"Magical Maiden" by Cillyart

"Magical Maiden" by Cillyart
"Magical Maiden and A Troubador/Minstrel" by Cillyart/CMB

Monday, December 29, 2014

WHAZZUP with CILLYart and CILLYart4U in last month of 2014? Check it out!

Goodness!  The days have flown by, truly!  Our youngest daughter is now married (Congrats to Bethany & Brandt!) and we enjoyed family in town for this wonderful event and Christmas!  



Now we are soon to ring in the new year of 2015!  We are looking forward to the release of the TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach soon and the preparation for TWIN TAILS Book 2!


Wishing you all the greatest blessings, happiness and success for 2015! 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

WHAZZUP with CILLYart4U in December 2014? Check it out below:

WOW!  The days are flying by and there is so much to do to be ready for our daughter's wedding on DEC 19th, to teach my preschool class for kindergarten readiness, to do for my TWIN TAILSChildren's Chapter Book Series, and more!!!

ROOK Publishing has returned my TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach story and book cover illustrations and await my final author edit of the manuscript to be done of the story.  One more chapter and the epilogue to go and I will send it their way!


In the meantime, what a crazy rainy day in Arizona we had! My lil' class of 17 (out of 21 who are normally there) active preschoolers could not go outside for recess and the gym at the school was busy all day with a dental clinic so we did a half hour of music & movement to get our bodies a-movin' and a-groovin' with a Snowman Hokey Pokey, Goin' On A Bear Hunt, Head Shoulders Knees & Toes, Rain is Falling All Around (in regular, fast & slow motion), the Bunny Hop, Holiday CHOO-CHOO Train, and some fun stretching and exercises too.  I came home and sat down to work on my laptop...and woke up 3 hours later!  :oD


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

WHAZZUP with CILLYart these days? Check it out below!

Rook Publishing is now requesting my original story illustrations and book cover illustrations to begin prepping for the formatting of the TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach!  

Wedding preparations for my youngest daughter are in full force as their date of December 19th draws near!

Writing the curriuculm and creating learning activities for my Preschool Spanish classes through the City of Tempe is time-consuming, but creatively fun!

Teaching 20+ preschoolers in kindergarten readiness for 6 hours a day,4 days a week is exhausting, yet full of enjoyable learning  moments together!  I've learned to love my lil' students so much in these 2 weeks we've been together!

Exciting, busy times are these!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UPDATE on What's Happening with CILLYart @ CILLYart4U...

I've been oh, so busy with wedding stuff...and creating a few needed learning materials for my upcoming Preschool Spanish classes! In the process of adapting an ABC Sounds Song with the Spanish alphabet, I've created a huge Spanish alphabet picture chart to go with it! A smaller version of this chart will go into a booklet for parents to continue practicing Spanish with their kiddos when at home! Been able to do a few more line drawings for TWIN TAILS Book 2 also...and I've got my hands full!!! This girl (aka CILLYart) is NOT Bored!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Some New Illustrations Completed...and a New Adventure on the Horizon!

Well...I ended up having to stay up late, but I did get two

more line illustrations done for the exciting new adventure to be read and

enjoyed in TWIN TAILS book 2! YAY!!! So looking forward to finishing this book

...and seeing #1: TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach published in early 2015! 

Our daughter is engaged to be married on DEC 19th...and so we are mixing in

wedding preparation adventures with all our other creative projects!  Wish us well!



Friday, October 3, 2014

CILLYart4U on... MOMMY & ME PRESCHOOL- Kinder-Readiness via Cooperative Learning Groups!

Just finished submitting my second blog article for HubPages.com (a follow up on my first article), titled: 


"MOMMY and ME PRESCHOOL- Kindergarten Readiness Through Cooperative Learning Groups!"

Please share the news to any young parents you may know who do not
have the budget for a preschool, but need to prep their lil' ones for
kindergarten! This is also an awesome option for home-schooling parents!

Check out both at: http://cillyart4u.hubpages.com/

I also completed this morning the City of Tempe hiring paperwork for my
2-hour-a-week Learning Spanish Together Preschool job...did a bit
more author proofing & editing in my TWIN TAILS Book 2...and now
taking a moment to share this post with you today!

The weekend is almost here everyone, and it is a special one for our family!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NEWS from CILLYart @ CILLYart4U: More fun creativity comin'...Read all about it here!

YUP!  You heard right!  More fun creativity comin' from CILLYart @ CILLYart4U!  You can find out more about it by connecting to my CILLYart4U website on ...

Whazzup, CILLYart? blog at my CILLYart4Uwebsite is now updated for October 1st! Check out the creativity blossoming 4 your lil' ones:

More details of this great news is found...

Check out my CILLYart4U website's new Event Updates: Some learning fun comin' up...for young children & parents too! 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Talking with a young mother about what she could do to help her young child with kindergarten-readiness without a preschool budget resulted in my writing this article. Maybe it can help you or someone you know...if so, please share! Check it out below:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Proofreading, Editing, Illustrating...and Looking for a PART-TIME Job TOO?

As I am busily working on the TWIN TAILS series, I am also looking to pick up a part-time job again working with people... especially young children. These lil' ones are my muses! :oD

Did some proofreading and editing on TWIN TAILS Book 2 of the Prologue chapter last night! Hoping to move on to Chapter 2, into doing some more thumbnail sketching of this book's story illustrations...and to go back and do more writing in the TWIN TAILS Book 3. With the job search added to this...is this too much for today's TO DO List? :o)  It is exciting to see that story unfolding in my imaginative head onto its manuscript document! 

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Finished the CRUISE...Now, BACK TO WORK!

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 - Back to work at home after a fun 7-day cruise with my sister! Both of us did get some work done on the cruise however...but we also enjoyed Mayan ruins, meeting people, musical productions, the beauty of the sea, a bit of shopping, sleeping in a couple of times, and a couple of happy nappies! (Check out the snapshot of me at the base of one Mayan Palace in Belize below!)

I did a tad more of proofing on TWIN TAILS Book 2, a bit of sketching for that book's illustrations, and a bit of writing into TWIN TAILS Book 3! Now it is time to build on all that!

Have a wonderful and productive week, ya'll!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TWIN TAILS Book 1...Book 2...and Book 3! This magical series for children and families is coming together!

Back to working with excitement after a fun, quickie trip to Utah to see my granddaughter for her 3rd birthday! 

I finally finished writing the basic story of the second book in my children's chapter book series, TWIN TAILS, on SAT night! Now, I can hardly wait to begin book 3 of the series to see where it goes from there! So...as I venture forth into that story, somehow I still need to begin the editing and story illustration processes of book 2 too! I want to do too many things at once! I will be taking my fun work along with me as I become a traveling companion for one of my sisters on her Caribbean cruise this next week!

Book One, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach, is already at the publishers undergoing all the many steps for its publication and launch...they predict very late 2014 or early 2015!  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book Cover Designs for TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach and update on TWIN TAILS Book 2!

I've submitted 3 book cover ideas to my publisher in preparation for the publishing, launch & marketing of my magical children's chapter book, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach!  So excited to hear their input on these designs!

I have also just written chapter 16 of TWIN TAILS Book 2 this weekend...and what an exciting chapter it was too! Now I've only got to write chapter 17 and the epilogue...and this book will be done!  Well... sort of done. Next comes the looonng process of editing, proofing and editing some more...and illustrating the story!!! WOO HOO!!! I'm itching to start TWIN TAILS Book 3 as well!  I don't know if I can wait!

Hope you're all having a great week too! :o)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Check out this UPDATE on the TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach...join me in the steps before publication & LAUNCH!

Welcome to a new week everyone!  Hope you've all been energized for this week from a restfully refreshing weekend!

Still working on book cover ideas for my TWIN TAILS children's book series first book, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach.  I am having fun with it, but I keep coming up with new ideas as I work on them that I'd like to implement too!  Will I ever be able to finish and decide?  Wish you all could help me, but then I'd let the magical secret of the first book out before it is time...and that would spoil the fun!   Stay tuned...and hoping to have this book make
its debut bigger and better with the help of ROOK Publishing than I could have done on my own!  

In the meantime, I'm still writing the story of TWIN TAILS book 2!  Hopefully its debut will be soon after book 1!  :o)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

UPDATE on TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach ...ROOK Publishing is now part of this magical adventure!

Our meeting with ROOK Publishing last night was mighty encouraging! Tho' it means putting off the publishing and marketing for my children's chapter book, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach, to a bit further down the road...I'm looking forward to a successful adventure together! Getting this fun book out to many MORE young and emergent readers, families and others passionate about children's books to enjoy is our goal!

As we enter into the signing the book contract stage, I just want to shout out: 

Thanks for your support, ROOK Publishing!!! :o)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

UPDATES on TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach, TWIN TAILS Book Two...and a bit more fun!

I sure wish I could share some fun character sketches for
TWIN TAILS Book Two...but it would 'let the cat out of the bag' too early! I got into writing more of my 2nd book of this magical series and couldn't stop until the wee hours of the morning (after doing some setting up/organizing in my husband's new classroom) ...and made it to the beginning of chapter 8! Trying to get the ideas out of my head onto a document and seeing lots of images in my mind...almost like a movie! Editing will have to come later...as I've just got to get this new children's chapter book story written first. Anxious to get back to my creative writing and sketching!

Meanwhile...negotiations for the publishing of the first book, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach, are still in the preliminary stage. Summer activities and demands can sometimes slow up a process such as this, tho' I'm anxious to get the details worked out to see if this will be our new publisher! Tryin' to be patient. :o)

Here's a sketch...or a piece of recent art I illustrated that I can share!  I created this last Saturday as a fingerprint sign-in tree for a baby shower that my sister and my niece were hosting. It turned out pretty cute...and will look lucious with all the fingerprints stamps filling in as green leaves.  Can you tell which gender the baby is predicted to be?
Happy Birthday today to our darlin' 3 year old grandson! Family, immediate and extended, really give life a blessed depth! I sure love mine!
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Monday, July 21, 2014

TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach negotiations with a publisher...and TWIN TAILS Book 2 is being written!

Welcome to a new week! I've been busy all day today with so much going on, but not with a chance to write or sketch yet! I will be going into my husband's new classroom everyday this week to help him organize, set-up and do his bulletin boards...but I will be sure to drag along my dino-laptop and my sketch pad for moments I can snatch to satisfy my own creative urges in creating TWIN TAILS Book Two!!!

Negotiations for the publication of TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach are in process and I am certainly hoping for a positively successful outcome for all involved!  Stay tuned!!!

A happy, safe and successful week to you all!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach publishing update...and writing of TWIN TAILS (book two) has begun!

I got the opportunity to spend time with my daughter and my almost 3 year old grandson this morning...and had so much fun! Have you ever played with kinetic sand? It is cool stuff...especially playing in it with those two darlings of ours!

Home again and back to work this evening! While I wait through the negotiations process in publishing the TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach (Book One), I am now writing chapter 3 of TWIN TAILS' Book Two! Busy visualizing in my mind the many illustrations I can create as I write! Love it!!! :o)

Monday, July 7, 2014

UPDATE on the TWIN TAILS FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest and...

No contest entries were received via US Mail either for the FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!"...so the secret to the TWIN TAILS' magic is NOT officially out yet, so can you guess? :oD  Check out a copyrighted TWIN TAILS partial-sketch:

 Another day of organizing and de-junking...a massive project that will probably take most of this month!  However, I will take my special moments to enjoy scriptures, prayer, reading, writing, illustrating and spending time with family, friends and uplifting contacts here on my blogs, goodreads.com, FB, email, etc. as I go forward with this project! Have a wonderful, productive, blessed day, everyone! You, your sharing & support are truly appreciated!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014



FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest 4 Children!!!

JULY 1, 2014 - Last night's midnight deadline to enter the FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Children's Story Contest arrived with only a couple inquiries and no entries! We here at CILLYart4U were, of course, disappointed that entries from children (ages 3 -12) did NOT arrive via our website here or our facebook pages or our email at twintailsbycillyart4u@gmail.com...but we are holding out hope that we will still receive some entries via the US Mail postmarked on or before June 30, 2014.  If not, our prizes will have to await another time to be won and enjoyed by children and families. etc.

Stay tuned for more exciting TWIN TAILS and CILLYart4U news to come!!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

WOW! Only 6 more days until the deadline of June 30th! Check out details of this children's contest NOW!

WOW! Only 6 more days to the FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest for Children deadline on June 30th at 11:59 PM-midnight! Join the fun and encourage the children in your life to participate! Check out the contest details at:


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Only 9 days to the FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Contest Deadline! Check it out and our pending book cover...

Only 9 more days to participate in the FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest for the children (ages 3 - 12 years) in your life! Deadline for entries is June 30th at midnight!  Check it out and join in the fun:


 Also...check out the pending back cover of our TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach children's chapter book's back cover!  What do you think?


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach is coming...and its FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest is coming to a close...

Only 12 days remaining to participate in the FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest for children, ages 3 - 12! Surprise gift and a copy of the book for our GRAND PRIZE WINNERS! Check it out and enter at:  


Monday, June 16, 2014

Hey there, FAMILIES...only 14 days until the TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach "PREDICT ME!" Contest ends...CHECK IT OUT TODAY!!!

Hey there, FAMILIES! Only 14 more days to enter the FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest for children (3 - 12 years)!   Join the fun...we are looking for GRAND PRIZE winners on June 30th at midnight! Check it out at:  

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

UPDATES on CILLYart4U happenings...especially on the TWIN TAILS series...

A busy day of packing and prepping for a trip to Utah to hopefully bring a fun & positive RAY OF ARIZONA SUNSHINE to kiddos and grankiddles there!

Also...only 19 days left to join in the FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest for Children (ages 3 - 12 years old) on book one of the TWIN TAILS series!  Check it out at:


In the meantime, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach is coming along...still tinkering on the book template with great hope! Will we achieve a June 30th-July 1st publishing goal...or will the PUBLISHER push it back for more tweaking and greater success? To be continued...

Monday, June 2, 2014

Surprise Gift for winners of the FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest for Children (ages 3 -12)...

A couple days ago...I spent the whole day creating fun surprise gifts for GRAND PRIZE winners and second place winners of the FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest for children! Only 29 days left to enter...don't forget to encourage the children (ages 3 to 12) to participate! Deadline is June 30, 2014! Check it out at:


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Enjoy a summer of adventure...Participate in the FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest for Children...and more!

I invite any and all with children (ages 3 -12) in their lives to encourage these young ones in the FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach Story Contest! Check out the details on...


Contests, like the one I am sponsoring above, and summer childhood literacy programs in the local public libraries are some of the fun opportunities I had as a child and that I took advantage of with my own 6 children in developing that lifelong passion of reading!  Enjoy a summer of adventure...Enjoy a summer of reading!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Don't forget...the FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest for Children is going on right now!!!

Don't forget to help your kiddos (PreK-GR 6) to participate in the FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest!  YUP!  It is happening right now through June 30, 2014!  Check out this great lil' adventure at:

Share you written and illustrated predictions with the author, CILLYart!  Agrand prize of a free chapter book,TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach and a surpise gift will be awarded in each of the participating age groups:  

PreK to Kindergarten (ages 3 to 5)

Grade 1 to Grade 3 (ages 5 to 9)

Grade 4 to Grade 6 (ages 9 to 12)

 "I am excited to see what you think my new book is about!  Check out my story illustrations on my website, then write and draw 
your predictions of what you think the story is 
about and send these in to me today!"  

Monday, May 12, 2014

WOW! The TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach's FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest for Children has begun...


or you can also check out the details at the TWIN TAILS Facebook Page:


What is this TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach book all about?

Enter this FUN & FREE "PREDICT ME!" Story Contest to check it out and possibly win the first book in this enchanting chapter book series for young, emerging readers and families to enjoy!

Click on the above links to find out the contest details and 
how to enter! for a chance to win!

Monday, April 14, 2014

TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach...book cover and a fun, pre-launch book contest in the works!

I am still working on the book cover for the TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach...but have also begun planning a fun, pre-launch contest for young and emerging readers that I hope will enjoy upcoming  magically adventurous children chapter book of mine! As our target date for the publication of the TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach draws near...I can't help but feel excited! Here's hoping that your weekend was rejuvenating like mine and that your new week has begun in greatness amidst your hardworking efforts!

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