|My favorite handmade dress|
|50-cent favorite circular scarf|
|My latest upcycled neckwear|
|Cool old tag from the green fabric (above)|
Lois Ehlert when we went to hear her speak at Milwaukee's Central Library last week. She's from Milwaukee and one of our favorite children's book authors so I couldn't resist meeting her. She was a charming, patient woman and shared a bit with us about how she creates her illustrations using collage technique from the bits and pieces she gathers and collects through her daily life. My favorite Lois Ehlert book is Hands: Growing Up to Be an Artist, which she revealed is about her childhood and what lead her to become an illustrator. It reminded me so much of my own upbringing in a household with creative parents--a mother who sewed, sang, cooked, and played piano and a father who built everything from treehouses, decks, and patios to shelves, cabinets, and our own wedding trellis. I only hope that Vera can gather some inspiration from our homestead and use it to become a creative person as well. In the meantime, she'll surely have an endless supply of fabric and yarns scraps as well as thrifted arts and crafts supplies with which to work.
|Vera having Lois sign our copy of Eating the Alphabet|
|Lois discussing Oodles of Animals|
|Book Covers from Lois Ehlert|