Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk

Saturday, December 17, 2016






Go to The House that Lar's Built for my newest illustration for her monthly book club. This month they read Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by The Jealous Curator's Danielle Krysa. It's such a cute and fast read, and will help you through your own journey as a creative. Even though I do this for a living, I still find myself criticizing my work ALL THE TIME. One of the things I loved in the book was how she tells us to celebrate our accomplishments instead of trying to go on to the next thing all the time. I do this constantly. Once I've achieved something, I hardly ever let myself enjoy the moments of success without thinking, oh man I should have done that, and next time I'll do that...etc..etc... So thank you Danielle, I will be changing that habit.

 I loved the chapter in the book about jealousy so I made the bookmark all about it "I'm jealous of you because I want to be like you" which is, truly, at the root of most jealousy.

Don't be jealous, just read this book, and create your unique things with a heart full of you!




Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

Wednesday, December 7, 2016





Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is out now! You can order your own copy here.

This summer I was approached by founder Elena Favilla, (two days after we moved to Philly!) and we worked together to bring you my illustrated rebel girl Yoko Ono. I recently visited an art installation Yoko did called The Wishing Tree in Washington D.C. You could write wishes and tie them onto real trees in the sculpture garden near the National Gallery. I loved reading the wishes, and writing my own. A lot of them said things like, I wish I was smarter, I wish I could fall in love some day, I wish I was richer, I wish I could fly.

If you are a girl and you wish to break the rules and be something different, this book is proof that you can and be successful at it. I love it, and I am excited to share it with others and inspire them with these wonderful stories and drawings. I hope you love it too. (My illustration is on page 196!)

Order your copy here.




New Feature in Frankie Mag!

Saturday, October 22, 2016





Loving the review of my Face Platforms in the newest Frankie Mag!

If Daria Morgendorffer were in the market for a pair of black platform oxfords, we feel confident
she'd be drawn to these clodhoppers from My Little Belleville. How else would she manage to exude an air of ennui from head to toe, while accidentally having the coolest style ever? Hand-painted in Pennsylvania b y artist Michelle Christensen, then sealed so you can trudge listlessly through puddles all you want, they're available for around $90 at mylittlebelleville.com.

Saying Daria would wear them?? Best compliment ever.
You can buy your own pair here (order up a size since they run small!) 

More Frankie Mag here

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls


I feel so lucky to have been asked to be part of this wonderful book, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Each story is about a famous "rebel girl" and how they were able to express themselves in ways that were rebelliously wonderful. I won't divulge who I illustrated, but I'm so excited to see her along with the rest. Pre-order your own now here, and read more about the project and it's founder's in this review by Real Simple.


S k c h b k Philly

Sunday, September 18, 2016



Oh it's been so long since I've posted anything. Quite honestly I have had my hands full with freelance and projects, and I sometimes don't feel like I can catch up or even post what would be interesting or relevant. 

I've been doing design work for a large company here in Philly, and it takes a lot of my time. You will most likely see my work very soon in stores this fall and this following year. I'll be sure to post all about it when items are out. 

I also have finished my book about biracial adoption with author Rachel Patten. It will be out so soon, so keep your eyes here too! I'll post some of the illustrations. She wrote it about her own experience with adopting her two little babies, and asked me to illustrate it. It's very sweet. It takes a big and open heart to take in the little ones of others. But I also think it's our capacity to want to love and give children our best, that drives us. I have no children of my own, but I am significantly touched by others' willingness to sacrifice and love when it is hard.

I'm in the midst of feeling at home in my new environment here in Philadelphia. I have been new so many times, moving around so much. You'd think I'd be used to it. I don't think being new in a new place is so unique though. Yes it's very unsettling (literally) but being in any new circumstance is hard. It's beginning new experiences, whether it be within in a new job, a new environment, or a new chapter in your life. It's knowing how to accept those changes, be open, hold tight to memories and keeping in contact with others you knew in your life and love.


Wedding Invites


Here are some wedding invitations I did recently.  If you'd like to have your own, click here
The price includes printing and envelopes! They are all custom illustrated, just send me a photo of yourself and I'll customize it to you and your partner. I'll even draw your pet in there. 

<3

Do Something.

Sunday, June 12, 2016




Usually this is a place of beauty and inspiration for me to express myself on. But I feel strongly about this and I hope you will be patient with me. After hearing about the shooting in Orlando, I am once again outraged that we haven't been able to do anything to prevent this from happening in a country where we can make a difference in profound ways. WHY IS NOTHING HAPPENING.

I've written both my home-state rep, and senator, as well as Congress, to do something to prevent dangerous people attaining guns in our country. It may or may not do anything, but power comes in numbers.

Here is what I sent, feel free to copy, paste, with your own name and rep/senator/congressman, and send to your own via these links. 

To find your own senator: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
For your state rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
For Congress: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Dear Senator Hatch,

I am writing to urge you to vote to close the deadly loopholes in our laws that make it too easy for dangerous people to get guns. The federal government currently can’t block firearm sales to suspected terrorists, and I’m begging you to close this deadly loophole in our gun laws immediately.

The bottom line is this: Lax gun laws allow suspected terrorists to buy guns on our soil. Organizations like al Qaeda are well aware of this, and even instruct would-be terrorists to exploit them in the U.S. If you’re a suspected terrorist, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun, and I hope you will address this glaring national security issue.

Background checks are supported by over 90 percent of all Americans and are a commonsense tool for keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and the dangerously mentally ill.
It’s time to end the epidemic of gun violence in our country. Thank you for doing what is right for the people of [your state] and the United States.

Thank you,

Michelle Christensen
 

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