Pig in a Wig

Great news!
My sister, Emma Virjan, Children’s book author and illustrator¬† will read WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A PIG IN A WIG. After the reading, she will have a workshop and discussion about her illustrations process.
Time: 3:30-4:30 EST
Here is the link to the Brooklyn Public Library

Here is the link to her website, where you can click on the Facebook icon at the top of the page:
Emma Virjan

When I was teaching elementary school, Emma would come to read and share her writing and illustration process with my students. Emma is great with children. My students always enjoyed her visits. They learned so much from her. Emma would perk their interest in reading and writing. She also encouraged and brought out the children’s creativity.
So, for all the parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone interested in art and children’s literature, be sure to join in on this reading and workshop. In fact, I invite EVERYONE to listen in and participate.

 

Super Writer Cape

This evening I was able to applique the letter M and the lightening bolt on my sister’s writing cape.
For Christmas, I pieced three black and white fabrics to make the front panel of a messenger bag for my Emma. I remembered that I had a pieced section left over in my stash. I used it to make the initial.
The pig snout is poofed up with batting.
The white and black polka dot lining is also cut, so I pinned it to the red fabric.
It will be ready to sew tomorrow.

Power Capes

During my years as an educator, I used every prop available to inspire and empower my students. We wore thinking caps, used plastic hand clappers, blew duck whistles, and wore star shaped glasses to read poetry through the “eyes of a poet”. A favorite motivator was wearing ¬†capes. I made myself a cape, and the parents provided home made or store bought capes for their child. These were our writing capes. They looked so cute as they whirled and twirled and wrote great stories.

My sister, Emma, is an author and illustrator of children’s books. Emma visits schools and she is great with the children. A few days ago, Emma mentioned that she wanted a writing cape. I want to try and make one for her. I decided to try making a smaller one first. I have never made anything with shiny, slippery material, so I needed to practice.

Today, I made one for my grandson. I used one of his t-shirts to form the top of the pattern. I had some difficulty with the slippery fabric, but it worked out.