Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An Author Visit

I spent a lot of January on the road (so to speak:) with Six Owls and A Party. I've been going into Junior/Senior Kindergarten classes doing 'an author visit'. My visits include a reading of Six Owls and A Party, a short discussion about mosaics, followed by a mosaic project where the kids make their own mosaic owl.
The feed back from the teachers has been wonderful and the feedback from the kids has been better then wonderful (not sure if there's a word for that?).
It's been a while since I've spent any amount of time with such young kids (some are still 3!) - I'd forgotten how unfiltered, uneffected and cute they can be.
"You're really, really, really nice"
"WOW!!!, did you make that?"
"I love you"
"you look just like my grandmother"
"Author, can you help me"
"BYE Carol!"
Then there's one of my favourites - at the end of one of my visits the teacher asked if anyone had any questions before I left. A little girl put up her hand and asked, "what colour is your car?"
I smiled and answered her.
BTW, it's black:)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Gryphette Grinder♡

I got a new toy!
The Gryphette Grinder turns those nasty, sharp, jagged edges made when using tile nippers into nice, smooth, clean ones.
How have I gone so long without this thing?
* Purchased from Toronto's Fantasy in Glass.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Trash to Treasure Desk

A couple of weeks ago, on the way home from grocery shopping, I spotted these 'kicked to the curb' night stands. They were in my car before I knew what I was going to do with them:) They're in good shape, kind of funky, and have lots of drawers - all good things.
Wood glue and white paint to the rescue...
I built a very simple 6ft long box top from leftover plywood which took the height to 30" and gave Miss Hannah the new (free) desk she wanted/needed. Yeah!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

New York City Marathon 2015!

We spent last weekend in New York City where Marathon Man completed his 10th Marathon! (4hrs and 32mins) Yikes!?! He was one of almost 50,000 runners. It was a crazy, amazing and exhausting experience (cheerleading is exhausting:)
P.S. The One World Trade Observatory was worth the visit. It offers unbelieveable 'see forever' views of the city.
P.S.S. The NYC Marathon has been crossed off his bucket list.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Toronto's WOTS Festival is tomorrow!

My book, Six Owls and A Party, listed with the other Word On The Street exhibitors, in today's Toronto Star, Pg. L10 (Weekend/Life Section). Yeah!
Come see us at table #KS51, TD KidStreet Indoor, Sunday September 27, 2015, Toronto's Harbourfront Centre (11:00am-6:00pm).

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What a difference a year makes...


One starting her first year of high school and the other starting her last:)
Hard to believe

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Come see me @ The Word on The Street Festival

Celebrate Reading at The Word on The Street Toronto Festival's new Harbourfront Centre location. Participate in hundreds of author readings, discussions, and activities, and shop in a market place that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you'll find anywhere. There's plenty to see and do at Canada's largest FREE book and magazine festival!

I'll be at table #KS51 promoting my new children's book, Six Owls and A Partywritten and mosaicked by me:)

Sunday September 27, 2015
Toronto's Harbourfront Centre 11:00am-6:00pm
Table #KS51 (TD KidStreet Indoor)

Monday, September 7, 2015


Makes you wanna take a nap:)

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Serious Reader

Makes me smile to know that Zachary and his sister Nichola are learning to read with a little help from Six Owls and A Party:)