Sunday, June 14, 2015

GF&AF Expo Worcester MA

I will be signing copies of It's a Gluten-Free Birthday for Me! (written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by yours truly) at the GF-AF (Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly) Expo in Worcester, MA on Saturday July 25, 2015.  Please stop by and say hi!

If you can't make it to Worcester but are interested in attending, check out the GF-AF Expo website for an event location near you.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

"A Gluten Free Birthday For Me!" Wins Award

"A Gluten Free Birthday For Me!" written by the amazing Sue Fliess and illustrated by me, was recognized as one of the best gluten free children's books by the Fifth Annual Gluten-Free Awards.  

Even though the book focuses on children with gluten intolerance, children with other dietary restrictions will be able to relate to the characters in this story.

Here's some more kudos for the book... 

"This bright and colorful picture book sheds light on certain childhood allergies. . .Teachers will find this book to be a great introduction to allergies, to embrace acceptance, and show respect."
Library Media Connection

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Painting with Procreate and the iPad

I've been having a lot of fun lately with the Procreate app on my iPad.  This is a scene that I saw on my drive this morning.  It was very cold (8F) and this house looked so cozy.  So when I got home I painted a quick sketch.  Remember no matter how tempting it is - never paint and drive!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Steve and Wessley Cybils Finalists

Steve and Wessley's first book, The Ice Cream Shop is a finalist in the Cybils awards in the Easy Reader category.

In case you are not familiar with the Cybils. They are the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards. Here is the the mission statement that they post on their website...

The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious.

Since most of my books revolve around food that sounds like the perfect award for me!  I'm very happy and honored that they recognized my book for this award.  

The reviewer, Katie Fitzgerald, mistakenly called Steve a rat (he's an opossum).  But that's ok, because I was thrilled that she picked up on the theme of the book, which is, reading is important.  In the book, Steve the opossum is having trouble getting into the neighborhood ice cream shop because no matter how hard he pushes, the door won't open.  Had he used his reading skills and read the "PULL" sign on the door he would have gotten his ice cream much sooner.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Felt Fortune Cookies

Here's a fun craft that looks almost good enough to eat.  In fact, my son picked one up before he realized it was felt!  Here is what you will need...

  • Craft Felt (tan or color of your choice)
  • "Glue Dots" or a hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • White paper

Cut a circle of felt approximately 4 1/2" in diameter.  (A large can works well as a template.)

Fold the felt circle in half like a taco.

Push in on the center bottom of the taco as you bring the corners toward each other as shown.

Keep bringing the two sides together as you encourage the top of the "taco" to turn down.  It will start to look like a fortune cookie.

Attach the two sides that you pinched together with a "Glue Dot" or a dab of hot glue.

Cut a strip of paper about 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" long.  Write a fortune on the strip of paper and slip it into one side of the cookie.  Now make a batch for someone you love.

Monday, December 01, 2014

December Newsletter Available

Check out the free kid activities like this cute reindeer puppet in the December issue of my monthly newsletter.  And don't forget to subscribe so you can receive future newsletters straight to your inbox!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Small Works Art Exhibit - Lunenburg Public Library

I have several watercolors hanging at the Small Works Art Exhibit in Lunenburg MA.  The opening reception is tonight at the Lunenburg Public Library.  The show will be up until December 13th.  Hope to see you there!