A lovely looking lamb on a grey day.....
On top of the manure pile - they don't mind - they think it is a mountain!
Well, this Blogiversary thing has certainly turned into a lot of fun. I hope that if you have time, you will read through all the comments that have been left. Yesterday's topic about FOOD certainly hit a chord. And I don't think it is about the prizes either - so many people are passionate about their food. I sense a general trend growing within the USA and it's good. So read through if you can find the time.....
I actually started this Blogiversary Celebration because I have a pretty busy week happening with more book deadlines -- things to pull together and illustrations to tweak. Every night I go to bed wondering what I can dream up overnight for the next day's topic to win the prize. I've got my prizes under control due to the generosity of some fine folks. But the topics - that have now become very important for me and my family - those topics for the discussion! Last night I printed out all of Tuesday's comments and The Farmer is still reading through them (he is a Luddite and will not look at a computer).
Today's topic is books and magazines. You all know we are rather bookish around here. Books spill out on every surface. They are piled up in stacks, holding up other objects. They are not categorized by section in the different bookcases - they once were but it is a jumble now. This is unfortunate because sometimes we go looking for a certain book and it eludes us - mostly because it is read so often and doesn't get put back to where it belongs.
Last weekend, Julia and I went to Dedham, MA to stay with my niece while her family was away. It was a bit of a vacation for us from the mud and we got to spend three days with my mom which is always a joy. When we go to Dedham, we always make it a point to stop by The Blue Bunny. It is a kids bookstore and becoming a bit of a great resource for lovely, educational games and toys. It is located in Dedham Square and we can walk to it from Laurie's house. Sometimes we visit there two or three times. It is run by the lovely Janet Reynolds and way back when, I did a class for her on Kids Embroidery when they first opened.
The Blue Bunny is owned by the Reynolds Family - as in Peter H. Reynolds and his twin brother Paul. They also run a company in Boston called Fablevision. You may recognize Peter's name if you have children. He is the illustrator of the very popular children's book series "Judy Moody." He also writes many books on his own including two of my favorite kids books - The Dot and Ish. The Reynolds Family is all about fostering creativity in the arts with children and helping them to become and stay creative.
I must admit, Julia has become quite the stalker. Every time she goes to The Blue Bunny, she asks for Peter H. Reynolds. (She never forgets the H and he has told her what it stands for - I can't remember but I'm sure she can.) He is an extremely busy guy and I always explain to her that he probably won't be around. She writes him notes - well not exactly notes, but letters -- and leaves them for him to read including book reviews of his work. He sends her postcards in the mail. Last weekend, we went to the Blue Bunny and she did her thing.... "Is Peter H. Reynolds around?" And the answer was "Yes, he's across the street. I'm sure he would love to see you Julia!" You should have seen her smile. We purchased a few things and went across the street. Peter and his wife Diana are opening a gallery called "The Heart of the Square" and they were there working.
He is the kindest man. He spent at least 30 minutes with Julia talking about all kinds of things. Julia is like a sponge and they have had a dialog going for a little while now. She remembers everything he ever said to her and frequently brings them up again. She asks about his new projects, what is happening to his old projects (like the Judy Moody movie she is really hoping will happen someday), when his next book is coming out. Then they talk about our sheep and animals and what she is doing. She told him about the script she is writing based on the Judy Moody and Stink books. And about the "adaptation" she is doing of another one of the Judy Moody books. He stood there listening intently. It was just lovely and I thank him for being so patient and encouraging with my little girl.
Which leads me to my next topic - Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is turning 40 this year. It has just been published in a fabulous pop-up version which I saw last weekend. Those pop-up books are great. This weekend in Amherst at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, they are having a big shindig for the Caterpillar's Birthday. If you are local and have kids, you might want to stop by.
Which leads me to today's topic. If you are interested in winning the prize, please answer the following question or questions:
What is your favorite book or magazine? What was your favorite book when you were a kid? What are your kids favorite books? What is your favorite cookbook? What is your favorite knitting or craft book? You get the gist - write why if you have time. What do books mean to you? Are you worried about the "death of print"? Have you given up print to only read on-line? Do you have a Kindle?
As usual, anything bookish or magazine-ish goes and there is no judgement here!
Here are today's prizes are:
Five balls of Julia Yarn donated by my friends at Nashua Handknits
A copy of Nashua Handknit's Premier Magazine with a special article about me, also donated by Nashua - check out their new website here!
A copy of Knitting for Baby by me and Melanie Falick, donated by STC Craft.
Enter by noon on Friday to be counted. You don't have to answer all the questions but what I am looking for is a bit of dialog if you can find the time!
Tuesday's winner was Punkin. Congratulations to her.
Big prize tomorrow - come back if you can!
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.