Friday, December 30, 2011 i'm a little late with this one....

but i still wanted to share it before the new year approaches in a couple of days!
i am working on my own little recipe "project" and this is a sketch for the month of december. i am such a sucker for the nutcracker ballet. the music, the story, the whole Christmas thing...just LOVE it!
so, here we have my little alter-ego pippa getting ready to serve some delicious sugared plums, dressed as clara from the nutcraker, of course:)
i was hoping to get this painted this month, but i am currently working on a few things, including another illustration for the wonderful stories for children magazine and some nursery art pieces. however, this WILL get painted in plenty of time for next december. but it was just too cute not to at least share...for now:)
happy new year to all my wonderful friends and followers! best of luck and many blessings in 2012!
nicole...and pippa:)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

~WelCoMe WiNtER~

today is the first official day of WINTER...and i couldn't be any happier about that!:) it truly is my favorite season! now if i could just get some SNOW....
happy winter solstice to all my friends and the happiest of holidays to you all as well!!!


Friday, December 16, 2011

"tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme..."

my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE princess...the beautiful Belle from disney's Beauty and the Beast!:)


below i have also posted the progress. i always think it's kind of neat to see it in different stages. so i thought i'd "share"...:)

Monday, December 12, 2011

beautiful belle

i've been meaning to upload this sketch here for the last few days, but the time got away from me....

anyway, this is next up. and i shall be completing it in the next few nights because i have some customers waiting on some prints of her:)

here is a link to my etsy shop where a print of snow white and ariel can be found...and purchased! hopefully if time allows, i will be able to get some more of these disney princesses done. but it'll have to wait til after the holidays.

next, is another story/illustration for the wonderful stories for children magazine entitled rainclouds and rainbows. can't wait to start sketching....

btw, she is my all time favorite princess. sweet and sassy...and SMART! that's my kind of girl;)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

MeRry ChRisTmAs....

love peppermint...the little candy cane striped Christmas zebra:)

due to my crazy love of candy canes and all things peppermint, i just couldn't resist when the idea popped into my head;)


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

nali jungle wall art

nali jungle canvas wall art...all done and FOR SALE HERE:

this adorable compliation of jungle animals was inspired by the nali jungle bedding line by cocalo (seen here)

loved creating this painting...especially the cute little elephant:)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

it's a jungle in here...

and a CUTE one at that:)

this is the next canvas i am working on. it is made to coordinate with this adorable bedding by cocalo seen here:

it will be 12x16 and for sale, as soon as it's done!
loving the elephant and zebra...:)

Monday, November 21, 2011

mermaid life....featuring MARBIEL:)

maribel the all her sea-life glory!


next up....a jungle theme compilation canvas. including a monkey, giraffe, lion, elephant...and a super cute zebra:)

check back for the sketch....

Thursday, November 17, 2011

illustration friday~silent

when i saw this week's i.f. theme of 'silent', i couldn't resist bringing this older piece out for viewing. is there ever a more suitable time to be 'silent'...;)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


my illustration for the story entitled "a little helper" is featured in this month's issue of stories for children magazine

love this one...:)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

illustration friday~stripes

i thought i would post some nursery art i did last it is fitting for this week's illustration friday theme of "stripes". enjoy....:)

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

mermaid life...slowly coming to life:)

sweet little maribel in progress...:)

i am working on several things at once in these next 2 months, and this is one of them. can't wait to complete and post it in my etsy shop FOR SALE!

a perfect christmas gift for that little mermaid of your's:)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

illustration friday~scary

my attempt at "scary"...

oh well, i guess i don't do "scary" very well...;)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

trying something a bit new...

meet maribel the mermaid:)
i have a bit of "free" time in between christmas gifts and custom orders so i wanted to try something a bit different. i am going to do a series (i hope) of 11x14 gallery wrapped canvases to be sold as ORIGINALS in my etsy shop
i thought it would be cute to kind of do a compilation of sorts on a theme for a child's room. yes, i will be doing boys too;) maybe a cute little astronaut/outer space theme or dinosaurs....
but my first one in this series will be called mermaid life with my sweet little maribel. this will look great in a little girl's room with ocean animals/beach theme. or maybe even in a bathroom. lots of bright, tropical colors are planned for this cutie:)
stay tuned....

Thursday, October 27, 2011


there must have been some magic in that old black hat they found...
well, here it is! in all it's snowy glory!:) the winter 2011/2012 COVER ILLUSTRATION for

i truly loved every second of creating this piece. from the sketch posted below to the finished painting. winter has many wonders, from the blanket-like snow which often covers our region to the endless hours of play time for children to create adorable snow creatures out of the white stuff that falls from the sky.

i could go on and winter is truly my favorite time of year:) i can't wait to see this piece at publication time in december (which is my favorite month by the way)!

Friday, October 21, 2011

sneakin' a peek...

at the winter cover (in progress) for SFC's 2011/2012 issue.
i am having the best time creating this piece. winter is my favorite season for many reasons so it really is a dream assignment for me. deadline is november 1st so i will be spending all of next week finishing this up.
can't wait...:)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

illustration friday~scattered

"pink petals 'scattered' all over the park path"
here is my illustration for the story entitled 'a pickle for patty' featured in this month's issue of stories for children magazine
and it fits with this week's i.f. theme 'scattered'.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

pippa and her pink lady(bug) friends!

i had a bit of extra time in between assignments so i couldn't resist doing another recipe for this wonderful site. and besides, i'll take any excuse to bring my little pippa to life in an illustration. i have big plans for this girl...;)
below i posted the 3 steps/pics of the way in which i work. from sketch to the work in progress to the finished piece. please stop by the link above and feel free to comment on the recipe. i love feedback. and so does pippa:)

Monday, October 3, 2011

pippa cooks again:)

how do i spend my down time between "projects"...creating another piece for i am addicited to designing these recipes with my little pippa. i did one last month (see pic below) and i just fell in love with them.

i hope to be able to start painting it while working on the winter cover for SFC magazine. i love working on multiple projects at the same time:)

Friday, September 30, 2011


here is my APPROVED sketch for the winter 2011/2012 cover for stories for children magazine i am so excited to have been given this opportunity to have my work showcased on the cover of such a wonderful magazine for children. the art director, rosemarie, has just been so amazing to me in the last few months, allowing me to do an illustration for each issue. i absolutely love contributing and i love the challenge that each new piece brings.
this piece has a special place in my heart. as everyone who knows me knows i am CRAZY about WINTER! seriously. i love it all...snow, ice, cold air, winter sports...all of the wonders of winter. and december is my favorite month of the year. i swear i could probably live in an igloo and be ecstatically happy (yeah, i love winter THAT much)!
i wanted to convey the playfulness of childhood in winter and what better way than to illustrate a group of cute little multi-cultural kids building a snowman...and a cute snowman at that;) teamwork at it's best!
thank you again to rosemarie for being so sweet to me and for giving me all of the opportunities she has in the last few months to work with her and her team at such a great publication!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

flying high!


these cute little airplanes are FOR SALE here:

they are made to coordinate with today's popular beddings. and...just because i love to decorate little boy's rooms:)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

~haPpY AuTumN~

just a cute little illustration of a scarecrow named fern and his adorable canary friend:)

this is FOR SALE as a REPRODUCTION here

after this one, i'm taking a little hiatus from painting pumpkins. just a little one...;)

~haPpY AuTumN~

Thursday, September 15, 2011

illustration friday~boundaries

i'm thinking he might be pushing the "boundaries" here. but he's only trying to help...;)

my submission for this week's illustration friday. it is also to be featured in stories for children magazine's november 2011 issue

i am set to do the winter cover for this magazine as well so i am super excited to start doing some sketches for that. especially since it is my favorite time of year!:)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

genevieve's fairy

genevieve's fairy...ALL DONE!:)

this is FOR SALE AS A REPRODUCTION in my etsy shop here... the name of your little girl can be added at no extra charge. please see listing for more details.

i attached a sweet chocolate brown satin ribbon to finish it off and now it's all ready to be delivered and hung in genevieve's nursery. and wow, that was A LOT of "e's" that i painted in that name;) whew...


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

meet the newest member of hire an illustrator...

i have heard such wonderful things about this site, that i decided to give it a go! i'm excited to be on board...:)

Friday, September 9, 2011

peyton's biggest fan...ME!!!

just a quick little sketch i did about a month ago. it was to be my profile pic on facebook everytime my beloved indianaplois colts played a game. well, for all who know me, i am the BIGGEST peyton manning fan alive! LOVE THIS MAN!
sad to say, peyton and i have a few things in common now....neck surgeries:( word is he is out for this season...and poor little nicole is bummed beyond belief! i feel for him literally.. having undergone 2 neck/spinal surgeries/fusions last august and october. no fun!:(
i wish him the speediest recovery and hope and pray he can return to indy next season...better than ever!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

illustration friday~mysterious

i thought there was a "mysterious" element to this piece...
my submission for this week's i.f. theme. i did this painting (entitled wish hope believe) back in the beginning of 2011 for a little girl waiting on a heart down at AI DuPont hospital. it was sold in a silent auction to benefit her cause. unfortuneately, she's still there...waiting on a heart:( hopefully soon her waiting will end and she will have the heart she so desperately needs!
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

next on the table...

a custom order for a sweet little autumn baby named genevieve, the nursery is green and brown, so most of the finished painting will contain shades of green, with the oranges from the pumpkin and leaves being the contrasting color. it will be finished with a lovely satin ribbon for hanging (most likely in a nice cocoa brown color to match the nursery).
starting this cutie tomorrow...:)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

pippa's pumpkin smoothie...yummy:)

here is a smaller size version of my FIRST entry to they draw and cook. it is for a contest entitled cooking 4 kids
as soon as i came across this contest a week or so ago, i knew had to give it a shot. with two other deadlines looming at the time, there was still no stopping me. i have been wanting to illustrate a recipe for the longest time now so this was the perfect opportunity.
i knew i wanted it to be easy to read, easy to follow, cute and most importantly healthy. so i figured with fall right around the corner....why not do something with pumpkins (which i love)!
i took my sweet little character pippa, some pumpkins, an easy recipe...and a cute little blackbird and voila...pippa's pumpkin smoothie!
i just submitted it to they draw and cook so i'm waiting to see how it looks once they review it and post it on their site. SUPER EXCITED!!!
take a peek over here and feel free to comment....

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

illustration friday~disguise

meet alex and his friend andy...they are ready for a little "tricking and treating"!
i thought this piece fit illustration friday's theme of 'disguise'. it's an older piece, but it's definitely appropriate.'s never too early for cute halloween art. in my opinion anyway...;)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

a little helper

here is the finished illustration for the november 2011 issue of SFC magazine AND it's 5 days BEFORE deadline! yay me!
to sum up the story entitled " a little helper", it's about a little boy named tanner who wants so desperately to help out his mama. he figures he might not be tall enough to reach that rye bread or those bananas, but boy is he ever going to take a shot at those yummy oranges...since they are on her shopping list. oops...;)
i'll post the link for the issue as soon as it is available!
next awesome contest i discovered on a wonderful website entitled they draw and cook i can't tell you how long i have been aching to pump out a recipe/illustration for these guys. super excited. have my idea all ready to go...just need to sketch it out!:)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


here is my latest illustration for stories for children magazine. it is to be featured in the november 2011 issue. the story is entitled "a little helper" and as you can see little tanner is trying his best to helpful to his mom in the grocery store...but..oops;) guess it didn't go quite as he planned....
stay tuned for the finished illustration/painting and be sure to check out the november 2011 issue (when it is available) to see if tanner turned out to be the "little helper" he so desperately wanted to be...:)

Monday, August 15, 2011


my sweet little "teamwork" illustration for the back to school issue of SFC magazine.
AND...EXCITING NEWS!!! i am FINALLY going to get my chance to do my first COVER!!! my work will be featured on the COVER of SFC's december/january issue! i am super excited about this for numerous reasons...obviously;) a WINTER COVER?! absolutely tailor-made for me! i am crazy crazy crazy about winter! i couldn't be happier to have this wonderful opportunity. thank you rosemarie for the chance to display my work on the COVER of your awesome magazine!

also, a PRINT of this cute little farm animal illustration is available in my etsy shop here;
come take a peek...:)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

happy ME!:)

just a quick little sketch done for ME...for my birthday today! so hard to believe the 40 is around the corner next year! ugghhh....

Monday, August 8, 2011

welcome baby girl leila marie to the world!!!

this sweet little angel was a custom piece i just finished up for a friend. i absolutely love the little bag of stars. and her pink robe... of course;)
this is available as a CUSTOM ORDER here...http://
if you would like one for your baby girl or boy, please visit the above link and send me a convo. OR contact me at and i would be more than happy to create a precious keepsake for your baby:)

Friday, July 29, 2011

up next...

a sweet little custom angel for a friend of a friend. it's been a while since i've done some custom work so i couldn't be happier to take it on. besides...she's really cute;)
and the baby's name is to be leila marie. so that will appear on the finished painting instead of anna. also, i will be selling REPRODUCTIONS of this piece in my etsy shop. it will be available WITHOUT the name but a name can be added to the REPRODUCTION at no charge.
i'll post it soon, as i am already in the process of painting it...