Friday, July 31, 2015

Mermaid Clothes!

I chose mermaid clothes for the Paper Twins this week. Why mermaid clothes? No idea... it was the first thing to come to mind. It took quite a bit of work to fit all of this clothing onto one page. For the hair -- Cut along the thickest line and slide the hair on the head. The tabs are for stabilization. The separate pieces that look like necklaces are for the head of your dolls.

Don't have the Paper Twins? Click here! Need some more clothes for your paper dolls? Click this link! The dolls are 100% free to download, print and use. I only ask that you don't put it on your blog/website without permission.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


This week I officially announced that I am pregnant. I'm due December 17th. Many of you have seen the announcement on Facebook. This Horror Movie poster was created by my friend Amanda Hughes-Smolyn. I found out fairly early this year that I am pregnant. It has also been the reason why I haven't been as active this year. I have been so exhausted! Even in my second trimester I'm still tired, but I'm doing my best.

A change has been made for Picture Book Dummy Month in the past week. Picture Book Dummy Month will have a name change soon. I have had too many people being confused between this event and Picture Book Idea Month. It's not worth the confusion! There are still a few days left to let me know what you think on this: or you can leave a comment below.

On Saturday, August 1st Picture Book Dummy Month will have a new name. This is the day I be releasing the names of all the people who will be helping out with the Dummy Challenge. I will also be listing some of the prizes. If all goes well I'll have the sign up page up along with the badge for your blogs!

All the picture books. David has one more week of reading before he can get his medal for the library reading program. I'll admit I'm exhausted. He usually wants me to read at least three stories at night... sometimes he gets more. 

I'm hoping to finish up the portrait I'm painting this week. I would like to have the blog/website badge ready for Saturday. I also need to work on the Paper Twin's clothing.
Every Day Possible
Working on Picture Book Dummy Month (soon to be renamed)!
Dummy Month Facebook Badge - In Progress

Wed 07/28 Write Dani's Updates...done! 

Thursday 07/30 - Working on a portrait for a friend, finishing up dummy month badge and getting the Paper Twins some new clothes.

Friday 07/31 - New paper doll clothing will be posted. Not sure what yet! Finding out the sex of the baby.

Saturday 08/01 - Announcing the people involved with the Dummy Challenge & sign ups start! Having a party to let my friends know the sex of the baby.

Sunday  08/02 - Sleeping for a week.

Monday  08/03 - I think my brain will melt today.

Tuesday  08/04 - Finishing up the library reading event for the summer. We'll keep reading, but he'll get his medal for being so good!

Wednesday  08/05 - Update Day!

Getting so many positive responses from the people I've emailed about Picture Book Dummy Month.


Child Minding 
He knows I'm pregnant and is doing all the bad things. 
Anyone giving out naps?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Prince and Princess Clothes

Today's clothing left me standing on my head. Okay, not quite, but I had to do a bit of finagling to get everything to print on one page! I have Prince and Princess clothing for you today. Enjoy!

Don't have the Paper Twins? Click here! Need some more clothes for your paper dolls? Click this link! The dolls are 100% free to download, print and use. I only ask that you don't put it on your blog/website without permission.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Update Day and a Cookie

There are no cookies in this post. My friend Donna made me a lovely batch of peanut butter cookies. We ate them all. so no more cookies.

I'm doing pretty well with getting people on board for Picture Book Dummy Month. I have about 22-24 people on board so far. I'm hoping to send out a few more emails today to get the last bit I need and a few extras for the Pre/Post event!

Too Many Toys by David Shannon. Love his books and this one is no exception. We loved the David books when my son was younger (still love them) and this newest one is too true. It's actually so true that it's scary.

I have the Paper Twins all planned out for this week. I just need to get them into inks. Tomorrow I have the day away from my kiddo, so I plan to work on a portrait for a friend. Too many things have happened lately for me to finish it. I also need to get cracking on the badge for Picture Book Dummy Month!

Every Day Possible
Working on Picture Book Dummy Month! 

Wed 07/22 Write Dani's Updates...done! 

Thursday 07/23 - Working on a portrait for a friend.

Friday 07/24 - New paper doll clothing posted. Prince and Princess clothes this week.

Saturday 07/25 - Pretending that sleep is an option

Sunday  07/26 - Doing something fun.

Monday  07/27- .Brains

Tuesday  07/28 - Meeting some new people!

Wednesday  07/29 - Update Day!

The level 3 water ban. Wait, no, that's the opposite of working for me.


Child Minding 
It's like bedtime doesn't exist anymore.
I need a nap that lasts 2-3 days.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Picture Book Dummy Month - Update July 19

Just a quick post to give you an update for Picture Book Dummy Month. As of now I have about 20-22 guest posters right now. A couple weren't sure if they'd be able to participate. I need to go back over my emails, but I believe there are 6-8 prizes and at least two of them are huge prizes.

At this point I need to send out a few more emails just to make sure I have enough people to run the event. I think 10 more emails should do the trick. I don't have anyone for the pre or post event, so lots of space left. If you'd like to help out in any way please send an email to daniduckart(@) 

I am working on a badge to put on your website/blog. I'm hoping to put up a few basic drawings next week so people can tell me what they think. I want them finished by August 1st. I can't believe it's almost August. Time flies when you're having fun!

To find more information about the event go here:

Friday, July 17, 2015

Monkey and Bear Costumes

Here are some Monkey and Bear Clothes for the Paper Twins. Don't have the Paper Twins? Click here! Need some more clothes for your paper dolls? Click this link! The dolls are 100% free to download, print and use. I only ask that you don't put it on your blog/website without permission.

Sorry I missed update day this week. I'll be sure to fill you in on more Picture Book Dummy Month information this weekend! Lots more great people have joined the event and there are some fantastic prizes!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Kitty and Doggie Costumes!

I'm releasing the Paper Twin doll clothes early today. It always seems to take me a bit of time to cut them Friday Mornings. I will re-check this and update if necessary in the morning. If you want to get the dolls go here. Don't have enough clothes? Search here and see what you missed!

Edit: I just replaced the file. The other one works fine, but I added some tabs to stabilize the cat ears. I also added a bit of a notch to cut on the dog ears. The dog ears are more stable if you cut a little notch and put her right ear (the one to the left) behind her head. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Dani's Updates and Picture Book Dummy Month

I've spent most of my time setting up Picture Book Dummy Month. So far I've gained 7-8 (one person isn't sure) people wanting to do posts and 3 prizes! It's been quite the process so far, and it's just going to get crazier. Bring on the crazy! I'm excited for this new event.

Between the heat and my son being sick I've been a bit behind. I have to finish sending out emails tonight or tomorrow. I've gotten nothing but positive responses for this event. The few that declined said they may be guests next year.

For anyone interested I'm going to be talking on my friend Patricia Pinsk's blog about the process (likely next month). Her website is here: it's a fantastic resource. Patricia will be talking about Website Design as a part of Picture Book Dummy Month!

Apparently every book in the library. We brought home so many books today!

I haven't got a clue what I'll do for the Paper Twins dolls this week. I'll draw something up tonight and get it digitized for Friday. I don't want to let the paper dolls fall to the wayside while planning this event. I also have a portrait and a dummy to finish up.

Every Day Possible
Working on Picture Book Dummy Month.

Wed 07/08 Write Dani's Updates...done! Finishing writing all the emails.

Thursday 07/09 - Sending out all of the Picture Book Dummy emails.

Friday 07/10 - Posting new paper doll clothing. There will be a bear and a monkey as deemed by my 4 yearr old.

Saturday 07/11 - Getting all the "Z"s

Sunday  07/12 - Hoping my son will be well today.

Monday  07/13- Zombie mommy will strike again. 

Tuesday  07/14 - Filling in my ears with permanent ear plugs.

Wednesday  07/15 - Update Day!

I killed them weeds in my garden. It was like BOOM!


Child Minding 
He's been so sick this week. The screaming. Oh, god, the screaming!

I had an ect. once. I remember it being nice.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Robot Costumes

Today I have Robot Clothes for the Paper Twins! If you still need to get your dolls, then get them here: To get more clothes look through the older posts here: Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Announcing Picture Book Dummy Month!

Officially Announcing Picture Book Dummy Month!

I know today is supposed to be my update day, but instead of telling you all the things I'm just announcing Picture Book Dummy Month. September 1-30th Illustrators can challenge themselves to work on a basic Picture Book Dummy. There will be guest posts and critique groups to help you out during the process. You do not have to create any final images to win. If you want to find out more click here: Do not be afraid to ask questions! I'll add them to the FAQ if necessary.

I will be doing a lot of work for this event. I have already put all interviews on hold for my blog. I am also temporarily removing my "Best Link List Ever". It's severely outdated, and I will have so much to add after this event is over. I'm still planning to post paper doll clothes until the event begins!

Also to all my friends in Canada: