200 Toddlers?

Berti here,


I thought I’d drop in and tell you a little bit about what’s going on with Meg’s Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Last month Meg decided she really wanted to improve her drawing skills, particularly drawing kids. She’s started a little project to stay focused that she’s calling  the 200 Toddlers project.. Wonder what that might be about…


It’s fun, She’s working on illustrating a children’s book about a 2 year old girl. She’s also working to improve her digital drawing skills – which is so much fun- somedays she whips something up quick and others times she spends hours and practically pulls her hair out. Good fun for me, as a spectator, either way. We spend a lot of time looking at Meg’s great nieces and nephews on Facebook and Instagram. She happens to have a handful of super cute 2 year olds right now, so she’s using the book as an excuse to spend time seeing what the kids are up to, and using them for reference (although when she’s done her drawings don’t look anything like the kids, she says they’re not meant to…). 


She’s struggling to find just the right character to star in the children’s book, but I’m sure by the time she’s completed the 200 Toddler Drawings project that character will have emerged from her couch cushion fort and be willing to play her role in the book. 


You can follow along on instagram, she’s finding fun ways to include her patterns in with the toddler drawings too, keeping the pages pretty. There are no rules on this project, just 200 Toddlers. She’s planning to explore different styles and get really comfortable with digital art making. Feel free to let her know when you like a particular drawing or style. Sometimes you’ll see the work in progress so the same toddler scene may come back for multiple instavisits (I just made that word up, it’s a thing now, this making up of new words). 


Go check them out and follow along with the adventure, with any luck Meg will put my pretty little beak in some of these drawings! Feel free to suggest THAT on Instagram and or Facebook as well.


Berti and the book

Berti sitting on top of sketchbook

Meg's working on illustrating a kids book for a class.

Berti here, that’s like my tag line, you know,  how I like to start each post. I think it’s kinda catchy, how about you?

Today I have one thing to say. Meg is a little weird.

She says October is the ‘big month of changes’. I told her January is when things change and fresh starts are made, but she disagreed. She says it’s always been October for her. She thinks it’s probably because, when she was growing up, her family owned a campground and mid October was the end of the camping season. All the campers left and she had a little time to think her own thoughts, maybe start her own projects. I can’t say I’ve seen her writing any resolutions this month though.

So here we are, October. Meg’s youngest kiddo has gone back to college and we’re finally getting settled into our new routines. This is year two of college for kid # two (out of two). That word looks strange. Two. Two. Two. Oh, sorry. Bud told me last year when the kid went off to school, Meg dove head first into building up her portfolio as a surface pattern designer. That worked well. She was very busy with something she loved and the kid was very happy at school. All in all it was a pretty good transition. Of course Meg missed kid # two (that kid has been home since March, you’d think I’d remember her name!) but they talked and texted and even made video calls, so she didn’t seem quite so far away. That helped.

Anyway, back to me and now.  I thought we were going to smooth sail it, got that distracting kid #two back to a school situation, and we were just going to keep plugging away at the surface pattern designing and drawing pictures of, well, me. But Meg had other plans.

She went online, got herself signed up for a Children’s book illustration course that started the same week the kid left for school! No easing into things for this lady. She is loving it and is so excited to add children’s book illustrator to her design resume in the future. That picture above is me (I love when she adds me) and one of the characters she’s working on for class. Fortunately she has also gone back to a daily drawing practice, hoping to become as good at drawing as she is at imagining. I’m just looking forward to all the adventures I’ll be having as she draws me into things!  (What’s the word for when you squeeze your wings together and shake with excitement? I’m doing that right now.)

In case you haven’t met me, I’mBerti, Meg’s imaginary bird friend who handles this blog, her newsletters and eventually, hopefully, all her social media (insert slightly evil laugh here).


Berti checks out the Mock up

Mock up with Berti in the newly decorated bathroom

Check out this bathroom Meg designed! ok, it’s a mock up, meaning it’s as imaginary as I am, but I’m loving this imaginary sink edge and being surrounded by all her (real)  designs!

Can you believe we’re about to start October? Next week we’ll buzz off with the bees and see what collection of designs Meg has whipped up for us to look at for October! 

The suspense is too much! I hope it’s creepy for Halloween.


Bud’s off

Berti here. I thought today would be a good day to focus on, well, me. My name is Berti, which is short for Flibbertigibbet. You may have noticed I’m an illustration. I’m also a bird, hopefully you recognized that. If not, Meg will need to reconsider her career as an illustrator. My friend Bud used to do some of Meg’s social media but he’s leaving to go south next week.

Hey all! Bud here. Sorry Berti, I know you’re the new social media girl but hey, I gotta say good bye to all my fans ya know. So fans, I’m sorry to go but I think I’m leaving you in good hands with Berti here. She may not be as sarcastic and jaded as me (yet, give her some time) but she’s not afraid of Meg (who would be, that ole softy) she’s sure to tell you what’s up and give you a good laugh at Meg’s expense now and then. Hope you enjoy your time with her and I’ll try to send a postcard every now and then. Love you all! Back to you Berti Bert Bird.

Thanks Bud. Whew, those are going to be some big shoes to fill. This is a little scary.

Until next week.

bud interrupting berti

buzz sketchbook mockup

Notebook mockup with megs design on cover and sketch inside

Berti here. 

Today I wanted to share a quick picture of the process for creating Meg’s designs. It all starts in a little sketchbook with some drawings. This is not her actual sketchbook, but it is her sketches. She’s practicing making mock ups with her designs. 

If you like the notebook there is a similar one here


Berti intro

Berti bird with honeycomb pattern feathers

Hi everyone! It’s September and time to introduce myself! I’m Berti. I’ll be blogging for Meg even though technically I’m a figment of her imagination. 

Today I’ll be giving you a sterile, characterless, rundown of what you can expect now that Meg is officially calling herself an Illustrator/ Surface Pattern Designer. She has big plans to grow her social media world and is currently designing patterns and working on learning to illustrate children’s books. Pretty cool huh!

She is officially open to taking on freelance illustration work. She says this is a little scary. Personally, I think she should spend all of her time drawing me and make a children’s book about me.

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See you next week!