Monday, November 15, 2010

Book Festival and Books!

The Savannah Children's Book Festival was great fun for us on Saturday. The weather was PERFECT!!
We had Daniel's books to offer, prints of some of his illustrations and my bookmarks, and we sold quite a bit! They only provide the authors/illustrators with a fairly small 3 foot round table, but we made it work.
I brought my knitting and the camera for those times when we had a lull, except there were none! We were busy and talking to people from about 9:30 when we were all set up until 4 p.m. It was so much fun!! Plus, we got to see several old friends and meet a few new ones.
Daniel said that while I was standing in the looooong line to the bathrooms, a couple of girls came by to look through my bookmarks (they were very popular with little girls!) and inquired if I had one that said BFF (Best Friends Forever) and suggested that he tell me I need to make one like that. Made me laugh!

We completely sold out of one of Daniel's book, but have a few left over of the others and I thought I'd show them to you. If you'd like to buy an autographed or dedicated copy, e-mail me ( and we can work out the details.
Jiro's Pearl has always been my very favorite of Daniel's books. This story and the book all evolved from a dream Daniel had one night that left him with the image of a little Japanese boy walking through a forest. The story is wonderful and the images are exquisite, even if I say so myself! To find out more, visit Daniel's website here.
Take the Lead, George Washington is a beautiful and fairly long chapter/picture book for either advanced younger readers or reluctant older readers. It's about George Washington's childhood until he becomes a surveyor at the age of 15. The writing by Judith St. George is riveting and Daniel's illustrations are fantastic!! For more info and images from the book, click here
Henrietta is a fun, silly book that really popular with younger kids as the text is in rhymed verse. It's a story about Henrietta, and ostrich mama who likes to bury her head in the sand when things get dicey (can't we all relate?!?). For more on this book, click here!
From the Land of the White Birch is my other favorite book of Daniel's, but this one we sold out of last Saturday - completely. It is out of print, all hardbound and paperback copies of the book have been sold, and all the art from the book is either in private or museum collections. Daniel drew the black and white illustrations in charcoal on coquille board - they were stunningly exquisite! You can click here to see more images from the book!

So, if you would like to purchase an autographed or dedicated copy of one of the first three books, e-mail me ( and we'll go from there.

I've been super busy running errands all day! Tomorrow, I'll show you some of the prints we sold at the festival - so beautiful!! Then, I have knitting to show, more artwork, recipes to share and nature photos to post - I need more hours in the day!!

I hope your Monday is a great one!!


  1. Hi Beautiful. Oh I would love to have "Jiro's Pearl"!!I will send you a mail. Hugs & Love
    Annika ;)
    P.S: and of course one of your bookmarks ;)

  2. Two very talented people under one roof top! It doesn't surprise me that both of you did so well. Looking forward to seeing your other items.

  3. Liebe Silke,

    wenn du möchtest, kannst du dir bei mir
    einen Award nehmen.

    Herzliche Grüße
    Angela und Elisabeth

  4. Looks like you two had a great time. Love the illustrations...they are TOP and your bookmarks look fabulous!!! I had a great weekend too...was at a watercolor workshop alllll weekend,fun,fun!

  5. I'm so glad it went well for you. Looks like it was a beautiful day weather-wise too!

  6. Oooooooo---sounds like it was a GOOD time! and seriously, make the BFF bookmarks.....they probably would FLY.
    I have been knitting all day; I now have a numb right hand. Does that mean it is time to quit, you think? ;D


  7. Awe.... so happy for you both!! Looks like you guys had a wonderful time!!

  8. silke, reading this just made me feel GOOD. i've done a few book fairs and i know what a joy it is to see who is buying and appreciating and going to read your book. i am very impressed with daniel's illustrations--how talented he is. henrietta is my far and away favorite!

    bff. yup. :)

  9. Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad your Book Festival was a success. Daniel's illustrations are wonderful! I'm glad you enjoyed yourself talking to people and having fun. The weather's been very cooperative as well. I just love this time of year.

    Have a lovely week and I'll be back ;-)

  10. How fun! So glad you sold lots. Looks like you had a great time.

  11. Amazing - I had no idea that Daniel had so many published books. They are stunning - the illustrations are perfection! What a wonderful day you both must surely have had. Your book marks look lovely in their display - and you do need to make one for BFF for those little girls! Congrats to both of you on your talents and exhibits. Just amazing is all I can say!

  12. Good to hear you had such a fun and successful day. It is wonderful to connect directly with the people that appreciate your art.

  13. So glad it went well for both of you! Daniel's illustrations are amazing! Love your bookmarks! :)

  14. silke, you two amaze much talent! yes, a bff bookmark is what you need to make! that made me laugh out loud!

    love and hugs to you!

  15. Hallo Silke
    viele Grüsse von Susanne. Sie ist ganz begeistert von den vielen, tollen Bildern hier auf dem Blog.
    Ja, und nun hat sie auch noch den Hund entdeckt.
    Seine Augen haben es ihr angetan.
    Ich möchte noch "Danke" sagen, für die lieben Kommentare von Dir. Ich wünsche Dir eine gute Zeit

  16. Hi Silke,
    wie schön, das ihr soviel Spaß und Erfolg auf dem Buchmarkt hattet, Daniels Bücher sehen phantastisch aus, vor allem das mit Henrietta gefällt mir sehr.
    Ich freu mich schon sehr auf mehr Illustrationenn von Daniel.
    Bis bald und danke für deine vielen lieben Kommentare

  17. WWOOWOWOWW!! How did I never know that Daniel was an illustrator? He does fantastic stuff Silke! He should be so proud and I know you are too!
    It must be so fun to live with someone who has a common interest in art and creativity! I would LOVE that!
    You're both so cute :)

  18. Seems like you and Daniel had a great time! You both are so talented!

    Love, C

  19. Oh what a lovely day. I love meeting new people too. Daniel's work is ever so impressive. I think you two are a perfect match. **sigh** Deb

  20. I knew you would have a good time. I'm glad the weather was so nice for you. Daniels books look lovely.

  21. looks like a wonderful both are so daniels books too...all so great...

    always HAPPY to see you at Farmhouse, my friend...

    sending love,
    kary and teddy

  22. oh what a wonderful time you had!!!! and Daniel's books look amazing!!!!

  23. Im so happy you had a great day.How nice it must be to be in your house with a writer and a painter.Special.

    Have a great wednesday ahead!

  24. Congratulations to you both!!!! Looks like you enjoyed a lovely day. Daniel's books look fantastic. Can't wait to see all the new goodies you'll be sharing with us. Theresa

  25. I am so glad you both did so well!!