Just found out these came out!
There is a book enclosed with each plush that I did the paintings for. Another will be out soon!
Definitely ordering a couple of these!
I think I just realized that throwing a book party is like getting married; or at least having a wedding. Or maybe it's just the way I do things--what's the book party equivalent to bridezilla? Book partzilla? Parthra (a la Mothra)?
And just like having a wedding, the success of the party is dependent on good friends pitching in. Lucky for me, I have those.
Alvina flew in straight from the International Reading Association conference in Toronto to Boston and pitched right in. Gosh, I needed her. Not only did the gift bags need to be finished (not everyone got chocolate rats; I had to start making chocolate faster so I was using all my molds--turtles, pigs, roses, seashells. Not very themed, but oh well!); I had cupcakes to make!!
144 to be exact: 48 carrot cupcakes, 48 pink velvet (supposed to be red velvet but I ran out of red food coloring) and 48 lemon. We used 3 boxes of butter! Alvina and I spent the day baking and I finally feel justified in having a fancy mixer.
Then after work, Ki-Ki, Anna, Bruno, Luke and Ranida came over to help frost. This actually didn't take that long...
Okay, maybe it did.
Even with the wonderful help of Ki-Ki and the Blue Rose Girls, I still was scrambling when the first guests arrived to the party. Punch wasnâ€™t mixed (and never was), paintings were crooked and ice had been forgotten. But the party had begun!
And it was wonderful. Who wouldâ€™ve known that Lissyâ€™s Friends
would be such a appropriate book for the party? Because friends from everywhere, from all facets of my life came out on the cold, rainy day.
Author and artist friends like:Mary Newell Depalma, Steve Engel (the artist that cuts all the snowflakes for Robert's Snow) and Nicole Tadgell.
Alissa Imre Geis
and Barbara O'Connor
Teacher/School Visit Friends like:
(with Anna) New Friends like:Lily (a big Year of the Dog fan!)
and Scott Magoon
And old friends like:Mike and Nancy (who came from Texas!)
Throughout the party, Ki-Ki and the blue rose girls
were working the book table, selling lots of copies of Lissyâ€™s Friends
I kept getting unnecessary but extraordinarily lovely gifts from people. Thank you!
And Lolly from the Horn Book
See her trying to deviously pretend sheâ€™s not recording?
Kids seemed to like the cupcakes:
and the flowers:
And no one seemed to notice the lack of punch:
But I was still a bit scrambled. Time passed in a blur! I forgot to publicly thank the girls for all their help, do a book reading or even acknowledge the Lissy doll
! I do remember that I did urge everyone to eat cupcakes, that I raffled my painting,
and The Blue Rose Girls
(sans Meghan) had a photo op:
So, I think Lissy and I had a pretty good birthday! Thanks everyone for celebrating with us!
This colour version of my illustration for the theme Remedy would make a good get well illustration. I might turn it into a card yet.
"We will tie the string to a door handle now , it won't hurt a bit" said mouse. Donkey wasn't so sure.
I spent the day sketching for a toy design contract and this evening while kiddies were asleep and hubby out I had a digi play. It was a bit of a break from all