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I’ve been crappified

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may already know that I had the incredible honor of having one of my posts illustrated last Friday by Amber Dusick of the wildly popular blog, Parenting. Illustrated with Crappy Pictures™.

Sorry if this is old news to some of you, but I want to post about it because lots of my readers are NOT social media mavens. (Hi Mom! Hi Jenny’s Grandparents Frank & Fran—Happy Anniversary! Hi Tracy’s Grandpa! ::fist bump::)

Amber applied her wonderfully “crappy” illustration style to an old story I wrote about me and Mini-Me when she was going through an interesting phase several years ago.

And girlfriend nailed it.

The Bearded Iris as illustrated by Amber Dusick

Seriously. How freaking adorable is that? I may need to change all my avatars now.

It’s funny, when Amber asked me which post I’d like her to illustrate, I knew right away which one I thought would be a great fit. It was one of my most memorable posts from 2008, so I thought it would be a great way to revive an oldie but goodie and introduce it to new readers. When I mentioned it, Amber said:

 “…that one would be perfect!!! Lots of conversation that I can pull from for speech bubbles.”

And the rest, as they say, is history.

You’ll have to go to Amber’s blog to see the whole thing, but based on a vast majority of the comments, we picked a winner, and Amber’s hilarious illustrations are the perfect icing on the (very sticky) cake! Please go show Amber some love for choosing little ol’ foul-mouthed me to showcase to her vajillions of dedicated readers.

Without any further ado, I present Sticky Situation, now Illustrated with Crappy Pictures.



  1. Jester Queen

    Oh GOODY — I do not sit often enough on Twitter to catch the most awesome things, and Facebook limits the awesomeness these days.

    • The Bearded Iris

      Yeah, that Facebook thing is so annoying! That’s why I always encourage people to subscribe to their favorite blogs (like you do, obviously), because you just can’t count on being notified about anything through FB anymore.

  2. Brandi

    I follow her on FB (but get your email feeds), and I did see this last week. LOVED it! You’re right – she DID nail it!

    • The Bearded Iris

      Well thank you for subscribing via email, Brandi! That is my preferred method for receiving my favorite blogs too. And thank you also for seeing and loving Amber’s work. She’s amazing.

  3. Meg

    Ha! Just read the full post on Amber’s site. Classic. I will have to tell my daughter not to put gum down her underwear before we go out. 🙂

    • The Bearded Iris

      Ha! Probably not…I highly doubt 99% of kids would do such a thing, but my little Mini-Me is very special (just like her Mama). 🙂

  4. Lisa Thomson

    That’s hilarious, Leslie. Congrats on your guest post. Her illustrations are adorable!

    • The Bearded Iris

      Thanks, Lisa! Agreed – I just love her “crappy” style. So cute and hilarious at the same time.

  5. Amber

    Thanks again for letting me crappify your already completely hilarious story!

  6. Ninja Mom

    “Next on Rachel Ray . . .”

    Out loud laughing. Almost threw up an ill-advised cake pop.

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