Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Stay Mindful with a Glittery Relaxation Bottle




In honor of the release of our new book The Lemonade Hurricane (written by Licia Morelli), here is a fun and relaxing craft project.

Watching these swirly twirly sparklers will definitely help you calm down and become mindful.  Plus they are simple and fun to make!

Materials
  • Clear plastic bottle or jar with a cap (old soda bottles work great!)
  • Light corn syrup
  • Food coloring
  • Warm Water
  • Glitter 
  • Duct tape
Make sure your bottle is clean and the labels are removed.  Fill your bottle about one third of the way with corn syrup.  The corn syrup helps the glitter stay suspended in the liquid longer.

Add one or two of food coloring.  Don't add too much food coloring or you won't see the glitter later. Fill the bottle to the top with warm water.  Securely replace the cap and shake the bottle until the corn syrup, food coloring and water are mixed thoroughly.

Then remove the cap and add the glitter.  I used approximately one teaspoon of glitter.  The fine glitter works great for this.  Replace the cap.  You can add more glitter or food coloring as desired.

Once you are happy with your glitter bottle, securely replace the cap.  Then cover the cap with some duct tape so it doesn't come unscrewed.

Note: Please use common sense.  These are bottles full of food coloring, glitter and sticky corn syrup.  Don't throw them around on your brand new sofa!


For the one above, I used 2 drops of green food coloring, fine green glitter and medium silver glitter.



Friday, August 21, 2015

The Lemonade Hurricane - Book Trailer


video


The Lemonade Hurricane
by Licia Morelli
Illustrated by Jennifer E. Morris

Emma doesn't really like hurricanes. After a busy day of school and activities, Emma likes to sit still and rest. Her little brother, Henry, does everything but. She calls him The Lemonade Hurricane. Henry is a lot of fun when he's not storming through the house, so Emma decides to teach him how to be still. By showing him how to sit, bow, and breathe, Emma is able to calm the hurricane within Henry.

Visit www.lemonadehurricane.com or http://www.jemorris.com/bk_lemon.html to download activities associated with this title.

Buy the book today from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, or iTunes

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Picture Book Workshop This Wednesday


Do you think you have a great idea for a kid's book?  Have you always wanted to write for kids but have no idea how to get started?  Come to my workshop on Wednesday and learn how to get your book into hands of little readers.

I'll be leading a picture book workshop this Wednesday (August 19, 2015) at the Lunenburg Public Library. 

Topics will include:
  • Common pitfalls
  • Knowing your audience
  • What to do if you can't draw?
  • Is self publishing the way to go?
  • How to submit your work to a publisher
  • What resrouces are available to help you on your way
Come join us....

Lunenburg, Mass
August 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

For ages 14 and up



Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Lemonade Hurricane - Picture Book Trailer





The Lemonade Hurricane is my latest book baby.  It was written by the noted psychic and coach, Licia Morelli.  It's due to be released the end of this month! (August 2015)

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!