Category: Odds & Ends

Mayne Island writers’ retreat

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of going to Mayne Island to join CWILLBC‘s writers’ retreat, lead by renowned Canadian author Caroline Adderson (who writes for both adults and children). In addition to me, the “retreaters” included the following Canadian kidlit authors (from the left to right in the photo): Vivien Bowers, whose book Wow Canada! has sold over… Read more →

D-I-Y needle-felted heart

It’s time to get crafty — just in time for Valentine’s Day! If you want a new needle-felting project, or if you’ve never tried needle-felting before, check out our step-by-step guide to making your own felted heart. There’s a bonus idea at the end, too! Click on the images below to enlarge them, or download the high-resolution PDF with the… Read more →

QM Residency (Redux)

Holman had the pleasure of returning to Queen Mary Elementary in Vancouver for another Artist-in-Residence stint in January 2017. This, time Holman worked with students on “value spheres” — multi-layered wool balls that would represent the core values of each student. The process began with rolling wool tightly and then dipping the ball into warm, soapy water. Then the work… Read more →

Exhibition at Hofstra U

Presidential Debates, eat your heart out! We are thrilled that the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History at Hofstra University in Hampstead, New York is hosting an exhibition of our work entitled Deeply Felt: The Art of Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns. The exhibition is being held at the Rosenberg Gallery in Calkins Hall, November 21-February 14,… Read more →

The Candy Palmater Show

Holman was thrilled to be on The Candy Palmater Show on CBC Radio today! He talked about Cozy Classics, reading, and his daughter’s new favorite picture book. Check out the audio and the CBC blog post here! Why breaking bedtime rules might get kids excited about books: https://t.co/Kthmiq1tIq &more tips from @CozyClassics pic.twitter.com/3QclaG8ZJt — Candy Palmater Show (@cbccandy) August 18,… Read more →

Lin-Manuel Madness!

Last month, we shared our fuzzy tribute to Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose last day in the Broadway production of Hamilton was July 9. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek: our figure was actually our first attempt at outdoor, booze-fuelled felting (not recommended for the faint of heart!). Our tribute to Lin-Manuel has since been picked up by the A.V. Club, The Horn Book (with… Read more →