Thursday, December 23, 2010

Halleluhia! Merry Christmas!

Santa Lucia

So many wonderful traditions fill this time of year. For the strongly Swedish family influence there is Santa Lucia- who earlier in the month processes through the village in white robe and candle wreath to wake the family with warm rolls. Our version has always been far less elaborate- and old white nightgown from the dressing up box and mismatched candleholders tied onto hair with shoelaces. We still cary it on now by eating swedish pancakes with lingonberry sauce. Not a bad way to wake up.

Saint Nicholas

A Wonderful Christmas tradition here in France and Germany! Saint Nicholas and his more sinister counterpart visit children- granting sweets to good ones and whips with long branches to the bad. In this incarnation (at a local megagrocerystore in France) They and their donkey were passing out fresh rolls to the children.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Autumn at the Paris Market

There was all sorts of fun for Halloween at the beautiful Paris Market this year! Some of my crazy little characters spent the holiday running scared down the Whitaker street side. And now its a busy time with Christmas fun!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Many an Idle Dream


I'm now signed with a childrens book agency! whoo!
check it out!

(under my not-yet-but-soon-to-be-married-name Garrity-Riley)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010



These were recently awarded the 3rd place prize for the Teatrio international childrens book competition "Cannonball lady".


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

There is Treasure Everywhere

From a recent book about ...finding little treasures everywhere in life.

All from a recent book centered around childhood memories.