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Hi there! Thanks for wanting to learn more about me. I'm Megan Jeffery, and I'm a Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) graduate, with a BFA in Illustration. I'm a freelance children's illustrator with a special focus on educational materials. My illustrations run the gamut from traditionally-created to digitally-created, with stops in-between.

I also work 3-dimensionally in a variety of media including fiber, fabrics and clay. I design and make miniatures, toys, puppets, and items for the home. I've sold my work at craft shows and in online and "brick & mortar" shops. My miniatures and finger puppets have been on display at Providence Children's Museum for the exhibits "Arabian Nights" and "I Live in a Small Town"; at Bear & Bird Gallery in the group show, "Stitch Wars Strikes Back!"; at the Florence Griswold Museum's "Wee Faerie Village in the Land of Oz" and "Wee Faerie Village in a Steampunk'd Wonderland".

My love of puppets would not be kept confined to finger puppets, so I've attended the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference, learning about hand puppet manipulation and marionette construction & manipulation.

After you've been an artist and a crafter for a time, you realize that the insight and know-how you've gained over the years are skills that can be shared. I've learned that, so I've added TEACHER to the pile of hats I wear. I lead Arts & Crafts classes for a middle school's after school program and I've been an instructor for RISD Continuing Education's drawing and cartooning for Kids and Teens -- ranging in age from 8 to 18.

I started this blog because I was so captivated by what I saw other bloggers doing -- telling their stories, recording their projects -- and I wanted in on that conversation. Blogging, I've found, is a great way to make good on the promises we make to ourselves re: seeing an idea through to a completed project. And it's a good way to look back to see what's been accomplished and take heart and motivation from. There is an accountability that's attached when you tell others your intentions. And, as a businessperson, it's the best way to see what products or posts resonate with people.

By way of explanation about my blog's name, "Beetlegrass" was the name of the dressertop village that I had when I was a kid. The town was started with only one citizen, Fribbie. He was soon joined by his wife, Fibbie, and their son Furbie (are you sensing a trend here?). I've always liked creating characters, and I've always liked paying homage to younger-me. That's why the finger puppet characters I create now are branded under the name "Beetlegrass", and why you see some of these characters in the sidebars of this blog. They're there to continue to create that feeling of a small town, and of ongoing stories -- just like I did when I was a kid!

Thank you for visiting my blog! I look forward to getting to know YOU through your comments and our interactions. - Megan.

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puppets, altered books, ebay, graphic novels, pugs, vintage tablecloths & linens, rick rack, barkcloth, oilcloth, wool felt, felted sweaters, tag & garage & estate sales, old rusty stuff, fruit-themed paraphernalia, soho, true crime novels, court tv, anything english, hedgehogs, ladybugs, alfred hitchcock movies, dollhouses, vintage toy trucks, miniatures, vintage gameboards and playing pieces, vintage advertising, milk glass, fiestaware, polka-dotted enamelware, pop-up books, paper engineering, home dec & diy, ball fringe, children's magazines from around the globe