The Birds!

Finally got a few more things up in my Etsy shop, Recycle Rabbit!

Sewing this kind of stuff is really a hobby. I like doing it as a change from drawing. I’m hoping to have more time for sewing now that it’s Fall (more or less) and I can actually stand to be in my upstairs sewing room (which gets to be 100 degrees in the summer). Hope I’ll have a little time, too!

new etsy

Socially Accepted Rabbits


I thought this was interesting/funny.
My bunny book, What Kind of Rabbit Are You? came up in a title search at the Chicago Public Library. I’m happy to know it’s there!

What’s interesting are the many subjects under which it falls, all of which are searchable in their database:

Rabbits Juvenile fiction.
Social acceptance Juvenile fiction.
Conduct of life Juvenile fiction.
Perception Juvenile fiction.
Toy and movable books Specimens.
Rabbits Fiction.
Social acceptance Fiction.
Conduct of life Fiction.
Perception Fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
Pop-up books.
Toy and movable books.

I wonder what else is in the “conduct of life” section!

New Book! Christopher Columbus

I have a new book coming out juuuussst about now, in time for Columbus Day 2009. It’s Christopher Columbus, written by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by me!
It’s published by Scholastic and will appear in their school book club mailings.

columbus cover

There’s nothing more fun than seeing a book in print and receiving a box of ’em!


This is a new line for Scholastic: biographies for the very young/preschoolers. The text takes you from Christopher as a young boy through his many attempts at securing ships for exploration, to when he finally lands in San Salvador.


Let me know if you see it in on your book order form!

Sweet Ceramics

I love hunting around at thrift stores, yard sales, and places like Savers because you never know what will turn up. Here are a couple of pieces that I think are particularly nice.


This chick jar, made in West Germany, has a great simplicity in design and color. Love it!


The mug with the houses comes from England. Great graphics, Batman! Not afraid of color, are they?
I keep these two pieces near each other because I think they have a similar (awesome) vibe!

The Trip, Part 2: The Black Forest

We drove from Alsace over the German border, and into the Black Forest region. It was there that we joined up with a bushel of family members for a birthday party/reunion of sorts. While much of our time was spent with the family at large, with 4 languages represented, we all managed to see some of the countryside, too.

We stayed in Kalberbronn, at a great place called the Schwanen (The Swan).


The main building was fairly luxurious, but we stayed in a smaller outbuilding that was closer to the working farm. Very nice!


It was fun being able to see the critters every day!



There were plenty of farm cats- this one reminded us of Flo.

7_cat Continue reading “The Trip, Part 2: The Black Forest”

The Trip, Part One: Alsace

We were lucky enough to do some traveling this summer, both visiting with far-flung family and your usual sightseeing. We spent 5 days in Alsace, the grapey part of France bordering Germany, then went for 6 days to the Black Forest in Germany, then another 6 days in Bavaria. Needless to say these are visually stunning areas, and I took waaaay too many pictures. But hey, the blog has been ignored for quite a while, so here we go!

First things first. We flew into Frankfurt and stayed there for a night before driving to Alsace. You should know something about Germany. In Germany, the eggs wear hats!


Driving down to Alsace, we stopped in the town of Wissembourg. They have an unfinished cathedral there.


Complete with delightfully macabre medieval graves.


Alsatian towns are unbelievably beautiful. Nearly every town we passed through was picturesque.

Continue reading “The Trip, Part One: Alsace”

John Maeda Meet ‘n’ Greet

Eric and I got to go to an open house of sorts at the renovated ALCO building on Valley Street in Providence. The American Locomotive Works used to be housed in this cavernous building, but this night, it was turned into a cool gallery/buffet/chat session.


It’s the first time we’ve heard RISD’s “new” President speak. At least in real life; he’s very available online: via the RISD blog, Facebook, and Twitter.


It was great to hear him in real life, because now it is very clear- this is a whole different kind of President for the school. He’s about as open and forthcoming as possible. Already he has started a major outreach to the greater RISD “family”, those of us out here in the working world, the alumni, parents, and anyone who wants to be involved. If you didn’t think you had a voice at the school before, I can honestly say I think you’ve got one now.


The houses and apparel pieces are by recent grads, I think. They looked great in this ginormous space!

I think RISD is in for some interesting times as it goes on with John Maeda there. It’s a good time to toss out ideas and be heard, despite the economy.