Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Free Quiet Book Doll Pattern

Recently I posted a photo of some quiet book figures I had designed on FaceBook. I'm putting them here for free download if you are so inclined to make a quiet book, or just use the images as paper dolls. Simply click on the page you'd like to download.

Here is a colored image. 


To make the doll, I placed the black and white line drawing under some lightweight pellon on a light box and traced it will a very thin permanent marker.
You don't have to have a lightbox, you can daylight coming through a window the same way. I painted the doll and her clothes with acrylic paint. You can use craft paint, but mix it with fabric medium. I glued the doll and her clothes onto heavier pellon with fabric fusion adhesive. I let it dry well before cutting the images out. 

Wishing you and your kidlets oodles of fun.


Saturday, December 8, 2018

No Room - a Christmas short story

“There is no room at our inn,” my father told them. I watched the stranger hang his head. He returned to his wife seated on a donkey. She lifted a hand to his face and caressed his cheek. Her face shone. She should have looked tired after a long journey with her swollen belly. 
            “Father, can’t we help them?” I said, pleading for them with my eyes. 
“Little daughter, you know we have no room.” 
“But there is to be a baby,” I said, clutching his hand. 
He looked at the couple he’d turned away. His face softened. “Perhaps there’s room in the stable.” I kissed his rough cheek and ran to tell them.

The brightest of stars shone that night. The light rested on our stable. 
“Surely this baby is loved of God,” I told my mother. We prepared a basket with fragrant bread, cheese, olives, and figs.  
At the stable, I was surprised to see others. Shepherds had come down from the hills. 
“Why are you here?” I asked a boy not much older than myself.
Eyes wide, he said, “A Savior has been born.”
My face grew warm. This baby was the Savior, and all I had to offer was my humble basket. 
The baby’s mother saw me and beckoned me near. She smiled and said, “There was no room, but you found us a place.” 
I looked at the baby sleeping peacefully in the manger and there was plenty of room in my heart for joy.

Friday, December 7, 2018

70's bedroom background for a 6 inch doll.

I finished a 70's bedroom background for a 6-inch doll today. Pretty much just for fun. I had a purple lamp like the one on the nightstand in my room as a teen. I would have loved to have a hanging egg chair. If you have a little girl who has a six-inch doll, please feel free to use this image. You can take a screen shot of each side of the room and print it on good paper. Glue it to cardstock and laminate it. Then tape the two pages together with mailing tape, with a small gap in the tape so it will fold.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pysanky Promise, the newest little pysanky book on the block:

You can purchase Pysanky Promise on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Book Shout.
A Kindle version is now available on Amazon.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Pysanky Coloring Page Contest

Hey, it's official, the Pysanky Coloring Page Contest opened today.

to enter for a chance to win cool Pysanky supplies.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Awards You Can Apply for as a Self-published Author

The road to self-publishing is long and full of twists. It's a rollercoaster learning curve.

One of the things I've discovered as I've worked on getting my book out there is your

book will be seen as more valuable and respected if it is an award winner of some

kind. To that end, I've done some research. I thought I would share it with anyone

who writes and is interested in ways to promote their book.

Here is a list I have compiled of awards for self-published authors of picture books 

and many other categories:

Awards for Self-Published Authors

Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards – Deadline Jan. 15, Fee $89.00 before Sept. 30.
Electronic submissions accepted.

Next Generation Indie Book Awards – Deadline Feb. 15, Fee $75.00 for 2 categories before Sept. 30.
Electronic submissions accepted.

Eric Hoffer Award - Deadline Jan. 21, Fee - $60.00 
Only mailed books accepted

National Indie Excellence Award – Deadline Mar. 31, Fee $75.00
Only mailed books accepted

IPPY Awards (Independent Publisher Book Awards) – Deadline Feb. 23, Fee $85.00 per category
Electronic submissions accepted.

Reader’s Favorite Award – Deadline April 1, Fee $99.00, additional $65.00 for another category
Electronic submissions accepted.

International Book Awards – Deadline Apr. 30, $59.00 fee, 10 off if before Sept. 30
Only mailed books accepted – softcover category
Sent an inquiry about categories

USA Best Book Awards, Deadline May 31, $69.00, early bird before Sept. 30 $10.00 off
Only mailed books accepted, with Press Release – softcover category

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards – Dec. 15, Fee IBPA member $95.00 per title
Only mailed books accepted – Send 4 copies

Reader Views Reviewers Choice Literary Awards, Deadline Dec. 31, Fee $69.00, multiple awards possible without extra fee.
Only mailed books accepted – 2 copies
Indie Reader Discovery Award – Deadline Feb. 28, Fee $150.00

The Best Indie Book Award– Deadline Nov.1 , Fee $50.00
Only Electronic submission – Books accepted in a 2012 – 2018 time frame

Purple Dragonfly Book Award – Deadline May 1, Fee $60.00 per category
Electronic submissions accepted

Spark Award SCBWI- Must be an SCBWI member – Opens Nov. 15, closes Dec. 15, Fee $ ?
Only mailed books accepted.

I hope this is helpful to anyone who is interested in pursuing more exposure for your book.

P.S. I hope you like my 'Seal of Approval'.