Christmas is almost upon us and therefore it is that time of year when I can promote my little children’s picture book called The Jersey 12 Days of Christmas.
I am giving away a free copy to Jersey residents only. All you have to do is comment below and wish me Happy Christmas in Jersey French or Jerriais! 🙂
Colouring in is very fashionable at the moment and very meditative, so why not escape the mad Christmas shopping season with a bit of theraputic colouring in. Go to this post for all the printables and a clue to the giveaway answer: http://ramonadavey.com/?p=535
Wow! One month to go till the end of the year. How fast did that go? I nearly didn’t participate this year but I am so glad I persevered. Here are November’s illustrations:
Week 44: Scandinavian
Funnily enough my Christmas decorations have a Scandinavian theme this year.
Week 45: Peace
Peace is much needed at the moment as the house is filled with builders all working hard on the second stage of our house renovations.
Week 46: Endangered
One of many animals that need to be protected.
Week 47: Play
I love this time of year as it gives me lots of excuses to play at dress ups. 😉
It is a busy time of year. I have had the joy of meeting and welcoming new members of SCBWIAusNZ as well as attending this year’s SCBWIAusNZ Xmas party. Here I am with the lovely Jodie Wells-Slowgrove and her junior fiction series:
Next week I have a Christmas end of year dinner with my fabulous critique groups Picture This & Down The Rabbit Hole!
I love this time of year even though it is hectic, thanks for stopping by,
PS: If you have a connection to Jersey, Channel Island and are looking for a great little gift or stocking filler don’t forget my book is available here: The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas
Each week I have no idea what kind of illustration I am going to do – each result is a total surprise to me. I thought yarn was going to be impossible and then an idea came from out of nowhere, like they do with my writing.
Here is this weeks theme:
Week: 44 Yarn
My house moving is complete and I am slowly finding all my art resources again. With this illustration I started off with a quick pencil sketch. I turned it around and looked at its reflection in the mirror (to check it wasn’t a wonky tree). Then I painted the illustration using watercolours and outlined it in Artline fine liner pen.
It’s November and signs of Christmas are springing up in the music being played in shops (already) and I attended my first Christmas function of the year. See photo below:
I’m in the stripy dress with my fabulous friends from the writers group I belong to. Being a homemum means I have no staff doo to go to for Christmas, so I love writerly functions as a time for me to be able to socialise and get away from writing and drawing which can be a very solitary occupation. We are at this years Northern Sydney’s CBCA Xmas Dinner, where inspiring authors and illustrators like Peter Carnavas sang to us on his ukelele and Wendy Blaxland shared with us her journey for her newly launched picture book, The Christmas Rose.
And if I’m mentioning Christmas that means we are near the end of the year and near the end of the brilliant 52 Week Illustration Challenge that Tania McCartney founded and that without it I wouldn’t have created half the amount of illustrations that I have achieved.
This weeks theme is: Leaves 🙂
PS: If you are thinking of Christmas present, than maybe my little Christmas themed picture book is the perfect gift for someone you know. The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas
It s the last day of the school term and I had the opportunity this morning to read my book The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas to my daughter’s class of year 2 children. What great fun!
I had intended to read the words but being in rhyme I found myself singing the whole book. Apparently, I didn’t sound too bad but in my mind I could hear my voice getting more and more high pitched. Behind me is my daughter Ruby, who doubles up as my assistant and editor. As I read the paperback version, she demonstrated how to use the ebook version on an ipad which included tapping the illustrations to hear the sounds.
Here are a few things to consider when reading to an audience:
if you are wearing a dress, remember to keep your knees together (see photo below – cringe!)
you are not reading to yourself – turn the book around so the audience can see any illustrations
project your voice for the children that always navigate towards the back so they can hear too
have eye contact with your listeners
slow down – I tend to rush when I am nervous.
Today’s class visit was my second. The first time I was invited to read a new manuscript about a Little Blue Fairy Penguin to a class of year 1’s. This was great too, as I could watch the children’s reaction and take note of moments when their eyes glazed over with boredom or when they giggled, asked questions or started to fidget. All really useful indicators as to how engaging your story is. Thankfully, they enjoyed the story as did the lovely teacher.
This was a fab way to end the year – and what a year it has been – I have:
The pumpkin page is one of my favourites in the ebook for ipad version of The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas. Each pumpkin has it’s own sound as you or your child taps it, lots of fun! Here is a screenshot of the page in the ebook:
Here are all the other pages just incase you missed some:
A very tasty dish made from beans and pork. It warms your tummy on a winter’s day.
(Text from my children’s book The Jersey 12 days Of Christmas available here: My Books)
It is a family tradition to always have a cup of hot bean crock and a slice of buttered french baguette on Guy Fawkes Night. I promise to make a pot one day but it will never be as good as my mum’s. She is known for making the best bean crock!
Click on the following link for a Bean Crock recipe:
Did you know there are ony 8 weeks left until Christmas? Have you printed off and coloured in all the previous pages to your own home-made booklet of The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas yet? If so, well done!