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  • Ciara Stewart
    Books feminism girls girls rock independent princesses picture books Jul 03 In the southwest making notes on a new book I turned in my final contracted book and am free to make real strides on a picture book Unfortunately the baby has decided to nurse every two hours around the clock I m not sure if it s the heat or the humidity here in the southwest but I really hope he ll stop when we get home to Seattle My inlaws have a lovely patio backyard where we can sit and watch the lizards dart around I was reminded of a story called Lizard s Rock that my uncle used to tell and decided to retell it set here in on the patio with a local lizard and J instead of the bear Here s my first brainstorm Comments Off on In the southwest making notes on a new book comments Posted in art brainstorming writing illustration lizard New Mexico Picture book Jun 20 First pass on climbing illustrations Little brother and his fiancée have finalized the alphabet list for our first picture book collaboration Now I need to figure out my style and get drawing Here is my very first attempt I m not sure if I ll try to color them in on the computer or by hand I need to take a photoshop class Comments Off on First pass on climbing illustrations comments Posted in art brainstorming picture books art attempts brainstorm children s books Illustrating Picture book Jun 13 Awesome new storytelling board game Teaching kids to tell stories by combining heroes rivals transportation magic objects helpers places and treasures Joseph Campbell eat your heart out Fairytale Spinner Game by Lizzy Rockwell Comments Off on Awesome new storytelling board game comments Posted in brainstorming kid activities May 31 Sketches for new picture book Comments Off on Sketches for new picture book comments Posted in art brainstorming picture books dragon Picture book princess knight Jan 15 Knitting Pink I heart Cables Hat I took J to the yarn store a few months ago to pick out a new project She gravitated immediately to the bubble gum pink Cascade Superwash 220 no surprise there and after perusing Ravelry I found a free cabled hat pattern to make out of it She is in a phase where she doesn t want to wear anything that s not pink That thong th thong thong thong Or earflap Actually she says if you suggest an alternative hue pink is my favorite color I used to be staunchly anti pink I ve learned my avoidance of the color is just as silly as wanting to wear only that color It s a color not an anti feminist doctrine Your favorite color is pink J said to me the other day No actually I like blue It is You have a pink book and a pink cover I opened my mouth Shut it Logic You re right kid You have me there We discussed that one did not always have to wear one s favorite color Or release books in one s favorite color for that matter Sometimes it s good to change it up For instance mommy s first book was blue So anyway since J also likes to strip off her warm clothes and we are deep in the throes of winter I decided to go pink pink pink to try to get her to wear coats hats and mittens It s working Mostly I also hoped that if she picked out the yarn she might deign to wear the hat unlike the sweaters I knit She s already worn it a few times so I count that a success Pattern I heart cables Author Justyna Lorkowska Size Toddler Yarn Cascade Superwash 220 in pink Needles US 7 double pointed getting ready to riiiiiiiiip I had some troubles not keeping close track of where I was in the pattern so I had to rip half of it out Twice As my grandmother used to say As ye knit so shall ye rip It was painful but this happens to me a lot I lose track of what row I m knitting and before I know it I have to unknit hours of work Knitting is very meditative until that point sob The pattern itself was fairly easy if you are familiar with cables and double pointed needles The only thing left to do is make pompoms for the top and tassels Voila A hat to keep off the bitter frost in splendid fashion Success Comments Off on Knitting Pink I heart Cables Hat comments Posted in knitting hat I heart cables knitting knitting project Dec 18 Christmas Tree Star tutorial Last week we got our Christmas tree from Boy Scout Troop 100 as my parents have done for years before me Prince Charming and I will have been married for nine years come New Year s Eve but we ve only been putting up a tree since we moved back to Seattle It s one of those traditions that I love but that twenty somethings living in apartments rarely do Fortunately we inherited two boxes of ornaments from Ryan s childhood so we were all set once we decided to deck our own halls One thing missing was a tree topper When I draw Christmas trees I ve always drawn a yellow star on top The ornaments and lights change but the star has always been the crowning jewel despite not having one in real life With a little felt stuffing and yarn my Christmas tree is now perfect One of the coolest things about holidays year is that J is old enough to participate We ve had great fun introducing her to Saint Lucia Frosty the Snowman creches Christmas lights and eggnog She really enjoyed picking out and decorating the tree with us and begged for her own tree in her room J Daddy I want a pink tree

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  • About « Ciara Stewart
    art projects sticky fingers and kids books Prince Charming is her husband Jane and Tootles are her kids Mittens is the cat Writer Crafter Adventure Mom Recent Posts Halloween Reads Last Baby in the Woods Books for Mighty Girls In the southwest making notes on a new book First pass on climbing illustrations Blogroll Flickr Ravelry SCBWI Archives October 2014 July 2014 September 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013

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  • Books « Ciara Stewart
    on a new book First pass on climbing illustrations Blogroll Flickr Ravelry SCBWI Archives October 2014 July 2014 September 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 January 2013 December 2012 August 2012 July 2012 Categories art brainstorming cooking costumes crafting

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  • Halloween Reads « Ciara Stewart
    sure I could live to be 100 and still not get to all the amazing projects I might want to do One of the wonderful things about having kids is that I finally get to revel in Halloween again Even if J won t wear the halloween costume I spent hours hand sewing for her see previous posts on Cat in the Hat Sally costume I still love the opportunity to expose her to new crafts and art projects Halloween is all about creativity at this age We won t be into the real frights for a good many years but fortunately there are a ton of great books that celebrate spooky playfulness without being scary And we re always looking for more recommendations Here are a few that we love CREEPY CARROTS by Aaron Reynolds Jasper rabbit loves to eat carrots until the day the carrots followed him home In this Hitchcock inspired book Jasper knows the carrots are out to get him It s not specifically Halloween but the theme and color scheme fit perfectly WHICH WAY TO WITCH SCHOOL by Scott Santoro Little witches go off to boarding school with a ghostly bus driver and eyeball stew for lunch I especially like that the witches are brave and smart It s a good Mighty Girl book THE VANISHING PUMPKIN by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola The kids love this silly story about a 800 year old man and 700 year old woman who bump into ghouls and varmints while searching for their missing pumpkin My copy is autographed by Tomie dePaola 3 SHEEP TRICK OR TREAT by Nancy E Shaw Sheep dress up and go trick or treating at a neighboring barn before evading some wolves As usual Shaw s rhyming prose is fun to read Comments

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    CARROTS by Aaron Reynolds Jasper rabbit loves to eat carrots until the day the carrots followed him home In this Hitchcock inspired book Jasper knows the carrots are out to get him It s not specifically Halloween but the theme and color scheme fit perfectly WHICH WAY TO WITCH SCHOOL by Scott Santoro Little witches go off to boarding school with a ghostly bus driver and eyeball stew for lunch I especially like that the witches are brave and smart It s a good Mighty Girl book THE VANISHING PUMPKIN by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola The kids love this silly story about a 800 year old man and 700 year old woman who bump into ghouls and varmints while searching for their missing pumpkin My copy is autographed by Tomie dePaola 3 SHEEP TRICK OR TREAT by Nancy E Shaw Sheep dress up and go trick or treating at a neighboring barn before evading some wolves As usual Shaw s rhyming prose is fun to read Comments Off on Halloween Reads comments Posted in art costumes crafting picture books Creepy Carrots fall crafts halloween halloween books picture books Sheep Trick or Treat toddler books toddler halloween Vanishing Pumpkin Which Way to Witch School Jul 03 In the southwest making notes on a new book I turned in my final contracted book and am free to make real strides on a picture book Unfortunately the baby has decided to nurse every two hours around the clock I m not sure if it s the heat or the humidity here in the southwest but I really hope he ll stop when we get home to Seattle My inlaws have a lovely patio backyard where we can sit and watch the lizards dart around I was reminded of a story called Lizard

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  • costumes « Ciara Stewart
    a 800 year old man and 700 year old woman who bump into ghouls and varmints while searching for their missing pumpkin My copy is autographed by Tomie dePaola 3 SHEEP TRICK OR TREAT by Nancy E Shaw Sheep dress up and go trick or treating at a neighboring barn before evading some wolves As usual Shaw s rhyming prose is fun to read Comments Off on Halloween Reads comments Posted in art costumes crafting picture books Creepy Carrots fall crafts halloween halloween books picture books Sheep Trick or Treat toddler books toddler halloween Vanishing Pumpkin Which Way to Witch School Dec 01 Cat in the Hat Felt poster board and hot glue Hellllloooooooo Despite my promises of crafty goodness on this revamped blog I didn t get my contracted book done until yesterday But now it s IN DONE OFF to New York and I am FREEEEEEEEEEEEEE At least for a little while Tootles due date is fast approaching and there are still preschool applications that won t write themselves not to mention revisions copy edits and page proofs for book 3 But I promise to get in a few updated craft projects before I go dark with the new baby and I ll start with one of my favorite craft holidays Halloween In October we took J to see the Cat in the Hat at the Seattle Children s Theater which she loved It s a strange story certainly not one of my favorite of Seuss s but I think the magic of theater won J over and she was hooked She asked repeatedly for the story of how we went to the theater and saw the Cat in the Hat and when it came time to talk about Halloween she was certain who she wanted to be Sally Now Sally is a literary and b unique so you know I was thrilled to make her a Sally costume Search for Sally costumes and you ll only come up with the rag doll from the Night Before Christmas Search for Cat in the Hat costumes and you ll only find the Cat or Thing 1 and Thing 2 I didn t have much time because I was desperately trying to finish aforementioned book but I gave it my best shot All you really need for a costume are poster board felt and hot glue Ryan was going to be the Cat in the Hat J Sally and I the fish with the bowl around my ever increasing belly Cat in the Hat hat for Daddy Step 1 Measure Daddy s head using one of his real hats and roll poster board to the correct circumference Glue along seam Step 2 Measure and mark one inch or so all around the edge where the stovepipe will meet the brim and cut many tabs up to this line Fold little tabs over These will glue to the brim Step 2 Cut a large oval the correct size for the brim

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  • crafting « Ciara Stewart
    fun introducing her to Saint Lucia Frosty the Snowman creches Christmas lights and eggnog She really enjoyed picking out and decorating the tree with us and begged for her own tree in her room J Daddy I want a pink tree Daddy Anything you want Princess Me And next he ll buy you a pony Ryan s brother was in town for the week and he helped J decorate her tree pink as requested I made a tree topper for her too pink of course I like to make things up as a go along Here it is my first tutorial Please comment if you have questions Christmas Tree Star Tutorial Materials yellow felt or pink spare yarn or thick tapestry thread tapestry needle cotton batting Directions Take two equal sized pieces of felt and fold in half Trace half a star along the fold so that when it is unfolded you will have two identical symmetrical stars You can be a perfectionist about this and make each star point the same size but I think a little asymmetry looks better for this kind of ornament Cut out your 2 felt stars Thread your tapestry needle Sew stars together making each stitch about 1 4 inch I looped around the outside edge every other stitch over under out and back through same hole over under out repeat Make sure you leave enough space at the bottom for a hole to a stuff and b fit on the top tree branch When you ve gone all the way around the star once turn around and fill in the remaining stitches over under over under back through your same stitch holes Don t forget to leave enough room for the tree to fit in the center hole at the bottom of the star See below first round of stitches completed on the top half of the star second round filling in on the bottom half of star Secure end of yarn with a knot inside the star and cut Stuff cotton batting into star leaving some room for the tree top Top your tree Voila Happy Holidays Comments Off on Christmas Tree Star tutorial comments Posted in crafting tutorial Christmas christmas crafts Christmas star ornament decorating felt tree topper Dec 01 Cat in the Hat Felt poster board and hot glue Hellllloooooooo Despite my promises of crafty goodness on this revamped blog I didn t get my contracted book done until yesterday But now it s IN DONE OFF to New York and I am FREEEEEEEEEEEEEE At least for a little while Tootles due date is fast approaching and there are still preschool applications that won t write themselves not to mention revisions copy edits and page proofs for book 3 But I promise to get in a few updated craft projects before I go dark with the new baby and I ll start with one of my favorite craft holidays Halloween In October we took J to see the Cat in

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  • picture books « Ciara Stewart
    are out to get him It s not specifically Halloween but the theme and color scheme fit perfectly WHICH WAY TO WITCH SCHOOL by Scott Santoro Little witches go off to boarding school with a ghostly bus driver and eyeball stew for lunch I especially like that the witches are brave and smart It s a good Mighty Girl book THE VANISHING PUMPKIN by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola The kids love this silly story about a 800 year old man and 700 year old woman who bump into ghouls and varmints while searching for their missing pumpkin My copy is autographed by Tomie dePaola 3 SHEEP TRICK OR TREAT by Nancy E Shaw Sheep dress up and go trick or treating at a neighboring barn before evading some wolves As usual Shaw s rhyming prose is fun to read Comments Off on Halloween Reads comments Posted in art costumes crafting picture books Creepy Carrots fall crafts halloween halloween books picture books Sheep Trick or Treat toddler books toddler halloween Vanishing Pumpkin Which Way to Witch School Sep 10 Books for Mighty Girls We ve been hitting the library in search of books with kickass heroines because Disney shouldn t have a monopoly on roll models AMIRITE Anyway we ve found some fabulous narratives with the help of the website A Mighty Girl which has lists of books featuring Independent Princesses and Mighty Girls of every ilk So far we ve loved Cinder Edna The Apple Pip Princess and Dangerously Ever After The Paper Bag Princess has long been one of my favorites In addition to providing J brave wise self confident female characters to look up to I ve been getting ideas for picture books I want to write But Ciara you say haven t you been posting on

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