Over the past several years, I have continually added pins like these + 1000s more on my Pinterest board, XOXO.
they represent a few of my favourite things
the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen
this is what fills my soul
this is ME
Happy International Women’s Day 2021
Celebrating the AMAZING, Beatrix Potter!
Not only was B a gifted watercolourist & author of beloved classic children’s books, did you know she was an accomplished naturalist during the Victorian Era? Curious about how FUNGI reproduced, she created microscopic drawings & submitted her research 🔬 which was rebuffed by the Director of The Kew because of her sex and amateur status & withdrawn from The Linnean Society in 1897…
💯 years later, in 1997 The Linnean Society rediscovered her work and issued a posthumous apology to Potter for the sexism displayed in its handling of her research. 🙌🏻
🍄 FUNGI just may be the topic of Sylvie Greendale BOOK 3….
A Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Do you want buttered noodles or a grilled cheese sandwich?
…then I told Jesse I should be Captain because I know all the ranks and Mrs Smith called on me a grilled cheese sandwich but I didn’t know the answer and then…
3,881 lunches are left until Boot Camp.
CREATE A STORY with 50 WORDS
a day in the life of Sylvie Greendale
1st illustration for Storyteller Academy class, “Creating Atmosphere”, with Illustrator, Isabella Kung.
This is a surreal sleepscape for all the Sylvie Greendale book end pages. The night scene (inspired by Marc Chagall’s blue paintings) would be the same for each book, but the DREAM DOODLES would change, depicting jumbled info Sylvie learned that day which her subconscious is processing while asleep.
The Assignment _✍🏻
Jim Averbeck’s class unlocked my creativity!
I am already running with this idea on the theme,
“a grilled cheese sandwich”
🥪 On Monday, January 11th, 2021, a mother offers her 7yr old/2nd grade son 2 choices for lunch: a peanut butter & jelly or a grilled cheese sandwich .
NOTE : this child has unbounded energy + an unlimited capacity for distraction. The story will follow his train of thoughts & one sided conversation on anything and everything but answering his mother’s question. (This child may or may not be loosely based on my own son. 😂)
On the last page, he will select his choice of sandwich and his mother, who has been frozen in time, all that time, will have calculated that he has done this 126 days since the school year had started, and they will likely repeat this scenario 3,881 more days until he enlists in The US NAVY and leaves home for Boot Camp!
NYE . 1st draft . 1st children’s book . done!
Sylvie Greendale Takes a Walk… on MOSS
p 1 “Stegosaurus walks among us
stopping twice a day for lunches.
Will he snack on all our noses?
Or might he nibble on our toeses?…“
Sylvie Greendale is me as a 1st grader filled with wonder
+ me as a mother filled with wisdom,
and ever a wordNERD!
ENRICH your vocabulary
be EDUCATED about a wee wonder of this world
and discover how its meaning can EMPOWER your everyday life.
p 32 ...’matter matters’, Sylvie Greendale concludes.”
COMING SOON! as soon as I find a publisher…
“Sylvie Greendale takes a walk, reveling in the wee wonders of the world around her and wondering why they really matter…
…’Matter matters”, concluded Sylvie Greendale.”
NEW passion project! a CHILDREN’S BOOK SERIES!
Sylvie Greendale is in this world, yet not of it. She is me as a 1st grader, exploring the world around her + me as a mother of 2 amazing humans, with the wisdom of a middle aged woman.
& a wordNERD.