Follow the evolution of the Writer Knapsack (and even participate and help make decisions) as I create the face and materials of a new and different take on helping writers in this crazy world of publishing. Join me from the beginning and watch the website change as I work on sketches to a final logo, offer tips and tales toward final production, and develop an array of materials for those living the writing life...all to fill the pockets of your own writer knapsack.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Happy Holidays from the Elves!



Merry Christmas!!  Stacy asked me to join her today, and I am soooo happy to be here sharing my most favorite season with you all!

I'm Serendipity Sparkle, Elf in Charge of Wrapping Paper Design here at the North Pole. And oooh it is one of the best jobs because I get to create all sorts of bright, colourful, and sparkly paper for Santa to wrap up his special gifts.  You should see my recent snowflake-dancing-reindeer design--it's my best work yet.  Oh wait, some of you just might get to see it on Christmas day *grin*...that's why I love my job--it makes so many people happy and brightens all the presents under the tree.  But don't worry, I don't mind at all that you rip right through my designs Christmas morning...that's the best part!

Mmmmm, do you smell that?  Ohhh I so love iced sugar cookies with sprinkles during break time!  Mrs. Claus makes THE BEST sugar cookies and even makes sparkly ones.  We listen to lots of Christmas music while we work, too.  I love ALL the songs so you can often find me dancing in my curly elf shoes around the studio.Then, after a long day, there is nothing better than curling up in front of the glowing fireplace with my studly elf hubby and warm cups of candy cane cocoa with whipped cream.  


Do you know what else I love about the season?  Getting to play Secret Santa....shhhhhh,  don't tell Pinky Twinkleton I'm her Secret Santa this year.  She's the veterinarian for the animals here at the North Pole.  That's very important, especially to keep all the reindeer in tip top shape for their big night run.  She's been taking special care of Lester the Christmas goat lately (because he got into Mrs. Claus's pantry and started eating right out of the cans...and the cans LOL), so I painted her a special picture of him.  Wanna see?


Hey, I just had a thought...want to make your own Christmas wrapping paper?  How about a Rudolph design?  It's really easy!  

All you need is a large piece of paper, a couple paper plates, a sponge, red and brown paint and a little sparkle--like stickers or glitter glue.

First, carefully cut your sponge into the shape of a reindeer antler and another piece into a circle shape, then spread each paint colour on a separate paper plate.

Gently press the reindeer antler sponge into the brown paint until it is fully covered (but not too thick, just a nice, light coating) and then softly press the paint side down on the paper.   Add a little more paint and press again right beside the first one so you have two antlers.  Now take the circle sponge and do the same in the red paint, pressing it on the paper just below the bottom of the antlers.  Can you see Rudolph now?  


Repeat the same process, randomly placing two antler prints and a nose print around the paper--as much or as little as you like. 

Once the paint dries, take the stickers and/or glitter glue and add a little pizzazz to sparkle it up.  


Let it all dry and voila!  Rudolph wrapping paper!





How much fun is that!!  Well, I need to get back to work.  Thanks soooo much for visiting with me today!  And if you want even more fun, go on over and visit with my fellow elves...

Carol Henry - http://www.carolhenry.org/
Linda Carroll-Bradd - http://blog.lindacarroll-bradd.com (participating on Dec 6 only)


And if you are looking for some fun Christmas reads, why not try one of Stacy's Christmas in Noelle series, such as...


A Cinderella Christmas
Christmas in Noelle...where love and laughter are always at the top of Santa's list!
A Cinderella Christmas

Her mother's ridiculous idea to gift her with 'a man' for Christmas is driving Angie Bellini insane! Every bachelor and his brother in Noelle are asking her to save them a dance at the upcoming wedding of Santa Claus Holloran's daughter. What's a girl to do to keep her sanity and thwart a scheming mother? Date the one man in town her mother despises, of course.

Wes O'Connor doesn't like the plan Angie has coerced him into for two reasons: 1) He's still paying for the last time those big brown eyes made him do something stupid and 2) He doesn't want to 'pretend' to date the beautiful baker, he wants the fairytale to turn into a real happily-ever-after.

Their ending may not be so happy, though, when they discover they aren't the only players in their little game of make-believe.


Available from Amazon.com



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stationary Junkie on a High



This is my recent acquirement...an old document drawer from a law office.  For a stationary junkie it is the PERFECT storage set...everything hidden away but right at hand LOL.

The cowboy at the top is just a sweet added bonus as the poor lad had been stored away for the last ten years or so because of little wall space in the office and the floor to ceiling, old, heavy bookcase there prior to the new stationary containment facility (as my husband would consider it LOL)