This is the first in the series of books written and illustrated by my sister,
Be sure and check out the other book titles on her website.
I finished the cape for my sister to use on her school visits.
She always captivates and engages her young audience.
This cape will add to the fun.
Now, I am planning my next project.
I ordered some material from Spoonflower to make something special for Emma.
The fabric is entitled, “feeling pensive”.
As soon as the material arrives, I will post more information about this project.
This evening I was able to applique the letter M and the lightening bolt on my sister’s writing cape.
For Christmas, I pieced three black and white fabrics to make the front panel of a messenger bag for my Emma. I remembered that I had a pieced section left over in my stash. I used it to make the initial.
The pig snout is poofed up with batting.
The white and black polka dot lining is also cut, so I pinned it to the red fabric.
It will be ready to sew tomorrow.
Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.
June has always been a favorite month for me.
I was born on my mother’s birthday, and to this day, I still brag about it to my siblings. 🙂
I have a cousin, a brother-in-law, and a daughter-in-law who have June birthdays.
As a child, the month of June meant SUMMER FUN was here.
We began the summer with a pool and pinata party; and the fun continued until
it was Back-to-School time.
This June has been another great start to summer.
I have spent time with my sons, daughter-in-laws, grandchildren, and friends.
This is the first week I have nothing scheduled on my calendar.
After going to the gym this morning, I started writing project based lesson plans for my friend.
For 42 years, I would spend time in my summers preparing for the next school year, and I can not let go of this habit. I love writing curriculum.
Next, I began working on the super hero cape for my sister, Emma, to use at her school presentations.
I purchased the fabric and made a pattern.
The outer cape will be red satin.
The inner cape will be white with black polka dots satin.
This was my first design for the logo.
My sister’s books are about a Pig in a Wig, and I need to put a snout somewhere on the cape.
I think I will simplify the logo and add the snout to the front of the cape.
I still have to put some more thought into this design.
Not having anything on the calendar for this week is rather nice.
Tomorrow will start with a morning cup of coffee.
I’ll rock in my porch chair and thank God for creating June.
Then I’ll decide what to do next.
I think I am finally getting the hang of being retired!
My son sent me this photo from Port A.
He had taken his son for the weekend.
I think I hear Port A calling me!
During my years as an educator, I used every prop available to inspire and empower my students. We wore thinking caps, used plastic hand clappers, blew duck whistles, and wore star shaped glasses to read poetry through the “eyes of a poet”. A favorite motivator was wearing capes. I made myself a cape, and the parents provided home made or store bought capes for their child. These were our writing capes. They looked so cute as they whirled and twirled and wrote great stories.
My sister, Emma, is an author and illustrator of children’s books. Emma visits schools and she is great with the children. A few days ago, Emma mentioned that she wanted a writing cape. I want to try and make one for her. I decided to try making a smaller one first. I have never made anything with shiny, slippery material, so I needed to practice.
Today, I made one for my grandson. I used one of his t-shirts to form the top of the pattern. I had some difficulty with the slippery fabric, but it worked out.
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.
It is my good fortune to have the best siblings ever.
This morning, I met my sister, Emma, for breakfast.
We met at mom’s favorite restaurant, Jim’s.
Emma is a talented, creative author and illustrator.
Her fourth book in the Pig in a Wig series will be out soon.
She was invited to attend the TLA Conference in San Antonio,
and it was so nice spending time with her.
Emma is the youngest of the siblings, and I do believe the wisest.
It was a morning of great conversation and much inspiration.
After such a great morning, I returned home and started making the quilt in memory of my dad.
His full name was Jose Leon Virjan, but everyone called him Pepe.
Last night, I designed a lap quilt.
When I opened the bag where I had stored my dad’s shirts, I couldn’t help but smile.
The bag had a faint smell of my parent’s home, and it was so comforting.
The shirts are a bit more frail than I thought, and I was thinking of not making the quilt.
Then I thought that the quality of the fabric isn’t what matters.
The quilt is for me.
The memories, the process of making this quilt, is what matters.
I spent the afternoon cutting the shirts and thinking of my dad.
Today was definitely a family day, where minds contacted with one another.
Dad and his plaids! I can just see him…
wearing these shirts and his bermuda shorts !
This is the center block for the quilt.
We knew this first December without mom would be tough, but oh my…
Thankfully, I have three super siblings.
My youngest sister was in town this week.
We went to eat breakfast at Jim’s, my mom’s favorite place for breakfast.
It was great being together.
We miss having our brother near.
He lives in Seattle, but we do keep close contact.
It has been a great week.
Emma, the author and illustrator for The Pig in a Wig series, was scheduled in schools and at Barnes and Noble for author visits and book signing.
It was a thrill to see her with the children.
She connects with her audience and inspires them.
Today, one little boy said he was going to go home and write his own story.
The teacher in me just wanted to dance with joy when I heard him say this!
I took this photo as she was setting up at Barnes and Noble.
The wig and pig nose are big hits with the kids!
I am so proud of her!
Oh, at Barnes and Noble, I found a great book by Lucinda Ganderton.
I haven’t had a chance to study it, but, I like what I have seen so far.
Upon returning home, I got right back to work on a Christmas stocking.
My youngest son said he was looking for a stocking for his son, and I, of course, volunteered to make one.
I made my own pattern for the stocking, but I did find a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
When my sons were little, I made stockings out of felt.
I followed the tradition of placing a felt, beaded tree and train.
This time, I wanted to quilt a stocking.
This is what I have so far.
I made my own tree applique, but cheated and used already made Christmas and bird appliques.
I hope to finish this tomorrow morning.
My friends and I will be volunteering at a school on Thursday.
I let my friend talk me into her bird brain idea of making 97 bird seed ornaments to give the students.
I will be teaching an art/writing lesson on Thursday, and I need to prepare for that.
It is my honor to be the sister of a great author and illustrator, Emma Virjan.
Young readers are delighted with the adventures of Pig in a Wig.
The rhythm, rhyme, and word patterns make it easy and fun to read.
I’m also proud to say that my son, Sean Cunningham, is the creator of the trailers for Pig in a Wig.
BookPeople, in Austin, hosted the book launch for Emma’s first book in this series, What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig. I wanted to make something special to celebrate, so I decided to make my first tote bag. I purchased a pattern, but found the instructions were confusing. Even people with experience confirmed that the pattern was not user friendly. This became a real learning experience for me.
I used one of Emma’s images of Pig in a Wig (with permission) and made an applique to add onto the center of the tote.
Cindy, at Las Colchas, demonstrated the bullion stitch, and I thought it would be great to add dimension to Pig’s bouffant. By the time I got home, I had already forgotten how to do the stitch, so I researched and found a tutorial for the bullion embroidery stitch.
I wanted my two youngest grandchildren to participate in the celebration, Pig- in- a- Wig- style, so I added and applique of Pig onto a dress and a t-shirt.
It was a great day, celebrating my sister!
Acquired /Improved Skills: Reading and adjusting a pattern, making a large tote, boxing the corners of a tote, bullion embroidery stitch, applique techniques