David and I headed out Friday and stayed over night at a Days Inn in Branford.
The only good thing about the hotel other than the location was that it was clean. We both commented that they must have had an excellent photographer for their website…but anyway…
We had prepped in lots of little ways for the trip.
From brand new his and hers phones equipped with texting which got wonderfully used for communication between Patti and I (I have been sucked into this new technology now !)…
to the essential Rock Fairy bracelet that was a gift from the author herself last year…
After a semi-okay sleep, we were raring to go and meet Patti and her publisher, Mary Norris, for coffee at R.J. Julia Booksellers before the book event.
This was one of the most beautiful bookstore I have ever been in. Think the children’s “Book Store Around the Corner” from the movie “You’ve Got Mail” for adults times 10 ! Just beautiful and so full of juicy, juicy book goodness !
Of course the first thing we did was go and locate “Creative is a Verb” on the shelf.
We both got such a thrill to see it there and open it to the pages where my art is in the book !
Imagine, going into a bookstore and seeing some thing that you have created there ?!! I can imagine how proud Patti feels when she does that, because I sure felt it when I saw my artwork in her creation. David’s pride in the whole thing filled me up even more ! I was kind of filled to the brim all day !!!
We met Mary and Patti for coffee in the bookstore cafe. I gave my friend a huge hug. It was so good to see her in person and look into her beautiful eyes !
I may not know Patti that well in terms of everyday stuff, but we definitely have a connection that is very special to me.
I feel like I know my Writer-Lady Friend by heart.
And I feel like she knows me that way too.
(Mary Norris and Patti Digh – photo by Patti)
I was also very happy to meet Mary, Patti’s publisher at Globe Pequot Press. She is the one who takes such good care of getting Patti’s visions onto the printed page as well as corraling all the incredible art work that a call for art from Patti brings in.
She brought me a sweet little gift that she found – a perfect heart shaped rock! I was very touched that she thought to bring the Rock Fairy such a perfect little giftie !
There was lots of laughing (photo by Mary Norris),
(photo by Mary Norris)
We all posed for a photo with the tiny, sweet pink crayon apron that was given to Patti by Sheila, a mom who recently lost her 4 year old daughter to cancer. Donna’s apron and Donna’s spirit will be traveling with Patti on her tour.
There was time for a few photo opts with Patti, so you know I grabbed my chance. Here’s the shots Patti took of the two of us. Don’t you love how we are even styled perfectly for a photo together ? ;) This one was us with my piece from the book.
(That’s my man hanging out in the background.)
And here we are with the box of Rock My World rocks that Patti is offering as little gifts on the tour as well. Love, love, love that !!!! She also have us some perfect “Creative is a Verb” book marks.
I got my three copies of the book signed. One for me to keep. One for my mom and one for my pal Suzanne. I was asked by Patti and a few others to sign my artwork in the book. That is another first ! It felt kind of good, you know, like an acknowledgement of the care and creativity that goes into creating artwork for publication.
I have been calling myself an artist for a while now, because I know that art and creating are essential to me living the life I want to live. But I have to say that having that title recognized on the outside of myself made me claim the title even more strongly !
Kim de Broin Mailhot, Artist. – that’s me !
Any how, it was a lovely day and I felt so very blessed to be on this planet on this day.
David and I had a yummy late lunch at a local pizza joint after saying goodbye to Patti at the bookstore.
Then we headed to the city beach in Madison, which is right on the Long Island Sound.
The skies and water views were magnificent !
We smooched a little…
(I love this man so very much. He makes me feel so very shiny !)
Found more art in the every day…
and headed back to our clean but not very scenic hotel that we had paid for two nights in advance.
The dreams were sweet anyway…
Happy Monday, Beautiful Ones !