Saturday, July 28, 2012

First Summer Book Signings

I'm so happy that my newest children's book is being received so lovingly! It just came out last Monday and I've already had two very successful book signings, and have many more booked and in the works! It's fun to chat with people of all ages, local people who are always excited to wish a fellow Mainer good luck, and folks visiting from out of state enjoying Vacationland and doing some shopping. I thought I'd share some photos and fun from the first two signing for Journey!

First up was a perfect Friday evening at Motifs in Portland. It had been a hot hot week, but last Friday (July 20th) was cool, breezy, and sunny. I was just happy to be sitting outside for this one! I set up shop outisde the entrance of Motifs on Commercial Street, which is right on the bustling waterfront strip of the Old Port, near the boat warfs and lots of amazing food and shopping.

My book, nestled in so nicely with other sea glass themed items!

Motifs carries a beautiful mix of clothing, accessories, jewelry, home accents, and books and cards. Visitors will find lots of nautical and Maine-themed items, while locals enjoy the variety of clothing, shoes, and unique pieces on a regular basis. They also have a great little section of quality gifts for 
kids and perfect selection of classic and new children's books (above, bottom right)!

Even the mannequins were dressed in their best sea glass inspired attire! 
I was visited by several fabulous friends and family, and also met lots of wonderful people while chatting and signing books. I'm always particularly honored to receive great feedback from teachers and librarians--because they really know their stuff! I met quite a few preschool and early education teachers that day, who all said how much they like wordless picture books for that age, since the kids are too young to read, but enjoy creating their own stories. I hope their classes have fun with this one!

Me and my amazingly supportive big sis, Dani. She and Jen hardly ever miss a signing!
Overall, it was a really enjoyable and successful first signing, especially since the book had only hit stores just days before the event. We sold lots of copies of the book and got the word out, enjoyed the Maine summer weather, and hopefully made some new friends and fans, too!

Like my sea glass earrings? A sweet gift from Kate at Shoreside Chic.


Next, I headed to Belfast! 
Yup. We're in Maine! (This must be a beautiful drive in the fall, leaf peepers take note!)

The weekend of July 27, 28 & 29 is the "Belfast Bound Book Festival"! It's an amazing festival in which over 20 area shops and bookstores participate and host guest speakers (authors, illustrators, publishers), demonstrations, book signings, informational sessions and Q&A, readings, and more for both adults and children.

I was honored to be asked to join the festivities this year, and signed books from 2-4 on Friday (27th) at a wonderful store called, Beyond the Sea (creator of the book festival event!). They had lots of copies of both Journey of the Sea Glass and my second book, Down East in the Ocean, on hand, and I got to signing before I even had sat down and unpacked! That's always a good start!

Great sea glass collection of books and handmade local art!
My time slot was shared with some fabulous ladies. It was great meeting the very friendly and wonderful Nancy Griffin, author of Making Whoopies: The Official Whoopie Pie Book. There were also yummy locally made mini whoopie pies to taste! 

We were also joined by author Katie Clark, author of the children's book, Grandma Drove the Lobster Boat, and the rest of the "Grandma Drove" series, which are so entertaining and funny, and have lively and beautiful illustrations by Amy Huntington.
We were also visited by well known Maine author of dozens of cherished children's books, Lynn Plourde. She was just a few doors down at The Purple Baboon signing Lost Trail, (illustrated by Ben Bishop) the recent graphic novel adapted from the true story, Lost on a Mountain in Maine

The weather was just warm, which was a nice surprise, I was preparing myself for a raining day, but we lucked out. The store is so great; I bought myself a new good book to read, a card, and some caramels (I can't resist a good caramel!). I had to stop myself there, I would've bought up the whole store if I could! Perfect mix of a bookstore along with gifts, jewelry, pottery, sea glass arts, and more. I'll definitely be making another trip to Belfast, there were so many wonderful shops and galleries that I just didn't have time to stick around and explore that day. (Fall season-Christmas shopping, anyone?)

Tile coasters and pottery at Beyond the Sea.
Loved this linocut in a gallery window! Love it, want it.
It was a great day, and I was thrilled to be invited to be a guest at such a grand celebration of books! 

A huge thank you to Nanette (above) for having me,
and for dreaming up such a lovely event for book fans!
Photo credit: Thanks to Lynn Plourde's husband, Paul Knowles!

For upcoming events and signings of all three books, visit me on Facebook and keep checking this blog! And for Journey of the Sea Glass events, check out the new website for the book!

Thank you to eveyone who came to these events, it always means a lot 
to hear your kind words and feedback and meet you all in person!
Happy reading!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kitties for Kiddies Donation

Honestly, this is the most time I've ever spent with a cat in my life. 

Thank goodness it didn't have real fur or claws, that would not have been fun for me ;)

This little buddy is a ceramic cat that I painted as a donation for "Kitties for Kiddies", an auction fundraiser for the Islesboro preschool on the island of Islesboro, Maine. The event is taking place tomorrow, July 25th, so I'll hopefully be able to share how much they were able to raise after the event! I hope my cat fetches a pretty penny for those kids, along with the several other area artists' cats!

Here it is when I first received my blank cat-canvas:

I started with a base coat of a tan color, since I was going to paint him orange and white. You can see that a little bit on the other side. Then I painted him orange with some white stripes, and started adding my details. I was going for a little storyline––I titled the piece "Catch of the Day"'ll make sense in the end, it's not animal cruelty!

I wanted to have him wrapped up in rope and fishing net gear, caught by some determined little fishermen (Islesboro is a fishing community, I thought they might appreciate the theme!)...

And here's the finished cat and some details! The rope and fur go all the way around the legs, torso and tail. It was new for me to work three dimensionally, but it was fun and for a good cause!

Can you see why he's so worried now?! He's the Catch of the Day! 

Happy bidding! I hope lots of funds are raised for the wonderful preschool!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Yarmouth Clam Festival

Thanks to the very generous and talented artist & jewelry designer, Kate Clark (of Shoreside Chic), 
you can find my new book for sale tomorrow alongside her sea glass jewelry 
at the Yarmouth Clam Festival! 
There aren't a lot of copies, but they are signed, so hurry hurry! :)

*Look for booth #93, which is located close to the intersection of Main St and Bridge St.*

Her work is fabulous! Check it out:

She'll be there Friday, July 20th, in the arts & crafts sale area starting at 10am!
More info on the festival here.

Have fun at the festival
Eat some kettle corn for me!! 
I'll be at Motifs in Portland doing a book signing there, from 4-7:30pm

Saturday, July 14, 2012

"Journey" signing at Motifs!

Journey of the Sea Glass is expected to start arriving in stores this MONDAY! I still haven't seen the finished product myself, and I'm so antsy to finally see it! We're kicking off the brand new book with my first signing for this one at Motifs in Portalnd. And what a great location! It's right in the heart of Portland's Old Port on the waterfront, 221 Commercial Street. Their new space there is just beautiful. I'll be set up either in the front of the store's entrance or right outside the front door. It's supposed to be a beautiful day, so stop on by after a nice day at the beach! Motifs is just across the street and down a few doors down from Portland Lobster Co. and Longwarf (and of course all the great shopping), so make a day of it and stop by for some books and chit chat and free stuff for the kids, then go get some dinner and take a boat ride from the warf. Come on, don't even try to tell me that doesn't sound like an amazing evening!?  Hope to see you there for this hot-off-the-press book signing! This will be the first of many through the summer. Tell your friends and family!

I don't have prints made from this book's illustrations yet (and I can always make special order requests of any piece) but I will have some free coloring activities for the kiddos, as well as my "Sea Glass Starter Kits"! A great addition to the book as a gift, or for a new young sea glass collector (sea glass kit includes small sea glass pieces, not suitable for kids under 5). More on that and photos soon!

Please help me spread the word by sharing to Twitter & Facebook! 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Giveaway #3! Free Book!


Guess what.

We're doing another FREEBIE giveaway! 
And what better prize to offer up, than a signed & personalized copy of my new book,

This is a great book not only for children to enjoy, but for all ages of beach combers and anyone who loves art or the ocean!  A beautiful piece for the coffee table, even if there are no kids in the house.

My goal is to reach 200 fans on my Facebook page
so help me make it happen, and you're in the running for a free book! Once I hit 200, I'll pick a winner. If you're a FB fan, you're automatically entered! So please share with your friends, spread the word, Tweet it, link it, text it, send it, Facebook it--whatever you can do! 

*Bonus Points* 
If you refer a friend and they like the page, give me their name or have them give me your name, and I'll enter the referrers name again. So the more friends you get to join, the bigger your opportunity to win.

for NicoleFazioIllustration on Facebook

Link to share with your friends:

Thanks, everybody! Good luck & I'll see you on Facebook!