Monday, August 31, 2015

The Serious Reader

Makes me smile to know that Zachary and his sister Nichola are learning to read with a little help from Six Owls and A Party:)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Road Trip!

Our summer vacation: 14 days, 3 States (Nevada, Arizona, California), lots of driving, many ah-ha moments and tons of great photos opps:)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Mosaic Marathon

Poppy Field II, the project that keeps getting pushed aside:(
It was started in June of 2012 (yikes!) and has become a Mosaic Marathon with no finish in sight...
One day it will be finished! She said full of optimism:)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Durham Quarter Marathon 2015

We ran hard (this morning) in the DQM 2015!!!
It started out cold and wet then the sun come out - just for us:)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

Six Owls and A Party

My first self-published children's book using Blurb is now available for all to read.
It all started with a sketch and a small unfinished mosaic; that owl mosaic sparked an idea that became my owl project that sparked another idea that became a book, Six Owls and A Party.
There were lots of rewrites, countless hours of mosaicking and (probably) one too many proofs ordered... and now it's here. Yeah!
Six Owls and A Party is available for purchase thru Blurb here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tomorrows Game Changers!

Our future looks very bright with these Game Changers leading the way!
Happy Graduation Miss Hannah.

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Owl Project, Part 3, self-publishing

With my owl panels photographed I'm now onto part 3 of The Owl Project; a self-published children's book, Six Owls and A Party, using Blurb.
This isn't the first time I've used Blurb. A few years ago I put two books together,  (Christmas gifts); Simply William, a book of Will and William and Kate, a love story.
Why self publish?
14 years ago my first children's book, Mr. Bob's Magic Ride in the Skywas published by Whitecap Books. It was put together by their graphic designer without any input from me. The Art Director in me had a difficult time with that and the finished product was, unfortunately, not what I'd envisioned. The bottom line was that I didn't have full creative control - something, I believe, all artists want.
With Six Owls and A Party self-publishing was the only way to go. I wrote it (and rewrote it), illustrated it (mosaicked it), chose the font, the font size, layed it out (relayed it out)... you get the picture - full creative control:) My labour of love.
Why Blurb?
Blurb's BookWright has so many user friendly features that putting a book together with it is very easy.

This week my second proof should be arriving in the mail, then I'll be moving onto the next step; getting Six Owls and A Party out and into the world.