Welcome to Mixedupalot…

…where sparrows talk, knights run from rabbits and princesses play in the mud.

And where silly stories speak to deeper truths about God’s love and nearness.

Enjoy the whimsy and dive deeper into truth with the little ones in your life through the resources on this blog! From themed snacks to Mommy & Me coloring pages, I hope you’ll find some fun quality time and come to know God a little better, together.

In Him,

Jenn Klein,
Author & Illustrator


The Mixedupalot Sketchbook: Owl

This guy isn’t in the next book, but I was inspired to draw him today. Last night I was up late and was praying for some things on my heart, and right as I finished an owl began hooting outside my window. I live in Los Angeles, and I don’t often get to hear these birds. It brought a huge smile to my face and seemed like a little blessing from my Father who knows how much I love owls. I looked up the call I heard to confirm it – my nighttime friend was a great horned owl. And maybe looked a bit like this…

What’s your favorite animal? Let me know and it maybe I’ll sketch it up in a future post!

The Mixedupalot Sketchbook: Frogs!

The newest story is going to have a little frog character, and as I began to sketch ideas for page layouts in the book, I quickly realized that I hardly knew how to draw a frog.

First frog sketch. Kinda a fun little guy but not quite right…

You quickly realize how little you know about how something looks when you try to draw it from memory! Try it now – doodle a frog! Then see what you can learn along with me 🙂

So I hit up Google for some frog images and set to sketching. I LOVE drawing animals. They each have these amazing surprising details about how they move and are shaped and proportioned. So I started by drawing real frogs.

Notice how their eyes kinda point out to the sides? And their backs have that squarish hump in them? They have little nostrils or pointy noses. I also noticed that their back legs don’t bend like a dog or cat’s. They can go out or down or backwards!

After the realistic drawings (there were a lot of them! All different kids of frogs) I began to get a sense of what makes a frog a frog. So I started to make them a little more cartoony, a little more Mixedupalot-y.

Still a bit too detailed…let’s get a little more cartoony…

Almost there. Then I got this guy.

Still rough, but his personality is emerging and his shape is simple while still incorporating some of the true frog details I learned. Might be onto something here!

Next time we’ll see where he goes next!

While You’re Waiting…

Hi friends! Well, if any of you wondered how a picture book gets made when the author/ illustrator has kids, the answer is:

Very slowly.

I don’t want to rush. I care a lot about the quality of what I create to share with you, and try to pour love into every page. Because these stories and characters come from my heart.

And they’re covered in prayer too!

My hope is that every one of you young and old (and everywhere between) would walk away from Mixedupalot with a smile and a little taste of what our wonderful God is like: how He loves and cares for us.

I’m still working on book three. But I thought maybe instead of this long silence, I could take you along on the journey, show you sketches and talk about the process as it unfolds. If you have any questions, ask away! I’d love to hear from you, and to all my artists out there, show me what you’re drawing too!

Stay tuned, and let me know what you want to know!

To kick off, here’s a page of quick sketches from last month for the new book. Pretty rough at the start…

Mommy & Me Monday: Glory to God!

Mommy & Me Monday comes to you this week with a special mashup coloring page. Sir Bumble and Princess Pristina do live the same castle afterall – did you notice Sir Bumble’s appearance in Princess Pristina? 🙂

Grab some colored pencils, cups of cocoa, and the little ones in your life, and let’s color and talk about our amazing God together!

When the angels appeared to the shepherds, they sang a heavenly song that said “Glory to God in the highest heaven!” It meant something like “Let our praise be so loud and clear and strong that it reaches all the way to the furthest bit of creation and the furthest bit of heaven!” The angels praised God with all they had in them. And that is what all of us should be doing too! There is no one like God, perfectly good, perfectly powerful, perfectly wise… can you name some more things about God that make Him the best of the best?

If you think about who God is and all the good things He has done, your heart will naturally start to fill up with praises. Take some time every day this season to think about God’s goodness and faithfulness till you feel it start to move your heart. Dwell on it! And praise or thank Him for just one thing, until you’re so full of praise you want to shout that praise to the highest heavens with the angels.

He is so good, and so worthy of everything in us.

Much love from this author’s home to yours this Christmas. Joy to the world! Let everyone sing it!!



Mommy & Me Monday: Thankfulness

It’s Mommy & Me Monday on the blog! Spend some time coloring with a little one in your life and talking together about God’s goodness.

This week let’s talk about thankfulness!

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Why do we need to say thank you? If someone gives us something, they are treating us like someone special. Saying “thank you” means we understand that they are special too and have shared their special gifts or time with us.

Imagine this:  what if you spent a whole morning drawing a special drawing or maybe making a special craft for a friend or someone in your family. Maybe you even used your special crayons or favorite stickers on it. Now, what if you gave that gift to your friend and they just set it down and never said thank you? How would you feel? When that happens I feel sad. I gave them something special and they didn’t think it was special. But if they smiled and said “Thank you” to me, then I know that they think it is special too and I feel good.

Well, the Bible says that all good things in our lives are from God (read James 1:17). That is a LOT of good gifts! Saying thank you to God makes Him happy just like it makes us happy to hear thank you when we give a gift. It’s a way of saying to God, “I know all the things you made and gave me are special and I’m glad you shared them with me!”

What are some things you are thankful for right now? Make a list together and spend some time thanking God for His good gifts. And if you think of something another person has given you, say thank you to them too!


Mommy & Me Monday: Psalm 23

Thanks everyone for your patience! Mommy & Me Mondays are back and I’m so excited! If you’re new to the site, Mommy & Me Mondays are a chance to pull up a chair and a box of crayons (or fancy markers) with a little one in your life and talk about Jesus as you color together.

*Note: to print out the coloring sheets, click on the thumbnail of one you’d like to print, then click a second time or click the “See full size image” link (depending on your browser) to see the full size image. Print from the full size image. 🙂

This week I have been reflecting on Psalm 23:4.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.”

What are some things that make you afraid? What do you think might happen?

For me, I feel afraid that bad things will happen to my kids or my family. I want to be able to protect them always, like a superhero. One time I had a bad dream about that, and I woke up and had to talk to God about all of my fears so I could fall back to sleep. And in that dark night so full of my fears, I felt like He was so close to me. And He seemed to say to my heart, to reassure me, that He is close to me and to them at every moment. “When you walk through the fire, I will be there.” (see Is 43:2). And I was so deeply comforted. Because God promised us that we would never be alone! Not ever. Even when bad things happen, He comforts us. And we will be His, with Him in peace and glory, forever.

The Good Shepherd walks with His sheep through hard and dark, scary places and leads them into safe, peaceful places. When things get scary, hold on tight to Him – tell Him your fears and choose to trust Him to keep His promise. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”




Easter Craft: Resurrection Kites

I’m so excited about Easter. When I think about what God has done and is doing, redeeming and saving and making new life from death, I want to cry and sing and dance! The older I get, the more I see and experience suffering and see my own shortcomings, and the more exciting grace is, the more amazing it seems. And to think that all along, from the fall, God was planning this beautiful rescue of the world, of the people who had so quickly turned from Him and done so much damage…

God, you are wonderful. A good, good Father. A Redeemer, mighty to save us. All of our hope is in You!

This week as you look forward to the holiday, make this simple and pretty craft (found on kindercraze.com and makeandtakes.com) – or if you don’t have time to craft just grab a couple kites you already have and head to the park – to remember Jesus’ resurrection and God’s promise that one day we will join Him in the clouds!

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. 1 Thes 4:16-17

By His power God raised the Lord from the dead, and He will raise us also.1 Cor 6:14

I found two versions, slightly different. I like the cross center as a reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice. But either way, as your make this craft with a little one in your life and hang them in the window, talk about Jesus rose from the dead and that we too will live forever with Him if we trust in Him. Jesus defeated death and even if our bodies die here, He will make them alive again- and perfect and beautiful! Never to die again.





Have fun!


My daughter and I did these together and I also tried it out with a class of preschoolers. Here is what I learned:

  1. Contact Paper works OK, but wasn’t super sticky with the construction paper so it tended to come unpeeled from it. Sandwiching the kite between two pieces also tended to come apart once the kite was hung up. I don’t know if the good souls on the sites above just had a better technique than I did, but I found it frustrating so I tried using a document laminating sheets instead and they worked great! Much better results. I used this (which I had on hand from a project 10 years ago, so you may need to look for another brand if this one isn’t still around.):
  2. Little ones love to overlap the tissue squares a lot so make sure you teach them to have smaller overlaps if possible. If there is too much overlap then the tissue will fall off especially if you’re using contact paper. This may be solved in the final “sandwiching” part if you do it right, but it did not work for me :-/
  3. If you try to glue the tissue down it will make your kite warp and crinkle, which isn’t a big deal except that it gives the contact paper one more reason not to stick to the construction paper. With the laminating sheets I did not have to use glue at all so it made a nice flat project.
  4. If you can get the contact paper to work, you can leave a border around the kite with the top piece and it sticks to the window just like a decal – no residue left when you peel it off! So that’s handy. But make sure your window is clean. Mine wasn’t (*chagrin*) so the contact paper was less contact-y! haha

Here are the kites my daughter and I made. Technical issues notwithstanding, I love the cheeriness they bring to our window! Note – the smaller one was made with the laminating sheet as opposed to the contact paper.


He is risen indeed!


Where I’ve Been, and a little something fun…

Greetings Mixedupalot friends! I know I’ve been absent from the blog for a spell and I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know why. (drumroll)

I’ve written the next book!

I’m in the editing stage now, and researching for the illustrations. No hints yet about what this one is about… well, OK, one little hint. This story involves a bit of a musical mess. So start warming up your vocal chords – the next character to come to Mixedupalot loves to sing.


But I can’t leave you without something fun to do this week! So grab those toilet paper cardboard tubes and the tissue paper you’ve got stashed away and have fun with this adorable dragon craft from Debbie at onelittleproject.com. You can blow through the tube and make the flames dance. So fun!



Check back in for updates and coloring pages and crafts as I can do them. Looking forward to our next adventure together!


Jenn Klein



Mommy & Me Monday: Muddy Valentine

This week Pristina joined her piggy friends to make heart shapes in the mud for you. (oops) Happy muddy Valentine’s! Enjoy coloring these cards together and focus on one of the important qualities of God’s love: patience.

As I made these cards today I was convicted of my own lack of patience. My kids are home from school and have been pestering each other all morning (apparently this is the best fun they could think of). I snapped at them (more than once) and found myself counting the hours until they would be back in school and I could have peace and quiet in the house again. But then I remembered that God is slow to anger. Abounding in love. That one of the signs of the Spirit in our lives is patience (Galatians 5). That God is putting up with a lot worse in this world than irritated siblings, because His patience is so great and he wants everyone to come to Him before the end…

In Princess Pristina, the king forgave Pristina over and over again for playing in the mud – just as God is patient and forgiving toward us when we make many bad choices. Jesus told us to forgive each other 70×7 times, because we are called to be like God who generously forgives over and over.

God – love Himself – is patient.

Lord, give me your heart today, that long-suffering love, so that my kids can see how patient and kind You are to us in Jesus when we are coming up short. And thank You for your tremendous grace and patience with me.

In Jesus Name, Amen.