I know I've mentioned my love of Patricia McKillip's many, many books, but one of my other favorite authors only has one book so far.
Diane Setterfield published The Thirteenth Tale in 2006. I discovered it a few years later and I've been loving it ever since. It's a gothic mystery novel and a book-lover's book.
I don't even know how to tell you how much I love this book, except that I'm not afraid to over-hype it at all, because it can't be done. My sister says the story is so good you forget it had to be written, constructed by a human author who decided what would and would not happen. It just is.
|Reaching - 8x10 Print|
I love cute party supplies, so when my good friend announced she was expecting I staked out my claim to throw her a baby shower. I know some people complain about pinterest making everyone go over the top, but really all it did was give me a project idea and inspire me to buy cute straws. The last bit may have happened anyway when I passed by them in Target.
The garland is something I've had around for a couple christmases - I made it into a pregnant-lady crown because my friend loves stars and anything with a little shimmer.
I made strawberry and peach kabobs with goat cheese. Because almost anything is better with goat cheese. I also made some without because I know a very few people who don't like goat cheese, but none f our guests disliked it, so I guess I could have made them all with goat cheese. I also had summer sausage and cheddar kabobs, which were almost as tasty.
This flourless chocolate cake with almond whipped cream does not look like much, but it's phenomenal. If you don't believe me you'll just have to try the recipe for yourself. I've made it three times and each time people raved. I'm not such a wondrous cook that I think any praise lies with me. It's the recipe. Try it. You'll die happy.
Instead of awkward games that have people sniffing the insides of diapers or eating baby food blindfolded, I decided to have us decorate onesies. Now, some people use puff paints and tht's what my horrified friends thought I was planning on doing. But for the sake of my carpet and to have a better chance at adorable, I have us cut out cute cloth shapes and iron them onto the onesies.
I bought one of those coordinating fat-quarter packs and a couple packages of steam-2-seam (more info and ideas here). It didn't matter if people just cute out the cute shapes on the fabric and arranged them or if they had their own design in mind - all the onesies came out 100% adorable and everyone had fun!
So after a not so profitable (but super fun) day at South Bend's Art Beat last Saturday, I've signed on to be at the Happily Ever After Children's Lit Fest this coming Sunday (August 25, 2-6 in Niles, MI). It's a fundraiser to help local families adopt children with special needs.
I really hope to adopt some day and I've seen how good it can be when families open their hearts to adoptive children, so I'm really excited to be a part of this. The tickets are $7 (kids 4 & under free) and there will be several children's authors there, children's books and children's games. I'll be donating a percentage of my sales to the cause and I'm providing a coloring page too. I'll post it on the blog afterward for people who couldn't be there. It should be a fantastic day, so if you're going to be in the area come on out!
Update: I actually won't be there, I just now realized I double booked myself, but there are still going to be lots of fun things happening and it's still a super good cause, so you should check it out!
I was chatting with a friend yesterday and discussing the potential for dire boredom during church business meetings. I always bring my sketch book though, so I assured him I would be entertained even if a discussion of the budget failed to hold my full attention.
He suggested I sketch a princess drawing her own rope out of the tower and I loved that idea. So I spent the entire meeting sketching and inking this picture. I'm really excited about it and I couldn't wait till it was colored in to share!
I'm not a cat person. Or really much of an animal person at all.
Sometimes people weigh in on what I should be drawing and I've had a number of people tell me that I really need to draw animals because they love animals.
Well, I tried, but I don't love animals, so it ended up a little snarky.