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Once Upon A Time…

  Once upon a time is why we read stories to kids. It is not just for entertainment, or to teach the love of reading, or to simply teach them what they need to know, it is most of all to give children a gift – the power of their own imagination. When you transport […]

Book Covers

Never judge a book by its cover. Were you given this tidbit of advice as a kid? Me, too. It’s true in life but not in the print world.  A cover is what draws people in to a book, more than not. Even when it comes to packaging at the grocery store, I know better […]

Golden Books

75th Anniversary of Little Golden Books! As a child I was dazzled by the gold foil spine on the little hard cover books that fit just right in your hands. What I didn’t know was that this was only part of the legacy of Little Golden Books. Back in 1942 the company produced quality picture […]

What’s Cookin’

I am working on the 2nd Edition of “Tastes Like Home”, a collection of recipes from my family and friends, just in time for Christmas. The project began so my kids could have a place to find an old favorite recipe like Grama’s Funnel Cakes — does anybody make those anymore (?) or Donora Pirogies.  […]

Crankie Paint Job

The unfinished wooden crankie box made its first debut but it needed a paint job. I had an idea… First I painted the box with random patterns of color. Then began to paint black over the colors to reveal my design. Here is the finished paint job with curtain up. Curtain down. The new box […]

A Crankie?

You are in for a real treat if you do not know about Crankies. I ordered a traveling Crankie from Louis Leger and took it to Alaska City Folk Arts Camp in Anchorage to make Crankies with young artists and musicians. They are a type of moving panorama, a story put to song, an old […]