Teeny Tiny Wicket Painting

Check out my speed painting video of this tiny Wicket painting! This will be available along with the rest of the series (stay tuned!) at Salt Lake City FanX 2015!!!
Stop by my table and say HAI! 


Enchanted Forrest in the bag

I finished this up just in time to give to the client for Christmas. I literally delivered it Christmas Eve �� 
I tried to get some detailed shots with my iPhone. Some are a bit blurry but you get the general idea. I will have the actual painting at Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience along with limited edition prints! Please come by and say HAI! 


Why we don't go to church.

A few weeks ago I mentioned to Jarrod how funny it is that as people get older their vibrato slows way down. So we've been singing like that just about every day and of course trying to outdo one another. "Ha ha ha!!! Okay, my turn..."
Sunday we went to a friends sons missionary farewell and got to put our hard practice into action. Well, Jarrod did. I was laughing too hard.



Enchanted Forrest

Currently working on a commission. Here are some progress shots!

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Beauty and the Beast

A custom illustration for the lovely Miss Madeline. For commission inquiries email me at thecheekywhale@gmail.com.


Imagination takes over with The Little Mermaid

Finished! Onto the next, this time it's a Beauty and the Beast theme :)

For custom illustrations like this one please contact me at thecheekywhale@gmail.com



A commissioned piece I am working on that I'm super excited about! This is a crappy cellphone picture, but you get the general idea.

Interview on It's Just Hair

I was flattered when someone commented on my instagram feed asking if I'd be interested in doing an interview on her blog. Thanks for asking me Erin! I am honored! Click here.


Vintage Gas Pumps

My most recent commission is done!

Stock Photo Fun

I'm the Graphic Designer for TheHomeMag Utah, which means I get to look at a lot of stock photos.
The following are some treats I have come across and couldn't resist sharing.

Kitty Meowington has a fever. 

 "Dear Lord....we bless this mower that it may chop grass with the greatest of ease, that it may have sufficient fuel for the journey ahead, and that my pants don't get grass stains. They're my pretty pants. Amen."

And it was in that moment that Satan himself entered Baby Mortimers soul. 

 This is a totally normal picture. I don't know how it got in here. 

Because the best place to have cocktails is on a lawn mower. 

 NO. Just...no. #no

Apparently "sex sells" applies to cooling appliances too. "Buy a new A/C unit for $499 and get a Hot Girl...FREE!"

I would love to see this photoshoot IRL. "Okay, we need a pile of poo. BERNIE! Did you find a pile of poo yet? WHAT?! I can't hear...OH! You found some? What? It's yours? Okay, that'll work. Bring it over! Put it right there...no, a little to the left...next to that small pebble...Okay man....hold your foot above the poo. Turn your foot so your big toe is at a 45 degree angle above the right corner of the poo pile. I KNOW poo doesn't have corners, but you know what I mean! THAT'S IT! DON'T. MOVE." And etc. 

If only vacuuming were this fancy free. This is a picture of LIES. 


Apple Butternut Squash Soup

I am really digging my Health Master Elite! Tonight I tried out one of the recipes from the book that came with it, and added a few of my own ingredients. It turned out delicious!!! Even the kids were  asking for seconds! Along with the soup I served bib lettuce leaves with cherry tomatoes. We just sprinkled a little lime juice on top then wrapped them up like little rolls and dipped into our soup! 

Like I mentioned, I made this with my Health Master.
It can be made in any kind of blender that has the same "cooking" options, like a Vitamix. If you don't have anything like that you can cook it on the stovetop.

You need:

-One butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cooked
-1 Red Delicious apple cored and chopped
-1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped
-1 small onion, peeled and chopped
-1 sprig of thyme, stem removed
-1 tbsp coconut oil
-1 tbsp cinnamon
-2 cups of low sodium vegetable broth 
-sea salt and pepper to taste
-lime wedges
-1 tbsp coconut sugar (optional)

-Sauté onion, garlic, Apple and thyme in coconut oil for about three minutes.
-Add all ingredients except salt and pepper and coconut sugar to blender. If you are using a Health Master/vitamix, turn speed up to 8 (medium high) and blend for 8 minutes. 
-Add coconut sugar and blend for about 10 seconds.
-Plur into bowl amd squeeze with lime juice. Add salt and pepper if desired. Serve and enjoy!

*STOVETOP: after sautéing ingredients, add the rest of the ingredients minus the coconut sugar. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes then add the coconut sugar at the very end. Stir in and remove from the stove. Blend until desired consistency is reached. 



RED LIPS have been my signature lip color since high school. It's been a long time since I was 15. Like...(hold on I'm counting on my fingers....) like 17 years this Saturday. WHAT THE HELL. Why did I just do that to myself? Why did I just do the math stuff? Now it's for reals, dude. I can't believe I'm days away from turning 32. Okay, whatever. Moving on. I'm over it. My point is, is that over the span of those 17 years (what the HELL) I have tried a whole lotta red lipsticks. I still haven't found the perfect one. Let me share with you what I expect every time I shell out money for a new red lip product:

 It has to smell good, stay put (I kiss a lot of cute little cheeks throughout the day) it has to be the perfect shade of red, it has to be easy to apply, it has to make me feel like a badass sexy lady, it has to be made of cruelty free ingredients and not tested on animals. I'm not high maintenance at all.  Never have I found one that actually meets all of my standards. Until NOW. (Cue trumpets and angel choir). 

I came across Lime Crime cosmetics on Instagram when the lovely Renee Olstead shared a photo of her kisser decked out in Red Velvet. It took me a few months to come around and actually order it, but after so many a rave review, I finally caved. I am happy to say it meets all of my strict requirements and I never want it to go away. Please, Lime Crime, stay around forever and ever. I love you. 

Hashtag say what?

Created a hashtag for all my foodie posts on Instagram. Listen how clever: I don't eat meat, and my name is Melissa, but a plethora of peeps call me "Liss". So instead of "meatless" it's "meatliss". Right?RIGHT?! Sometimes I wish I could marry myself. So please follow me, my friends and let's be instabuds! 



Hair Skin & Nails

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