Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gratitude Gift Guide 2011: A Black and White Tale

As we go through this week of Thanksgiving and into a beautiful season of Giving
I'm thinking of things that will help you Find Joy, Be Inspired, and Create Beauty!
I'd like to introduce you to

by Ann Fahl and Jacquie Scuitto
This little book is a sweetly whimsical tale of a cat, told in verse and wonderful whimsey.
Jacquie is known as the quilt muse and her verses have been delighting me almost as long as I've been quilting. Ann's quilts were among the first art quilts I fell in love with and inspired me to begin this wonderful journey as an artist. You can see the specific quilt here. Her work is always inspired by her immediate environment, be it her garden or in this case, Oreo, a sweet little cat that brightens her home. (Inspired!)

My kidlets, who sadly, must make do with loving on all of our neighbor's cats instead of living with one of their own, have been enjoying this book for several weeks now. Stories before bedtime is one of our favorite times of the day. (Joy!)

Your children or grandchildren will love it when you read this book to them. But of course you don't need little ones. Anyone who has had the pleasure of a purring cat on their lap or watched the playful adventures of a mighty little feline hunter will have a smile on their face as they read each verse.

At the end of the tale Ann describes each of her quilts for you and she even has a cat pattern that you can buy in tandem with the book if you want to make your own sweet little cat quilt. (Be Creative!)

Now, you must know I am not unbiased in any way shape or form. I count both Ann and Jacquie as friends. They are creative artists who have been bold and inspiring. They have gone out on a limb and self-published this book, and endeavor I admire and am happy to support. Think, this Christmas, about supporting artists, fair trade, or hand made. It makes a difference. It makes the world a better place.





You can purchase
A Black and White Tale
on Ann's website.

AND!!!! (as soon as I find where the kids have hidden it) I'm going to give away our copy of this book.
Leave a comment telling me what you are grateful for this week... and a way for me to contact you.
I'll let the kidlets draw a lucky winner next Monday.

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A quick note: lest you think I'm hucking rampant consumerism because it's almost Christmas... Nope. My poor, neglected children get one gift from "Santa" (having known all along that it was me and usually been in on what we call "elfing") and one from their grandparents, and one from each other. It's not their birthday we are celebrating after all. We prefer handmade, or something truly thoughtful... not something expensive. We also find a service project each year that they all can participate in. Their favorite being the "ring and run" variety - leaving gifts on a doorstep. Probably because we dress up like spies to do so.

9 comments:

janice said...

Lyric, Thanks for the heads up, sounds like a wonderful book. If by chance my name/number is chosen, please pick another. I have ordered the book from Ann for my granddaughter who loves my cats -- especially Zeke -- and I know will love the book

Linda said...

I love reading how everyone celebrates Christmas and it seems to me that you honor the "reason for the season" in grand style. Love your work.

Chris said...

What a lovely book! I have a great home for it if you choose my name in the drawing!

Your Christmas celebration traditions are really great. Love the ring and run -

Thank you for the inspiration! All the best, Chris

Linda Kittmer said...

What a wonderful book. My cat Arbour, named by our vet when we first got her because she came from a garden centre and was arching her back at the vet, looks a lot like the black and white cat in the quilts.

Your 'ring and run' gift giving is a wonderul idea. I think I'd like to start incorporating that in my Christmas tradition. Thanks for sharing your idea.

Linda
http://lindakittmer.blogspot.com

P.S. I'm really enjoying your 'Bead It Like You Mean It" DVD. Great inspiration! I highly recommend it!!!

Jennifer said...

Bravo! It looks like this year my family will be beginning a new tradition of not exchanging gifts at all. We, of course, will send things to my nice and nephew (ages 8 and 6), but there will be no gifts exchanged among the adults. I will participate in my guild's white elephant exchange and that will be it! We are looking forward to focusing on the reason for the season and spending time just being a family.

Marit said...

I am thankful to be living near my children so we can all be together for Thanksgiving! Here in Morrisville, NC.

marit1219@yahoo.com

Jane S. said...

I am very thankful that my family is healthy and happy. It's been a rough year with my mom being diagnosed with leukemia, my youngest daughter fighting (and winning) a battle against anorexia and bulimia, and me almost dying from a severe reaction to ibuprofen. Whew! So knowing that we'll all be together on Thanksgiving is the best gift in the world. That's why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

Thank you for the giveaway, it looks like a wonderful book!

Karen said...

Thanks you for sharing Ann's book. I have met her and she is a wonderful and talented lady.

I am thankful that I can recognize all of the little everyday things to be grateful for. I work to celebrate Thanksgiving everyday.

Doreen K. said...

I would love to win this book. I have a friend that loves kitties, and it would make a lovely gift to give to her her.