Saturday, December 21, 2013

The time i showed my 92 year old aunt and 90 year old uncle my book!!

When i was home visiting my family a week ago, i had the PRIVILEGE to show my best friend, my 92 year old Aunt Kiki my book! Moments later, my Uncle George came in and wanted to read it too!   

My heart SOARED while they were reading it, my aunt chatting with me about each page, while my uncle *TAP TAPPED* on the table to send him another chapter like i was a bartender refilling his beer.

Afterwards, my Uncle kissed my forehead and said he nearly cried reading it. As a strong man of few words, this MADE week? LIFE? I can't even tell you, but i was floored with happy during this moment! 

These moments are why this hard life is worth it!! I can't even express to you HOW excited i am about my book!!

This is just the beginning!! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Foodie Friday: Stella 34

I hate shopping with a PASSION!

I hate trying things on, i have trouble spending money on things that aren't necessary, and most importantly, i hate the THOUSANDS of people who are at Macy's at every hour of the day!  [welcome to NY!]

The shining LIGHT in my most recent trip to Macy's was when boy said 'Okay Love, after you try on these pants, lets get you a treat!'

He found a quaint restaurant cafe on one of the floors called Stella's, and we ordered a big chocolate chip cookie, along with a peppermint tea for me. As we were paying, i noticed the word CHERRY in a biscotti and well, we just had to get that too! 

The cookie was full of chocolaty goodness, and soft, which was just what i needed. And man, am i glad i got the biscotti! It was DELICIOUS. I mean, the kind of delicious that makes me want to go BACK to Macy's!! [craziness!!]

They have a full restaurant, with a decent looking menu, and all the pictures on their website looks amazing. SO, if you need a break from the CRAZINESS called Herald Square Macy's, head over the Stella 34 for a break!! [and get the biscotti!] 

Happy Foodie Friday friends!
-Jenipher :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A post where my heart explodes with THANKS.

Good GOLLY friends!! I'm in AWE. I'm BURSTING at the seams and I am SO THANKFUL!!! My Kickstarter has been up for LESS than a week and i've been supported SO MUCH. I want to cry with excitement!! 

Who knew i'd come so far from being a sad, depressed, hopeless person!! If i can do it, EVERYONE CAN!!!! For serious! I just know this book is going to help so many people, and i can't WAIT to see it's effect!! 

I still have 27 days left and i have COMPLETE faith that i will be ready to print, and fully funded by then! But i would LOVE your help! If you think this will help anyone you know, [or even those you don't know!] please share it!! :) 

AND.... Share this doodle, tag it #doodledream and you can Win a print!! yay!!!

Thanks so much friends! You're helping my #doodledreams come true!

Jenipher :)

Friday, November 22, 2013

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Who's READY for a BOOK UPDATE?!?

Bout time right!?!

Since my last post I've been writing like CRAZY!!!! 

Last Tuesday night I went to a lecture about children's book publishing. After hearing HOW LONG it took, and how much the editors might change, i left there thinking...


That night, i couldn't sleep because i was so stoked. I came up with a whole Kickstarter plan and have been ready and working on the book like MAD since that evening! 

This book is WAYYY too important to wait two years, and i'm not willing to part with my title i've come up with OR my illustrations.. so LOOK OUT WORLD, this book will be ready by February! 


If you're interested in hearing more about when the book will be published, or about the Kickstarter campaign, please let me know! :)

As always, THANKS for reading!!
- Jenipher 

Monday, November 11, 2013

YOU. dear friend. Have a PURPOSE.


In a world where it's hard not to compare yourself, and feel like you're just moving through the motions, I wanted to encourage you...

I'm a TRUE believer that we all have different purposes. Your purpose is just a passion that makes life feel 'right'. Everyone's is different from one another! It can be anything from having an illustration business, to cooking delicious meals every night. Traveling and exploring new places, to sharing and telling people about your adventures. A purpose can be anything that allows you and others to share joy

Once you find what your passionate about, life feels even MORE fulfilling. 
My PASSION is the Book i'm writing.


Hope you are having a GLORIOUS Monday!!
-Jenipher :)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Holy Moly! I'm Back!!

Goodness, it's been SO BUSY since i got back home from my wedding/honeymoon adventures! I've wanted to blog to share SO MANY exciting things, but there hasn't been much time. But REST ASURED! Tomorrow i will posting a DELICIOUS foodie Friday post!! 


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saves The Day, Saved MY Day!

If you've been reading my blog for a while you know that i've posted about Saves The Day, quite a few times.
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So right now... as you're [maybe?] reading this, i'm on my way BACK to NY from my honeymoon. [weeeee!] First stop??

 Sayreville, NJ to see Saves The Day!!

It's our FIRST married show!! And we're both SO SO excited it gets to be Saves. :) 

So excited! 
Talk to you tomorrowish folks!!

Friday, September 20, 2013


Tomorrow. I'm getting 
:: m.a.r.r.i.e.d :: 

I wouldn't be able to do a THIRD of what I do without this boy.  He's generous, encouraging and the MOST loving person. I'm so thankful for him, and hope that whoever is single, that your patient and wait for your perfect counterpart. It's REALLY worth the wait!!!!

 It's SO crazy! After months of planning, lots of stress, and a VERY TRUTHFUL greeting card created... I get the PLEASURE of getting married to my best friend. 

You're stuck with me love!! Forever!!

I leave you with wisdom that i've learned by getting engaged... 


Happy weekend friends!!


Friday, September 13, 2013

Foodie Friday: Cyclo in Long Island City!

Foodie Friday is BACK!!!! 
 ( at least this week! )  

This week i'm going to tell you about one of my FAVORITE meals in New York. The restaurant is called Cyclo and it's a quaint Vietnamese place in Long Island City.

I present to you the "Vermicelli Noodle Salad" with marinated tofu.

This stellar bowl is FILLED with thick, flavorful tofu, crunchy crushed peanut, fresh crisp lettuce, and thin glassy noodles. A sweet and slightly spicy dressing comes on the side, but you'll pour all it on [because it's wonderful.]

If you want a light and fresh meal, and your in the Long Island City area, i highly recommend this salad!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Writing a Book, Encouragement, and putting on your BIG GIRL panties!

This post by Elise and Emma from "A Beautiful Mess" was a great post to learn about pitching, and getting pitched a book. It was really eye opening actually...  

Our blogs are our platform. In the past few weeks i've been working REALLY HARD trying to blog with intention more, which sometimes 

just seems like more pressure. 

I'm not quite at the blog worthiness as Jess Lively with her living [ and blogging ] with intentions but i'm working on it!!

Encouragement from friends and family have helped a lot too. I STRONGLY recommend you share what's in your heart. The people who care about you will help you out SO MUCH, and it's a complete blessing!!

Please remind yourself of this! EVERYDAY! And i'll be doing the same.
Have a WONDERFUL week!


Thursday, August 29, 2013

HOLY CUTE nesting tables!!

So, i couldn't continue working a second longer without posting HOW AMAZING these nesting tables are!!!

Ahhhh Elsie and Emma did it again! These are GORGEOUS! I wish i had the supplies [and room] to make them!! 

Sigh.. okay... back to work for me!

I'm off to the woods for the weekend so i'm leaving it to you to do something fun and creative for me!!

Happy Thursday friends!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mummies, DRY Humor and silly doodles, oh my!

Mike Lowery is super awesome, punny, creative illustrator! 

Never have i found another illustrator who seems to have the same ridiculous mind as me, and when i found Mike's work last year i was super stoked. 

The best part? 

When i took Lilla Roger's "Make Art That Sells" class a couple months ago, Mike was one of the 1st artists that was interviewed. And it was HILARIOUS. I wish i could share it with you! [...but alas i can not]

It's such a blessing to find artists who have similarities to your work because it gives you HOPE

And now i have a little more hope that one day, my time will come, and i'll be able to truly say, "oh my job? i'm an illustrator" and mean it 100%.

Have a creative day friends!!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

My work was PUBLISHED!!!

Ahhhh!!!!! I'm SOOOOO EXCITED!!!!
My 'Lovely Girl' was published inside Zooey Magazine

 "Zooey has thrived as a collaborative magazine covering topics like female entrepreneurship, DIYs, entertainment, the modern lifestyle (vintage-inspired), and much more. Zooey doesn’t serve as a guideline as to how one should live, but rather as an inspiration to brighten paths, days, and to shed light on the power in all women. "

I submitted in a WHILE ago and didn't actually know if they'd put my doodle in the magazine, and i CERTAINLY didn't know i'd get a FULL page!! I'm just.... over the moon!! 

The BEST part?? 
Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess are on the cover!! How amazing!!! 

I see this as the FIRST of many features in the future! 



Friday, August 23, 2013

Every once in a while, you have one of those weeks...

Every once in a while, you have one of  weeks... one of those LIFE AFFIRMING, AMAZING things happening, opportunity FILLED weeks... and it's SUCH a blessing. And you sit back at that end of the week, and you think "Goodness. I'm so thankful that i'm on the right path'. 

This week was NOT one of those weeks...

HAH just kidding! It totally was!! 

I mentioned Story NYC a few months ago when they carried my onesies! Well, once a month they have a pitch night, and i was determined to talk about my brand AND my book!

And it went SWIMMINGLY!!!
I'm so thankful! I don't exactly know what this means yet with Story NYC but i am very excited for the possibility!

Being a nervous, scared, but VERY ambitious girl is working to my advantage! KEEP WORKING HARD! Seriously!! Things with come to fruition when the timing is right!! 

And THAT is my encouragement this lovely Friday!! 


Friday, August 16, 2013

Follow Your Heart! And Your Opportunities.


How crazy that a whole week has went by since my last post... weeks are FLYING BY!


You know when you have your days ALLLLL planned out, and then you hear of some really neato other opportunities and you say 'heck! lets do those things instead?' well the doodle above is EXACTLY that! 

One of my friends from MATS1 posted a link about a painting a mural... i know i haven't mentioned this but I want to paint one in New York soooo badly! So i quickly put together the one above and i'm crossing my fingers!

Have there been any opportunities you'd really like to do? 

Write it all out! 
Or just keep your eyes peeled!! 

It's so exciting to finally DO SOMETHING you've been wanting to do for so long! 

Smiles to you dear friends!!


I'll be at CHELSEA MARKET BASKETS this Saturday for another Watercolor demo! 
12:30 - 3:30 


PSS: I didn't have time to re-read this and our computer is leaving to be fixed for a week EEK so i'm sorry if there are mistakes. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Sometimes we all need a new lightbulb!

You know when you FINALLY think you've figured things out, and you're FINALLY getting excited about the steps to take and all is well in the world.... and then you talk to someone who says something and a GIANT lightbulb appears and you realize that all the thoughts you had just moments before are GONE because now you have a DIFFERENT path you feel you should take.... yeah.... that was the last few weeks for me....

This giant lightbulb, which btw... i blame Brandy for, has been hindering my thoughts!!!  BUT growing my book little by little... 

Over and over in my brain i keep changing what i want this blog to look like, to mesh with my dreams and that pop in and out of my brain and honestly, i really just need to bribe myself JUST POST and it will s.l.o.w.l.y figure out itself! :)

Here's to not limited...!

Happy Weekend friends,

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Today's ENCOURAGEMENT of the day! :D

Life is SUPER DUPER difficult. There are going to be a million things that get in your way, often ones that make you want to quit. But i strongly encourage you not to! Keep following your dreams!! Keep fighting for whats right! And PLEASE keep moving forward! It's so so important that you do. ..That's all i ask of 

Okay...maybe i'll ask that of you tomorrow too. :)

Smiles to you dear friends,

Monday, July 22, 2013

Best. Engagement. Photo. EVER!

I just got back last night from a four day trip to Florida, half to get EVERYTHING DONE and finished for our wedding, and half for my bridal shower [yay!!] 

There aren't many details left to work out for the wedding [thank God!!!] and now that I'm back in NY i can keep working on the work i love to do... which involves doggies who fart love hearts. ;) 

I hope ya'll have a gorgeous start to you week! Until then...

-Jenipher :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

This Nightly Doodle land...

Lately I've been drawings and drawing and drawing! Which for me, means LOTS of time at cafes and silly conversations with boy and friends. :)

I just finished the FIRST page of my book a few days ago, which i LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I'll post the page tomorrow or the next day, and i'd LOVE to know your feedback! 

Lately I've been contemplating making cute handmade watercolor earrings to go with my wedding dress... But I'm not sure if i should wear something a little more detailed instead....

It's crazy to think that my wedding is less than 60 days away!! 

On Wednesday i leave for Florida for my bridal shower... considering i've never been to a bridal shower, i'm not really sure what to expect, but i'm sure it will be fun. :)

I hope you're all having a GLORIOUS start to your week!
smiles to you,

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Goodbye MATS1, Hello direction!

I can't believe how quickly 5 weeks have gone past! And that the Make Art That Sells course is over! Crazypants! 

Right now i'm trying to discern what i've learned and how my work has transitioned. This is my last piece i made for class, and honestly i really do like it! I think i would totally buy this if it were real! 

That's a good start right? :)

After stressing this morning that i didn't grow 'enough' in my MATS1 class, i feel SO MUCH better when all my work is laying next to each other like this.

I may not have GROWN that much via my style, but this class has been so challenging and i'm SUPER PROUD of myself to completing all the assignments even when i didn't want to. 

The last image was inspired by this class. I took my painting from week four and added it to the back of my new baby card. I love it. :) I never thought of doing that before!

Hooray for class! :D 
Till next time friends,
-Jenipher :)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Inspiring Links!

Here are some super cool things i found this week!

Brene Brown's TED talk on Vulnerability.  

Super cute hair styles after you swim.

My friend Brandy's coaching seems amazing! 
I can't wait till my session!

Children Book covers inspired by 'Parks and Recreation'! 

I want this wedding topper SO BADLY! #sadday