Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hi all! I haven't been here in a while, but today you can find me guest posting on two blogs! Count 'em ... TWO!!

First, head on over to Moody Views where I'm featured on Stephanie Moody's Kid Lit Bits talking about my upcoming workshop at the SCBWI Southern Breeze WIK Conference in Birmingham on October 12th. While you're there, be sure to hit "follow" and share away.

If you'd like to see the rest of the WIK blog tour, click on these links. It's going to be a great conference!

Aug. 28   Author Matt de la Peña at Stephanie Moody’s Moodyviews
                 Editor Lou Anders at F.T. Bradley’s YA Sleuth
Aug. 29   Author Doraine Bennett at Jodi Wheeler-Toppen’s Once Upon a Science Book
                 Author Robyn Hood Black at Donny Seagraves’ blog
Aug. 30  MFA program director Amanda Cockrell at Elizabeth Dulemba’s blog
                Illustrator Prescott Hill at Gregory Christie’s G.A.S.
Aug. 31   Author Heather Montgomery at Claire Datnow’s Media Mint Publishing blog
                Editor Michelle Poploff at Laura Golden’s Just Write
Sept. 3    Author Nancy Raines Day at Laurel Snyder’s blog
                Author Jennifer Echols at Paula Puckett’s Random Thoughts from the Creative Path
Sept. 4    Editor Dianne Hamilton at Ramey Channell’s The Painted Possum
                Author Janice Hardy at Tracey M. Cox’s A Writer’s Blog
Sept. 5   Author / illustrator Sarah Frances Hardy at Stephanie Moody’s Moodyviews
                Agent Sally Apokedak at Cheryl Sloan Wray’s Writing with Cheryl
Sept. 6   Agent Jennifer Rofe at Cathy Hall’s blog
                Author / illustrator Chris Rumble at Cyrus Webb Presents

Next, check out Donna L. Martin's weekly Writerly Wisdom series for my post about Creating Character. Check out her other Writerly Wisdom posts for some great writing tips. And again, be sure to follow, share, tweet ... yell from your front door!

And if TWO blog posts in one week isn't enough (three, if you count this one!), I've just finished the final illustrations for my upcoming spring release from Sky Pony Press called PAINT ME!  Here's what it's about:

Red, blue, and yellow are just the tip of the iceberg when you have a good imagination. In this colorfully illustrated story, a young girl makes her way through the day—first painting a portrait of her dog, and then painting anything and everything she can find. With a simple, affectionate plot that teaches colors and embraces the “creative process” for many kids, Paint Me! offers a message of love and discovery.

Featuring a heartwarming story and simple yet striking illustrations from author and illustrator Sarah Frances Hardy, Paint Me! encourages children to explore their creativity and express themselves while learning their primary and secondary colors. For parents who remember reading Harold and the Purple Crayon when they were young, or for those who love more recent books about art such asBeautiful Oops!, this is one sweet story you won’t want to have missing from your library.Stay tuned for a cover reveal ...

Happy fall!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

This just in . . .

Julie Matysik at Sky Pony Press has bought a picture book from Sarah Frances Hardy (Puzzled by Pink). In Paint Me, a girl who begins the day painting a portrait of her dog gets swept up in the act of painting until she has painted everything she comes across. A spring/summer 2014 pub date has been set; Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media was the agent.

And I'm pretty much OVER THE MOON!!!!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Playroom Redo

A few years ago, our playroom was featured in Southern Living magazine. The photographer came to take pictures of some other rooms in our house, and while he was there my girls (look how young they were!) were in their playroom cutting and drawing the whole time. After shoving lots of clutter behind him and away from the camera lens, he snapped their picture and they made it into the magazine. Voila!

Here is the same room today:

As my girls have gotten older, their playroom has turned into a junky closet where they store all of their games and art supplies. Now, they only use that room for internet surfing and homework that requires their computer, and they bring games and projects into the kitchen.  

Soooo . . . in a few short weeks, it's bye-bye playroom!

Our house is an older house which had been cut into three apartments when we bought it. The playroom had been added on as a kitchen in the 1970s, and it's the only room that we didn't redo when we did our massive renovation about ten years ago. The room is pretty much rotten and poorly insulated, and we had always planned to take it down eventually.

And now, we've inherited a beautiful, very long dining room table that won't fit into our current dining room . . . also in Southern Living a few years ago:

So now our old dining room will become our den which is currently in a narrow room that is more hallway than functional space. We're so excited to finally have a room in which we can all fit to watch a movie as a family.

Fingers crossed that the Historical Preservation Committee approves our plans . . . . I'll keep you posted!


Also, check out my studio featured on Creative Spaces!