Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color – Amazing Book and New Tattoo!

Tattoo in Progress by Jeremy Switzer from Optic Nerve Arts Tattoo in Portland, Oregon. Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

I fell in love with “Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color” the moment I checked it out from the library and read it to my son. Being an illustrator, the concept of a girl named, Swatch, who tries to tame color by collecting each one in a jar, spoke volumes to me.

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Harry Potter-Themed Baby Shower! Part Three. The Big Day!

Monsters. Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

The Big Magic-Filled Day!

Aaron and Jenny’s┬áBaby Shower was going to begin at noon and there was a lot of setting up to do! Jenny’s mom, sisters, and I got to work before the expectant couple arrived.

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Harry Potter-Themed Baby Shower! Part Two

Finished Howlers. Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

What would a Harry Potter-themed Baby Shower be without decorations?

After I had finished all of the prizes for the “Adopt A Magical Creature” table (See Part One for what Harry Potter creatures I made and where to get the DIY patterns/instructions), it was time to get to work on my portion of the decorations!

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Harry Potter-Themed Baby Shower! Part One

Baby Shower Invite. Image Credit: J.H. Winter

When I found out my brother was going to be a father, and in turn, make me Auntie Julianne, you can imagine how excited I was!

(Due to the fact that this post is packed with cuteness, I wanted to split it into two posts. Part One is what I did behind the scenes for the event creatively. Part Two will be pictures of the outcome of my hard work at the Harry Potter Baby Shower itself!)

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Becoming a Beta Reader

Photo credit: Bunches and Bits {Karina} via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

I was invited to beta read by author, Dan Alatorre, for his upcoming book, The Navigators. This book is about a group of archeologists who stumble upon a time machine buried deep beneath the ground at a mine in central Florida. Relationships are tested. People get hurt. Questions are answered about what happens when something of such value is discovered by the masses. In this fast-paced read, Dan doesn’t let his reader’s minds wander. He keeps us running from one scene to the next, trying to help the character’s figure out the best way to turn.

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