, and I love you all! Your kids have “grown up” with me and my own kids. We have celebrated and prayed for each other, cried and rejoiced over many things. I know that I have not offered nearly as many items as I used to, and I have been a bit out of touch…not quite myself. Sorry about that, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your patience and patronage. I have used this time to complete some orders for you, but my “absence” was filled with time to work on a project that has been extremely fulfilling for me. (more on that later)…

I just feel like today is special for some reason. With an abundance of gratitude, I realize it is time to get back to my usual outgoing self, and come out of “hiding.” In my little hiatus, I see that things have really taken off at etsy, and I would like to really start selling there.

Happy Birthday, to me! And good luck on the drawing!!!
Here is a peek at my latest creation:

Center of Mia's World

Center of Mia's World


Mia with Chris Young on Music Row

Mia with Chris Young on Music Row

Update June 3 at 12noon: Looks like facebook is what most prefer! good to know! 138 members so far in the facebook group. Don’t forget to post a comment on this wordpress blog, and do the other items for more chances to win!!! 🙂

SCBWI 2009 Summer Conference L.A.

May 12, 2009 at 7:27 am | Posted in scbwi | 3 Comments
L.A. Conference 2009

L.A. Conference 2009

Counting my pennies for this. If I don’t get to go this year, then I might cry…but then will shoot for next year! I have been to many regional SCBWI conferences, but have not attended a national one yet. Look at the faculty line-up for L.A. August 7-10:

Sherman Alexie, Jon P. Fine, Arianne Lewin, Jennifer Rofé,
Jim Averbeck, Barbara Fisch, Wendy Loggia, Susan Goldman Rubin,
Bonnie Bader, Sid Fleischman, Steven Malk, Nancy I. Sanders,
Jenn Bailey, Stephen Fraser, Krista Marino, Sarah Shealy,
Bonny Becker, Marla Frazee, Ed Masessa, Susan Sherman,
Betty G. Birney, Donna Gephar, Stephen Mooser, Erica Silverman,
Holly Black, Dave Gordon, Kadir Nelson, Kelly Sonnack,
Courtney Bongiolatti, Jeff Gotesfeld, Elizabeth B. Parisi, Melissa Stewart, Jordan Brown, Esther Hershenhorn, Lin Oliver, Dinah Stevenson, Eve Bunting, Ellen Hopkins, Linda Sue Park, Pamela S. Turner, Jamie Weiss Chilton, Jennifer Hunt, Ann Whitford Paul, Kris Vreeland, Karen Cushman, Allyn Johnston, Richard Peck, Steve Watkins, Sarah Davies, Elizabeth Law, Alice Pope, Andrea Welch,
Kathleen Duey, Ingrid Law, Frank Portman, David Wiesner,
Chris Eboch, Daniel Lazar, Michael Reisman, Dan Yacarino,
Connie C. Epstein, Arthur A. Levine, Anica Rissi, Lisa Yee,
Cecilia Yung

All this talent and knowledge in one place! Not to mention all attendees… Ok, must get back to counting my pennies!

Priceless…Past, Present, Future

May 11, 2009 at 10:21 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Friday, Saturday, and Sunday…all three days packed with good news and memories.

PAST: Lewis and Clark 1804 and other SD history:
Friday, I got to go on my daughter’s field trip. We visited the W.H. Over Museum and Spirit Mound.

PRESENT: savoring the moments as they rush in:
As soon as my son ran up the steps after school, he could not hide his smile from me. I love that smile. 🙂 From behind his back came the styrofoam cup filled with orangy goodness, accompanied by the colorful picture.

My daughter also made a card for me. Of course, she had to add something “complicated”…the rose pops up from the center of the card when the card it opened. I bet if I go dig up all the cards and papers she has made me, I would find at least half of them have a tendency toward 3-D. I love that she always puts her own spin on everything she does.

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The other flowers and tomatoes were also from the kids, with my sweet mom’s help. 🙂

FUTURE:
The papers shown above came in the mail this weekend. I just found out that I received a three thousand dollar grant from the South Dakota Arts Council to use for my Bird Lady Watching book project.
I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all these things. Once again I am reminded of how all things are so related. Amazing.

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Now, not to ruin the moment…but I wanted to mention that I caught the last part of Celebrity Appentice last night (I know, not the most reverent thing to watch on a Sunday!), and I am so glad that the talented-but-mean Annie Duke was fired. I really respect that Joan Rivers says what is on her mind and then is willing to eat crow when necessary. I really don’t see why Annie thought is was so admirable to “not bash anyone in the boardroom” but felt it was ok to go around bashing them all over the place everywhere else. So, thank you, Donald, for showing the rest of the world that to get rich you really don’t have to walk all over everyone. 🙂

Fairy GodSisters, Ink Scholarship Deadline

April 15, 2009 at 11:42 am | Posted in scbwi | 3 Comments
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Today is the deadline!
The benevolent Fairy Godsisters, Ink are hosting their second annual scholarship. The lucky, lucky winner will get $1500 to attend SCBWI L.A. 2009 in August.
If you have been thinking about entering, do it now, before it is too late!

SCBWI Conference 2009 in South Dakota

April 15, 2009 at 11:38 am | Posted in scbwi | Leave a comment
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dinner Friday: Jean Patrick, Tim Gillner, Chris Browne, Lori Walsh, Nancy NL Sharp, Susan Underdahl

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Above photo: Jean Patrick, Tim Gillner, Chris Browne, Lori Walsh, Nancy Sharp, Susan Underdahl

Sometimes I must admit, that here in the sprawling cornfields of South Dakota (which also includes North Dakota and Minnesota, if that gives you a better idea of our chapter’s demographics) –where authors and illustrators are few and far between, we get a little jealous of the big cities where SCBWI members can meet each other for coffee at the drop of a pen.

At the same time, we are also proud of our independence and determination.

Our 3rd Annual Spring Conference was scheduled for April 4. Who would ever think that a blizzard would really happen on that very weekend…especially when we had record numbers of registrants committed to come? We are blaming it on Jean Patrick, of course. She, our fearless coordinator ,is the author of If I Had A Snowplow, after all.

Our speakers, and all the attendees each showed what they are made of by getting to the conference…and some did not get to leave until a day later, after the roads and skies were clear. Even with several cancellations, we had 68 attend, not including the speakers. Of that 68, 16 were artists.

The following photos are compliments of Chris Browne:

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Dinner Friday

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The day began with a nuts and bolts for writers given by Mary Scarbrough.

Tim Gillner then enlightened us with A Picture Book: Conception to Birth. I love that Boyds Mills just does what they love to do, without trying to predict what is “marketable.”

At 11, Martyn Beeny from SDSHS Press wowed us with a presentation about this amazing press. Though small, the number of award-winning books they create is impressive! Go Martyn!

Susan Underdahl shared her story with us. I love that every person who creates books comes is on a journey all their own. Just love it.

Dr. Mark Geary taught a break-out session on making book trailers.

All this along with critiques, panel discussions, topped off with a great lunch and tons of door prizes made for a perfect way to spend a weekend in South Dakota–blizzard or no blizzard.

IF,Illustration Friday: Poise

April 1, 2009 at 7:38 am | Posted in follow your heart, girl, IF, illustration friday, juggle, jumprope, mabel, princesstomato, The Doodle Diner | 4 Comments

Mabel at The Doodle Diner

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I am so happy to announce that the Doodle Diner is open! Mabel here may spill more bubble gum and hot peppers than she serves, but she always remains POISED. She may not even bring you what you ordered, but she is sure to make you smile. Mabel doesn’t sweat the small stuff.
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Each Doodle Diner member was asked five questions. You can see them all here throughout the day: THE DOODLE DINER
1. Your studio… used to be the library of the brick school house we live in.

2. What is the first thing you remember drawing? Obviously, I drew lots of things before this, but I remember looking at a ballerina on my jewelry box. My family was waiting for me to come out of my room so we could go somewhere. (First things first! heehee) When I came out, I showed them what I drew, and they could not believe I did it without any help. I tried to draw it again soon after, and it didn’t turn out so well. Sigh.

3. When you go to a diner, what food would you be most likely to order? Something with ranch dressing. And I will still want to taste whatever you ordered. Unless what you ordered a reuben. You are safe with a reuben.

4. Is there a certain person from your childhood that especially encouraged you to pursue your love for art? Lots of people—art teachers, parents…but especially my grandparents. My grandma used to make sure I signed and dated my artwork. It really made me feel like a real artist, and like the art was important and official. One more example: my parents knew I liked to color. Once they woke me up in the middle of the night just to have popcorn and COLOR with me.

5. Is there something in your artistic life you take for granted? Yes. My thumbs.

I am so glad to be a doodler! Woohoo!

The Doodle Diner opens its doors

March 30, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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I am very excited to announce our group of fabulous doodlers will be opening our very own meeting place. We look forward to sharing good times and doodles with you!

Frosted Windshields and Frosted Donuts

March 11, 2009 at 9:52 am | Posted in home sweet home | 1 Comment
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Normally it takes me about twenty minutes to drive my kids to school. Yesterday, our roads and vehicles were covered in ice. We had to stop no less than three times to scrape the windows on the way to school. I fish-taled and white-knuckled it into town in forty minutes flat, going all of twenty MPH, only to find out we were two hours early (well 100 minutes, since we would have technically been tardy). Apparently the phone system had a glitch, so many people in our area did not get “the call.”

Do we spend the two hours driving home and back to town? Ah, no. Do I try to make this a fun “snow day”, and go play in the freezing rain with my children? Ah, no. We chose the easiest thing and went for donuts.

The first place we tried was one with a place to sit. As we got close to the glass case normally filled with frosted goodies, we saw the case was empty. As we were leaving the worker asked, “Did you find what you were looking for?”
“No. We came for donuts.”
“Oh, they are on vacation for the next two weeks.”
As we piled back into the truck, thinking of where to go next, my eight-year-old pragmatic son wrinkled up his face and blurted, “The donuts are on vacation?”

We found some donuts, then settled back into the cab of our little truck so they could eat their second breakfast. I got to hear stories about their life on the playground for a little longer than usual on this icy South Dakota morning. Life is good.

IF: intricate, and a little more on living LIFE

March 9, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Posted in butterfly, follow your heart, IF, illustration friday, sunglasses, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Ok, bear with me as I try to connect the dots here. Methinks this should be broken into more than one post, but here goes…

First:IF theme for this week is intricate. My best example of this, I believe, is an older one, but for those of you who have not seen it, here it is:
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A detail…so you can see all the insane dots. I used the smallest technical pen available. Why??? andy-condensed-nickela

In the same vain, well sort of, my sweet kiddos made a huge snowman yesterday. Kind of looks like a poster child for Snowmen Rogaine 🙂 They scavenged our Halloween bin for the hair, dad’s endless collection of cheap sunglasses for the cool shades, and my art studio for the buttons and carrot foam. They are so creative. The took a tape measurer out too, come to think of it. Wonder where that ended up…???
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Next, I read some good books this weekend. TOYS GO OUT cracked me up! It is about how a stuffed buffalo, a stuffed stingray, a ball just want to be loved. The dialogue is hilarious. StingRay is a know-it-all. It tells the buffalo, who got peanut butter on himself:
“You’re dirty,” says StingRay, placing a block on top of her pile.
“It’s not dirt. It’s food.”
“Food is dirt when it’s mashed in your fur.”
“No it isn’t. It’s food. Why would it be dirt in your fur, but nice and tasty anywhere else?”
“It would be dirt if it was on the rug,” says StingRay. “Or on the sofa.”
“Food isn’t dirty, or you wouldn’t eat it. I have some nice clean food on me. I don’t see that it’s a problem that it needs washing.”
“If people think it’s dirty, then it is, ” StingRay claims.

I was laughing out loud at the wrestling meet. The fourth graders in the bleachers with me were also laughing out loud-at me. 🙂

Lastly, I actually listed something. Haven’t done that for awhile since I have mostly been working with people on my mailing list, etc. Click HERE to see the listing. I started it at .99 cents, just for fun. And anyone from my mailing list who bids (or from this blog if you let me know) will get entered in a drawing for a free bag of goodies! If the BIN is used, then the buyer will win the goodies.

Have a great week!

3rd Annual SCBWI Spring Conference the Dakotas

March 3, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Jane, I am 100% stealing your post to copy and paste on my blog!:)

Hope you don’t mind!!!

Perhaps the best organization for writers and illustrators of children’s books and articles is the Society for Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

I’m pleased to announce the SCBWI Dakotas Spring Conference! If you want to know more about writing or illustrating for children’s publications, or if you want to hear up-and-coming authors tell how they became up-and-coming, please join us in Sioux Falls on Saturday, April 4. Spread the word!

The Dakotas Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators presents
“Books, Art, and Beyond”

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2009

Time: 8:30-4:00 Conference
4:00-5:00 Critiques, portfolio reviews, informal manuscript exchange

Location: Central Baptist Church
3100 W. Ralph Rogers Rd.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Speakers: Tim Gillner, Art Director, Boyds Mills Press

S.T. Underdahl, Young adult novelist —The Other Sister, Remember This

Mary Scarbrough, Nonfiction children’s book author–Mission: Space Camp

Jean L.S. Patrick, Children’s book author–The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth

Martyn Beeny, Associate Editor, S.D. State Historical Society Press

Mark Geary, Technology and Children’s Literature, Dakota State University

Cost: $75 SCBWI members $85 non-members

Advance registration required
Registration form available at http://www.scbwidakotas.org

Critique Opportunites (optional)

* Artists/Illustrators: Bring portfolio for general review from Tim Gillner, Art Director, Boyds Mills Press

* Writers: Submit manuscript appropriate for children (1500 wds max)
5-6 of these will be selected for a public first-page review
Deadline: March 14, 2009, postmark

* Private critique: Submit complete story or first chapter (1500 wds max)
Cost: $40 Deadline: March 14, 2009
Don’t delay! Limited number of spaces available.

For complete information, go to http://www.scbwidakotas.org

Please forward this information to others who are interested in writing and illustrating children’s books. Thanks!

If writing for children is your dream, here’s your opportunity to make the write connections!

IF: Instinct …Free Spirit

February 25, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Posted in follow your heart, girl, IF, illustration friday | 7 Comments
Like a Drum

Like a Drum

Instinct. Gotta go with it whenever possible. 🙂

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