Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Happy Fourth Birthday Sophie!

Seeing as my niece is only three years old (almost four) I think it is safe to post about her birthday gift before she gets it. If she can figure out how to navigate the internet, finds this post and figures out what it says, then she has certainly earned a sneak peak at her gift. :)

This is the second bunny that I have made for her. I'm trying not to get carried away, I just keep thinking of adorable clothes that I can design for it. I think that I have settled on three outfits for the new bunny:

Pink Sundress with Flowers

This was the first outfit that I made. I'm probably still going to add some sort of accessory... maybe a straw hat.

Princess Dress with Crown

After making this dress, I found out that her party would be fairy princess themed. So, I decided to make a crown and soon will make a wand and possibly fairy wings... we'll see.

Going to School Outfit

The last outfit looks more like something she could wear to school. I made a pink cowl similar to the one the bunny is wearing for Sophie for Christmas last year and she wore it for months on end. I thought it would be fitting for the bunny to have a matching cowl. I also think the bunny probably needs some cute mary janes to complete the outfit. That may be a bit of a challenge.

Well, off to knit some more accessories!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A little bit of writing

One of my longtime creative dreams is to write and illustrate children's books. This week I've taken a bit of a departure from my knitting and etsy shop to focus more on this goal. I finished writing, editing and drawing art samples for two stories that I've been working on. And all in less than a week!
I'm a bit of a perfectionist and my first project took years for me to even consider sending it to a publisher. I have since sent it and other stories to many different publishers and like any beginning writer, I have begun my collection of rejection letters. It is an interesting business in that a rejection doesn't necessarily mean that the piece is horrid. It's all about matching the right manuscript with the right publisher at the right point in time. Overall it seems like a bit of a gamble, but it is something I enjoy so I think it is important.
I'm hoping that it's a bit easier to get stories published in magazines than it is to get books published. I just biked down to the post office to send off a story to a children's magazine. I feel pretty good about this one. Then again, I've felt good about all the others. We'll see. I do know that if you have a dream, you shouldn't give up on it. It's a bit cheesy, but it's true. And so, I will keep writing.

Here's one of my art samples who is now on her way through the mail hoping that some one will want to publish her!