Earlier, I had all sorts of things I was going to say, but I think the sun fried all my brain cells. Priscilla and Aveline and I were off exploring this morning, and I am pretty sure all of us are now completely melted — it was HOT today!
But don’t miss her very cool (heh) photo tour of Aveline’s time in a Brasilian supermarket, from our outing to Silva’s last week!
This past year, I’ve experienced the incredible thrill of having my work illustrated. Since the illustrations are arranged by the publisher, I don’t see the art until long after it is completed — and I often don’t know anything about the artist who transforms my words into images. So I was especially delighted to see this interview with Gigi Rose Gray, whose tremendous illustrations appear alongside my childhood tale “The Egg Man” in the current print issue of Babiekins.
When I first saw the two pieces she drew for my story, I was in awe of how someone else could capture the essence of my childhood so well. How could she know what a little girl would see in another country? How could she know what it looked like through my young eyes?
It all made sense when I read what she said about her own childhood: “In Brittany I have memories of a towering armoire teeming with jars of homemade jams, walking along the ramparts of the medieval city. In Normandy I remember the ‘moules frites’ and fisherman hauling in their catch, witnessing a thief make his escape in Barcelona and galloping on horseback through the wild fields of Provence. My work has been strongly influenced by my childhood, as I remember it to be a time of wonderment and exploration which was no doubt largely thanks to my travels.”
How neat is that? This story was illustrated by someone who really gets it. That’s so awesome.
It’s alllllmost here…the very first print issue of Babiekins Magazine!
Cover photo: Kelly Roper Photography
The issues are en route from the warehouses as I type this, and will be sold in every single Barnes & Noble store in the US, beginning Tuesday, October 9th.
I’m particularly thrilled about a little piece I wrote on my childhood in the former Yugoslavia, and about some photographs the wildy talented Deb Schwedhelm shot of Aveline and I. (I’ve had to keep that a secret since April.)
There’s lots more, of course; each page is bursting with fresh content from dozens of incredibly talented people. (And did I mention how proud I am of our Editor-in-Chief for including a verse in her Editor’s Note?) Oh, I can’t wait for you to see it!
So, here’s the thing. I’m hoping to see the entire stock SOLD OUT. Wanna help me do that? :) You can find Babiekins Magazine in the fashion section of the magazine rack.
I haven’t actually blogged about this yet (although if we’re connected on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram you’ve already seen this).
I had the honor of appearing in four separate spots in the latest digital issue of Babiekins Magazine –
Aven Clothing: Designer Interview [pages 45-48]
Madeleine P’tite: Artist Interview [pages 49-52]
The Pie Pixie: A Childhood Memory of the Tooth Fairy [pages 57-58]
The Unbreakable Bond: What I Want my Daughter to Know [pages 247-248]
I’m incredibly grateful to my editor, Priscila who believes in me and has handed me this huge opportunity — and to my mom, who has always, always encouraged me to keep on writing.
Big thanks also goes to Mitch from Aven Clothing and Madeleine of La p’tite Madeleine for being such wonderful interview subjects, to the talented Maia Chavez Larkin for illustrating my Pie Pixie story, and to Deb Schwedhelm Photography for the photograph of Aveline and I that I’ll treasure forever.
In case you couldn’t tell from the photo, Aveline and I are back in Florida. We enjoyed a few glorious weeks in the California sunshine with our incredible family. I love them so and it certainly was hard to leave them all behind again (but wonderful to be back with Josiah!)
I want to give a huge shout-out to all the bloggers who filled this space while I was gone! Thank you Sylvia (Hamburg), Annika (Finland), Corrie (Dallas), Alyx (Frankfurt), Natalia (France), Igor (Paris), Tina (Costa Rica), and Kate (London). The Summer Vacation Tour was very well received and I plan to continue to feature locations from time to time as I receive submissions. So if you want to show off your part of the world, check out the requirements here and then email me!
Alright then, so what else has been happening across the interwebz while I was away?
Well, Aveline was featured on Baby Blackbird’s Mini Street Style! Check it out and leave some comment love. :)
Also, I’ve been continuing my weekly series at the Babiekins Magazine Blog, in which I show you how to dress your little one just like (a stylish version of) a story book character. Here are the most recent books and looks:
- Get the Look: If you Give a Pig a Party
- Get the Look: Who Wants to be a Poodle? I Don’t
- Get the Look: Bread and Jam for Frances
- Get the Look: Eloise in Paris
- Get the Look: My Forever Dress
Annnnnd….I’ve saved the best for last. :-D The summer issue of Babiekins Magazine was just released a couple of days ago, and I’m thrilled to say that not only have I joined the editorial team as Copy Editor…I’ve also written a little something about my childhood adventures! To read my summery piece in Babiekins Magazine Issue 9, scroll through to page 112, or go to the Table of Contents and click on “Fort Building”. I’m still giddy over seeing my work illustrated by the talented Gigi Rose Gray.
Be sure to scroll through all the lovely photography and editorials in this issue of the magazine, you really don’t want to miss it.
Whew, that was a lot to catch up on, and doesn’t even include my California adventures! I’ll be sharing some photos in the days to come. Ah, it’s good to be back.
So, what have I missed in your lives? Any blog posts from the past month you want me to see? Leave a link in the comments! xo
I’m tired. I’d like to rest my heavy head tonight on a bed of California stars. But around here, lately, when we’re awake and not falling asleep standing up, we’ve been…
…taking advantage of our Sea World passes.
I’ve also been…
…blogging for Babiekins.
–Summer Style: 6 Must-Have Items for Boys
–Get the Look: When I was Young in the Mountains
–Get the Look: Inspired by ‘Waiting for Mama’
–Spring and High Summer: Noa Noa
–Get the Look: When Stella was Very Very Small
…fetching food from grocery stores, getting said food home amidst the rainy season downpours whilst attempting to maintain the toddler’s sanity as well as my own.
…somehow managing to cook food into edible, if not somewhat burnt, things. (Rinse and repeat.)
…running around in the sweltering humidity to take photos of Aveline (think of it as hot yoga + aerobics). She is a Mini Socialite at Mudpies & Fairytales this week!
…celebrating the launch of Missile Monkey, an iOS game/app designed and produced by Josiah and his dad (the excitement around here has been crazy! This is the culmination of more than a year and half’s worth of work! If you’ve already downloaded it, we’d love it if you’d rate it as well.)
…scheduling posts for Summer Vacation Tour, the virtual travel series which will launch here later this month. Paris, London & more!
…fixing a bridesmaid dress fiasco, in which a dress ordered months upon months ago never arrived.
…serving as a loungy-type piece of furniture for a certain small person. (You can find the sewing tutorial for her toddler harem shorts here.)
…not sleeping, courtesy of the same certain small person.
…rewashing clean laundry, again due to the same small person.
…supervising the multiple baths needed per day to keep small person acceptably tidy.
Now, if you’ll pardon me as I fall asleep to this beautiful song (a Wilco cover of a Willie Nelson number).
While researching* for my latest Get the Look post for the Babiekins Magazine blog, I came across this from Mini Rodini. Isn’t it just delightful? Ah, makes my heart happy. :)
*said with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
Thank you, Babiekins Magazine! It’s thrilling to see my name under the “Writers” heading. I’m ecstatic for what this year will bring. (Have you heard, readers? The Fall issue will be in print, like, IN BOOKSTORES!
So, so exciting.)
To read my story, which is located on pages 151-154, go to Babiekins Magazine, click on “Table of Contents” in the upper left hand corner, then click on “Little Miss Green Thumb” in the fourth column.
November started off with a bang — getting published in Babiekins Magazine! I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of such an amazing issue. Perhaps you’ve heard of them? The blog was recently named to Babble.com’s Top 50 Best Design Blogs for Moms, in the fashion category.
The newest issue is full of wintery goodness. My story, which is on pages 221-224, (Click on Table of Contents, then choose “Christmas Underwraps” from the third column) was delightfully illustrated by the talented Andrea Sardo of Munieca.
I hope you’ll check out this issue — it’s so fun!
Another fun thing this November — the Monthly Photo Challenge is in full swing again! Here’s the full list of November’s photography topics so you can jump in. During the last two challenges — June and August — I only managed 16 and 22 pictures. So maybe the third time’s a charm?