eggin'!

Every year my friends and I gather to paint eggs. I usually do my standard pink and green florals but this year, I decided to mis it up. I had fun, but since I ruined more than half my eggs in the boiling process, I only had a few to decorate. I went with the animal theme--in gouache--which wasn't the best of ideas. They were a gummy mess after a night in the fridge.

Carpe Diem!

Spring is finally hitting here in the Northeast. Temps in the 60s yesterday. First patio outing! :)

New York Public Library visit and some Garment District inspiration!

Last week I met up with MG author Victoria J. Coe in Bryant Park. I illustrated her adorable debut book "Fenway and Hattie" a few years ago and we have kept in touch via Instagram and Twitter. It's always nice to meet fellow authors and after lunch, we headed over to the New York Public Library to check out the children's department and get a photo with her book. 

I went over to the picture book shelves and spotted a copy of The Grumpy Pets. So cool to see! I like seeing the book with all the markings of a book that has been handled by little hands. 

One of the librarians indulged us with taking pictures. And of course, I had to visit the Winnie the Pooh animals at the entrance. Love them!!!

Earlier that day, I walked along the busy streets of the garment district and dipped in and out of trimmings shops, fabric stores and other trade spots. So much fun. I could look at all those candy colored zippers and buttons all day! 

Did you see that teeny cop car? I could hug it! I left the district with one perfectly hued cafe au lait rmaribou boa, which I will snip up and add (judiciously) to a strappy sandal for warmer weather. Saved about 700 bucks on that move! (Champagne taste, beer budget as always)