New Coloring Bookmarks! (and Brand New Etsy Shop!)


For the record, I generally reserve my exclamation points for moments when I really need them!

I’ve been working my tail off for the past few weeks to get my blog updated, to finish more bookmarks, and actually start an Etsy shop.  I’m happy to say that I’m slowly working down my to do list and that things are coming together.  Meanwhile, I had to show these guys off.  Some of you may have seen the earlier draft of them that I made to use at the bookstore.  I originally intended to do a little refining and then sell them, but then I started working on them and went a wee bit crazy.  I’m really happy with the result.

My other exciting news is that I finally put up an Etsy shop.  It isn’t fancy yet and I’ll probably re-announce its existence once I finally get a few more things on it and it looks like I want it to.  Until then, I have both my current bookmark sets (Bookshelf Cats and the Space set) up for sale as PDF files to download, and I’ll have some baby quilts up in the next few days.  I appreciate everyone’s support as I get all this put together; everyone needs to be told they’re doing a good job once in a while, so thank you friends and family for giving me that little bit of encouragement.  I would absolutely appreciate anyone actually buying my  bookmarks (and leaving a nice review so that people know I’m a real person).  I’m new to this whole selling things online game, so advice is welcome.

Check out the shop: The Scribbler Experiment on Etsy

Happy Easter!


Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!  I’ve been to church already, said hello to friends and family, and lamented the fact that my brother is still not out of bed.  I’m a much happier sleepy person when Greg is miserable too.  That’s pretty much how having a sibling works, for those of you who didn’t know.

Happy Easter, again!


P.S. I’ve been making fancy chalkboards at the bookstore, so I got brave enough to do my own lettering on the photo.  More on that when they’re done.  If they’re ever done.  I don’t think chalkboard lettering is my calling in life, but I cannot possibly get worse at it.

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

My copy isn’t as pretty as it started out. It lived in my purse for too long!

I may have mentioned recently that I’m trying to get better at finishing advanced readers before they’re actually released. This particular book was a case of me having to read another book before I started it, so it’s actually that much more impressive that I did it before the book is released on April 5.

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard is actually a followup to Jonathan Auxier’s Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, which I had been eyeing for a while. Sophie gave be an excuse to finally read it and I’m glad I did because Peter, a master thief with no eyes, proved one of the more intriguing heroes I’ve run into in recent memory. Peter and his half horse half cat sidekick, Sir Tode delivered an action packed, fantastic, and funny sort of adventure that I’m happy I finally got to. I love Auxier’s writing; he’s clever and creative, and I look forward to eventually getting my hands on a copy of The Night Gardener.

Sophie Quire revisits the world of Peter Nimble, but instead of focusing on the adventures of Peter and Sir Tode, Auxier introduces us to a new adventurer, bookseller’s daughter, Sophie who is struggling to come to terms with a city ordinance that would disturb any true book lover. Led by the evil Inquisitor Prigg, the town of Bustleburgh aims to rid itself of all nonsense in order to better mankind. Stories, obviously warp our minds, and magic never does anything good for anyone. Sophie dreads the upcoming “Pyre Day” when the city will set fire to all fiction and outlaw all fantastic stories.

It’s a terrifying premise, and one we’ve all read before—who can forget Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451? Auxier spices it up with four magic books that have been lost, rumor has it, to the ages: Who, What, Where, When. Sophie comes across the “Book of Who”, learns a few of its secrets (like the fact that it can tell you about anyone(including herself), and that her murdered mother once owned it), and soon finds herself on the run from Inquisitor Prigg and the mysterious Madame Eldritch who want the books for their own evil purposes.

One of the things I love about Auxier’s stories is that he is able to create such interesting and fascinating places. When he takes you somewhere it feels familiar but exciting and new, and my favorite place in Sophie Quire was “The Last Resort”, an inn/tavern on the edge of the Uncanyon, where all things end. Collected here are the most fabulous fictional characters of legend (in Sophie’s world, of course) who gather every night to tell a story in exchange for their room and board.

I won’t ruin the story and all its marvelous bits and pieces for you, but if you’re a fan of middle grade/ya fantasy or have loved stories like Chris Colfer’s “Land of Stories” series or even classics like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, you’ll absolutely enjoy Auxier’s Peter Nimble, Sir Tode, Sophie Quire, Professor Cake and the rest.

Sophie Quire on Amazon

Jonathan Auxier’s Website

(Or you could come pick it up at Once and Again Books!)

P.S. I’m totally feeling snazzy because I had to add my own html tags to this article so that it had paragraphs…don’t ask me why…I wish I knew…but WordPress was just not cooperating.

Star Wars: Combining Patterns for Mon Mothma

Next in the string of Star Wars costumes related posts: combining multiple patterns to get the actual pattern for your costume.

Pam and Angela
This is going to be a brief little overview to a very simple (in my opinion) concept. What do you do when you can’t find an exact pattern to create the costume you’re trying to make? You get a little creative. The main costume I was in charge of for the GNFCC Business Expo was Mon Mothma, and she wears a long flowy dress that’s fairly fitted at the top, with long poofy sleeves that come in at the wrists. Over top of that is a big old panel of fabric (technical terms) with a collar and some doodads (also technical).
The thing about dresses with big poofy sleeves like that is that they aren’t exactly in fashion, and probably haven’t been since, I don’t know, wedding dresses in the 80’s? Continue reading

GNFCC Business Expo Photos on Flickr

I’ve created a brand new Flickr account for all of the booth photos from the GNFCC Business Expo.  This seemed easiest, since so many different people wanted their photo-Flickr has a handy little download button.  You’re all welcome to any of the photos from the GNFCC Business Expo album.  If you use anything online, I would love it if you gave me a little mention in the photo credits and let me know where my photos show up!

Nothing Bundt Cakes

The account can be found here: The Scribbler Experiment Flickr Account

GNFCC Business Expo: May the Force Be with Us!

Ribbon Cutting with Senator Brandon Beach

I am happy to report that Stephanie and I managed to successfully finish all three costumes, and that we were a hit at the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Business Expo today.  Thank you Libby, Hans, and Mom for letting us dress you up, and thank you Kendra Plotkin for being so welcoming to us and for the lovely mention in the Expo program.

This wasn’t my first GNFCC Business Expo, but I think it was my favorite of all the years so far.  I really enjoyed getting to talk to so many wonderful people about the costumes we worked so hard to finish; I even enjoyed promoting my own website.  I’m really proud of what we managed to accomplish and it’s always a great feeling to get to show off my hard work.

Normally when we make costumes, we exhibit them at conventions among other cosplayers.  Needless to say, my audience today was a little different than my norm.  Many of the people I spoke to had never put much thought into costuming and were really impressed by what we could do.  I talked to people whose friends were cosplayers, who had helped their kids make costumes before, who had been the one to single handedly make ballet costumes for their child’s dance troupe for years.  I even met a man who sympathized with all the work we did because his wife is a high school drama teacher.  Normally she’s the one making the costumes!


I know I promised to put up progress photos before the event, but the past two weeks were full of so many major hiccups that I didn’t manage it.  So, over the next few days, I’m going to be posting some progress shots to show the different pieces we made, how they were constructed, and why we decided to construct them in the way we did.  I might even tell you the secret of what I used to make the outer panel of the Mon Mothma costume (it’s a weird one…I recycled!).

Please, if you get a chance, check out Elder Panda Cosplay to see some of Stephanie’s other work!  Don’t forget to like her on Facebook!

The Force is with Us!

Exciting (yet strange) news everyone!  The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo this year is Star Wars themed.  In a fit of enthusiasm, I sort of volunteered Stephanie-Elder Panda Cosplay-and myself to make three costumes to appear at the Business Expo ribbon cutting at 10 am on March 11.   Now there are a few kickers: #1, neither one of us can actually attend the ribbon cutting, #2 that’s less than two weeks away.

It doesn’t matter though, because as any good cosplayer knows, you can plan to do things ahead of time as much as you want, but when it comes down to it you end up struggling to finish pretty much everything the very last few weeks before a con.  This seemed like a perfect opportunity to document a little about cosplaying for those that have never made their own costumes before, or for those that have always considered yet never done it.  It is doable.  If we can manage three costumes in two weeks, then you can absolutely do one if you give yourself enough time to plan it out, buy good materials, and then piece it all together. (And if we manage to fail (We won’t!  I’m feeling good about this) you can still do it.  Just make sure you give yourself a bit more than two weeks time!)

The three costumes we have planned:

  • Mon Mothma—A Senator who opposed Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and helped to form the Rebel Alliance. This costume will be worn by my Mom, Pam Santoro, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices of GA.
  • Obi Wan Kenobi—You know who he is. Do I need to tell you?  This one will be worn by Hans Meier of Alpha Office Products.
  • Rey—The heroine of the new “The Force Awakens” movie. This one will be worn by Libby, a friend of Stephanie’s who has so kindly allowed us to dress her up and send her to the expo in our place.

I hope you follow us through our crazy/speedy cosplay journey.  I know I’m excited to get started!  So far we have our patterns sorted out and fabric bought.  In my next update I’ll go into a little bit about combining sewing patterns, which, I know, sounds utterly terrifying if you’ve never done it before.

If you’re interested in the Expo, register here for this excellent event!