Love is a beautiful thing. It’s a gift that we all have the ability, and daily opportunities, to give one another…even strangers. That’s how I was brought up - to give before taking, to serve without wanting, and to treat others how I would want to be treated. My hope is that this piece encourages you all to love, today…& every day after! We may not all be the same, but we each have a heart that deserves some daily TLC! Speaking of hearts, every single one in this animation was created by members of my awesome & talented community! I asked you all to send me your hearts for this piece, and boy did you deliver! I SO wish I could’ve included them all. Check out the rest of the hearts over at #hearts4LGBT! From all these hearts to those in the #LGBT, we hope this brings some smiles & love your way! #pridemonth

Happy National Donut Day! I was thinking, wouldn’t it be nice to be one of “those people” who proudly post a picture of their six pack on Instagram? Let’s face it, donuts happen. So this is probably the closest I’ll ever get to achieving that dream. The good news is that with donuts we can all have a sweet six pack! Whether you’re a believer in this “hole-y” holiday or not, I hope you all enjoy this very special “fried-day”! Diet or not…donut hesitate, go treat yo’self! PS Of course today’s hidden emoji is this 👉🏻🍩👈🏻. See if you can spot it ;)

I’ve had this animation in my head for “a ryle’ now, and it’s so fun to see it finally come to life! Of course, I couldn’t have made this blooming community garden without your help. Every single flower in this piece was created by one of you! Last week when I asked you to submit #flowers4rachel I was blown away with how many wonderful drawings I received. I tried to pack them all into the final piece, but only about a third made it. Whether your flower bloomed in this garden or not, know that I am so thankful that you took the time to create this animation with me! A community can be a powerful force, especially when you create something joyful together. I hope this inspires you to keep creating & always make it a “zip-a-dee-doo-dah” day! Love you guys! PS there isn’t a hidden emoji today, instead click on #flowers4rachel & see how many of those flowers you can find! 

Here’s a little #ThrowbackThursday to the one and only, Breaking Bad! I recently binged the entire series and sketched up inspiration for this piece. Of course, given my love for coffee, I simply had to make it about Gale’s mega-lab coffee machine! RIP. If you’re a fan of this show like me, I hope you enjoy all the detail that I put into this piece. I’ll be posting photos to my Story later today of closer up shots! I also must give a shoutout to the two gentlemen who made the show what it is, @bryancranston (“Walter White”) & @glassofwhiskey (“Jesse Pinkman”). Bravo to you both! I’m looking forward to seeing your new movies “Wakefield” and “Welcome Home”! Now for today’s animation, I have two games! First up, the hidden emoji…can you find the Los Pollos Hermanos chicken leg, 🍗? Second game, if you have time, decode this hidden message by using the Periodic Table of Elements to write out the corresponding letters: 1•53 | 49•16•73•9•95! | 74•1•8 | 13•16•8 | 3•19•99 | 90•53•16 | 16•67•74? For both games post your answers in the comments below. Just don’t give away the secret message & hidden chicken, so that others can play, too! ;) 

Doesn’t being kind feel great?! Often times we need to remember that a simple act of kindness can have a huge impact. So I made this! A friendly reminder, to you and to me, that we should all sprinkle kindness around like confetti. I hope this post encourages you to be kind, to do something with a positive impact, or to simply tag a friend & shower them with kind words. While making this I couldn’t help but think to myself “how can I be extra kind to someone with this animation?”. The answer came easy! I’d like to dedicate this animation to the @kindcampaign - a nonprofit organization that brings awareness & healing to the negative effects of girl-against-girl bullying. They had no idea that I was dedicating this animation until I emailed them late last night. It feels good to bring attention to their cause, and I’m happy to direct this spotlight towards them, as I respect the great efforts of their organization. Go to their account and share some love & support - a simple like or comment could make their day! *high five to kindness* PS Today’s hidden emoji is hardly hidden at all…like at all, nevertheless I included the #🎉 for you to find! Next time will be harder, promise! ;)

Make room, there’s a baby on the way! No…I’m not pregnant, but I know there must be someone out there who is! This animation was made for all the moms & dads to be. As you make room for your new little one, I made this little one for you. Congratulations on this exciting time!! If you’re not preggo, but know someone who is, feel free to tag them. I made this as a greeting that you can send along to anyone who’s knocked up ;) Of course I couldn’t resist making this entire hipster nursery set into an iOS Sticker Pack! Check it out here: bitly.com/2ct5wY9. Also, I’ve hidden another emoji somewhere in the nursery…and I was sneaky! See if you can find this baby mushroom: 🍄!

Wait a second…I NEVER post an animation two days in a row. It must be a ✨lucky✨ day! ;) This is actually a #FlashbackFriday post to an animation I made 2 years ago today. However, now that Instagram videos can be up to a minute, this is my first time posting the full length animation. So wherever you live, from my home to yours, I’m sending Irish love, to your front doors! Happy St.Patrick’s Day! I’m not Irish, but I’m totally lucky to have such encouraging friends & followers who keep cheering me on in support of my art. It means more than you know, and is my main inspiration to keep creating. I think you guys shamROCK! Have a great day and a fun weekend!

Here comes the bride…and some wedding cake, too! It’s about time I busted out a wedding animation, don’t you think? With springtime comes love & marriages galore. Here’s my way to celebrate any & all upcoming weddings. While I wish could join you on the reception dance floor, I’ll raise my illustrated champagne & send you a wedding toast from afar! I hope you all enjoy this animation & that it brings a smile to at least one bride out there. I enjoyed making this piece so much that I’ve also made an iOS “Wedding” Sticker Pack! Many of these illustrations are in it. Check out the full collection by clicking here: bitly.com/2ct5wY9. Last but not least, are you ready to find today’s hidden emoji? It’s pretty easy to find, but you may miss it if you’re not paying attention. See if you can find the: 💒!

Roses are red, violets are blue, if I was the Force, then I’d be with you! Happy Valentine’s Day to all you Star Wars lovers out there! In the wise words of Yoda…send to your friends, you must. After all, you don’t have to be in love with someone to give them a valentine. Everyone deserves a smile today, so share away! Before you go, today’s hidden emoji is none other than the one that cupid shot with his arrow: 💘! Have fun searching for my heart somewhere in this piece!

Finally I can share with you where in the world I’ve been! Only this time I wanted to incorporate actual footage from my vacation to bring you along in my journey. I just got back from a tropical trip of a lifetime, all thanks to Club Med! I spun the globe and picked the farthest destination possible from my home in Colorado. After 30+ hours of travel I landed in Mauritius, an island off of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean! I was greeted by the awesome staff of Club Med La Plantation d'Albion (who were so much fun to hang out with), followed by a week relaxing & drinking in paradise. The beaches were lovely, the sailing was fun, the tropical paths were beautiful, and the infinity pools were straight up rad. I will say that hands down my favorite moment was when I took a resort excursion to a nearby wildlife park to hang out with lions! It was one of the coolest experience I’ve ever had! I wish you all could have been on this trip with me, and I hope this little video brings some Mauritian sunshine your way! Before you scroll down to the next post, within this piece there’s a tropical hidden emoji to find: 🌴! Hint: I’ll cheers anyone who can spot it!

Time to travel! You know me, I’ll take any chance that I can get to see the world and gain inspiration from new surroundings. Especially lately, I just think it’s a good time to get away. So my bags are packed and I’m leaving today on a trip of a lifetime! I won’t spoil the surprise of where I’m going, but it’s the absolute farthest that I will have traveled. Somewhere on the opposite side of the globe a destination awaits, and artwork is bound to be made! Stay tuned in the coming weeks as I bring you along in my journey through the artwork I create! For now, who’s ready for today’s hidden emoji? It’s a tricky one but here’s a hint: you’ve really got to *watch* out for it! In honor of the 3 flights ahead of me, find the #💺! 

Admit it, there’s someone out there who you miss a whole bunch! I personally have a list of people that I want to send this to. That’s exactly why I made this animation, to give us all something to share with the people who we love & miss the most. So if you have that special someone in mind, share this with a sweet note to bring a smile to their day! As for me, I have two people in mind that I will take this opportunity to share my love with. @BarackObama & @MichelleObama I want you to know that I am so proud to have had you as our nation’s leaders for the past 8 years. Your respected leadership & kind presence in the White House will be deeply missed. So while this may be premature, know that I will miss you. I look forward to seeing the great things that you will accomplish in the years to come! A big thank you to everyone who shares this, I hope it’s a nice surprise for the people that you tag. Last, but not least, have fun finding today’s hidden emoji #😣

Happy birthday to you…yes, YOU! There’s a year ahead of us that is packed full with our birthdays & with this animation I celebrate them all. Whether your birthday is near or far, I think you all deserve a little sweetness today. Click this link, http://apple.co/2ct5wY9 , to check out my new “Sweet Treats” iOS sticker pack. Among the 15 hand illustrated stickers, you can score this yummy cupcake, tiramisu, crème brûlée, or a slice of funfetti cake to sweeten any iMessage convo. Oh yeah, and *obviously* I included the sparkling candle in the pack so that you can turn any of my “Sweet Treats” into an instant celebration! Feel free to share this birthday love with your friends on their special day! I made this animation to be kind of like an ecard…only without that annoying loading bar. Just simply tag your friends in the comments below to wish them a happy birthday! Last but not least, who’s ready to find today’s hidden emoji? I’ll admit, it’s pretty easy this time…but don’t give it away in comments if you find it. Ready, set, go find the 🎂!! Happy hunting! 🕵🏻

Phở-give me, this post is a little late! I’ve been giving some thought to the new year & the goals I want to achieve. Eating heathy is, once again, a Ryle resolution. We’re one week into 2017 & I’m doing pretty good so far…despite the chocolate bar that I had for dinner last night. Here’s hoping that we all stick to our goals and have an un-Phở-gettable year! Bonus: another resolution of mine is to include tiny hidden emojis within my animations to create a fun & quick game for you! First one up, and first of many, find the 🌶! Happy hunting :)

Merry Christmas, friends!! When thinking about what to create for today’s animation, I wanted to give you the gift of Christmas! Today isn’t just about the pretty bows & presents that you receive. It’s about the holiday traditions & joy that surround you. My inspiration for this piece is the shining star that you’ll see nestled in the mountains. It’s a symbol of holiday tradition in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado. On the foothills of the Rocky Mountains this huge lit up star is shining bright every night throughout the holidays. It’s been there my entire life, and ever since I was a kid I eagerly wait for it to shine. It brings a smile every year and a warmth to Colorado’s winter. So from my hometown to yours, I wish you a very Merry Christmas filled with love, joy & traditions! And yes…that’s totally me as the ice skater! ;)

Turn on your ovens & start baking some sweets, Santa Claus is on his way! There are only 5 days left until Christmas, but I simply couldn’t wait until Christmas Eve to share this. So I’ve cooked up this animation to bring some early holiday cheer your way! Also, it’s a friendly reminder to set out some cookies for Santa this Saturday…and a glass of milk. I hope this brings a smile to your face, and that the rest of your day is just as “sweet”! Fun fact: I’m very proud to say that I sewed together my own Santa gloves for this animation. A lot of time & love went into this piece. I think Old Saint Nick would be very pleased…I just hope it will land me a spot on his “nice” list! ;) #hohoho

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I just returned home to Colorado for the holidays, and was delighted to see Christmas lights and winter snow covering my neighborhood. I simply love this time of year and always appreciate those who string their lights & share their joy. Whether you decorate your house or not, remember that holiday cheer starts in your heart. So put on a smile and be kind to those around you. I promise if you do it’ll make your holidays all the merrier! It’s time to bust out the holiday cheer, Christmas is almost here! #hohoho 

Allow me a moment to freak out & celebrate…*squeals with excitement*…I just hit a personal record, 1 million followers on Instagram!! To me it’s not a number to brag about, but rather to celebrate that my art is living in each of your lives & hopefully continuing to bring smiles your way. My goal has always been to bring joy & inspiration through my art, and I thank you for letting me be in your lives and on your screens. I say this often, but I can’t say it enough, your love, likes, comments and support are the #1 thing that keeps me creating. So this animation is my big “thank you” to you…to each and every one of you! I love that my art is being seen by this amazing collection of people from all around the world, and I can’t wait to keep sharing my creations with you. *High five* friends, I’m so thankful for all your support in getting me this far! #madlove

December is finally here, so let it snow! I know I’m not the only one who is eager to get up on that mountain. This one is dedicated to all you ski-sledding-snowboard-lovers who can’t wait for fresh powder! See you on the lift! 

PS thanks to those of you who follow me on Snapchat (rachelryle) that helped pick my nail polish color for this piece! I love it! ;)