19 Sep

Look at these cuties!

Birthday girl reads to pre-K kids – May 30

3 Jun

Friday, I had the amazing opportunity to read my book to over 100 kids at Barrow Street Nursery School.  They had fun coloring a page from the book.  Most of the kids gave me red hair, but a few experimented with shades of green and purple.

When I asked the kids what Ollie’s next adventure should be, responses ranged from “Ollie goes for a walk” to “I have a dog who is one hundred ten six years old” to “I..I…I…have a turtle, too!” 

Love those little guys!



Beer and a reading by ME at Hip Tot, Park Slope – 5/18, 12-3pm

19 Apr

I am very excited to announce that I will be reading Not Now, Ollie! at the May 18 Hip Tot event at Greenwood Park, Park Slope, Brooklyn!  In case you haven’t heard of it, HIp Tot is a monthly family event at this Brooklyn beer garden.  So parents enjoy some great food and drink while the kids are entertained with singalongs, free giveaways, and readings by folks like me!  Also, Ian and I will be there selling our Pennymadeit goodies, including hair clips, Ollie dolls, and origami creations!




23 Sep


A man.  A Pug.  Lots of alcohol.  A six-hundred mile road trip. 



Bandit gets scolded…

4 Jul

I don’t know what’s more hilarious – this dog’s guilty face – or his owner’s hilarious accent!

Pugs in Clothes – best tumblr ever.

4 Jul

Well, if you are anything like me – Pug obsessed as I am – you’ll love this tumblr site.

Here are some of my faves:


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Ollie teaches kids to read…to their dogs!

15 Apr

My friend Isis sent me this amazing photo of her son Tiye reading Not Now, Ollie to their dog, Blue.  It makes me so happy to see that dogs appreciate the message!not-now-beagle

They LIKE it!

13 Aug

I haven’t shared many pics lately, so here goes:

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Book Launch Event

28 Jul

Well, it’s been almost a week since my book launch party, so I should probably write about it already.  After handing out dozens of invitations (which had adorable buttons or zipper pulls attached), I didn’t get the kid turnout I had hoped for.  However, a bunch of friends showed up, so we got to hang out, eat cupcakes and fruit, watch pug videos and play pug trivia.

The guest of honor was none other than Vinny the pug, nephew-pug to volunteer ‘Uncle’ Ben.  Vinny took every opportunity to beg for food – and he started rooting around in the bag of dog biscuits that I had brought.  At one point, Vinny tried to escape.  Luckily, someone caught him as he was making his way down Broadway.

Thanks to Anita and Kevin, Jody and Noor, Rosa and her sister, Suzanne and Jules, Ben and Vinny, Mabel, DJ Boy, Gio, Valerie.  Extra special thanks to Ian for the beautiful sunflowers and the help setting up!

I also had a table to sell Pennymadeits.  

printers’ press

11 Jul

I think I’ve already mentioned how awesome Publishers Graphics has been with the publication of Not Now, Ollie.  A few days after making it live on their retail site, I got an email from Lisa in their marketing department.  She said she loved the book, and could I write a blurb about the kickstarter process?  Sure, I could.

She wrote a great little article and it’s my first bit of ‘press.’  I’m psyched.

Read it!