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9076. Santa Claus Coloring Page from Rosie The Reindeer!

Ho ho ho! Here is a coloring page for the little elves! Click on this link for a higher resolution printable pdf version! Santa Claus from Rosie the Reindeer!

 You can purchase a copy of the book for all the reindeer on your list now! Just click on this link to go to Rosie's website!

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9077. Design Faves

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This post is brought to you by Design Faves. The image above is by Tycho AKA ISO50

As designers, we are constantly seeking new sources of inspiration and often that means looking beyond our discipline. For some of us, this might mean a glance at the latest items in our Pinterest feed, while others will find inspiration in travels or an enlightening book. To add to that list, our friends recently launched Design Faves – a curated collection of art and design work. With frequent updates, the site features posts on architecture, photography, fashion, furniture as well as illustration and graphic design. Included below is a small sampling of what the site has to offer.

 

 

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Akureyri by Siggi Eggertsson

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Soe Cup Series by Hanna Kruse

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Sci-fi illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville and Édouard Riou

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Futuristic Motorola ads by Charles Schridde

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Illustrations by Heisuke Kitazawa

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 Yugoslavian Monuments photographed by Jan Kempenaers

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Pierre Cardin’s Bubble House 

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Michael Pecirno Billboard project

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Lamps by Frederica Bubani 

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Retro cartoon posters by Tom Whalen 

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Posters by La Boca

 

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9078. Cousin Eddie

One of my favorite characters from Christmas Vacation.

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9079. Ho.. ho.. oh?

Hush! What's that sound? A strange old man with a long white beard is creeping through the night.


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9080. City of Craft

Artwork by Selena Wong
This year was busy, and with some hard times, and I didn't manage to apply for City of Craft. I've been there every year since the beginning so this doesn't feel right to me but I'm really looking forward to visiting and being able to just wander around and take it all in. Every year I'm amazed at how much talent there is out there and I find the show so inspiring. I also take home treasures that I still love years later. These are things that have the charm, beauty and quality of being hand-made by dedicated artists that give meaning to the term "labour of love".

Please go and treat yourself and your loved ones to the very best!

DETAILS
City of Craft 2013
December 14 & 15, 2013
Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm
$2 Admission
Children under 12 FREE
The Theatre Centre
1087 & 1093 Queen Street West
Toronto

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9081. POETRY FRIDAY: Things to Do If You Are a Book






I’ve been away from blogging at Wild Rose Reader and Blue Rose Girls for so long that I thought I might forget how to post. It has been an eventful year for me. We finally moved into our new home in June. It was—at first—difficult saying goodbye to my home of thirty-seven years…and even more difficult boxing up and moving all the “stuff” we had collected in nearly four decades. The heaviest things to tote to our new place were the thousands of children’s books that I owned and cherished—books that I’ve been sharing with my granddaughter Julia. We had a number of bookcases built for our in-law apartment so I could keep my books on display…and easily accessible. 

NOTE: For Mother's Day, my daughter gave me 
a lovely drawing of our old home. 

We’re fortunate that our apartment is more spacious than most in-law suites. Still, it’s much smaller than our old place. At my age, it has been good to “downsize.” My apartment is much easier to clean than my other home. It’s the perfect size for two old fogeys! 

It’s so wonderful living next door to my daughter and son-in-law. I get to see Julia every day. It’s such fun watching her change and grow…reading books with her…helping her make puzzles…listening to her vocabulary grow.

Lots and Lots of Book Shelves!





THINGS TO DO IF YOU ARE A BOOK
By Elaine Magliaro

Be filled with words that tell a tale
of a little mouse and a giant whale
of a runty pig and his spider friend
who was true and loyal to the end
of a badger who loved eating bread and jam
of a funky guy, green eggs, and ham
of a spunky girl named Ramona Q.
of a boy and the Jabberwock he slew.
Be filled with words and tell a tale
that will let my imagination sail.
Be a mystery
or a fantasy
or sing with sounds of poetry.
Between your covers
let there be
a story that’s just right for me.














Over at Wild Rose Reader, I’ve posted an original poem for the holiday season titled Under the Tree.

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9082. Disaster Strikes #1: Earthquake Shock

Here's the first cover I did for the series Disaster Strikes by Marlane Kennedy.




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9083. Tomie de Paola Award ~ Sneeze

 

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“A sneeze is a breeze in your nose.”

This is my everty for the Tomie de Paola award entry.

Gesundheit!

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9084. Monoprice 19" Interactive Pen Display


19-inch Interactive Pen Display - (1440 x 900) TFT, 2048 Levels, 5080 LPI, 16.7M Colors from Monoprice.
Under $400, compared to Wacom's latest, lowest-priced option, a 13" display for $1,000. 

Tempting, but out of my financial comfort zone, is Wacom's new Cintiq Companion Hybrid, a 13" computer tablet. I've been waiting for someone to make the next logical step from my old Motion Computing tablet w/ Wacom pen, but it's taken 9 years! And a 13" screen is still too small to draw on.

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9085. Christmas '13: Dog Eyeing Cookies

A quickie Christmas doodle for #HoHoDooDa...

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9086. Crafty Wonderland

Thanks to all for coming out last weekend to the Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar. So fun! Now onto Crafty Wonderland this weekend, booth 43. Hope to see you there!

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9087.

It's Christmas Jumper Day!!


I don't need an excuse to wear a Christmas jumper-I love them!!
...but it's a great way to raise awareness of a very worthy cause . 
The Killing's spoof ad is brilliant too.




Robot and Snowman jumper-Matalan. Snowflake jumper H&M.

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9088. Got Legs? Run…because being stuck with fins would suck

Sorry, Ariel, nothing quite compares to running.
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Nope, nothing like the special kind of endorphins only running can supply!! Motivation lulls happen to the best of us so in those times, take these thoughts as reason to put those two legs of your to work think of this:

1) I ALWAYS feel better when I’m done.
2) Is the runner guilt of skipping my run worth it?
3) I’ve got goals I’m working towards…consistency is the ‘secret’ to getting better and faster!
4) I’m lucky I’m not injured and ABLE to run!! Don’t take your running for granted.
5) If I start, I can dream about the cake and chocolate chip pancakes I’ll come back to. ;)

Now, if you’re injured and need some motivation to plug away at your rehab and cross-training:

* I WILL heal. And when I do I won’t take my running for granted. I’m going to do the work now so my transition back to running will that much better!

Unless you are stuck with fins, My Friends, take advantage of those runner legs! ;)

1) What is something you tell yourself to give you a kick of motivation when you need it?
2) What is your go-to cross-training when you cant run?
The elliptical
3) Do you like to swim?
Nope, hate the water. If I’m injured and in the pool it’s like the double-dipping of p*ssed-off runner ‘tude. ;)

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9089. Lights in the Dark.

Happy Feast of Lucia/ St. Lucy's Day/Lussinatta! I've always loved this brightly lit and mysterious saint's night, especially because of its interwoven indigenous roots...


I was raised with saints, and songs, and lighting candles in the dark. Every Christmastime, before dinner, we would go around the house turning the lights out while my mother would light the advent wreath. We'd return to huddle around her guitar in the dark so we could this song. I will never forget the way the eerie tune shimmered with the flame in the black, transforming our living room with thrown shadows. Shoulder to shoulder with my siblings, it was ancient and anticipatory and made the hairs of our arms stand up.


Tonight, in many nordic countries, girls will wear crowns of lit candles, there will be saffron buns, and songs, and if you dig WAY back into history, you can find more solstice-based Celtic/Germanic/Nordic traditions that still remain part of Lucia's night. Here is a warm up sketch I did in the studio today. Though she does not wear candles, I still named her Lussinata. Perhaps she predates Lucia, and is on her way to a bright Yule festival (Jól).



A peaceful and bright holiday to you, my friend!


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9090. HoHoDooDa 2013 Day 11

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“Christmas Rapping”
(Click for larger view of Santa and his crew gettin’ down with their bad elves.)

Why not hip hop over here and see what the other HoHoDooDa Doodlers are up to!


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9091. Christmas ’13: Dog Eyeing Cookies

Friday’s Christmas doodle for #HoHoDooDa. Character development!

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9092. Snow Days


We've had our first few snow days...you know the "out of school" kind that we all celebrate (Alright we can sleep in!).


So, here's a few things that we did on our Snow Days:

We did a mini photo shoot.  Our elf joined in on a few.  He's new this year from my kid's Nana.  Like many elf on the shelves, ours moves around every night if "he remembers to."

We did art projects. This cute popsicle tree was made by my daughter. FYI, cutting popsicle sticks is not easy!  Ours were flying everywhere! I must have done something wrong.

And of course we didn't forget to do chores because hey, I'm tons of fun! Heehee!

Lastly, we played in the snow.  Well, I mostly took photos but that counts right?

Blessings,
Jenni

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9093. they keep coming

Another very nice review of Oliver, this time from Shelf Awareness:

Paul Schmid's (A Pet for Petunia) hero Oliver, a cute-as-a-button, pastel-pencil blob of a boy, is scared of the first day of school. Clutching an apple and staring, pink-cheeked, at a long, scary sidewalk that leads to school, Oliver feels that his "brave [isn't] nearly as big as it [needs] to be." So he decides to bring along an alligator to protect him. If facing your fears is too hard, why not ingest them?

Oliver cues the alligator with a command to "Munch, munch!" when he encounters the teacher, a friendly girl, the rest of the class, the classroom decorations. But once they have all been swallowed, Oliver begins to feel... lonely. The alligator, an expressionless reptile consisting of a green outline, three stripes down its middle and small feet, swells so large it can no longer fit on the page--and yet, it keeps munching, right up to the book's deeply satisfying conclusion. --Allie Jane Bruce, children's librarian, Bank Street College of Education
Discover: A boy, unable to face his fears, picks up an alligator to ingest them.

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9094. Recently at Thurber House…

We’ve had a lot going on the past few weeks at Thurber House, so if you haven’t been around, here’s what you missed. 

1)   The Thurber Birthday Gala: Each year we gather with a few hundred of our closest friends in the ballroom of The Westin Columbus to celebrate the birthday of James Thurber. This year, he turned 119. As per every proper birthday party, there was cake, laughter, and presents given in the form of raffle prizes. The evening was emceed by two-time Thurber Prize finalist, Laurie Notaro. Now coined the Susan Lucci of Thurber House, Notaro read from her newest book, Potty Mouth at the Table and had the audience in stitches with her stories about growing up with a mother who’s favorite place to give a life lessons was the isle of a grocery store. 2012 Thurber Prize for American Humor winner, Calvin Trillin, also had a birthday to celebrate that night, and did so with a hilarious routine of sarcastic poems, witty news-like entries, and stories about his family.

2)    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: With the upcoming release of the Ben Stiller directed film, there has been a good deal of buzz around Thurber House about whether or not the film would represent Walter Mitty and Thurber in a good way. We had the good fortune of being able to partner with Wexner Center for the Arts to host a pre-release screening of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Screenwriter Steven Conrad was present at the event for a post-film discussion. He introduced the movie, and asked for a little bit of leeway from the Thurber purists in the audience. He explained that the movie was not meant to be an exact replication of the Thurber story, but rather a further interpretation of the idea of what happens when we daydream, and an effort to hold true to the spirit of the Walter Mitty character. While the story line was very, very different, the film was beautiful and engaging.  

3)   Chris Matthews: As the last event of the 2013 Fall Evenings with Authors series, Chris Matthews joined us for an evening to discuss his newest book, Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked. The sold out event gathered over 300 people to the Columbus Museum of Art for an evening of political discussion of past, present, and future platforms. For those who watch Matthew’s MSNBC show, Hardball, they were well prepared for his quick wit and opinionated view on politics. While he may lean one particular way on the political spectrum, he stated something that everyone in the room could agree upon; “We don’t need more democrats or republicans, we need more grown ups.”

4)   Jane Pauley announcement: If you haven’t heard yet, iconic journalist, Jane Pauley, will be coming to Columbus on Thursday, January 9, 2014. The event will take place at The King Arts Complex at 7:00 p.m. Pauley will be in conversation with Columbus’s own Mikaela Hunt, co-anchor of the NBC4 Today morning show, discussing Pauley’s newest book, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life. Tickets are going quickly, but are still available! Click here for more information or to order tickets for this event.

We will be announcing the next season of our Evenings with Authors on January 6, 2014. 


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9095. Thirteenth day of Advent - Sleigh Ride

Thirteenth day of Advent
"We're riding along with a song 
of a wintry fairy land."
(In truth it is cold, we are expecting a heavy snowfall this weekend and perhaps not all will be merry.  But it will be pretty, which I will try to notice through the tunnel of my parka hood between episodes of shoveling snow and scraping ice off the car window.)

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9096. Oliver hits a list

I just received news that Oliver and his Alligator made BookPage's best of 2013 list for picture books!

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Yay Oliver!

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9097. Deep in December

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen the start of this. A few more minutes with a paintbrush and ink this morning and this was the end result.

And while we're on the subject of house plants, my tomatoes are finally turning red. All good things do, in fact, come to those who wait. And wait (and wait).

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9098. on my desk

detail of a fun side project

little pet portrait in progress
Note to self: once you get started it's not so hard, it's actually fun! 
That's why I love it...
 

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9099. Pattern


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9100. Jungle Creatures Peasant Dress

Sewn by the talented Mary Abreu, a sweet little Peasant Dress using Jungle Creatures.


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