Tuesday, September 01, 2015

{in my sketchbook}

Happy Tuesday friends!

It has been awhile since I shared a peek into my sketchbook on the blog, so I thought today would be a good day! I did a lot of drawing last night preparing some new coloring pages for an exciting collaboration. I'm not quite ready to share the news yet but hopefully very soon!

Here are a few of my sketches from last night...

That super intricate frame in the middle is my favorite...the middle will be filled with an encouraging handlettered quote. 

I also want to say a heartfelt thank you for the response so far to my coloring book. It is super humbling and exciting when people want to pay you to do something you love. 

If you want a copy for yourself or for a gift, you can preorder a hard copy here, or get an instant digital copy here.

You are awesome!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

{who's ready to color?!}

Hello friends!

I'm sorry I've been neglecting this blog of mine. If you follow along with me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook you'll know why I've been so busy.

I've been making a coloring book! And it is ready for purchase!

This book would not be a thing if it weren't for SO many encouraging words from SO many of you, so THANK YOU!

I have two versions of the book available. First is a printable for those who want instant gratification, and the ability to print the pages as you want to work on them. You can grab that version here.

I'm also doing a preorder for hard copies, which you can purchase here

I'm super proud of how this turned out. The pages are all single sided and on cardstock so your markers won't bleed through, and there is a spiral binding which makes it super easy to keep it open while you are coloring. 

I'm just over the moon excited to have this out in the world and be able to share it with you, and I hope if you purchase a copy you have lots of fun coloring my doodles!

And remember if you share your finished pages online, tag them with #coloringwithTGD!


Saturday, August 01, 2015

{Support The Laundry Project}

Do you know what it is like to not have clean laundry for you or your family? 

Would you like a FREE printable of one of my doodles?

There are many people in my community that aren't able to afford to do their laundry...something most of us take for granted. One of my friends has started The Laundry Project, a local non-profit that raises funds and provides supplies for people in our town to do their laundry. I want to help raise awareness for this wonderful project and encourage others to support it. Sooo...

I'm offering a FREE printable of my "Do Love" doodle to anyone that donates $4 or more to The Laundry Project, because that's how much one load of laundry costs, and because the best way to show love to others is to do something! When you donate, be sure to include ‪#‎dolove‬ in the comment box, and I'll send the printable file to the email you use when you give (please allow a few days for delivery). 

Here is the link to their fundraising page: http://www.youcaring.com/low-income-families-of-richmond-in…

Thanks friends, and please share this post if you feel led!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

{free coloring page!}

I've been hard at work on coloring pages for my adult coloring book, and if you follow me on social media, you've seen lots of peeks at them. {Like here and here and here.} 

I'm having so much fun with it! And I'm super thankful for all of the wonderful words of support I've been receiving from friends about the project. You all keep me going!

I'm getting close to having it finished, but until then I thought it would be fun to share a free printable page with my email friends...

To get the page, simply head to my main website and sign up for my email list. You'll instantly receive this coloring page and a fun July desktop calendar {I send one a new calendar each month!}. 

If you color the page I would love to see your finished masterpiece...tag me on social media and use #coloringwithTGD!

Thanks friends and happy coloring!


Thursday, July 02, 2015

{celebrating rejection}

Today I want to share a quick little story about how I'm celebrating rejection.

I know I sound a bit crazy...but just stick with me.

I created the doodle up there as a submission for a book about hand-lettering. I was super excited about it and my confidence was pretty darn high when I sent it in.

And then...yep, you guessed it. It wasn't chosen.

Insert sad face.

But how could I create something that says "Everything is OK" and not stand behind it, right? Everything IS OK, even if my happy little drawing isn't going to be published in a book.

No time for sad faces around here. There is always something to celebrate! So...I'm giving it to you for free in this month's This Girl's Doodles calendar!

Wait...did you know this is a thing? If you aren't signed up for my email news, you might not know about my monthly calendars. 

It is super easy to sign up. Just click here, and enter your email address in the yellow box at the top of the page. 

I promise to only send you good things a few times a month, including my calendars, random inspiration and of course This Girl's Doodles news. I even throw in other free printables from time to time. 

Hope you enjoy the calendar and find ways to turn rejection into a reason to celebrate!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

{a new song}

When I have a favorite new song these days, I add it to the playlist on my phone, and it is the first thing I want to hear when I start my morning drive to work. 

The second the melody hits my ears, I instantly feel alive and energized and happy from the inside out. 

Do new songs make you feel that way too? Like you want to soak in every drum beat, drink down every ounce of the singer's voice? 

New songs equal possibility for me.

And it occurred to me this morning, as I blasted "Nothing Without Love"...my current favorite, that I want to feel this way about each new day. That it is full of energy and life and possibility. 

Imagine what life would be like if every morning felt like a brand new song. Pretty great, huh? 


Wednesday, June 03, 2015

{unique in the best of ways}

Often the things we hide and consider awkward or ugly are what make us unique in the best of ways.

I have a band-aid shaped brown birthmark smack dab in the middle of the top of my left foot. Until about late high school, my primary criteria when summer shoe shopping was if the straps strategically covered it. I treated it like an unhealed wound. I was embarrassed by it and thought people would judge me because of it. (And in those difficult teenage years I was probably partially right.) 

It wasn't until my early twenties that I let it free. I bought flip flops with abandon and laughed when children or the occasional adult would ask, "What happened to your foot?!" with equal parts fear and curiosity. 

Now, at the age of 36, my brown band-aid and I live in a fairly decent state of harmony.

The other day, a new-ish friend and I were enjoying a mid-day chat about all sorts of random life things and I must have mentioned my birthmark. And she said, "I love your birthmark!"

Our conversation kept going at the same happy pace, but inside those words stopped me in my tracks. This was the first time anyone had equated positive feelings with this part of me. She saw what I considered to be an awkward thing I tolerate as something that contributes to my uniqueness. 

We could all use more friends like this, right?

What is something unique about you or someone you love that you can celebrate today?



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