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Children’s Book

Merry Christmas

My dear friends and readers,

On behalf of all who live in Bucklethorn Forest, we wish you a wonderfully blessed Christmas!

May you find hope, joy and peace on this very special day!

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Christmas is near…

A lovely 4th advent Sunday to you! Less than a week to go and the hectic and stress right before Christmas is at its peak. If you’d like to relax a minute, then think about this.

Deep down in the dark and calm woods of Bucklethorn Forest some animals are finding peace and joy at lighting the forth candle and the thought that Christmas is so close. They do not feel the pressure of buying the right presents or cooking the perfect Christmas meal. To them Christmas is a celebration revolving all around friendship.

Here is the promised solution to the 10 hidden ladybugs in last weeks picture. See if you were right and found them all :)

Can you find the one difference in the picture, as appose to the picture I posted last week? Yes, of course, the fourth candle is lit! Happy 4th advent everyone.

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Happy 3rd Advent!

Time is flying! It is already the 3rd advent Sunday and we are moving closer and closer to Christmas Eve. If you would like to relax a bit and just get your mind off things, then here’s a little task for you.

Ladybugs from far and near have come to celebrate the 3rd advent together with Puck, Fiona and Mrs. Weaver. See if you can spot the 10 hidden ladybugs in Bucklethorn Forest. Next week the results will be posted, so if you don’t find all of the ladybugs just come back next Sunday to figure out which ones you missed.

Have fun and may the search begin.

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Second Advent Activity

On behalf of all of Bucklethorn Forest, we wish every one of you a peaceful and joyful second advent! May you find time in this hectic and stressful season to meditate on the true meaning of Christmas to you.

To help you get into the Christmas spirit I prepared a fun coloring sheet of Bucklethorn Forest’s second advent Sunday. Just download it, print it out and get started!

Come back soon to see what Bucklethorn Forest has in store for you on the third advent Sunday ;)

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Christmas gift

BookCoverImageHello my dear friends and readers,

I haven’t posted about my book in ages. I have to admit, life is very busy at the moment and is sadly distracting me from my passion of book writing and illustrating. But on a happier note, I am currently celebrating my one year anniversary on publishing my book “The Adventures of Bucklethorn Forest, Who stole the berries?”. The book sales are still ongoing, so if you don’t have one yet, then don’t hesitate and get a copy! :)

Recently I have been getting very sweet and encouraging messages from friends who have bought my book. Their children find great joy in hearing the story, studying the pictures and the special task of finding the little ladybug hidden on every page.

If you are still looking for a great, educational Christmas present for your child, maybe this children’s book is just the thing. If you click on the kindle version, you can have a sneak-peek into the book.

On behalf of Bucklethorn forest, we wish all of you a wonderful first advent!

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Sneak peek…another character

Squirrel-02Hello my dear friends and readers,

I realize it has been quite some time, since I’ve written about Bucklethorn Forest. I have a lot going on at the moment.
While working on my new book, the sequel to “Who stole the berries?”, I have a few new characters joining the new story.
I thought maybe you would like to get to know one of them.

So without further ado let me present: Ruby
Ruby is an energetic squirrel. She is fun to be around, always in movement and very curious. She loves to learn new things and finds joy in exploring.
Ruby may be very active and always on the go, but she is none the less a very faithful friend. If her friends are in a pickle, she is the first to offer her help.

That’s all for now, I don’t want to spoil any more of the surprise about the second book.

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Happy Easter

While strolling through Bucklethorn Forest, Puck and Fiona have stumbled across some Easter eggs. They already found a few, but are having a hard time spotting more.

Can you help them find all the hidden eggs?

Bucklethorn Forest wishes all a very happy, blessed Easter.

Let the search begin. Have fun!

(In total you can spot 10 Easter eggs.)easterBLOGpicture_web

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Behind the scenes…

acryl-paint-1I would like to give you some insight on why I chose the method I did for my illustrations. If you are interested and faced similar difficulties then I hope I can help you out a bit.

I am sure there are many ways to create illustrations. I am no expert and for me it is learning by doing. I didn’t take any classes on how to illustrate so in the beginning the road was bumpy.

I tried different techniques using oil pastels, water colors, acrylic paint and I even tried finger painting. Some of the techniques didn’t work for me on a practical level. The paper curled up when using the water colors and so I couldn’t scan it without strange shadows on the picture. Other methods just didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to.

water-colors-1Painting on the computer was never an option, since I don’t work very well on computers. I lack the patience and understanding for them.

A mistake I made was looking at other children’s book illustrations. Comparing and trying to copy their methods.

I threw the whole idea of illustrating my own story out the window once again and let it rest for some time.

oil-pastels-1After a while I decided I wanted to do this book and with my mind set on it, all began to fall into place.

I got some simple colored pencils out and started to draw my characters.

When I showed them to my hubby he looked at me and said, that’s your style, that’s the method you should use to illustrate your book.

I am still learning lots as I move forward with the second book.


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Latest news on Bucklethorn Forest …

puck-thinkingMy dear friends and readers,

Maybe you are thinking, now that the book “Who stole the berries?” is done and for sale, that I have a lot of free time. Well, things are quite the opposite at the moment. Here a little update on what’s going on with the Bucklethorn Forest book series.

I am currently working three different projects, all connected to the book series “The Adventures of Bucklethorn Forest”.

My first project is still my first book “Who stole the berries?”. I am busy with marketing strategies. I have made flyers, that I am hanging up in kindergartens, schools and libraries. Middle of February I will be holding my first open book reading. I am researching other marketing ideas and ways of getting my book established.

My second project is translating the book “Who stole the berries?”. I’ve had many requests for it to be translated into German. For the German version of the book, I am currently looking for a publisher. This is very time consuming.

My third project is the most fun for me. I am very excited to announce the second book is already in progress. The story is written and the illustrations are slowly coming together. I am hoping to publish it in 2016.

If you have some time on your hands, then check out the new coloring sheets you can download for free.

Stay tuned for more news and adventures of Bucklethorn Forest.

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Long overdue… introducing Mrs.Weaver

spider_front-1Lately I have been very busy with marketing my first book “Who stole the berries?” of the series “The Adventures of Bucklethorn Forest”. I didn’t get a chance to complete my character introductions. One very important character is still missing. I would like to make up for that now.

Introducing the heart of Bucklethorn Forest… Mrs. Weaver:

Mrs.Weaver is a spider.

She is not the kind of spider you may be used to… scary, spooky and quite frankly nasty.

Mrs. Weaver is kind, generous and caring.

She is loving, but also very much lovable.

Mrs. Weaver being a spider lives in her web and takes great pride in her master piece.

Her favorite food is, no surprise, flies which she catches in her web.

Mrs. Weaver is older and wiser than Puck and Fiona, but still shares a very special friendship with them.

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