Happy October!


I’ve decided that I love October now. I used to hate it but now that I have Little Hoo as my fictional buddy, I love it. So bring on Fall! (Hint, hint: Weather. Summer can get on out of here already with her bad self.)

Little Hoo is officially for sale now! Woot! If you were thinking of buying my latest book, please do! It’s available in paperback or ebook.


We also have a fun little fall craft up over at The Shiksa.com. We did this last year and Tori didn’t end up posting it because she had too many other posts going on but she’s using it now. Yay! Bug seems so little in the pictures.

happy kid

I mourn the days when she would wear dresses and let me braid her hair in two braids instead of one. Le sigh…

put the candle in

Also, gone are the days when she would model for me willingly. Now I have to pay her with frozen yogurt! Bah! Actually, that is a screaming deal since these posts are what are paying my rent these days. Well until my books take off.

Speaking of…

#sajinparis Aqui is NOT helping me finish #sajinparis .
(Bug helping me stay on task. Aqui not so much.)

I’m almost done with Secret Agent Josephine in Paris!!! Two more pages to go which I hope desperately to get done today so I can have my life back.

#sajinparis almost done!!

Hang in there Secret Agent Josephine!

Shiksa Crafts!

Shana Tova!

We sure do a lot of Jewish crafts for not being Jewish but we like it that way. Jesus was Jewish after all so it’s fun to follow Jewish traditions and imagine what Jesus did when he was little. I don’t think he made honeybee cards like these ones we made for Alpha+Mom but I’m sure he ate honey!

Theses cards are actually really fun and super simple to make. Got bubble wrap? Got paint? Got patience for a little painty mess? Then you should make some!


If you celebrate Rosh Hashanah you might like to make some napkin rings like these we made for The Shiksa in the Kitchen. The kids loved painting the beads.


I do really love painting with children. I think one of these days I might retire Secret Agent Josephine and start a more intimate blog just about painting and being still in the quietness of art.

Tea and painting.