This cat thinks everything belongs to her.  “Mine” is a series I’m going to be adding to and eventually this list will turn into a story. :-) While the actions drawn will be based on many cat tales shared by friends, the cat is drawn after an old friend called Willow who claimed our family and home as hers for a few years.

#ThinkSpringArt Week 1

It’s FRIDAY, and you know what that means! It’s the first week I share work from artists participating in #ThinkSpringArt Creative Challenge

This week we had participating artists:

J.K. Riki  A fellow Pittsburgher, J.K shared this awesome guy tending to his garden! You can follow J.K on Twitter or visit his website animatorisland.com

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Mishka Jaeger drew this wonderful Toad King Welcomes Spring. You can follow her on Twitter or visit her website at  mishkajaeger.com

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Awesome right? And remember, if you are interested in participating, please use the hashtag #ThinkSpringArt and tag me @autumnseybert on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. You can share your work directly or link to your website, blogs, youtubes, whatever you like :) Remember that all creative expression is welcome, and that all ages are welcome to participate. Keep it family friendly, and I’ll share it here every friday ending May 1st.

#ThinkSpringart Creative Challenge

*IMPORTANT NOTE: #ThinkSpring has changed to #ThinkSpringArt

The snow is falling with determination. This is not the flouncy, fluffy snow that meanders its way down from the clouds, but a cold, nasty snow that pushes out the sun and stings your skin in the cold wind. This winter has been unusually cold in my neck of the woods, with ten below temperatures teaming up with crazy wind chills. Winter feels less like a cold-weather friend this year, and more like a bully that slaps your lunch out of your hand and stomps on it.

If you are like me, you are starting to feel the effects of this weather. The short days that go from shadowy grey to darkest night, the cold winds, and the feeling that your feet may never feel warm again. It starts to wear. You forget what flowers look like, and you start to feel tired all the time. Things keep going wrong, cars won’t start, pipes freeze, and everyone keeps hoarding toilet paper at the grocery store. It’s gone on for too long!

Spring will come again! YES, SPRING. Warmer temperatures, RAIN, muddy boots, and FLOWERS. ALL THE FLOWERS. You will hear birds that sing flying back in, and EEEK! Is that a bee?  The sun will shine, and you will feel a strange sensation of warmth on your head and shoulders. You will be able to walk or roll comfortably and with ease. Ducks will come out and quack out laughter as they dip into ponds of water (not ice!),  their little ducky bums sticking out. The trees will have leaves and blossoms, and you will see people’s smiling faces because they’re not hiding under scarves and hats

It’s time to FIGHT BACK WINTER! It’s time to #ThinkSpringArt!

Here’s how it works:

Use the hashtag #ThinkSpringArt on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, Tumblr or ANYWHERE you can hashtag really. Post photos, artwork, poetry, videos, music, ANYTHING that reminds us about the promise of Spring, hope, and joyfulness. This is a great chance to show off your creativity while we remember that winter is temporary. Post as often as you like!  If you tag me on Twitter @autumnseybert and use the hashtag #ThinkSpringArt, you also may have your work shown here on my blog every Friday until May 1st.

2/22/15 EDIT: Due to a large amount of pornographic images found under #ThinkSpring, we’ll be doing this creative challenge under #ThinkSpringArt now. :-)

Remember, if you share someone else’s work, give them credit! Giving artists credit for their work is spreading the sunshine. :)

Here are some flower photos I’ve taken to help you get started:

Wild Flowers tulips Cactus Flowers

The Unprepared Introvert: SCBWI Winter Conference

I attended the SCBWI Annual Winter Conference in New York City this past weekend. This was my first time attending, and my first time in New York City! The conference itself was an amazing experience, but as I sit here at home, I realized the only thing I want to talk about is the people and my experience as an introvert.

The weekend turned out to be a great opportunity for personal growth.  I work best when I have some time to myself in the day. When I listen to someone, I like to have time to think about what was said before I leap in with my thoughts.  I like making friends and getting to know people, however, each interaction takes a blow to my Social Hit Points.

I was completely unprepared for the incredible number of people who would be attending the conference. I knew it was a large event, and I knew there would be a lot of people but THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE. There is no downtime. You are constantly talking to new people, making introductions, and sharing stories. You’re standing in line to get a cup of tea, you’re sitting next to a stranger, you are walking to the next session, you’re getting lunch, you’re in the elevator, you’re at a social hour, you’re standing in line for something else. The entire day is talking and introductions and pleasantries. Then it’s time for bed and wake up and start over. “Hi how are you? What’s your name? Where are you from….”

The hectic pace caught up with me Saturday afternoon.  I suddenly felt lightheaded and it felt like the room was swinging around me. That’s when  realized I couldn’t remember the last time I ate or drank anything that day. I skipped the afternoon keynotes, drank 4 bottles of water, ate half a sandwich and took a short nap.  I felt so much better! I returned to the conference with the goal that I wouldn’t think about how many people were  there, but would try to just focus on the people directly around me. I started to have conversations that extended beyond introductions, getting to hear some amazing stories, and making friends with really great folks.

Next time, I’ll be better prepared and do the following:

  • The night I arrive, take time to prepare everything for the next day, and quietly sit and get mentally prepared. Feeling rushed doesn’t help and sets a frantic tone for the day.
  • Bring tea bags from home. Even though the tea at the hotel was fine, I missed my lemon tea, and having that small comfort would help me relax.
  • Plan Introvert breaks. There are times when I would’ve felt a lot better if I had taken even 15 minutes to hide my room and just recharge a little.
  • Keep water with me . The hotel rooms were hot and dry and crowded and constantly introductions, my voice started to crack like firewood, and I was clearly dehydrated when I felt light-headed. Drink lots of water!
  • Breath deeply before saying hello and focus on learning about the person right in front of me. Everyone at the conference was friendly, and most of us are introverts and understand that even an awesome conference can be tiring. Next time I won’t worry so much about if I’m saying the right thing, and will focus more on the good company of those around me.
  • Don’t have anything on my calendar the week after the conference. Down time is important!

During the next post, I’ll share more about the fun bits of the conference!



I Hate Winter

Winter is not my favorite time of year. I like cool days, I like warm days, I like SUNNY days. Winter isn’t very sunny. Many days are grey and dreary. Even the sun doesn’t feel like getting out of bed during the winter! Aren’t the days supposed to be getting longer now?

I guess there are some good things about winter. Falling snow IS very pretty. And the rare sunny day makes the snow sparkle. And snowmen are fun. AND the super cold does kill a lot of bugs. I think I hate bugs more than winter.

The thing about winter is that it sticks around for so long. It totally interrupts Autumn, the most beautiful and wonderful person, er, season of all and poor Spring is lucky to get a couple weeks.Winter is greedy and wants ALL THE MONTHS.

Stay warm out there!

A Pirate Adventure

Pirates! Arrrrrrrr!!

I thought it’d be nice to take a break from Robots to meet our Pirate Captain, baby brother crew, and the friendliest “alligator” you’ll ever meet.

Dressing up for adventure…


Burying the Treasure (and making a mess!)
Burying-the-TreasurePirate Bath Time

Bathtime PiratesI hope you enjoy it!


Our robot friends are having a wonderful time at the zoo. Now they see a family of gorillas! Gorillas are herbivores so they eat plants for dinner. A full-grown gorilla can eat up to 30 kg or 66 lbs of plants a day! They must have lots of room in their bellies for all those leafy plants and bamboo.



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