Posted in alphabetica, tagged art, chalk art, drawing, etsy, gifts, hand lettering, illustration, indie artists, lily and val, note cards, paper goods, typography on October 14, 2014 |
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#49 in an ongoing series of posts celebrating the alphabet
All images © 2014 Lily and Val
There’s something wonderfully nostalgic and old school about chalk art. I remember being so excited when it was my turn to erase the blackboards in grade school. Before clapping the erasers outside, replacing stubs with brand new sticks of chalk, and wiping the boards clean with a wet rag, I liked to “play teacher” with my own little scribbles and drawings.
Now I have three chalkboards in my kitchen: one for the grocery list, one displaying an inspirational quote for the week, the third to advise guests: “Feel free to wait on me.” :) There’s also another chalkboard in our dining room, where I post the menu when we have company for dinner (it’s fun to “play restaurant”).
No surprise that I fell hard for Valerie McKeehan’s charming hand lettered chalk art, which she features on prints, note cards, stationery, gifts and accessories. Naturally I love her kitchen-themed designs best — tear-off placemats, illustrated recipes, menu boards, foodie sayings. Lily & Val products are quaintly whimsical with that undeniable handmade-heartmade quality I covet, and are available via LilyandVal.com or at the Lily & Val Chalk Art Boutique on Etsy.
I recently ordered some note cards which arrived lickety split — I kind of hate to part with them, but will enjoy sending them to special friends. :)
Enjoy this little Lily and Val sampler. How can you resist?
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Posted in book reviews (all genres), picture books, poetry friday, tagged children's literature, children's poetry, food, food poetry, haiku, hispanic heritage month, illustration, pat mora, poetry, rafael lopez on September 26, 2014 |
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It’s here, it’s here! My favorite season of the year!
Happy Autumn, Cutie Pies!
To celebrate, I’m sharing four haiku from that delectable harvest of foodie goodness, Yum! ¡MmMm! ¡Qué Rico!: Americas’ Sproutings by Pat Mora and Rafael López (Lee & Low, 2007).
This mouth-watering collection features fourteen familiar foods native to the Americas (corn, blueberries, chiles, tomatoes, pecans, pumpkins). With choice sensory details, touches of whimsy, and a generous sprinkling of joy, Ms. Mora captures their very essence, illuminating how these foods have enriched our lives for centuries (hello, chocolate!). :)
Each of the haiku is paired with a sidebar brimming with fascinating tidbits about the food’s origin, history, cultural significance and/or current uses.
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Posted in book reviews (all genres), picture books, tagged étiquette, book reviews, children's literature, food, food books, humor, illustration, kimberly willis holt, kyrsten brooker, manners, picture books, restaurants on September 23, 2014 |
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Ahem. It’s time to sit up straight, place our napkins in our laps, and make polite conversation at the table.
Or, we can fling meatballs at each other.
I leave it to you to decide which would be more fun and/or politically correct. :)
To help make up your mind, why not take a bite or two of Dinner with the Highbrows: A Story About Good (or Bad) Manners (Henry Holt, 2014) by Kimberly Willis Holt and Kyrsten Brooker?
Bernard could hardly wait until next Saturday. He was invited to eat dinner with Gilbert Highbrow’s family. Bernard had never eaten at a friend’s house.
Bernard’s mom is all a-fluster. The Highbrows live in “a fine house” and only the best manners will do for such posh people. She coaches Bernard all week on the essentials: compliment and thank the hosts, say a blessing, no elbows on the table, don’t talk with your mouth full, no singing!, help clear the dishes. Bernard practices and practices, hoping he’ll be able to remember all the rules.
Illustrations © 2014 Kyrsten Brooker
On Saturday, he’s excited but nervous. When he finally gets to the Highbrows’, he’s greeted by shouts and cheers and quickly whisked off with the family to Antonio’s restaurant in a white limousine.
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