Fan mail Friday

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:

Shivi's Collage

Isn’t this clever and fun?  I absolutely love it! Thank you, Shivi!

And here’s the one that Rebecca sent:

Rebecca's collageI just love that line she used: “Some stories stay with us forever.” SO TRUE. And I’m honored that she feels mine are worthy of those words.  Thank you, Rebecca!

 ::happy sigh::

I have the best fans in the world!

Fan mail Friday

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.

Claire's art

(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):

Zoie's art (1)

Thanks, Zoie! I love this card!! And I love what you added inside, too:

Zoie's art (2)

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.

Amy's artDon’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!

Megan's art

 

 

Fan mail Friday

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:

Centerpiece

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:

Mood Pillow 2

Mood Pillow 1

 

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).

Pillow insert
This is what a pillow insert looks like

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!

Mood Pillow 3

Thanks, Ann, and thanks to your book club girls and moms, too!

 

Fan Art Friday

It’s been quite a few Fridays since I’ve posted fan art — we’re way overdue!  I have a trio of fun drawings to share with you today from my readers.

First up is Malory’s picture of Megan:

Malory's fan art

Supercute, right?!   Go, Malory!

Next, Eman gives us a glimpse into each of my book club girls’ personalities:

Eman's fan art

Love it!  (And have to tell you something funny — the first time I glanced at this, I wondered “Why is that hockey stick using a baby chick for a puck?!” Then I took a closer look and realized they were two separate drawings…)  Great job, Eman!

And finally, Caroline was asked to draw a scene from a book for a school project. She chose the moment in HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS where Becca and Megan are on a Christmas cruise, and Megan has just learned that she’s going to Paris with her grandmother. Megan is twirling in excitement, but Becca is disappointed. Caroline wrote, “I picked it because I could imagine it perfectly.”  Thanks to your drawing, Caroline, so can we!  Here it is:

Caroline's fan art

You’re all rock stars, girls!  Thank you so much for sending me your beautiful artwork!

 

Fan Art Friday (sort of)

Something a little different this time around — a peek at a Mother-Daughter Book Club themed birthday party!  Ingredients include:

1. Friends (of course)

Book club 4

2. Fun table decorations (I love this idea!)

Book club party 2
3. More decorations (everyone brought something representing their favorite character–so clever!)

Book club 5

4. A fun party game (MDBC trivia — I want to play!)

Book club 3

And finally, a gorgeous thank you card for the author, who provided a brief video greeting and autographed bookmarks for the guests…

Book Club party 1

(The photo did double duty on the party invitations, too — cute, right?)

Thank you, Katie, for sharing this with us all!  And once again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Fan Art Friday

Is it Friday again already?  This past week went by in a whoosh… 

I have more great art to share with you today — this time around a lovely black-and-white line drawing by Emma.  Double-click on it for a closer look.

Emma R's Fan Art

As always, I’m amazed and impressed!  Beautiful work, Emma!

Fan Art Friday

It’s my favorite day of the week — the day I get to turn the spotlight on YOU!

(I’m fond of Story Starter Saturday for the same reason.)

I’m turning over a NEW LEAF for 2014, and am going to try and not only get caught up with all my mail, but stay caught up with all my mail.

We’ll see how that works out, right?

Heh.

So to those of you patiently awaiting replies to your letters and emails, hang in there a little longer. I’m diving into my pile o’ mail even as we speak…

Meanwhile, I have a treat for you.  First of all, a glorious self-portrait of Miranda and Sofia, who were 11 when they sent me these pictures LAST SUMMER, and are probably, like, 27 by now. And have grown long, gray beards waiting for me to finally, FINALLY, post their pictures!Miranda & Sofia

Could they possibly be any cuter?  I don’t think so.

Isn’t this a great picture for a cold, rainy Northwest winter day (cold and snowy where many of you are)? Such a blast of summer! I’m keeping it here on my desk to remind me that warmer days are coming…

And here’s the drawing that Sofia did for me:

Sofia's artSimply stellar, Sofia!  (stellar: of or relating to the stars; outstanding — in other words, you’re a star, Sofia!)

Thank you so much, girls — your cheerful faces, lovely letter, and delightful drawing absolutely made my day!

Stop by tomorrow as we kick of the brand-new year with a brand-new Saturday Story Starter.