I posted this blog back in 2005, and it gives you some of the information, so go read that first, and then come back here for the rest of the story. Angels and Shining Stars
No peeking....go read the other blog and then come back.
OK, now that you have grabbed a tissue or two, and your eyes are clear of tears, let's continue...
After Elisabeth died, my sister spiraled down into a deep depression, and art was one thing she could run away into to find some relief from the pain of loss. She picked up a pen and a paint brush and wrote and illustrated a children's story about Elisabeth and Mom. All the pictures are original 8x10 watercolours, and the story is written in verse.
My mother will always be remember for her purse. We laughed about it as kids, and continue to do so to this day. When I or my sister are rummaging around in our purses for something now, we look at each other and laugh... OMG we are turning into mom!
Mom didn't go anywhere without her purse, and it was full of wondrous things. If you needed something, she more than likely had that item tucked away in there. When she came to visit, she carried clean underwear in her purse, just in case her other luggage got lost. So you will see in the book, that most of items listed there were actually in her purse at one time or another. Even the pork chop! That story is for another blog though.
After a few years, my sister took the book to a few publishers, but the publishing business is very hard to break into, so the original watercolour pictures and written verse sat in a file folder in a drawer for years. I decided that the family and a few close friends had to have a copy of the book, so John scanned the pictures into the computer, made up a few titles pages, and printed off a few copies for me. I made construction paper covers in the shape of a purse, stapled pages and covers together, and gave them to family members.
|This is the first one I made, and I improved the design with each additional book, but I gave all the others away, so this is the only one I have left to take a picture of. At least it gives you the idea and sort of looks like a purse.
|Title page - original size 81/2 x 11
|These little characters are hidden on every page of the book.
|Sample of one of the watercolour pictures. Can you find the angel and the mouse?
|Another sample of one of the 19 fabulous illustrations in the book. Look for the angel and mouse here too.
|Danica reading to JJ
|Each page ends with a question, so here the kids are trying to figure out the next item Grandma finds in her purse.
|Searching for the mouse and angel on each page.
I continue to hope that a publisher accepts the book one day, and we can share this fabulous work of art far and wide. Above is a short video clip of Dani reading to JJ.