Family Photo Friday!

Family Photo Friday

Yes, love never gives up, just as Emily demonstrated so well throughout her Summer Drawing Camp experiences.

Part 1 through Part 3 showed her progression towards gaining self-confidence. Part 2 was perhaps my favorite as it opened up some interesting storyline possibilities. Part 4 was especially fun to write as it showed her newly found ability to take on anything and to challenge others (like me) to do the same.

Some of you caught the “and Emily” in the side copyright and signature in Part 4’s illustration. Did you also notice the feathers added to the red knitted flag? They were something not written about, just shown in the illustration.

I wonder if Emily may try to do some knitting herself with feathers instead of knitting needles…hmmm. They do have a similarity, don’t they?

Learning to knit is not as easy as I thought it might be. And if you do know how to knit, you can probably spot the obvious error (or errors) in today’s photo! But the good thing about knitting is that it is easy to “un-knit” just by pulling the yarn. Then you can start again. And if you’re wondering whether or not Emily was glad to help with this “un-knitting” part, the answer is “Yes!”

All of this is simply to say with Father’s Day coming up this weekend here in the States, it’s nice to think about all of the fathers who have not only taught their daughters (and sons) new things but have also learned new things themselves in order to bring joy into their daughters’ (and sons’) lives.

Learn new things. Be willing to fail. Letting others see how you face your failures is just as big a lesson as how you face your successes. Do your “un-knitting” and try it again.

Love is persistent. Love never gives up. Love learns to knit if it brings joy to a little one’s life.

It’s what Daddies do, even Chicken Daddies!

Feathers by Amelia and Emily. Bamboo Knitting Needles by Clover. Silk Garden Solo Yarn by Noro, made in Japan, 45% Silk, 45% Mohair, 10% Wool. (My little girls deserve the best.)

Family Photo Friday!

Family Photo Friday

Last week, the first official copy of “Seasons of Friendship” arrived in my mailbox. Previously I had received a proof copy and had made a few minor visual changes, probably nothing that most people would notice, but I did.

Just so you know, I tried both Barnes & Noble and Amazon. The quality of printing provided by Barnes & Noble was much better than that done through Amazon. The colors were much truer to the original digital artwork with the test copy from Barnes & Noble.

If you would, compare Gracie in the photo from the book and Gracie in the digital image from the upper right corner. They are even closer when viewed side-by-side.

The illustrations printed by Amazon also had a slightly glossy sheen which did not work well for graphic images. The glossiness might be appropriate for a book which contained photographs, but did not work well for my illustrations.

The feel of the paper from Barnes & Noble was also slightly better which is very important with a print copy. The time from order to delivery was basically the same, one week. (They both use print-on-demand technology rather than a warehouse for self-published books like this.)

Today’s photo is from one of my favorite chapters which is based on this post from the first month of “My Life With Gracie” and this post from earlier this year. It also may be considered the turning point chapter of the book when Gracie learns one of the key lessons of being a good leader.

Classifying “Seasons Of Friendship” was not easy and may still change. It is not really a novel but more of a story collection. Here is how I described it in the preface:

The stories here are rambling. They are simply collections of thoughts, anecdotes, hopes, and dreams. Each is complete in itself, yet they all fit together to tell a bigger story. This is much like life itself.

All are loosely bound together by a common theme. They free range like my chickens exploring their backyard but always coming back home. They aren’t great literature, but they are from my heart.

This book is perhaps best read outdoors in a shady peaceful spot, perhaps in your own little backyard garden, real or imagined. Whether you read just one chapter at a time, one seasonal section at a time, or the entire book all in one leisurely afternoon, it doesn’t matter. Whatever you choose as a reader, I hope you will imagine Gracie and the others sitting at your feet, bringing you peace and friendship.

“Seasons Of Friendship” is now also available as a paperback for $12.50 through Barnes & Noble! Go there for “Seasons Of Friendship” paperback!

Four Parts, Twelve Chapters, Seventeen Full Premium Color Illustrations, White 70 lb. Paper, 5.5” x 8.5” with Matte Cover.

Need a preview, just to be sure? Download “Seasons Of Friendship” sample!

As with the eBook version, all royalties from “Seasons Of Friendship” until the end of the year will be donated to the women’s group at St. John’s Church that sponsors our annual Flower Festival. This year, the Flower Festival followed the Hatchday for Gracie and Bessie, April 25th. Each chapter in “Seasons Of Friendship” is illustrated with garden plants as a celebration of beauty and friendship. What a perfect combination of events!

The “A.W.E.-some” women of St. John’s always give and they always give their very best. They love everyone no matter what, and I’ve never known them to turn anyone away who needed help. They always have a smile and a kind word, particularly for those who are the most vulnerable and have no voice. These are just some of the reasons why Gracie and Bessie call them their friends!