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Watercolor of Em

Lately, I’ve been working on book illustrations for the Investigator Anne series, book #5.  Sometimes I need to do something different for a little change in my routine though.  Here’s a little watercolor I did of my Em.  It was super fun and I think I’ll use this style for a book illustration style in the future.  I have some ideas in mind.  But for now, I’ll post this to keep me inspired.

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This is Em playing with the little kitchen Mr. Everything and I made for her.  I feel like these moments change so fast, I’ve got to capture them in some special way to remember them forever!

Bunny’s Easter Surprise – eBook

Bunny’s Easter Surprise is a delightful children’s eBook about the beauty of springtime and of Easter.

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In the book, Bunny and his friends set off for an exciting Easter Egg hunt.

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They learn very quickly that Easter is about more than just candy and goodies.

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This book is a wonderful addition to your Easter library.  It is a book about the beauty of new life in Bunny’s garden.  While the book does not talk specifically about religion, it opens the door to talk to your children about the true meaning and beauty of Easter.

Find this eBook HERE.  Enjoy, and happy Easter everyone!

Cookin’ Up Some Cuteness

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She’s got the oven mit on.  My daughter is about to make a scrumptious meal.  No biggie, she’s quite a good cook.

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Check out the cute kitchen I made for her birthday.  I’m super thrilled with the way it turned out.  But first…

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The “before” pictures.  I found this winning cabinet at the local Goodwill for just $8.  It even has wheels on the bottom, which I was pretty thrilled about.

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Mr. Everything helped me cut a hole in the top for the sink (a silver bowl).

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I used Annie Sloan chalk paint (Provence color) to paint the cabinet, plus a homemade mix of gray, and the off-white color is Country Grey.  I bought the small silver bowl at Walmart for $5, and the utility faucet on the clearance shelf at Home Depot for $15.

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The stove burners are furniture Sliders and the stove knobs are painted wooden drawer pulls.  We drilled the holes slightly too big so that the knobs can twist and rotate, like the knobs on a stove.

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Mr. Everything also helped me drill those holes in the side so Brother can pretend to fix Em’s kitchen with his cool tools and toy power drill.

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A few weeks later I found the taller cabinet and painted it to make it into her toy fridge.  It was the perfect size!

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I love the fridge handle, a lift-up pull!  Perfect.

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I just love how this kitchen set turned out, and love that my Em enjoys it so much.  But enough of my creative drabblings…it’s dinner time with Miss Em.  She’s cookin’ up something good.

Investigator Anne – Case #2 Sneaky Sneakers on KINDLE

It’s here!   My book, Investigator Anne – Case #2 Sneaky Sneakers, has just been released on Amazon for the Kindle!  Find the Kindle version HERE! Previously available only for Nook, I’m pleased that this is now available for Kindle.  I LOVE how this looks on the Kindle!  (Books #3 and #4 will be released for Kindle over the next two weeks)

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In this book, Anne and her Gumshoe Crew friends discover a mystery involving the disappearance of shoes around town.  Mary’s favorite glow-in-the-dark sneakers are gone, as well as Mr. Treadwell’s army boot, Gizmo’s favorite tennis shoe, and lots of others.  Mom thinks it’s a matter of irresponsibility, until her own shoe goes missing.  Anne and her friends use creative and inventive ways to find the sneaky, and unlikely, culprit.  Their efforts lead them on a great chase through the city, and an unforgettable adventure.

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This story began in my mind after we had some of our own sneaky sneakers disappearing from our house.  With five kids, and ten little feet, we seem to have a lot of shoe mysteries and are constantly looking for all of those sneaky shoes.

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The Investigator Anne series has a subtle science emphasis.  In this book the kids learn about friction.  There is a fun friction science experiment idea at the end of the book that kids can try at home, as well as a glossary of words to learn and know.

Being a very visual person myself, I feel like kids need more pictures in early chapter book readers.  While they are adjusting from reading picture books to reading their own chapter books, I think pictures help to break up the large and intimidating word wall, and helps them keep looking forward to the next page.  The Investigator Anne books are packed with fun and bright illustrations.

I loved writing this book with my husband, and I’ve loved illustrating it.  Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did creating it!

 

Here are some great reviews from some B&N readers: (BTW, thanks for all your great reviews, I really appreciate your comments and feedback!)

 

“We are big fans of Investigator Anne at our house. I bought the first book when it came out, and we absolutely love this one too. This one has a cute plot and an unexpected ending. The characters are all very curious and creative and they learn about science concepts in a subtle way throughout the book. I think it is very well done and we are anxious for more! FYI, this is not an advanced chapter book. This is a perfect book for kids who are just getting in to lengthier readers. :)”

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“I bought this for my daughter. My son saw it and read it too. They both loved it. There is a science experiment idea at the end. We’ve been making “Hover crafts” today for our homeschool science assignment on friction. I highly recommend this for any child.”

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“This book is an early chapter reader for kids who are just starting to get into longer books–about ages 6-8, depending on the child’s reading level. So it’s not a book that is 300 pages long, this one is about 80 pages. My kids love it because it has a fun story and it has a picture on every page. My kids are still learning to read and get really overwhelmed with a page full of text. It helps so much to have a picture on every page to keep them interested. The story is really cute and the characters are nice, imaginative, creative, and caring. A good book for kids in a culture that is moving away from those qualities. My family can’t wait for more!”

-LineaS

Investigator Anne for KINDLE!

Woohoo!  I’m so excited to announce that we will be releasing my Investigator Anne books on Amazon.com!

The first book, “Investigator Anne – Case #1 Timeless Treasure Lost” is NOW AVAILABLE for Kindle!  This book has been on the top ten list in it’s age category on Barnes & Noble Nook books for the past 2 years.  I’m thrilled that it will now be available for Kindle readers too.  Please go buy this book if you haven’t already.  I appreciate any positive reviews too!  Click HERE to look inside the book at the Kindle store.

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One book in the series will be released each week for the next four weeks.  Watch for “Investigator Anne – Case#2 Sneaky Sneakers” at the Kindle store next week.

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Thank you, everyone, for your support and great feedback.  I couldn’t do this without you!  I hope you and your kids continue to enjoy these books.  There are many more ideas in my head, and the next book is always in the works.  I’m looking forward to the release of Case #5 and will keep you updated on my progress.

Homemade Car City

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Today we decided to do an activity that my little boy would love.  Too many times my 4 girls are doing very girly crafts.  I decided it was high time they made something that my boy would love to do too.DSC08292

We started by getting a poster board for each child.  Each poster was each child’s city.  We taped off the spaces for the roads, making sure that all the roads connected to the other poster boards.  .DSC08291

We used paint color sample cards for the parking lots, and printed some clip art to use for the buildings, parks, stores, etc. in each city.  Each city was built with it’s own unique style and flare.  Some had pet stores, candy store, toy stores, etc.  They also made bike trails and parks and schools too.

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My little boy was pretty thrilled with this activity.

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Here are all the cities attached together.

I loved this activity because it made the kids think and problem-solve each road and space, as well as having to be creative.  I love projects like this, that the kids will spend several hours creating, and then spend days playing with.  It’s definitely worth a few dollars in poster board and tape.  My 1-year-old, however liked to play the part of natural disasters in the cities, by tearing the pictures off.  I’m thinking it would be a good idea to get it laminated.  But all-in-all, this was a fun activity.

The Night Before Christmas

It’s not even the night before Christmas and Santa is here!  Okay, well, his book is here…and that means Santa’s arrival is just around the corner.

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I had so much fun creating the illustrations for this book.  It was a privilege working with Clement Clarke Moore’s delightful poem.  Even though the well-known poem was written close to 200 years ago, the story is timeless.

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In this great new eBook, the text has been updated from it’s original version to help kids identify with the story a little better.  For example, the children in the story dream of candy canes instead of sugar plums, and the story is told by the house cat.  It is a delightful story filled with Christmas magic and tradition. The complete 1823 original poem is included at the end of the book.

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Here is a peek at one of the pages.  Don’t you just love the words?  Clement Clarke Moore’s brilliant rhythm and imagery have shaped what we now think of as Santa Claus—a plump, jolly fellow with rosy cheeks and a twinkle in his eye.  It was so much fun illustrating this eBook, and I hope you and your family will enjoy reading it just as much as I did creating it.  Wishing you a very happy Christmas season!  You can find this book online at Barnes & Noble, just click HERE.

Dream Big – Printables

The American Library Association’s summer reading program is “Dream Big.”  I created a few Dream Big printables for those of you out there who are interested in enhancing your children’s summer reading.  Enjoy!

 

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NEW! Bunny’s Easter Surprise (eBook)

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This little Easter book was so much fun to create.  This fluffy bunny finds meaning in Easter when he sets out on an Easter egg hunt and finds a bird nest. Click on the pic, or check it out here.

NEW! Mary Reads Sight Word Books

This is the beginning of a fun new series for beginning readers.books

These are early sight word readers designed for kids who are learning how to read. The first part of each book has a series of “flashcard” words to practice and learn. The last part of each book has a fully illustrated storybook that uses sight words learned with the “flashcards.” Throughout the book, the Mary character gives encouragement and helpful hints with those certain “tricky” words. These books were inspired by my own Mary and the character in these books is the younger sister of Anne, from the “Investigator Anne” series for older readers.  Just click HERE to see the books on Barnes & Noble.  Just $.99 each!

To see all of my books, click HERE.