The story behind the logo...

It is so interesting to see what contributes to someone choosing to make something that represents them or there brand.  Some use a last name or others use nicknames or one of their favorite animals or their hobby.  The list goes on and on.

In reflecting on my logo, I can still remember when I sat contemplating what to choose for my store.  What would make people want to click to see me?  At the time I was single with high hopes of one day finding the illusive "the one" (side note, he did appear and marry me about a year and a half into my TpT adventure).  So I didn't want to use my name and build a brand around something that might change.  I also didn't want to use my first name because EVERYONE spells it wrong or mispronounces it.  This led me to my sidekicks who are always there for dogs Bradley and Doc.  They are truly my children!

I started trying to think of a logo and using them for it and at first started with Bradly (on the right).  It was rugged looking and just didn't have a teacher feel.  It was focused on his under bite that I love so much.

I decided on Smart Puppy Learning because I just always heard family and others say,"Woo that's one smart puppy" and they usually were referring to a person not a dog.  I proceeded to try to get my dogs to put on a pair of glasses. They like wearing clothes and are usually pretty good participants.  That is how I got my original picture of Doc in glasses.  Bradley just wouldn't stay still. (ignore the stack of mail next to him) lol

From there I played with the photo and cropped and colored it until I got this...
 My first logo looked like this when I finished. I decided it was too busy and within a few months it evolved.
From here I got to here with the polka dots and shortened my name just in my logo...

 Finally I have come to this and this is where it will stay for the mean time...

In August, after attending the TpT Conference (SO much fun)!  I decided that I wanted to go into clipart.  I felt in doing clipart that I owed it to my loyal followers to split my store into a second store that would focus on clipart. The reason behind this was that my followers that want curriculum usually aren't looking for clipart, this way only those interested in clipart get that email and when I blog about it and do everything else it can stand alone.  Through this I came up with the name Ta-Doodles.

Ta-Doodles of course has doodles in the title because I like to doodle plain and simple. I have been a doodler since I was about 6 years old.  The thought that people want to buy my clip art is a huge honor and a thrill for me.  I love every minute of it.  You might ask then, well where did the "Ta" in Ta-Doodles come from?  The Ta is for my name Tonja.  I thought using my name would wants again be difficult because of the spelling, but just like my art, the name has a piece of me.  I also like that in my crazy head is sounds almost for a moment like you will say "ta-da" when you see it!  That is how Ta-Doodles came to be and to keep with my original namesake and logo I combined it and got the below logo.

The sad part...Doc is getting quite old and I don't think he will be with us much longer.  I love him dearly and he is the sweetest dog you would ever meet.  He is a rescue puppy from the shelter.  He was old, abused, and not in the best of health when I got him.  I am glad I have been his comfort in his last years and I pray that we have him for many more even if he is getting old.  I find there are few truer statements in life than a dog is man's best friend.

Thank you for reading my story.  Leave me a note and let me know you were here! I love meeting new people.  Thank you to Art with Jenny K. for having this opportunity to link up!

Christmas Break!

I've been busy drawing over break and I have a TON of new sets out.  Most are Valentine's related, but I have a few more that are a little more general that I am excited about.

My favorites are the foxes and raccoons.  I have them below.  I will post the others to my blog later today or tomorrow, but you can of course see them in my store Ta-Doodles Illustrations on TpT!  Hope to see you at the sale!

What will 2015 Bring?

I have been reflecting on this year for my family over the last few days.  I am in awe and shock all at once.  It is amazing what all can happen in one's life, what makes it to Facebook and the blog and what lurks in the background.

Overall, it has been a great year full of so many new and fun experiences!  My family and friends around me have had some hardships that have been difficult to watch.  There are things we are still all praying through.  My husband and I have had a great start to our second year of marriage.  It has included a job change for my husband and the start of a second business for me.  It has also included the addition of two more family members for us...two kittens we rescued to be exact.  Our little family is happy and blessed and ready to take on the New Year with gusto!  Here is what I am planning for the next year so far...

Personally:  I have been on the journey for my PhD for the past four years.  I am so close to the end that I'm running for that end of the tunnel.  For many the end of the tunnel is just the grasp of that piece of paper.  My hope for me is that at the end of that tunnel I will see a new paradise.  One that includes more freedom to spend time with my family, more time to TpT and create clipart, and most of all time to add children to our family that aren't furry and have only two legs instead of four.

Professionally:  My eyes were opened to a whole new world this summer at the TpT convention!  I was able to come in contact with so many great TpT authors.  I have finally started blogging and I hope to get better at sharing what I do in my classroom and just in general impact others with more good information from my blogs.

Planning:  I want to better organize my time so that when I blog I can be prepared to collaborate with others and to better organize what I blog about so that it is less sporadic and a little better planned.

Organization:  In 12 years of teaching my desk has been my nemesis.  Every year I hope to find a better way to organize it and keep that pile of papers off my desk.  I don't know that it will ever happen.  It may just be that lifelong goal! lol

Students:  Testing is an area that isn't going away any time soon.  After moving from kindergarten to third grade last year in the great state of Texas, I have learned quite a bit about the testing realm.  I am getting better at teaching strategies to my students in ways that keep them engaged.  I hope to continue to improve that.  I don't feel that just because they need to learn for a test that we can't also explain ways to help them better understand why and make it fun and meaningful all at the same time.

Motto:  "Find the silver lining in every day."  This is something I have been working on for the last couple of months.  Focus on the positive and what is there to be learned or find the blessing in each day.  Every day has something to teach us and gives us something to be thankful for.  We just have to seek to find it.

Thank you to Mrs. D for sharing this linky!  Mrs.D is pretty awesome.  I had the privelege of hanging out with her in Vegas as the TpT Conference and she is a great educator full of ideas.  Check out her page and link up to this party by clicking her badge below.

New Year's Kids

It's hard to believe that the New Year is around the corner!  What will you do in 2015?  These kids are ready to ring in the new year at midnight in their glasses with their blowers and confetti.  They will be a great addition to any New Year's product!

Friday: FREEBIE 6

Hooray we made it to Friday!  Who is jumping for joy like this little guy besides me?!?  Click image to download.  Enjoy

Saturday: FREEBIE 7

Here is the last of this week's freebies!  I hope you have enjoyed following along!

Thursday: FREEBIE 5

I am pretty excited to give away this little girl having fun in the snow!  Grab her now because there is a good chance she won't be free forever, but instead the inspiration for a whole new set of snow kids. Happy Thursday everyone!  Friday is upon us!

Wednesday: FREEBIE 4

It really feels like it should be Thursday or Friday.  Anyone else having that kind of week with their students? lol  Either way, I'm beginning to feel like this little guy!  It's time to dance and be happy, the week is half over and we are that much closer to Christmas break my friends!  Flash Freebie later today!  Enjoy and be Merry!

Big Christmas Special!

I feel blessed by all the things that have been given to me and I love giving back to my TpT community.  I truly love seeing my drawings in other TpT Creator's work.  So this week, I am giving away some of my best illustrations!

I will have at least on Flash Freebie that will be up for just a couple of hours each day.  They will be full sets in my store.  Follow my Facebook page at .

I will also upload a free image each day to my TpT Store.  Follow my store so that you can snag the images.  The link to that store is .

I hope this will bless many of you and prove helpful and I wish you the best of the holiday season with many blessings!

Penguins, Snowmen, Winter Oh My!

I love winter time...minus the cold. Makes no sense right?! Well, I live in Texas.  I like the cool, but not the icy cold.  I have loved thinking and drawing about winter and what it is like for all of my friends elsewhere though.  Here are some of my new sets!

Click on the image to find them in my TpT Store.

Big Kidz!

I have had several requests for older kid clip art.  I hear your requests and here is one of many sets to come!