Can you believe it’s October? I think this is my favorite month of the year (of course, I say that every month) — piercingly blue skies, apple crisp kind of days, leaves putting on their colorful fall coats and crunching underfoot, and the smell of woodsmoke in the air. I can’t get enough of October!
I have two great pieces of fan art to share with you this week. Coincidentally, they’re both collages.
The first one was sent to me by Shivi:
Isn’t this clever and fun? I absolutely love it! Thank you, Shivi!
And here’s the one that Rebecca sent:
I have the best fans in the world!
Wow, am I behind on answering mail again! Sorry, folks–that’s what happens when you’re a writer on deadline, and I’m juggling TWO of them…
I have some great fan art to share with you this week, though. First up is a wonderful group portrait of the book club girls by Claire.
(As always, if you click on any picture here on my blog, it should enlarge for you.)
Claire, I love your attention to detail — Cassidy with her hockey stick (and Chloe!), Becca on her cell phone, Megan shopping (!), Jess with one of her goats and a book bag, and Emma reading (of course!), with Pip peeking out from behind her. Brilliant! Thank you so much for sending this to me!
It’s interesting, this week as I started in on my pile of mail again after neglecting it sadly for a bit, I found that I’d received letters from a wide range of locations. Claire is from the United States (Tennessee, to be exact), while this next piece of artwork is from Zoie, a reader in Canada (Ontario, to be exact):
Thanks, Zoie! I love this card!! And I love what you added inside, too:
Because who doesn’t love PIE on their birthday? Or any day? Funny thing is, we often have pie instead of cake for family birthdays, because we are all serious pie fanatics. When my oldest son was just a toddler, he requested pumpkin pie for his birthday, with Teddy Grahams marching around on it. We were happy to oblige!
Continuing with our world tour, let’s hop from Canada on to my final treat for you today, which comes from two sisters living in MALTA!!! (Click on the link to learn more, or look it up on a map.) How cool is that? I have readers in Malta!
This picture is by Amy, who also told me that she has nine tortoises for pets. How exotic! I would dearly love to meet them.
Don’t you just love this drawing? I do! You’re a wonderful artist, Amy. I love Jess and her braid, Megan with her stylish outfit, and Cassidy with her Red Sox T-shirt (by the way, GO RED SOX!). Well done!
I’m giving Amy’s sister Megan the final word today. This made me laugh out loud. I absolutely love it — wouldn’t it be great on a T-shirt? Thank you, Megan!
Reaching into my mail bag today for a fun book club do-it-yourself project!
First of all, check out the centerpiece that this fifth grade book club put together when they discussed THE MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB:
I love it! Skates to represent Cassidy, a notebook and pen for Emma, sewing basket for Megan, and what looks like a stuffed dog for animal-lover Jess. Oh, and a copy of LITTLE WOMEN, of course.
But wait! There’s more! Check out the mood pillows that they made:
Cuuuuuute! Wondering what a mood pillow is? Click here to find out (hint: if you read LITTLE WOMEN, you’ll know).
Ann, who leads this particular book club, generously offered to share directions with all of my blog readers for making a no-sew mood pillow. Ready? Here you go!
You will need — cylindrical pillow insert, sweatpants or pajama leg (or sewn cylinder), sturdy rubber bands (2 each), ribbon (about 1 yd. each).
Take a pajama leg or a sweatpants leg and cut it the length of the pillow plus from six to ten inches on each side. Stuff the insert into the pants leg so that it is in the center. Gather up the excess fabric on either side, and make a ‘pigtail’ with it, securing it with sturdy rubber bands.
Finally, cut the yard of ribbon in half, and tie a bow over each rubber band!
Thanks, Ann, and thanks to your book club girls and moms, too!