About Us

Hi, Vermont Friends and Family!

I'm Gretchin, and this is my daughter, Ellie! We're an artsy mommy-daughter duo who love to hop around the Green Mountain State looking for opportunities to create art!

I graduated from Champlain College, in Burlington, Vermont, in 2005 with a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia. Throughout my teenage and adult years, I've worked with classmates, children, and teens, ages 3+, in the role of tutor and mentor. While in college, I volunteered at Wheeler Elementary School's after-school program, helping students with art projects and other activities like cooking and reading. Growing up, I assisted at our local park's arts and crafts program. I have babysat and been a big sister to some amazing, creative kids. As I'm now raising my own daughter, I'm revisiting my love of art and realizing what a profound impact art has had on my life. My favorite part of parenting has been introducing my child to the joy and escape of art and creativity. And I absolutely love sharing that joy with others.

I created this site to organize our activities, project ideas, and local classes/events, so we'd always have a go-to place when we wanted to get creative! I hope it's useful to you, too!

Stay tuned, as we grow, for more tutorials and opportunities to join us on arts-and-crafts adventures!

Our mission is to create and teach others to create artwork that focuses on stress-relief and having fun. This site is meant to be a resource for kids and caregivers, to encourage parent-involvement in experiencing freedom of expression, the art of creating, and the silly, messy fun of creating art with your kids.

For information about advertising on this site, visit our Advertising page.

Thanks for helping us build this resource and an "art-full" community for our kids!

For more about us, check out my Mommy Blog, YourMomIsStrange.com and, there, you can check out our Mama Doodle page, geared toward this mama's stress-relief obsession -- doodle and zentangle art and design.