Today


My heart is with my hometown area in Long Island, my beloved NYC, and everyone who has been affected by this tremendous storm.  I am hoping for a quick and steady recovery for you all. 

xoxo  e

p i c t u r e d :: this week

 
* Treasures found while thrifting. (i couldn't walk away from queen anne's lace)

* Two of my daughter's many collections.  (most of which aren't as tidy as these two)

* Our kitty, taking advantage of laundry day. (blanket cloud)

* On a morning walk. (farm, forest, bike path, road)

* A gentle reminder. (after a friend's 5th birthday party)

Happy weekend, lovely readers.

xo e 




word.

We're still knee deep in website design, which means that I daydream about graphics and design in the shower, on walks, on line at the post office.  These little speech bubbles came to me while I was pondering a clever way to announce the N E W S  in my new space.  I'm still not sure if it will appear in the final cut, but it's all good because the speech bubble stamp WINS! (it is really fun)
I've been writing happy notes on them and tucking them away for children to find.  My two like to write messages in the bubbles and then tape them onto magazine pages and photographs on our wall.  I'll post a photo of some of their clever speech bubble graffiti later in the week.
   For now, a little how to summary:  Use a carving tool to carve a speech bubble out of a rubber eraser or carving blocks.  Dip into stamp ink and press firmly on paper.  Once dry, use an art marker or fine point pen to write messages. 
This is a creative way for children to experiment with written communication in a fun, low pressure format.  And, hey, teachers -- use these to send positive messages to your students on their papers or in cubbies.  Sweet speech bubbles make people smile.

xo e



p i c t u r e d

 





* warm tea and a long conversation with a friend

* Sunday knitting

* a welcoming reminder in the front drive of our friend's house

* cat in a box

* wet branches

* she ended up looking sad, but also bright and blooming.

We've been coping with a persistent and unfriendly bug that doesn't want to quit.  We have plans to fill our weekend with rest, tea, walks, a friend's birthday, and some soup.  I'll see you next week with some artistic bright spots and a bit of exciting news.  

Happy Friday! 

xo e 


Show Me a Story Tour :: Zakka Life

Our friends recently adopted these cute pies.  Friday is a good day for kitten photographs, yes?

The last stop of the Show Me a Story tour is with lovely Jessica from Zakka Life. Jessica's creative projects never fail to make me smile-- they are just so sweet and charming, as is she. I'm so happy to end the week with photographs of her children's imaginative creations. You can read her review here

Thank you to everyone who participated in the tour -- both here, on Red Bird Crafts, and through the Storey Publishing blog.   I am overwhelmed with gratitude!  TrulyYesterday, I was reading some comments on the blog tour posts where people mentioned that they had just borrowed Show Me a Story from the library and would love to own their own copy.  What a beautiful thing for me to read!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.

I'll see you early next week with projects, photographs, and news.

xoxo e

Show Me a Story Tour :: Bird and Little Bird

Today's stop on the tour is with Annie from Bird and Little Bird.  Many of you know Annie as the creative force behind Alphabet Glue, a wonderful e-magazine for children and families.  I feel a connection to Annie because of her dedication to in-depth, imaginative learning and I'm thrilled that she is sharing her lovely space with me today. 

You can read Annie's review here where you can leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book.   Storey Publishing has asked that the giveaway be open to US Residents only.  

I'll see you tomorrow for the last stop on the Show Me a Story book tour!

xo e
 
Show Me a Story :: Blog Tour


Week One
9.24 Catherine Newman
9.25 maya*made
9.26 Crafty Crow
9.27 Average Jane Crafter
9.28 Zaa Berry

Week Two
10.2 Small Measure
10.3 scrumdilly-do
10.4 One Golden Apple
10.5 Jane of All Trades

Week Three
10.8 Mommy Coddle
10.9 Whip Up
10.10 Wise Craft
10.11 Bird and Little Bird
10.12 Zakka Life

 

Show Me a Story Tour :: Wise Craft



This little orange guy up there is a preview of things to come on my new website, which we are planning to launch by the end of the month.  Fingers crossed! My awesome, technical wiz husband, Tom, has been sitting with me for hours and hours building the new site. We mostly work at night, shifting text to the left and tweaking colors until they are just right.  He is patient, wise, and clever, which is making the project feel way more exciting than frustrating.  There have been a slew of midnight high-fives. 

Today's stop on the Show Me a Story tour is with the incredibly talented and super kind Blair of wise craft.  I was drawn to wise craft years ago because of Blair's simple, beautiful, accessible, DIY projects.  There is something really inspiring and unique about her space, and I'm honored to be a part of it today.  

You can read Blair's interview with me here where you can leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book.   Storey Publishing has asked that the giveaway be open to US Residents only.  Thank you, Blair!
 
Show Me a Story :: Blog Tour


Week One
9.24 Catherine Newman
9.25 maya*made
9.26 Crafty Crow
9.27 Average Jane Crafter
9.28 Zaa Berry

Week Two
10.2 Small Measure
10.3 scrumdilly-do
10.4 One Golden Apple
10.5 Jane of All Trades

Week Three
10.8 Mommy Coddle
10.9 Whip Up
10.10 Wise Craft
10.11 Bird and Little Bird
10.12 Zakka Life


xo e 

Show Me a Story Tour :: Whipup


These memory cards were made by two visitors during my visit to the  Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  The origami crane card was still a bit wet with glue, but it was clear that I needed to have photographic record of her lively creation.  

Today, Kathreen graciously offered to host a guest post with me on Whipup!  I'm honored to share a bit of my book in her inspiring and incredibly creative space.   Pop over, and check it out!  

And, stay tuned for more wonderful stops this week.  All of this sharing and collaborating has me feeling incredibly grateful to be part of a web of such kind, supportive, artful people.  I'm filled with gratitude.

 xo e
 
Show Me a Story :: Blog Tour

Week One
9.24 Catherine Newman
9.25 maya*made
9.26 Crafty Crow
9.27 Average Jane Crafter
9.28 Zaa Berry

Week Two
10.2 Small Measure
10.3 scrumdilly-do
10.4 One Golden Apple
10.5 Jane of All Trades

Week Three
10.8 Mommy Coddle
10.9 Whip Up
10.10 Wise Craft
10.11 Bird and Little Bird
10.12 Zakka Life

xo e

Show Me a Story Tour :: MommyCoddle

Walking outside this weekend was a reminder that we are headed towards blustery, cooler, crisper days.  The air was actually warm on Saturday, but the sharp shadows in the sky and the gusts of leaf laden wind were sure signs that autumn is here.  

My fallish goals for the week:
1. walk in a field
2. do some hand printing with outside treasures
3. light the wood stove for the first time since spring
4. wear the hand knitted mitts given to me by my dear friend, Lea (and take a photograph of them for her Ravelry page).

Even though it was technically autumn when this book tour started, it feels like it began in summer and will end in the fall, which makes me smile.  Today kicks off the final week of the Show Me a Story tour, and I'm so happy to have lovely Molly Balint join the loop.  Whether it's because of tales of pet mice or homemade magic shell or beautiful photographs of horses, I nearly always smile when I read her blog.  Thanks for spending some time with my book today, Molly! 

You can read her review here where you can leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.   Storey Publishing has asked that the giveaway be open to US Residents only.  
 
Show Me a Story :: Blog Tour

Week One
9.24 Catherine Newman
9.25 maya*made
9.26 Crafty Crow
9.27 Average Jane Crafter
9.28 Zaa Berry

Week Two
10.2 Small Measure
10.3 scrumdilly-do
10.4 One Golden Apple
10.5 Jane of All Trades

Week Three
10.8 Mommy Coddle
10.9 Whip Up
10.10 Wise Craft
10.11 Bird and Little Bird
10.12 Zakka Life

xo e

Show Me a Story Tour :: Jane of All Trades

John Polak Photography



Happy Friday, lovely ones! I'm thrilled to end week two of the Show Me a Story tour with another real life friend of mine who happens to be one of the first friends I made when we moved to Western Massachusetts. Roselee Conklin has supported my artistic ways from way back when I was selling my appliqued wee tees on the streets of Amherst.  She is as lovely as lovely can be and also makes beautiful hand sewn creations, which make me smile. 

You can read her review here where you can leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.  Plus, she is giving away an adorable hand sewn oilcloth smock to another winner.  Storey Publishing has asked that the giveaway be open to US Residents only.  Thank you, Roselee!

Join me on Monday for the last week of the tour.  There is lots of awesomeness on the horizon.  For now, I wish you an October weekend filled with crunchy and crisp fall things. 
 

Show Me a Story :: Blog Tour

Week One
9.24 Catherine Newman
9.25 maya*made
9.26 Crafty Crow
9.27 Average Jane Crafter
9.28 Zaa Berry

Week Two
10.2 Small Measure
10.3 scrumdilly-do
10.4 One Golden Apple
10.5 Jane of All Trades

Week Three
10.8 Mommy Coddle
10.9 Whip Up
10.10 Wise Craft
10.11 Bird and Little Bird
10.12 Zakka Life

xo e

Show Me a Story Tour :: One Golden Apple

Speaking of golden!  This is photograph from one of my classes last week.  The light was autumnal and beautiful, so we did our final storytelling swap outside in a ring on the grass.  All of these children are so intentional and thoughtful in their process; each class feels like a gift.

Today's stop on the tour is with my real life friend Nicole Blum from One Golden Apple & Improv Diary.   Many of you may already know her as one of the co-authors of the fabulous Improv Sewing that came out this Spring.  Nicole is talented and incredibly creative, and I'm thrilled to have her join the loop today. I'm also thrilled to see her son's wonderful puppet theater creation involving french fries.  Super cool.

You can read her review here where you can leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.   Storey Publishing has asked that the giveaway be open to US Residents only.  Thank you, Nicole!
 

Show Me a Story :: Blog Tour

Week One
9.24 Catherine Newman
9.25 maya*made
9.26 Crafty Crow
9.27 Average Jane Crafter
9.28 Zaa Berry

Week Two
10.2 Small Measure
10.3 scrumdilly-do
10.4 One Golden Apple
10.5 Jane of All Trades

Week Three
10.8 Mommy Coddle
10.9 Whip Up
10.10 Wise Craft
10.11 Bird and Little Bird
10.12 Zakka Life

xo e

Show Me a Story Tour :: scrumdilly-do

This is my little mouse peeking out from behind a book I made a few years ago.  Photographs of both of my daughters appear in Show Me a Story, and so, naturally, they see it as their book too.  It is, of course, their book too, but not just because of the photographs-- they provided the daily inspiration.

Today, the tour makes its way to lovely Jessica Wilson from scrumdilly-do.  Jessica is an early childhood educator and was at one point in her life a children's book seller extraordinaire .  She tells stories to her students everyday and she tells me that Show Me a Story is now one of her favorite resources.  Hooray! 

You can read her review here where you can leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.   Storey Publishing has asked that the giveaway be open to US Residents only. 

Show Me a Story :: Blog Tour

Week One
9.24 Catherine Newman
9.25 maya*made
9.26 Crafty Crow
9.27 Average Jane Crafter
9.28 Zaa Berry

Week Two
10.2 Small Measure
10.3 scrumdilly-do
10.4 One Golden Apple
10.5 Jane of All Trades

Week Three
10.8 Mommy Coddle
10.9 Whip Up
10.10 Wise Craft
10.11 Bird and Little Bird
10.12 Zakka Life


xo e

Show Me a Story Tour :: Small Measure

Happy Tuesday and happy October, lovely friends!  Today's stop of the tour is with the charming Ashley English from Small Measure.   I'm always so encouraged by Ashley's sensible, delicious, nourishing ways and inspired by the way she facilitates community building within this big internet world.  Thank you so much, Ashley!

You can read her review here where you can leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.   Storey Publishing has asked that the giveaway be open to US Residents only. 


Show Me a Story :: Blog Tour

Week One
9.24 Catherine Newman
9.25 maya*made
9.26 Crafty Crow
9.27 Average Jane Crafter
9.28 Zaa Berry

Week Two
10.2 Small Measure
10.3 scrumdilly-do
10.4 One Golden Apple
10.5 Jane of All Trades

Week Three
10.8 Mommy Coddle
10.9 Whip Up
10.10 Wise Craft
10.11 Bird and Little Bird  

10.12 Zakka Life

xo e