Let me start by saying that I have been doodling forever and have created the licensed designs for thousands of products that have created millions of dollars for many companies, including fabric sold in the popular chains. None of the joy of any of those products measures in the same way as what I am sharing in this post. This experience reminded me of who I am and why I do what I do. I share this from the core of my being. It is more than just one of my “good idea” project posts.
It all started last fall when I met Angie Keiser and her super adorable daughter at the BloggyCon2013 conference in Ohio. While there, I doodled Mayhem live in person, with her bunny, and she was so appreciative and full of smiles. Angie and I stayed in touch and over the past year have become friends. I love her because she is ridiculously talented yet humble. Her posts and social shares evoke my joyful heart, cause me to laugh and remind that in what seems to be an imperfect world, perfection can still exist in the form of complete gratitude and understanding. Angie posted this fun picture many many months ago of Mayhem reading one of my board books and that alone was enough to cause my heart to skip a beat.
I was stuck waiting for my girls to finish projects at a local painting studio during the past winter (before Mayhem got famous) and asked if I could have a few feet of the white table paper to play with. I ended up doodling all over it with my custom Laura Kelly Sharpie markers and decided to send it to Mayhem to use for making a silly and fun doodle dress. I thought maybe I could contribute a little to her collection and possibly be a tad inspiring.
I took it home to finish it up with a little inspiration from my portfolios of art.
While I was in the post office waiting in line to ship it, this cute boy who was bored and in need of enterainment decorated my box. He asked to keep my Sharpie. I let him of course. I love it when kids create in unexpected places.
Time went by and Mayhem’s awesomeness spread like wildflowers in the wind. I followed along and “liked” her creations, “favorited” her designs and grew more and more excited about her future. The relationship she has with her mom (and dad too) is priceless. I imagine that the time that is spent making her paper dresses and bonding over laughter, creativity and probably some tears is bound to be laying the foundation of a lifelong team.
Out of nowhere, a few weeks ago, my Instagram started flipping out. I played around and realized that they had shared a picture of Mayhem coloring the paper and getting ready to create a doodle dress with MY silly works. I was overwhelmed with excitement and giddiness. I simply felt honored.
And then several days later, my Instagram did it again. Mayhem did it. She created the most magnificent doodle dress ever and gave it TWO thumbs up. I could not agree more. This is the picture that Angie posted.
To me there is no greater gift than inspiring creativity in another, especially a child. I am in awe of her creation and just so thankful to have made two new friends in Angie and Mayhem. I can’t wait to get together with them one day soon and play!
Please check out her designs and spread Mayhem love. You can follow them in these places:
And for all of you who want to create a doodle dress of your own, you can download this fun page of my doodles and make one that is doll sized. I will be sharing a dress for my American Girl doll Saige on Doll Diaries very soon using this paper!
If you are not into dress making but want to color doodles, here is my doodle of Mayhem in her dress with her two thumbs up, just for you. You can download it here!
So in the end of this chapter, my attempt to empower a child totally turned around and inspired me! I guess that is the magic of life. Whenever I give away my love and passion it seems to find its way back to me a bazillion times over. May we all learn from Angie and Mayhem. Time spent together accessing and sharing creativity causes magical results that last forever.
Please note, all of the pictures of Mayhem were taken by her mom and have copyright protection just like my designs. If you share, be respectful and also share the credit.
PS: I have LOTS of FREE downloadable things for kids here! Please feel free to print and share.