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24526. Back to School Fantabulous Sale!

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backtoschoolIt’s August and that means back to school and my annual sales. And back to school includes Fairy Online School! Yay! Save on your August and September session FALL classes by registering now! If you’ve been curious about classes, now is the time to take advantage of these deals and sign up. The sale is today until August 14th! Classes on sale to check out and sign up for are:

All classes include FREE Practice Group page.

Etsy sale:

And there is more fun! Head on over to my ETSY shop and type in the sale word for coupon: SCHOOLSALE to receive a discount on your order.

Flower essences:

But wait, there’s more! Order two flower essences and get one FREE!  In your order, just let me know which one you want to include for your gift in the comments section or by email. Head on over to the FLOWER ESSENCE SHOP to order today.

I love sales, don’t you? They are so much fun! And back to school is even funner! (If that is a word)

AND, my new book is ready!

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FOR THE ANIMAL PARENT OR ANIMAL LOVER: My new book on how to communicate with animals is available on Amazon! More yays! (Official launch next month) Learn the routine on how to communicate with your animals in this fun workbook. I share lots of my animal stories and a TON of info. For those who have taken the ac class, there’s lots of additions and fun exercises. So excited to share this with you! Here’s the link to buy.


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24527. The Beauty of the Night Sky

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24528. Big Old Giveaway for 'One Word Pearl'

ONE WORD PEARL 
is here 
and I'm celebrating with a MEGA giveaway!

Pearl loves words. All kinds of words. Words make up songs, stories, poems . . . and what does a lover of words do? She collects them, of course!

But one day, most of Pearl’s words are blown away, leaving her only a few which she keeps safely in her treasure chest. After that day, she uses each word carefully—one at a time, until she has no words left. When her teacher asks her questions at school, she doesn’t answer. When her friend wants to know what she has for lunch, she can’t respond. What will Pearl do without her precious words? Will she ever find them?

One Word Pearl explores the power of words to transform, inspire, and cultivate imagination. This whimsical story is the winner of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Children’s Book Competition in the Picture Book category. 



Here's what you could win:

Signed and personalised copy of 'One Word Pearl'
Original signed sketch from the book.
One Word pearl poster AND I will change the words to whatever you would like!
Signed postcard.

To enter: Share this blog post with your friends on any social media network, and send or message me with the link (email hazel-mitchell@hotmail.com).

I will make the draw on Friday August 16th at 8pm.

Good luck!

Toodles
Hazel

Buy ONE WORD PEARL here

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24529.

Bunnicula was one of my favorite books from when I was eight. I got the opportunity to create my version for a theater poster.

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24530. The Smurfs Return to Their 2D Roots in “The Legend of Smurfy Hollow”

Had enough of those new-fangled, three dimensional, CGI Smurfs? Well, Sony Pictures Animation probably had you in mind when they made a new Smurf “mini-movie” that mixes a few minutes of CG with a whole bunch of hand-drawn animation.

The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow is a Halloween tale directed by Stephan Franck (Iron Giant, Despicable Me) and produced by Mary Ellen Bauder (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania).

Selected into official competition this year at the Annecy Film Festival, the story centers around Gutsy and Brainy Smurf:

When Brainy Smurf is favored to win the annual Smurfberry Hunt for the ninth year in a row, Gutsy Smurf sets out to discover how Brainy wins every year. Gutsy’s investigation takes him into spooky Smurfy Hollow-and right into Gargamel’s trap! Can Brainy and Gutsy, with the help of Smurfette, put aside their rivalry before Gargamel captures them-or worse, they come face-to-face with the legendary ghost, the Headless Horseman?

The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow, will feature the voice talents of Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, Anton Yelchin and Hank Azaria, all of whom reprise their roles from The Smurfs 2. It will be available on DVD on September 10.

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24531. Tater Tot

not sure he's done....woof!

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24532. Disney Announces New Animated CG Pic “Zootopia”

Yesterday at D23 expo, Walt Disney Animation Studios announced Zootopia (working title), a feature slated for 2016 that will be directed by Byron Howard (Bolt, Tangled) and written by Jared Bush (a writer on the TV series All of Us). The film’s set-up is standard buddy-cop comedy, in which a fox named Nick Wilde who is framed for a crime he didn’t commit teams up with rabbit cop Lt. Judy Hops. The twist is that the entire film is set in a world in which humans never existed (a la Pixar’s Cars) and animals have built everything. Entertainment Weekly elaborated on this conceit:

[Disney] also displayed concept images of Zootopia’s title city. “One of the key concepts is if you squint at any frame of film you might think you’re looking at an animal in a natural environment,” Howard said. He then showed a frame of a snow-covered Alpine mountain, which faded into an irregularly shaped white pyramid luxury hotel. Just like New York has Chinatown and Little Italy, Zootopia has distinct regional neighborhoods like Tundratown, Sahara Square, Little Rodenta (the bad part of town, populated by vermin), and Burrowborough, populated by millions of bunnies.

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24533. LOL!


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"Fresh" works by Ian Sands..
Above: three separate works placed together how they will be displayed.
Below: each of the works individually
Mixed Media: ink, acrylic, colored pencil, pastel, marker

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24534. Finished!

I just finished my new book!- "There Once Was A Cowpoke Who Swallowed An Ant" by Helen ketteman - A.W. ...that's it - just on a high right now and thought I'd share... Read the rest of this post

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24535. JD's Children's radio show, IT's Story Time's Latest Shows and Books

It's Story Time is NOW on BOOK GARDEN RADIO! ~Book Garden Radio brings you It's Story Time: an International Children's Reading Radio Shows; and The Authors' Words: where you will hear authors read their favorite part from their book. Q & A to follow. ~~ It's Story Time airs live two to three times a month 10/11AM est, 9/10AM cst, 8/9AM mst and 7/8AM pst ~~As Always, the show is FREE. No codes or coupons and you don't need to click to another site. The shows are here, so sit right back and listen live at show time or on demand at anytime you like at BLOG TALK RADIO. ~~~

 Show's Site: www.thebookgarden.net ~~~~~ALL books that appear on It's Story Time are copyrighted by the author.

SHOW INDEX


                                            Shows Index By Dates
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8-10-13 ~ Truthy Ruthy by Sari Barel & I Really Love You, Ava by Amberly Kristen Clowe, plus Agy Wilson with Book Picks:Hey Charleston! By Anne Rockwell  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bgr/2013/08/10/its-story-time-with-jd-holiday-8-10-13


8-3-13 ~ The Adventures of Boots:The Giant Snowball by Linda Black,  READ BY JAN BRITLAND Marlow and The Monster by Sharon Cramer on Book Garden Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bgr/2013/08/03/its-story-time-with-jd-holiday-8-3-13

7-20-13 ~ Janoose The Goose and The Spy Game by JD Holiday on Book Garden Radio~ http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bgr/2013/07/20/its-story-time-with-jd-holiday-for-7-20-13

7-13-13 ~Aaron Apple and the Rain by JM Carydice & Kangaroo Clues by Margot Finke & Book Picks with Author Agy Wilson at Book Garden Radio~  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bgr/2013/07/13/its-story-time-with-jd-holiday-7-13-13 


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24536. Tom Banjo plays a little tune



via Emergent Ideas Tom Banjo plays a little tune


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24537. Illustration Friday - Fresh


Fresh breeze, fresh flowers, fresh faces...

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24538. #602: portrait of Diller


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24539. Illustration Friday Topic is Fresh

I went through a phase of painting vegetables and did this image of red peppers in oils. After starting to do images using Noah's painted textures I did a different version of the red peppers using his textures. I really love exploring different ways of creating. Who knows what the next red peppers will look like.

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24540. Tricky, but Better than Doing Nothing



I'm sure you can tell from the inappropriate amount of stuff I try to pack into the day (John's always moaning at me) that I am not especially good at sitting still. But that's what had to happen after my op. It was a novelty for the first 24 hours: licence to play on my phone and read a book all day long, while being waited on (sort of) by you-know-who.

Then it got boring. 

So, yesterday, since everything has been fine (no pain - hurrah - and no swelling), I dispensed with the constant ice packs (thank goodness: every cushion and tea towel in the house has been sopping wet at some point), and did some work from my armchair, on a laptop.  Tricky, with one leg balancing on a tower of cushions, but just about possible.

Today I hauled myself upstairs - 2 flights - VERY carefully, and am trying out the studio. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world though, trying to work at a computer with your leg in the air!


In case you're wondering, I haven't gone all 'street': the cap is to hide the hair, as I can't shower for 2 weeks (yuk).

I have a check-up on Monday and, after that, though I still won't be able to walk, I am hoping I will be allowed to at least sit normally, so I can get behind my drawing desk, as I have a new book project to start work on. But that's another story...

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24541. Sacred Muddle

I planned to tie up the last few months in a tidy bow,
to give you a round
beginning, middle, and end
to the stroke saga.
What we writers like to call a story arc.
Alas.
Some stories take longer to figure out.

My story for now is just a middle... or a muddle:
stroke,
brain blips,
ambulance rides,
hospital stays,
doctors,
uncertainties,
looming surgery.


None of our swell summer projects.
No happy new manuscripts.
No tidy bows. 

With each shift in the family balance,
part of me shrinks.
I hope it's the right part. The part that needs to go.
I hope it's the part that, before this muddle,
tried to hold everything together alone,
that didn't ask for help,
that got too busy to rest
in the numerous small things around me.

With each slip,
these small things come into focus.


Not my grand plans.
Not measurable success.

But joy.
thankfulness.
light.

cousins.

good books.

kisses.

cupcakes.

forgiveness.
rocks and sky.
breath and bread.

Life is short,
but humble things
make it deep.

Thank you
for your generosity to us through so many gifts -
art and cards, books and pens,
food and a clean house,
help with bills and the wildebeests,
prayers and wishes.
Thank you.

I am amazed at the love around us.
Amazed at how love makes every story beautiful,
no matter how long or short it is.

Here's to the sacred muddle, my friends.
To going deep!
to mysteries.
spyglasses.
buried treasure.
puzzles.
great books.
friends.
and small things.

Mystery and Adventure Books We Have Loved This Summer:


Where The Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin
The Willoughbys, by Lois Lowry
Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, by R.L. LaFevers
Half Magic, by Edward Eager
The Brixton Brothers, by Mac Barnett
The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

The Book of Beasts, by E. Nesbit, ill. by Inga Moore
The Red Book, by Barbara Lehman
Flotsam, by David Weisner

 

(my best reads of the summer)

Hattie Ever After, by Kirby Larson
Howl's Moving Castle, by Diane Wynne Jones
The Thirteenth Child, by Patricia Wrede
A Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers

Beautiful Battlefields, by Bo Stern







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24542. "Let's Go, Murray!"

I have partnered with Tiny Tap to create an interactive iPad app for kids called "Let's Go, Murray!" You can check out a preview at:
http://spacemandave.com/app.html


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24543. Here's what you missed... and Sonia Delaunay

We were lucky last sunday, the sun came out!

we had fun setting up...

 with an eager helper...

 I sold a LOT of teatowels! 
But I do have a few left, will put them in my etsy shop...stay tuned for that.

Now I'm working on color samples for the biography of Sonia Delaunay. Fun!

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24544. A Fantastic Field Guide Friday Fan Art

Patrik is a teenage artist from a small European country named Slovenia (located next to Italy, Austria, and Croatia) who has been inspired by The Spiderwick Chronicles.  He read the series about four years ago, in his native language Slovene, and became inspired to create his own fantastical project, which took him three years to complete!

This commitment is nothing new for the young artist.  In fact, Patrik discovered his passion for drawing when he was just five, and continued to exercise his talent through grade school.  Like me, he looks to many similar sources for inspiration.  “I love nature, and not just nature, but everything that is natural which has a feeling of pureness,” he explained in his email.  Of course, the natural world had a great influence on me when I was creating Spiderwick. I studied and drew from museum specimens and other forms found in the wild to guide me in creating a more detailed world of the fantastic.

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Patrik, saw this connection and was so inspired by the information found in Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You that he decided to make his own rendition of the book.  Above you can see the cover of the piece surrounded by objects Mr. Spiderwick would have had close at hand – spectacles, a compass, an ink dip pen, magnifying glass, and (of course) his seeing stone.

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Here are only some of the beautiful pages of Patrik’s homemade field guide.  Detailed renditions of goblins, ogres, sea maids, and many more familiar creatures fill the pages, providing documentation that Arthur Spiderwick would be proud to see.  Note that the information included in the drawings have been translated to Slovene.

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The Griffin centerfold is one of my favorites…

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…and, of course, instructions on how to use a seeing stone. Nice work, Patrik.  This field guide is splendid.

From Massachusetts to Slovenia:

Keep drawing, Keep dreaming.

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24545. Sketches & doodles

Haven't posted sketches for a long while, figure would be fun to post some quick sketches and doodles

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24546. Sketching at St. Mary's Basilica


Vanessa and I sketched a bit of flying buttress action at the St. Mary’s Basilica in Covington. It is like visiting a European cathedral in Kentucky.

It was a gorgeous day to be out. It felt like September rather than the usual 90s in August. Here is a vine video: https://vine.co/v/hbgZbr2MlvB

Also, there is a wonderful Duveneck mural inside the cathedral; definitely worth a visit.

This sign was outside the cathedral. It made me laugh for some reason, high and quaveringly...

I expected it to say "spiritual surveillance..."

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24547. Childrens Book Art from the Herbie Bear Series

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Herbie shows up at school and someone has released all the class pets.

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Because I was working with a partner a model sheet for Herbie was a must.

 

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Charlie is the new kid in town and good friends with Herbie. They both love to skate.

 

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Model sheet David Stone – Herbie’s favorite basketball player just happens to be his teachers brother David Stone.

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24548. Line 135

by Germano Zullo and Albertine

{published 2013, by Chronicle Books}I’m in that bleary-eyed, inspired, and terrified post-SCBWI haze. Are you?

That’s why this book is perfect for this time. And isn’t that always why picture books are perfect? There’s something magical about those moments that are captured, when the polaroid’s positive sheet has just pulled away from the negative. That moment, exposed. That’s the one I mean.

The creators of Line 135 also collaborated on Little Bird, which has dinged around in my skull for a long time, but I still have no coherent thoughts on it. It’s that enchanting. And of course, my beloved Sky High, which, just – wow.

The line on which this whole story is hinged? My mother and my grandmother say that I am too small to know the entire world.

So how to fit the entire world in this book? It’s a long rectangle. Intentionally and beautifully so, because unfolding the pages reveals more and more train track. The sense of distance is heightened, much like in Sky High, but along the horizon line this time. We travel with this narrator.The endpapers are bright neon green to match the train, and a wordless spread before the journey shows our narrator with her mother. After the trip? a wordless spread with her grandmother. The journey is bound.Albertine’s line drawings include whimsical details like the poofs of exhaust plumes on a highway maze of cars, or weeds growing straight up through the hole in a discarded tire. Always, always speeding forward? That sleek and vibrant train, holding that also vibrant little girl and her wisdom. I love that her capsule is holding all of the color. The black and whites are striking, but her trip (and her truth) stands out.And as the train moves forward, as the narrator grows in confidence and gumption, the illustrations get more fantastic. Gone are the looming skyscrapers of the city, welcome are the sandcastles with turrets and spiral staircases. Isn’t that beautiful? As she becomes more dogged in her determination, her surroundings are less real, less sad, and less intimidating.

Go get this one. Ride a train. Read an adventure. Get swept up in the trip.

chMoreToReadI wrote a thing about my favorite middle grade novels over at Design Mom this week. Did I get your favorites?


Tagged: albertine, chronicle books, endpapers, germano zullo, line, line 135, movement, rectangle, shape, size

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24549. Here's what you missed... and Sonia Delaunay

We were lucky last sunday, the sun came out!

we had fun setting up...

 with an eager helper...

 I sold a LOT of teatowels! 
But I do have a few left, will put them in my etsy shop...stay tuned for that.

Now I'm working on color samples for the biography of Sonia Delaunay. Fun!

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24550. playing on my mind

So, Tim here, Andrea's friend, stepping in as her technology has failed her yet again.

Obviously there must be a reason for the need to post something, anything, this thing.  The reason is that Andrea is about to release a, wait for it, brand NEW zine!  Hooray!, I hear you cry.  So here is a first glimpse of 'An Idle Daydream Based On Colour' a pen review (of sorts); as it is titled.

This Daydream is all about pens used in making some of Andrea's iconic images. So if you like pens, or like the work of Andrea, or both, or are just interested in the tools of an artist then read on.

The zine is A5 size, professionally printed on a lovely 170gsm silk paper, 12 pages and includes not only images from this very worldwide blog, not only a story about the pictures' creation but also a new illustrated pen on most of the pages, representing the pen used (sometimes) in that pictures', er, creation.

I have one of the 'Daydream's here and it is smoothly gorgeous. They will available worldwide from the Etsy shop SOON. Possibly by the time this is read by you, you lovely followers of the wonderful work of Miss J.


Thank you letting me bother you, and do check out the new zine, I think you will like it.

Bye.

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