How wonderfully surprised was I to open my mailbox and discover this handmade quilted postcard featuring Easter Island! The postcard was a thank you from a friend and I will cherish it forever.
How fun was it to receive this photo of The Adventures of Piratess Tilly and the handmade character plushies on display at the Bologna Children's Book Fair! Victoria Sutherland and her crew at Foreword Reviews never cease to amaze me with their hard work, energy and passion. I feel very fortunate, especially as an independent publisher and author, to have met Victoria at the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) Annual Conference last year. Little did I know then that I'd not only follow through with Victoria's enthusiasm over my book and entrust its journey in seeking foreign rights with Foreword Reviews, but that I'd join the board of directors for IPNE! It's amazing how one event can lead to a plethora of opportunity.
Here's to hoping The Adventures of Piratess Tilly had a successful trip to Italy! And for anyone interested in reading a bit about how opening day was for this years Bologna Children's Book Fair, I urge you to read an article from Publishers Weekly: Bologna 2016: A Busy First Day as the Fair Opens. Enjoy!
I am so excited to announce that the locally handmade Piratess Tilly and Yuki plushies are now available for purchase! I am also looking forward to sharing the process of designing these dolls in a future post, as it was quite the undertaking for someone who doesn't sew. ;) I am very proud of the dolls and love watching my daughter play with Piratess Tilly and Yuki. It really does take the story to a whole new level when a child can interact with dolls based on the characters.
From the shop:
These adorable variations of the characters, Piratess Tilly and Yuki, bring the story to life in an enchanting, cuddly, hands-on way. They help to encourage exploration and imagination. Whether everyone snuggles up to read a book, go on a family vacation or head out on a backyard expedition; these soft toys are bound to inspire story-telling and creative play. Where will Piratess Tilly, Yuki and your little one adventure to today?!
Check them out here. Thank you!
For Mother's Day this year, I ordered myself a custom Piratess Tilly rag doll by Lisa of Phoebe & Egg. I found Lisa's beautiful handmade dolls through Etsy. Working with her was wonderful! She is so passionate about her craft. I sent her a copy of the book for reference. Little did I know, she would use it to create so many detailed accessories, including Tilly's pink fuzzy slippers, a map, satchel, striped shirt and of course, the eye patch!!
Lisa is truly talented and her work is incredible. Below are some photos from when my daughter, Vivi (age 3) and I opened the box for the first time! Lisa also wrote a lovely blog post about her experience creating this rag doll version of Piratess Tilly. You can read that here! Thank you!