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  • July « 2014 « Ciara Stewart
    There is no internet No smart phones save for the camera feature Just the crackle of the campfire The rustle of fir needles overhead The hum of the RVs a few campsites over Laughter Camp songs Bird songs The options are fewer Simpler S mores and instant oatmeal and spaghetti Getting Out is harder with babies There is enough gear to make a simple trip to the park into a bulging backpack outing But the forest provides sticks and pinecones make better play toys than wooden blocks and plastic rings Dirt is for digging and tasting In the woods children can be children dirty wild things The way they were meant to be We hike down the trail and identify trees Mark off Bracken Fern and Huckleberry on our scavenger sheet Search for animal tracks and scat Wonder at the simplicity of a spider s web Clocks are not needed in the woods There are no schedules No errands to run No buzz and beep of tech overlords In the woods we find ourselves We find each other A dad A mom A big sister A little brother We are part of something grander We stand beneath the towering old growth and try to memorize this feeling The minutia of every day business will creep up again School carpools and business trips and email and overcast and rain But now it s summer and there are tents to stake and trails to explore Time is measured in the slow ripening of tomatoes in the pots out back in the blooming of new flower bulbs and the tinkling sound of The Entertainer drifting down the street like the Pied Piper s tune I will count the summer by camping trips I will mark the calendar by books read I will find

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  • September « 2013 « Ciara Stewart
    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 your picture books in progress LIES ALL OF IT I m completely sleep deprived and I have nursing brain I can barely do the copy edits on the final novel I m contracted for for my publisher in New York I BARELY REMEMBER MY OWN NAME True story Eventually friends this blog will once again shine with writing awesomeness Until then picture me reading Comments Off on Books for Mighty Girls comments Posted in picture books Books feminism girls girls rock independent princesses picture books 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

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  • July « 2013 « Ciara Stewart
    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

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  • June « 2013 « Ciara Stewart
    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 Writer Crafter Adventure Mom Recent Posts Halloween

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  • May « 2013 « Ciara Stewart
    picture books dragon Picture book princess knight 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 January 2013 December 2012 August 2012 July 2012 Categories art brainstorming cooking costumes crafting kid

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  • January « 2013 « Ciara Stewart
    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

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  • December « 2012 « Ciara Stewart
    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 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

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  • August « 2012 « Ciara Stewart
    back up Were we doing the right thing Would she be able to share Would she make friends Would anyone notice that Ryan had tucked her pants into her socks Seriously It was like leaving her with a babysitter the first few times even though the babysitters were my parents Should we go back Was she doing okay Would she suddenly notice that we d left and start crying I packed her a note in her lunch box We love you J Even if she can t read it she ll recognize her name and the hearts And I know she ll be fine She s smart and resilient but she ll never figure out how to survive in the real world if I follow her around putting the caps back on her markers her whole life Sometimes the hardest part of parenting is letting her fly out the nursery window and soar on her own Comments Off on Baby s first day of preschool comments Posted in milestones motherhood Aug 21 Taste of Summer We ve had a crazy busy summer at Casa Stewart After a month long trip through Europe a 30th birthday week long Disneyland extravaganza book launch we are more than ready to sit back and enjoy the lingering days of summer Unfortunately there s not much time and still many things to do J starts preschool next week My little baby is not so little anymore We re trying to cram sunny memories in these last precious days swimming in the lake and the wading pool sandcastles at the beach hikes with daddy popcicles fresh corn and lots of yummy ripe fruit I love the food of summer The berries the melons the tomatoes Fall will come with its crisp apples and winter squash but

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