Archive for May, 2010

Room to grow.

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Thanks for all your comments on the up and coming book! It really is odd to be working on a project that I can’t really talk about for a while….the process of creating a children’s book is so collaborative and involves so many layers of production. It’s a truly amazing industry! So as hard as I am working now, it won’t even hit the stores for a year and a half. And I’ve actually been working on this for a year! I have a whole new level of appreciation when I browse the children’s book section at the bookstore. Honestly….these people dedicate whole chunks of life to those pages! It’s wonderful and amazing.

Really, though. Thanks for all your kinds words and support. It means so much to me. I’ll share more as soon as I can!

In the mean time though, isn’t this room darling? Amy sent it to me after she framed the SUMMER TEA PARTY print in her daughter’s room. She is an amazing quilter too, and sells her quilting kits on ETSY. I have one of her quilt kits sitting in a bag. I bought it for Ella when I was pregnant (you know how you get so excited about projects when you are nesting and pregnant, and then you’re too tired and fat to do them? And then when you have the baby you are too exhausted and deleriously sleep deprived to do them? Ya. That was me. Ella is 11 months, and her baby quilt is sitting in a bag.) Anyways….if you are unlike me, and actually finish the projects you intend to do, you’ll be so happy with her kits. And if you are like me, and don’t finish, thankfully she sells her quilts too. Don’t you love her colors?

Hope your all having a great week! The snow here thankfully subsided and there might be hope of sunny weather soon. Might being the key word.

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Sneak Peek.

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When you put your life and soul into something, it’s only natural to want to share it with the people you interact with. I mean….what mother can’t keep her mouth shut about the cute thing her toddler said, or the sleepless night spent with a teething infant? It’s just how we are made. We were meant to share things.

I for one, and not naturally a ‘secret keeper.’ I can keep a secret when there is a specific reason behind the withholding…like this book I’m illustrating for instance…but any one who knows me, knows that I’m a rather transparent person. I wear my feelings and thoughts on my sleeve.

But…the book is getting closer. Closer and closer to being done! It’s taken a bit longer than initially anticipated:  mostly due to my buying and selling and remodeling a house, having a baby and mothering 3 under school age children while trying to learn the industry of picture book making all at the same time. Whew! But thankfully I have the best editor in the entire universe (Yes, YOU Molly!) and I’ve been granted a lot of strength and help from my family…namely my incredible and good-lookin’ husband.

I’ll save all the thank-you’s for when I’m actually finished with this baby. But it’s been an AMAZING journey…one that I can’t wait to share more of. I can’t share it all now…I still have a bit more time before it goes to press…. but the lessons have been invaluable. I’m completely in love with the Children’s Book industry, and illustrating picture books is the hardest yet most fulfilling and wonderful work! I feel so, so lucky. It’s such an amazing opportunity and I am so humbled to be involved and learning!

A CHRISTMAS GOODNIGHT (Fall 2011) written by Laura Godwin and Published with Katherine Tegan Books, and imprint of Harper Collins Children’s Books,  is a simple goodnight story which mixes the traditional Christmas story with the story we make for ourselves every season. It is a classic treasure!

Stay tuned for more!

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Signs of Spring.

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Flowers in her hair has become her new thing. We moved into a yard with all sorts of magical wild flowers and ‘weeds’ that we continue to discover. Good thing we enjoyed them yesterday before today’s snow storm. Yes….snow storm. Please send your condolences.

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This makes me so happy.

I got this image in my inbox this morning from the talented designer Lindsey who blogs here.

I still get goosebumps to think that a little drawing that I created in the corner of my basement late on a Thursday night is the first thing a newborn baby will see when he wakes from his naps every day. I really love doing what I do!

Isn’t that print just perfect in that space? She has a great eye and has a lovely home you can check out here.

*Print is from my ETSY shop here.

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On my mind.

Creativity

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Moments.

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-Butter and Milk-

cup of dandilions

-royal bouquet-

ella standing

-she stands-

drawing

-bedtime artwork-

gardenia

-my favorite smell-

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-true love-

addie garden feet

-toes feel everything-

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-always together-

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Go on over

Psssst….There is a giveaway on 6th Street Design Blog today! Hop on over and think lucky thoughts!

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Books You’ll Love: Marilka

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Children’s books have more power in 32 pages than children even realize. It isn’t until we are older than we find ourselves saying, “Mom, remember that book with the one page that had a dog in the bed, but he wasn’t asleep…and then a tree at the end? What was it called again?It was my favorite book.” Our memory of reading picture books can be as vivid as our real childhood memories, because imagination and reality are one and the same to kids.  The pages of picture books allow a child’s’ mind and senses to make sense of the world around them and give them freedom to explore new places and feelings in a very safe way. It’s a beautiful art, and one that I hope to master some day. There is so much more that goes into a book than a simple “tree at the end” ending. But to affect the child in a positive way is the ultimate quest.

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Marilka is one of those books to me. To be completely honest, my memories of reading this as a child have completely messed up my critical eye. This could be a lousy book (which it isn’t) but because I loved it so much as a child, I love it now. Do you have those kind of books? Books that as you read now aren’t that amazing, but to your 5 year old self they captivated you?

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From the front flap:

“When Marilka’s parents think she is lost, not only are they miserable, but everyone and everything in the neighborhood is afflicted too. When Marilka reappears, joy is unbounded, and she knows that she is the center of her parents’ world. In gorgeous full-color pictures and playfully exaggerated text, Janina Domanska transforms a universal childhood experience into a work of art.”

Marilka (I believe) is out of print (Macmillan 1970) and can only be found here or in your libraries.

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