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1. WALL ART - paper & cloth

top uk design studio paper & cloth have released a small collection of art prints. with a luxurious look & feel they are printed on 310gsm bright white, textured fine art paper made from 100% cotton fiber. available online here.

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2. KIDS DESIGN - weegoamigo

weegoamigo is an australian newborn linen brand that specialises in blankets and muslin. their latest printed muslin range and adventure blanket range features an eclectic style of graphical tastes. the creative team are "focussed on designing and creating products for babies that defy the mainstream".weegoamigo have stockists around australia, new zealand, USA and the UK and you can see the

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3. FABRICS - sandee hjorth

sandee hjorth is a danish graphic designer based in wellington, new zealand (hence the summer theme of her prints in november), who is in the process of establishing herself as a surface pattern designer. sandee designs under the name beautiful living boutique, primarily for textiles. sandee has just finished a new collection of designs for fabrics on spoonflower called 'walk with me' which

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4. CHRISTMAS DESIGN - in my inbox

here is a small round-up of the christmas designs that have arrived in my inbox lately. the first are by designer jennie whitham who has created a collection of christmas scrapbooking papers that are free to download at sarah paris from here. below : swedish design anna larsson sent over details of her christmas 2012 textile collection from gothenburg. below : designer alex

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5. Secret Service Saint by Jan Collins; Illustrations by Eugene Ruble

*Picture book for preschoolers through 2nd graders (nonfiction)
*Saint Nicholas as the main character (before he was a saint)
*Rating: Secret Service Saint is the perfect picture book to share with curious children in the holiday season. It helps teach about the importance of giving!

Short, short summary:

The book starts out with Nicholas as a younger man, sailing on a ship in the sea, following God’s plan for him. When he lands, a group of Christians need help, and Nicholas starts caring for them. But he wasn’t feeling quite right about the work he was doing. So, he took off his bright red outfit, and he put on a dark cloak at night instead. He started helping people in secret and in disguise. He loved doing this! People never figured out who did all the good deeds until Nicholas died and the secret good deeds stopped. His legend of secretly giving spread all over the world, and he became known as Saint Nicholas.

So, what do you do with this book?

1. Students can pretend they are St. Nicholas and write and draw a picture of whom they would like to secretly give a gift to if they could. If it’s possible, they can do it in real life, too!

2. One of the themes of this book is giving is as good OR BETTER than giving. This is often hard for little children to understand. This is a great book to read at the beginning of a service project, such as can food drive or even a book drive. You can talk to them about why they are giving and how it will help someone and how that will feel.

3. Another theme of this book is adventure. Nicholas liked to have adventures. What does this mean to students? Do they like to have adventures? Are they like Nicholas? What kind of adventures do they have in their life? How can they make their lives adventurous?

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6. El Paso, 1942



A short story



Just before I was murdered, I’d lain with Federico.  The horror of my past, the mistaken belief of my brother that I had raped Belén, my beautiful niece, had fallen away for a short while in the arms of my love.  When I’d settled in El Paso, Federico was the first man I’d dare to speak with for any length of time.  I had to be careful for two reasons.  First, my brother, Adolfo, was stubborn, relentless—I’d seen these traits repeatedly while growing up—and I had no doubt that my brother would not give up until he was avenged.  Second, my secret life with men was always kept wrapped up in my chest, my covert self that, if discovered, could get me killed, too.

In El Paso, my situation was almost perfect.  Señora Espinoza’s boarding house for men became my home, a single room all to myself, a bathroom down the hall.  She served breakfast and dinner for her men, all seven of us who lived there.  I think she liked having us around.  We became the children she and her late husband could never have.  The señora seemed most blissful feeding us, inquiring if our beds were comfortable, wondering if we have all that we needed.  She was of an indefinite age, her skin smooth and tight due to being very large.  I suspect that if she’d been a lean woman, her true years would have been more apparent.  In any event, this was my new home and I made the best of it.

A month or so at the boarding house, I’d gotten use to the other men.  They were all Mexican, save for one German who’d lived in Guadalajara his whole life until moving to Texas at the age of sixteen.  The other men were of an assortment of sizes, ages and histories.  And then there was Federico, ten years my senior, who moved in a week after I did.  We noticed each other, above the others, for reasons I can’t understand.  He listened intently to everything I said, even the silliest comments.  One evening, he visited my room to borrow a little tobacco, or so he said.  But that visit became the first night we spent together.  After that, we had to be very careful, of course, making excuses to visit each other.  This was not too unusual because every man in that house needed friendship since they’d left everyone behind in Mexico.  Sometimes one would visit the other’s room to play cards or listen to Mexican records.  Of course, the other men visited putas whenever they had extra money.  One or two had real girlfriends.  And I had Federico.  We had each other.  I was happy.

One evening after sharing his bed, I grew restless and wanted to go out and have a drink.  Federico just wanted to sleep.  So I kissed him and left the boarding house.  Down the road was a bar that I enjoyed called La Bolsa Chica.  Men and women, almost all Mexican, came to eat and drink and dance.  I felt like I was at home once I had a few copitas of whiskey.  After having more than was wise, I stumbled out of the bar.  The street was virtually deserted, an automobile passing every few minutes, two or three inebriated couples walking home.  I decided to take a shortcut, down an alley.  The dark never scared me.  Never, not even when I was a child.  And it was in the alley, not two blocks from the boarding house, that I encountered a man.  He smoked a fat, hand-rolled cigarette, obscenely large.  The man seemed harmless enough, lost in thought.  But his face became the last I saw, when I was alive.

It took many years for Federico to be with me again.  He’d lived a long life, mostly alone, after I was murdered.  But after he died, we were reunited.  He smiled, said hello, and held me tight in his strong arms.  Federico chooses not to visit his loved ones back home.  He says he doesn’t want to interfere.  I personally find this a superior gift, being able to visit those I left behind, a gift that I should not waste.  You agree.  ¿No?

[“El Paso, 1942” eventually became part of the novel, The Book of Want(University of  Arizona Press, 2011).]

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7. Writing Prompt: Mythical Creature

Writing_prompt_rainbow_penWriting Prompt: Mythical Creature

Would you like to be an angel . . . or an alien . . . or a vampire? How about a unicorn . . . or a mermaid . . . or a basilisk (like the deadly snake in Harry Potter)?

Welcome to the world of mythical creatures! Webster’s Dictionary defines a mythical creature as “a monster renowned in folklore and myth.” Many mythical creatures have supernatural powers, some good and some evil. In literature, they range from the Greek and Roman gods, to creatures in fairy tales, to Edward from Twilight (for ages 12 and up)!

Well, today’s Write On Writing Prompt comes to us from Shadow Princess who has been thinking about mythical creatures herself.

What kind of mythical creature would you be?

I would be a fairy! What about you guys? What mythical creature would YOU be? Let us know in the Comments below. Let’s see how many crazy answers we can get!

— Ratha, Stacks Writer

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8. 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway


This season I am giving away 12 gifts to 12 winners for Christmas!
Winners will be announced here and on Facebook December 8th.

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The Prizes!
Keep checking back to see what prize the day brings.


1st  Day of Christmas:
A beautifully hand painted "Spring" resin figurine who measures approx. 6 inches high and hand signed on the bottom. 

On top of that, there's an 8x10 inch art print she was base upon included!

Value $35




2nd  Day of Christmas:
Custom designed iPhone case with image of choice. I've had Midnight Warrior on mine for months now and it has survived like no other. I constantly drop my phone and this case hasn't even chipped! 

Printed and delivered from DecalGirl.com

Value $20



3rd  Day of Christmas:
MAGNETS! Whoo! I don't know about you, but in my family the fridge IS the family album! I also have magnets from artists I admire and gain inspiration from on mine. These are huge measuring 3 inches in diameter.

Printed and delivered from Zazzle

Value $8



4th  Day of Christmas:
Limited Edition art print of "Red", number 10/150. Double matted in a leather tan with an accenting silver. All set and ready to be framed in an 11x14 frame. She's printed on Ilford Pearl archival paper with some of the best inks on the market. 

Printed in my studio so you can be sure she matches the original.

Value $50



5th  Day of Christmas:
Bicycle Playing Cards featuring the art "Quiet Time", my number one best seller! These feel just like your good ol' poker cards, and the color is beautiful! Tempting to keep these for myself I like them so much.

Printed and delivered from Zazzle

Value $20

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9. 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway


This season I am giving away 12 gifts to 12 winners for Christmas!
Winners will be announced here and on Facebook December 8th.

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The Prizes!
Keep checking back to see what prize the day brings.


1st  Day of Christmas:
A beautifully hand painted "Spring" resin figurine who measures approx. 6 inches high and hand signed on the bottom. 

On top of that, there's an 8x10 inch art print she was base upon included!

Value $35

WINNER: Debbie Grothe




2nd  Day of Christmas:
Custom designed iPhone case with image of choice. I've had Midnight Warrior on mine for months now and it has survived like no other. I constantly drop my phone and this case hasn't even chipped! 

Printed and delivered from DecalGirl.com

Value $20

WINNER: Lissa



3rd  Day of Christmas:
MAGNETS! Whoo! I don't know about you, but in my family the fridge IS the family album! I also have magnets from artists I admire and gain inspiration from on mine. These are huge measuring 3 inches in diameter.

Printed and delivered from Zazzle

Value $8

WINNER: Jenny Faith Mansell



4th  Day of Christmas:
Limited Edition art print of "Red", number 10/150. Double matted in a leather tan with an accenting silver. All set and ready to be framed in an 11x14 frame. She's printed on Ilford Pearl archival paper with some of the best inks on the market. 

Printed in my studio so you can be sure she matches the original.

Value $50

WINNER: Patty O'Brien



5th  Day of Christmas:
Bicycle Playing Cards featuring the art "Quiet Time", my number one best seller! These feel just like your good ol' poker cards, and the color is beautiful! Tempting to keep these for myself I like them so much.

Printed and delivered from Zazzle

Value $20

WINNER: Natalia Brodofsky



6th  Day of Christmas:
An original drawing measuring 5.5 x 7.5 inches. Created using indigo prismacolor pencil (my favorite sketching pencil), prismacolored pencil colors, graphite, and white gel pen. She's a princess of the forest, and is inviting you to share in her love for the world.

Sprayed with a fixative to preserve and prevent the the graphite from smudging. She is drawn on a lovely earth toned cardstock.

Value $80

WINNER: Kimberlee Patton 



7th  Day of Christmas:
One sheet of United States Postal Service approved stamps featuring the painting "A Winter Blessing". There are 20 stamps all together. A great holiday or seasonal stamp for anytime during the winter months! 

Printed and delivered from Zazzle

Value $20

WINNER: Sindy Murray



8th  Day of Christmas:
"Beauty comes from Within" 8oz ceramic mug featuring the art of "Spring". I'm sure she looks familiar! I designed this mug in the studio. Her colors are right and vibrant. Who needs some hot cocoa?

Printed and delivered from Pacific Trading Company

Value $12

WINNER: Heather Wone



9th  Day of Christmas:
An amazing coffee table book featuring 16 talented fantasy artists, including me. Get an inside look at these artists and why they paint what they paint. Great mini biographies and tons of art! A stunning book for any lover of fantasy art.

Some artists included are: Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Jody Bergsma, Kinuko Y. Craft, Linda Ravenscroft, Josephine Wall, Sheila Wolk, and many others.

Published by LightStream Publishing, LLC.

Value $30

WINNER: Hanneke Cole




10th Day of Christmas:
A goodie package filled with fairies! All of these items were created by me in the studio. No outside manufacturers. What you'll receive is:
5x7 print of "Blues of Winter"
5 pack of 4x6 Twilight Fairy postcards
"Shiitake" bookmark
Ornament of "Hope"
Pack of 45 stickers featuring "Lady of the Forest", "Midnight Warrior", "Into the Word", "Twilight Lilies", and "Perched at Dawn".

Value $50

WINNER: Mis Vadovsky



11th Day of Christmas:
A goodie package filled with mermaids this time. 
What you'll receive is:
5x7 print of "My Treasure"
5 pack of 4x6 mermaid postcards
"Red" bookmark
Pill box tin featuring "The Talisman"
Pack of 45 stickers featuring "Quiet Time", "Lusigna", "Roseilee", "Rest on the Horizon", and "The Talisman".

Value $50

WINNER: Constanza Ehrenhaus



12th Day of Christmas:
Original watercolor painting "Sienna" measuring 4x6 inches, matted and ready for an 8x10 frame.

Painted with the finest watercolors on hot press Arches watercolor paper. 

She's a warrior of the seas, searching for the magical treasures hidden within.

Value $160

WINNER: Audrey McGee Griffis

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10. PERSONALISING YOUR STORY – an additional outlet

Personalising your story by J.R.Poulter

Are you seeking an additional paying outlet for you work?

A personalized version might be the answer!

Various companies take the illustrated text for children’ stories and modify them to create a ‘personalised’ version. The company will do the personalizing for you but, in my case, I chose to submit my own ‘personalised’ version’.  Some of my ‘personalised’ books are coming out with Frecklebox, who have also published personalised versions of books by friends.

Having a ‘personalized’ edition does not prevent you from still seeking out publication of your original text.  Contracts are non-exclusive.

If you are publishing with a small company, they might be interested in adding the option of a personalized version of your story for sale digitally.

How do you do it?

“The little boy clapped his hands gleefully! The thing in the grass glittered up at him in rainbow colours. He tried to grab it!  “Oh!” he exclaimed, the beautiful thing had moved, just out of reach…” [JRP]

Becomes: “Edward clapped his hands gleefully! The thing in the grass glittered up at him in rainbow colours. He tried to grab it!  “Oh!” Edward exclaimed, the beautiful thing had moved, just out of reach…” [JRP]

For rhyming stories, a refrain can be added in to provide the ‘personalised’ element. An example from an upcoming ‘personalised’ version “Ten Little Heroes”, a picture book with a counting element, illustrated by UK illustrator/animator, Alex Slack:

FOUR Little Heroes flying to the moon,

One said, “I’m Space-man!

See you SOOOooon! ”

Oops a doops, a whoopsie there!

             Mike to the rescue! Mike is here!

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Once you have the hang of the text conversion process, you might choose to offer personalized versions of your digital books [e.g. on the App Store, Utales.com, Kindle, Nook, Adobe Digital editions, etc], or self-published children’s books from your own website/store.


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11. Ezra Jack Keats – Award and Grant

Did you have a picture book published in 2012?  If the answer is “Yes,” then make sure your publisher is submitting it to be considered for the Erza Jack Keats Award. 

 the New Writer Award was established in 1985 and the New Illustrator Award in 2001 to recognize and encourage authors and illustrators starting out in the field of children’s books. Many past winners of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award have gone on to distinguished careers creating books beloved by parents, children, librarians and teachers around the world.

The EJK Book Award is given annually to an outstanding new writer and new illustrator of picture books for children (age 9 and under) by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. A distinguished selection committee of early childhood education specialists, librarians, illustrators and experts in children’s literature reviews the entries, seeking books that portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family, and the multicultural nature of our world. The EJK Book Award was co-presented by the New York Public Library from 1986 to 2011. As of 2012, the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection is co-presenting the award at the Children’s Book Festival, held in April at the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg.

To be eligible, writers and illustrators must have had no more than three books published. The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award includes an honorarium of $1,000 for each winner.

The other nice thing they offer is Grant money.  They accept applications from public schools, public libraries, and preschool Head Start programs in the United States and U.S commonwealths and territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam.

As a writer, you can contact a school with a proposed program and let them sponsor you for this grant, and present your program to that school.  So now you have something you can try when a school says they would love to have you come in for a school visit, but they don’t have enough money.

Give it a shot.  Deadline March 15, 2013. Maximum amount $500. http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/how-to-apply-for-a-minigrant/

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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12. PiBoIdMo Day 26: Ward Jenkins Rides the Bus

Being an artist and doodler at heart, I thought I’d share with you my sure-fire way of getting creative ideas flowing for me. It’s quite simple really: sketching. I carry two sketchbooks with me everywhere I go: a large one for anything work-related, and a smaller sketchbook for on-the-go sketching whenever the mood strikes me.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Hey, not all of us are as artistically inclined to just pick up a pencil and start drawing!” No problem. The same thinking that I use for drawing while looking at people and places around me can be applied for you writers who might need a jumpstart for coming up with ideas for characters.

When I first moved to Portland, I would ride the bus back and forth to work daily. I loved noticing all the different assortment of people who’d ride along with me—some regulars, some not so regular. I began to bring along my 5 x 7 inch notebook to record some of these interesting characters and to at least capture the moments that might otherwise be lost if I didn’t somehow sketch them down.

At first, I was drawing my surroundings, mostly:

Then I’d muster up the courage to start drawing others around me while sitting, hoping that maybe no one would see (or care) that I was perhaps drawing them. I had to be stealthy.

As I found my groove, I’d capture the little things, the little moments that might’ve been overlooked: the pencil with a large eraser stuck in a young woman’s hair, the tilt of a hat on an older gentlemen’s head, the way a woman would read the morning paper.


Every once in a while, a really interesting person would show up on the bus and I’d start sketching feverishly, capturing the details the best I could, as well as jotting down notes:

The regulars were always an interesting bunch, as well. One day I decided to draw only them, since I’d see them every morning, along with some notes and details to help me remember the little things:

Out of these daily sketching sessions, I’d eventually gather a great deal of character ideas. Great for character development. For some, I’d make up backstories in my head while I was sketching them. This character building would even spill over into my work while coming up with characters for the picture books I’d illustrate, especially the City, Baby! books. It might’ve been a simple pose that someone on the bus did for a brief moment, and the ideas would snowball into a fully-fledged character with pathos and perhaps their own story arc.

If you don’t have a sketchbook, that’s fine. A notebook or anything with pages for you to write something down should work out perfectly. Or, if it’s more convenient, Post-It notes. Whenever creative lightning would strike, but a sketchbook is nowhere to be found, Post-It notes always did the trick for me! And you can always collect and stick them into your sketchbook when the time is right:

It’s all about observation. Being aware of your surroundings, of the people around you, and taking in all the details.

Here’s a spread from NEW YORK, BABY! with plenty of characters gathered on—yup, you guessed it, a city bus:


Like I said earlier, you don’t have to be an artist to do this sort of thing. You can simply write down what you see. And you don’t have to be on the bus, either. This exercise can be done while waiting for your flight, while eating in the food court at your favorite mall, or watching TV. Recording the little moments that happen all around you. By building up this assortment of details, of moments, you are adding on to your cache of characters. Whether it be actual sketches or scribbled down notes, being aware of the canvases around you can be constant jumping off points for any type of character, whether human or human-like. The ideas for character development are limitless.

Best of luck with creating your characters!

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Ward Jenkins is an animator, illustrator, and lover of all things aesthetically pleasing. He is the designer behind PiBoIdMo 2012′s logo and badges, and his sketchbook shared here today is online at Flickr. Ward illustrated Michael Phelp’s HOW TO TRAIN LIKE A T-REX AND WIN 8 GOLD MEDALS, Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen’s CHICKS RUN WILD as well as Chronicle’s NEW YORK, BABY! and SAN FRANCISCO, BABY! Catch him blogging at Ward-o-Matic and if you like his art, you can get some for your walls at his Ward-o-Matic shop (Tara’s favorite, which hangs in her home, is “Speaking in Color”).

 

Ward is generously giving away a signed copy of NEW YORK, BABY! and SAN FRANCISCO, BABY! to two winners who comment below. Remember, one comment per person, please. Winners will be selected in one week. Good luck!


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13. Monday Mishmash 11/26/12


Happy Monday! Here's my mishmash of thoughts:
  1. Touch of Death on Kindle  Touch of Death is now available for pre-order on Kindle. Yay! Find it here. And yes, that is a blurb from Jennifer Armentrout on my cover. So thankful to her for blurbing my book!
  2. The cold that won't go away!  I feel like I've been sick forever. I just want to be healthy again.
  3. Shawnee Gallery  The Shawnee Gallery is reopening under new management and they will be carrying copies of all my picture books. :)
  4. Love for Touch of Death  This review is so good I admit I cried when I read it. Thank you to Kayleigh-Marie Gore. <3 font="font" you="you">
  • Cyber Monday  I admit I prefer Cyber Monday to Black Friday. I'm hoping to find some good deals today.
  • That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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    14. BIRD NERD GIVEAWAY!

    Goodreads Book Giveaway

    Bird Nerd by Tracy Edward Wymer

    Bird Nerd

    by Tracy Edward Wymer

    Giveaway ends February 12, 2013.

    See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

    Enter to win

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    15. Some Llama Drama


    Llama Drama by Yvonne Morrison, illus. Neroli Williams, Scholastic NZ

    Pam is a llama who’s not content to just sit in the field and eat and sleep. She likes exciting things to happen. Which is why the other llamas are always saying, “Stop making a fuss. Stop making a scene. You’re just a llama drama queen.” But Pam continues to make a fuss over a green apple, a pretty daisy, a bee-sting – and being called an alpaca. Fortunately for Pam, she’s spotted by an animal talent scout and whisked away to star in a TV commercial... The rhyming text tells an amusing story, and the illustrations capture the emotions on Pam’s face as she acts up – big, brown eyes, long lashes, and a toothy smile. The pictures are done in watercolour pencil, using soft, cheerful colours and fine lines. I would recommend this as a read-aloud for slightly older children, about 5 to 7.

    ISBN 978 1 77543 053 7 RRP $19.50 Pb
    Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

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    16. Lonely Heart

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    17. Fat Dog...Too much punkin' pie!


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    18. Finger Rhymes for Manners Presentation

    Help Build on Character Development in your Classroom!
    Finger Rhymes for Manners Presentations for PreK-1 children!

    Finger Rhymes for Manners Content-Connected Rhymes for Science, Math, Social Studies, and Technology.

    15 or 30 minute presentations available!

    Presentation includes:

    Action Rhymes that relate to the curriculum

    Interaction and movement through action rhymes

    Learning while having fun!

    For more information:

    e-mail: lily.erlic@shaw.ca

    To view sample pages in the book go to:

    http://www.lorenzeducationalpress.com/product.aspx?id=tlc10595&source=altsearch&ptype=mm&t=movement+and+music


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    19. Da' Elf!

    A new Holiday doodle for your Seasonal pleasure.
    -M



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    20. Vintage Christmas Knee Hugger Pixie Elves

    vintage collection christmas knee hugger pixie elves
    I had posted this picture on my facebook page a few days ago when i started listing the knee hugging pixie elves in the shop. By now most of them have sold already. Just a few more left. And i understand the shoppers who picked them up so quick. I love them too. It is hard seeing them go, but i just keep telling myself that they are going on to new loving homes to bring Christmas cheer.
    collection of vintage christmas knee hugger pixie elves
    And it's not as if i am selling all of my collection of Christmas elves. I have plenty left to decorate with. Here are just a few of my favorites that i won't be selling anytime soon. Last year our Christmas tree was decorated almost only with pixies en knee hugger elves. I was planning on doing so again this year, and take it even further, filling it up completely with them. But since i've sold some of them already i don't think that will happen. Got to start coming up with a tree decorating plan, it's only 29 till Christmas..

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    21. Sunday Sketching -

    Mostly caricatures - explorations..

    In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee.

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    22. It's super important that you know

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    It's okay if you haven't finished reading a book in weeks or you're really bad at staying up-to-date with your blog and Twitter and Facebook or if you don't have that many friends or if you have a lot. It's okay if you don't act like everybody else or if you do act like everybody else (if that's the true expression of you) and it's okay to feel lost and confused and ordinary/weird. Everybody does, at some point. It's okay if you feel like you're entirely alone in the world, and it's important to know that you're not. It's okay if you're having trouble writing or if you don't think you're good enough. It's important that you know that those feelings - feelings of inadequacy and isolation and everything else - are felt by everybody.

    It's important to know that the perfect faces you see of the people around you, the people on the internet, the people in the magazines - that's what they want you to see, that's what they choose to reveal. And you're probably doing the exact same thing. You are jealous of other people no matter how much you wish you weren't, and other people are jealous of you, and perhaps you're even jealous of each other. And everybody wants to be happy, and everybody has things they keep to themselves, and everyone is fighting a hard battle.

    Nobody is absolutely sure of themselves (and if such people exist, they must be absolute legends). And that's okay. But the person you are right now - who is fabulous and beautiful and important to the people around you in ways you can't imagine - is perfect. It doesn't matter whether you get a book deal or lose ten kilos or become rich and famous, because you will still be the same on the inside. Decide to be content right now. Strive for your dreams, absolutely, but know that you're a wonderful person regardless of what happens.

    And I know I've said this before, and you've heard it from everyone else before, I'm sorry, but it can never be said enough (and everyone should keep on saying it until everyone believes it): Life's too short to keep putting yourself down. Go out and enjoy it. Follow your dreams, but love yourself right now, not once you attain some ideal you've got set up in your head.

    *I originally wrote & posted this two years ago. I hope you don't mind an occasional re-run. Sometimes I run out of blogging inspiration. I think this is a nice post and worth reminding yourself of.*

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    23. Winner! And Stuff

    It's been a while since I've posted. I've been very busy lately. You know, eating turkey, consuming heaps of birthday cake and writing, writing, writing. It's been a great month and I'm so excited about December because it's just one month away from 2013, my debut year!!!!!

    Okay, so I'm just a teeny, tiny bit excited over 2013. But you really can't blame me.

    Today I get to announce my winner of RENEGADE by J.A. Souders. It goes to Akoss! Just pop me an email with your address and I'll send you that gorgeous book. My email is farley dot christina L at gmail dot com.

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    24. Let the bids begin!


    Bidding for the 2012 auction to benefit the Joe and Shirl Scholarships is now live!!!! (And while you're there, download the ebook edition of my Monkey Boy to Lunch Lady sketchbook for free!)


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    25. SkADaMo Day 25

    My lovely husband suggested hookah smoking reindeer as a sketch today. In order to keep it kid-friendly I made it a bubble hookah. Although I don’t imagine there is any such thing.

    Oh no! I just “Googled” it and there IS such a thing! Still involves tobacco!

    Well, ok, these health-conscious reindeer are making tobacco-free, candy cane flavored  bubbles with this hookah!

    Aaaanywho, check out my fellow SkADaMoers here.


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