Posts Tagged“gifts for booklovers”

Handmade Knuffle Bunny Laptop sleeve (ears up), photo by Heidi M. Kim

An illustrator-friend of mine recently had a birthday, and I was excited to make a personal, handmade gift, especially since he is a fan of Mo Willems. I found Knuffle Bunny fabric (in organic cotton, no less!) and some coordinating flannel fabric and made him a padded sleeve for his new laptop: As I was making it, I came up with the kooky idea of making bunny ears instead of the usual tabs to close to sleeve. This came out nicer than I expected.Whew! (I never know what I’m going to get when I start a new project. Kind of…

There are cooks, and there are bakers. I’m a cook. Most of the time I enjoy cooking (unless I’m wrapped up in a story, then I’m an amazing taker-outer). Depending on my level of commitment, there are days when my Better Half tells me that I’m a good cook. Even on those days, I’m a good cook but not an exceptional one. Even more than exceptional cooks, I have intense respect for bakers. Bakers are creative while respecting the rules of science. Good cooks, even great cooks, can cut corners and substitute ingredients and play fast and loose with the rules.…

Eric Carle illustrations on fabric by Andover Fabrics

  Sometimes when I feel my life careening off the road because of things I can’t control I have a visceral need to make something with my hands. Whatever it is doesn’t have to be perfect, but seeing it comes to life between my fingers fuels something inside of me. These creative projects are especially helpful when I can’t do anything about the speed bumps in life like illness or fate – or even when I’m just stuck inside my head with my story. On such a night, the insomniac that lives inside me found this fabric on Etsy featuring Eric Carle’s…

During revision, I reached a point where my own words were a blur on the page. I had just received feedback on my full manuscript from beta-readers, astute friends who are keen readers or writers or both. Trying to concentrate on the words — the story — was futile. Even though I had wanted a break-through, not a break, I made myself put the manuscript aside for a few hours to let things simmer in my brain while I worked on something with my hands. I decided to make book weights as a small token of gratitude to my beta readers. It…

Often when my mind is trying to work through the knots of a problem, the sensory experience of working with my hands creates a kind of concentration that allows a part of my mind to let go. I have discovered that I not only enjoy — but crave — physical, tactile things, especially when I have some kind of emotional stress. It’s fun when one of these creative outlets also happens to be something for someone else. Recently, a wonderful friend reached a huge milestone in her life, something that she had been dreaming of and working towards for years.…