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Let's peel back these layers!

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juliannlaw Here is a closeup of the endpapers in my debut picture book, THE WORKD’S LONGEST SOCK. I work digitally in Adobe Photoshop but the program doesn’t do it all for me! I knit all the pixels by hand! Haha! I do have things I do to help me work quickly and efficiently, though, like using layers. Here you get to see me take off those layers one by one till we are back at nothing but a background. The World's Longest Sock is now available on  Amazon ,  Barnes and Noble ,  Target , or wherever you  buy books !

princess virtues

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The other day, little Emmie picked up one of our little Princess dress-up dolls. She would look at it and then hold it up for my approval again and again. I'd say, "Oh, she is so beautiful!" again and again. I've been thinking about it ever since and practicing a different response for the next time she picks up a princess and wants to know what I think of her. Here is what I want to tell my daughters about the Disney heroines: Belle - Oh, she is so smart! She loves to read and would do anything for her Dad. She sees beauty on the inside. Tiana - Oh, she is such hard worker! (And a good cook!) She has big goals and dreams and works hard to achieve them. Cinderella - Oh, she is so classy! She works hard and never complains, even when life isn't fair! Aurora/Brier Rose - Oh, she is so down to earth! She would rather stay in a little cottage in the woods with her true love than go to live in a castle and marry a prince she doesn't know. Snow White - Oh

new quilt for a new niece

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Little, tiny 1" square pieces of brightly colored, varied fabrics set against white. My thinking in using really big prints in these little, tiny spaces was that each square would be unique, no two would exactly repeat.

last day of swimming lessons

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This story can only be told with visuals. . .

the fourth

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We started our 4th of July with Papa Bob who was here from Seattle. We had breakfast and then he had to take off for the airport. I think Lucy is missing him already in this photo: Then we quickly got dudded up for the neighborhood bike parade: And enjoyed the neighborhood block party. . . cute decor: Red, white and sparkly: Oh, beautiful! For spacious eyes. . . alright, that was cheesy.