Saturday, December 16, 2006

My website is down

Ahh, I don't know what's going on, but it appears that my portfolio website ( is MIA. Hopefully it will be back soon. You can also visit to view my work and the work of some of my very talented friends.

Merry Christmas Picture Books

My kids and I have been reading alot of Christmas books these days. Here are a few of my favorites...

1. The Grinch that Stole Christmas - I've only seen snipets of the Jim Carey version and frankly it looked kind of scary and I'm not a huge Dr. Seuss fan but I do love this book.

2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens illustrated by P.J. Lynch. Okay this one isn't a picture book, but they were selling next to the picture books at Barnes and Nobles, and the illustrations are just gorgeous.

3. A Christmas Carol the DK Classics edition This is a nice introduction to the Dickens story. It's an abridged version of the story with sidebars and illustrations to help explain and elaborate on the text. I even learned a few things.

4. The First Christmas by Carol Heyer - This is a nice telling of the first Christmas story. The illustrations are colorful and realistic. The text is pleasant and straight forward. Several of the religious Christmas books we've read have been beautifully written but my kids weren't grasping the more poetic, and abstract text of some of these books.

5. Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera - Unfortunately we haven't read this one yet this year because I haven't found our copy. But the illustrations are just marvelous.

Do you have any others? I'm always looking for new ones.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

I've been tagged

I've been tagged alot this week. My son has begged me to play tag at the bus stop everyday this week and now my friends are tagging me on the computer.

Susan Mitchell has tagged me, so here goes...

4 jobs I have had:

- Nurse girl (what's a nurse girl? - well that's what they called the summer nanny help at the private estate that I worked at in college. It's an awful name isn't it? Especially since one of us was a guy.)

- I was also a math tutor in college

- Unix programmer at AT&T (me an a million other people in central New Jersey)

- Database consultant

4 movies I could watch over and over:

- Philadelphia Story (It's an old Katherine Hepburn movie)

- Casablanca

- Monty Python and the Holy Grail (I'm not a huge Monty Python fan but I do like this one)

- Airplane

4 places I have lived (apart from where I am now):

- Bradford, Pennsylvania - I grew up there.

- Plainfield, New Jersey

- Edison, New Jersey

- Southington, Connecticut

4 TV shows I love:

Hmmm, we don't get cable on our street and we don't have a dish so I don't watch much TV these days. When I had access to cable I was addicted to HGTV.

- Coupling - PBS has been showing reruns of this British show and I love it. Unfortunately they aren't airing it any longer (I think I've seen them all anyways)

- The Office (BBC version) I haven't seen the US version too many times

- And what ever else is coming in clear on the arial antennea.

4 places I have been for a vacation:

- England - I'd love to go back.

- New Zealand - beautiful, black sand beaches, giant ferns, amazing fjords

- Cayman Islands

- Iceland - I'd like to back again and see more of the country side and spend more time at the blue lagoon

4 websites I visit daily:

There isn't any site that I visit daily but here are some I do go to alot...


- Illustration Friday

- Amazon - I don't check daily but I do check my book's Amazon rating a little too often as well as my web stats - I don't know why.

- Jacketflap

4 favourite foods:

- Icecream and/or frozen yogurt (I have an icecream maker and make homemade banana icecream yum!)

- Pizza (anchovies are one of my favorite toppings)

- Walnut chicken from the new Chinese place here in town

- Sushi

4 places I would rather be:

I don't know if I'd RATHER be these places because New England at Christmas time is pretty nice but here are few other places I wouldn't mind going...

- New York City - I'm bummed I didn't get to see the holiday store windows this year.

- The blue lagoon

- Portland,Oregon

- Any place with a nice warm beach

4 people I am tagging:

Karen Lee
Ginger Nielson
Paula Becker
Sarah Davis

Friday, December 01, 2006

Illustration Friday -Might

It might be a scarf, it might be a puppet, it might be a snake puppet scarf - which of course it is. I made these for my kids last year. They don't wear them too much (but I do!) I just bought some fleece to make some more.

I'm sorry I totally digressed this week. You may be saying this is ILLUSTRATION Friday? This is not an illustration. I know, it won't happen again - I promise. I'm just in sewing mood today.

Boy is it hard to take a picture of your own hand inside a puppet. Who knew?!