A big, little request. And also… my take on fashion.

I have a 1-minute favor to ask of you.

The Boy made a 56-second video for Bridgestone’s “Teens Drive Smart” video scholarship contest. Out of over 1800 submissions, his video, “Rules of the Road,” made the top 10! Now all ten finalists have been posted, and for another week and a half, people can vote for their favorite ones. The three top vote-getters will be sent to a panel of judges for ranking, first, second, and third.

The prize scholarship money is big. First place wins $25k; second and third place win $15k and $10k respectively. (Those of you with college-bound kids might want to keep this one in mind. The contest is annual.) The money would obviously be an enormous help to us (I try not to think of the college debt we’re taking on), but that’s not why you should vote for our video.

“Rules of the Road” is smart, fast-paced, and hilarious.The Boy’s older brother, Dillon, is the other actor in the video, and it was filmed by their friend, Brandon. I’m so proud of all of them.  I hope you’ll watch the video. If you like it, please vote for it. All you need to vote is a valid email address (or two). If you love it, please share it. We need all the votes we can get.

This link takes you straight to all of the top ten finalists. I encourage you to watch them all, of course. Unless you only have one minute. Then just watch “Rules of the Road”… and use the extra four seconds to vote. 🙂

Thank you so much for your help!


Also, a quick update on the 30-day challenge.

This is Day 8, and I’ve got 8 finished creations! Woohoo!

I’m learning a lot about myself, as I always do when I embark on a new 30-day challenge. I’ll be sharing my insights at the end, but you should jump on the email list for weekly updates and behind-the scenes stuff that I don’t put on the blog.

I made this on Day 4.

The Lady1

It’s not too late to join in on the challenge. If making something every day is too much, commit to engaging with your art every day, or every weekend, or take a new art form out for a spin. Make the challenge work for you (and push yourself just a little).

By the way, not all of my creations are this involved. Last night, just before bed, I doodled flowers on one page of my tiny purse-size Moleskin notebook and called it good. It’s not about being grand and perfect, it’s about having fun and reconnecting with the wildly creative artist inside each of us.





  1. Naomi Wittlin on July 18, 2013 at 7:36 am

    What a clever and funny video! I voted and loved it. It was most definitely the best one on there by far. 🙂

    • j on July 18, 2013 at 8:16 am

      I’ve watched it so many times now. It never fails to make me laugh. Thank you so much for voting! xo

  2. rhapsodypoetess on July 18, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Ha, I loved the video! That’s very clever. I hope your son gets a prize–he definitely earns it.
    (Also on a related note, ever tried collegenet.com? That’s where I earned a bunch of my scholarships–it’s where I earned 4 scholarships, one a year. You’re re-eligible every year. Tell him to check it out. I’d explain the rules but they’ve changed some since I joined. It is vote-based, thought-provoking, and pretty enlightening at times.)

    Anyways, I love your little creations. The lady in today’s picture just looks so fabulous 🙂

    • j on July 18, 2013 at 8:21 am

      I’ll check out college.net (and send the boy) today. We’ve had trouble finding scholarships for him; because we didn’t have the sense during his high school years to think about what would look good (beyond GPA) on a college resume. Thank you for the tip, and for watching (and voting for, I hope) the video.

      Not only am I hopeful for the scholarship money, but I think placing in the top three would really do wonders for his confidence and self-esteem. Fingers crossed!

  3. fictional100 on July 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Cheers and good luck to your son! Creativity is contagious at your house! 🙂

    I especially like the feathers adorning your free-spirited lady of fashion.

    • j on July 18, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Thank you, Lucy! And yes. Dillon is a filmmaker and Adam is an artist. We were just recently talking about how we are all storytellers at heart, we just use different mediums.

      The feathers were fun to draw, too.

  4. lunajune on July 18, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I love her… my canvas is now fully painted but not complete it’s truly not finished talking to me yet and as for the video thing on energy wild that everyday I’m getting links about energy and our ability to send and recieve… but I’ve been melting every night this week… inspiration is weak but I’m glad to see you are going strong :~)

    • j on July 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      That’s weird about getting the energy links. Maybe the universe is telling you to explore that medium again. By the way, I LOVED your video. You nailed it, and – woo-hoo! – I got to see the real, breathing, talking, beautiful you!

      I think it’s great that you sense your canvas isn’t done with you yet. I’ve had stories that did that to me… pulling at my imagination’s sleeve as I try to walk away. 🙂

  5. Christie on July 18, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Wow, when I saw your doodle, it was like looking in a mirror…even the description fits me perfectly. Thanks for capturing my essence – I didn’t even have to sit for the portrait ;^)

    So glad to hear the video made the top 10!! I love the creative, storytelling Wall familia. They fill my soul with happiness bubbles!


    • j on July 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      I love the idea that I was channeling your essence. I had so much fun drawing her. I’d have gone more crazy but I’m on a deadline these days and she had to get finished! I fell in love with her as I drew her… which makes complete sense if she’s based on the inner you!

      We fill you with happiness bubbles? Sweetest compliment ever! (Plus, it sounds like a doodle waiting to be drawn, doesn’t it? But I’ve already got one for you, girlfriend. I finished it on Day 3 of the challenge. Wait ’till you see!)


      • Christie on July 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm

        Oooh, I can’t wait! Just reading those words made be get all giddy :^)

        On a side note, I also got a “timed out” response and had to type everything over again. Not sure what happened as it was the first time that has ever happened anywhere.

        • j on July 18, 2013 at 11:05 pm

          Uh-oh. Okay, I’ll look into if there’s something I can do on my side. Definitely don’t want people abandoning their attempts to communicate with me! Thanks for letting me know! xo

  6. Pam on July 18, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Best of luck to Adam with the excellent video! I just remembered another email address…so I can vote again. Yay!

    Love the doodle–and three cheers for the purse-sized sketchbook. I love mine. Here’s to continued momentum on the 30-day challenge.

    • j on July 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      I am loving that purse-sized sketchbook. I’m doing some really fun stuff in there… maybe because the size of the page is so absolutely unintimidating.

  7. Leah on July 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Wrote out a longer comment but it said I “timed out”. So I’m not sure if it went through. Anyway, I loved Adam’s video and will do what I can to get some more support for him. He did an amazing job!
    Keep the art flowing. I love your lady’s pin-cushion bun! Soooo fricken cute!!


    • j on July 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Really? I wonder if timing out is something I can control on my end, as in… NO ONE SHOULD EVER BE TIMED OUT. I’ll check.

      Meanwhile, thank you for watching and voting and making some noise for The Boy! (And for always be so encouraging about my doodle-y art.)


  8. Estrella Azul on July 19, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Break a leg to Adam, loved his video *fingers crossed*

    And that is a cute doodle of yours, j.
    Sadly, I’m too good at procrastinating to do a 30-day challenge right now. Can’t even bring myself to write e-mails…

  9. julia on July 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Where to start? That art…oh my. J! You amaze me & inspire me so much. I don’t have the words for how much I love this new creation. There is so much freedom and fun in this…I don’t think I’ll be doing 30 days right now but you’ve completely inspired me to get creating.

    I’m so excited for the boy! What a work of art (takes after his momma). I voted…keeping fingers crossed.

    Love, love, love.

    • j on July 19, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Aw, you’re so sweet and supportive to me on my art, Julia. Thank you x eleventybillion.

      I’m very proud of The Boy. Both boys, in fact (Dillon is the driver in the video). My kids are HUGE compared to yours. 😉


  10. sophylou on July 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I have to say, my favorite aspect of the video is Adam’s increasingly horrified yet restrained reactions… very funny.

  11. Alarna Rose Gray on July 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Smart video! Just voted, so fingers crossed for you and Adam (my, there is definitely a family resemblance there) 🙂

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