From Sketch to (almost!) Finished—-The first Illustration for Bedtime for Little Owl

The first illustration is almost complete!

The first illustration is almost complete!

owl2I spent much of this weekend Bedtime-for-little-owl3working on the first illustration for my story Bedtime for Little Owl. It isn’t quite complete yet, but it’s finished enough to get your feedback, and show you the sketch it started from.

Why did I start with this panel? Well, actually, it was the only one I had all the fabrics for already =0) The rest of the fabric arrives on Thursday!



The picture to the left is the sketch I did for this illustration.

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Just finished in the studio!

A faerie mother and her child.

A faerie mother and her child.

A new faerie and her baby just finished! She needs a name– if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

A closer up view of faerie mom and baby.

A closer up view of faerie mom and baby.


Faerie mom and baby showing her very pretty face.

Faerie mom and baby showing her very pretty face.


Looking at baby.



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Work in Progress, more sketches for Bedtime for Little Owl

I’ve been recovering in bed for the past few days after having a stomach bug and then getting a kidney stone on top of that. (Yes, Mom, I’m drinking lots of water!)

If you know me, you know that I don’t like sitting still— so if I wasn’t napping I was keeping my hands busy.

I’m pretty happy with how it is shaping up, and looking forward to getting into the next stage– still a lot of sketches to go though!

Bedtime-for-little-owlsk1Bedtime-for-little-owl3Bedtime-for-little-owlBedtime-for-little-owlAs you can see I have a big helper!

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Bedtime for Little Owl

I am working on a new project, because I wasn’t busy enough (joking!) This book is a new challenge I’ve set for myself though. The story is about a little owl who wants to stay awake during the day and explore because the world looks so beautiful in the sunshine, but he discovers that there is no place like home and the world is just as beautiful at night. Here are a few preliminary sketches– I’m just trying to get the feel of how owls move and look.

A page from my sketchbook.

A page from my sketchbook.





















If you love owl’s too, you can make Hoot, the owl. Find his pattern on the Animal Sewing Pattern Page! Or on Etsy  by following this link –>Hoot, sewing pattern

Hoot, sewing pattern by Jennifer Carson

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My events page has been updated!

The library faerie

The library faerie

Want to meet me in person? Visit my events page to find out if I’ll be somewhere near you!

Want me to come to your event? Send me a note through my contact page!

Some events where you’ll find me this spring:

I’ll be Skyping with classrooms around the country in March to celebrate literacy. Email me for a time slot!

March 27, 2014– Kearsarge Regional  Middle School, Literacy Night

An evening for the students and families at KRMS. Guest keynote speaker is our fabulously talented and local storyteller, Simon Brooks and workshops on poetry with author Trisha Woolridge, world building 101 with yours truly, storytelling with Simon, writing lyrics with Vice-Principal of KRMS Percy Hill, snappy dialog with author Laura Pauling, and the importance of including your pets in your family memoirs by author Dee Currier, this should end up being an awesome night of celebrating literacy in our community! Call the school form ore information if you have a child in the district.

March 29, 2014Magickal Marketplace, at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, NH

12-7pm I’ll have OOAK faeries  and copies of  the new edition of Hapenny Magick!

April 8, 2014– Author’s Tea, Laconia, NH 5-7pm

You are cordially invited to attend the Children’s Authors Tea.  This wonderful, free event is organized to promote the importance of early literacy.  Come celebrate the “Week of the Young Child” and “Strengthening Families and Communities Month” with us!

Evening Events: Book signing and sales by authors, local libraries will offer information about their services, story telling, music, and raffle drawings. For more information please call Child Care Resource and Referral at the Family Resource Center at 524-1741 x21

Belknap Mill
25 Beacon St. East
The Mill Plaza
Laconia, NH

May 2-4, 2014–SCBWI- New England Annual Conference

I’ll be attending this conference as a faculty member in my position as Senior Editor for Spencer Hill Press. Manuscript critiques are available on Friday and Saturday. Go to the NESCBWI website for more information.

May 18, 2014–BAM! Store in Concord, NH 1-3pm

Join me at the Books a Million store on Louden Rd. in Concord, NH between 1-3 for a reading of the new edition of Hapenny Magick and have your book signed.

May 29-31, 2014–Book Expo America, New York City, NH

Come visit me in the Spencer Hill Press booth!

 Look for more dates coming soon!

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New Sewing pattern, The March Hare

The March Hare, a new sewing pattern for March 2014

The March Hare, a new sewing pattern for March 2014

This cute little Hare is all dandied up for the season! The March Hare is 9″ tall when sitting and is 12″ long in total length. The directions for this sewing pattern are clearly written and illustrated.
Directions are for a fully jointed hare made of soft faux fur with needle felted eyes and an embroidered nose and mouth.


You can purchase the sewing pattern on:

Etsy or Patternmart.



March Hare, PMRT

March Hare, PMRT

This cute little Hare is all dandied up for the season! The March Hare is 9″ tall when sitting and …

Price: US$8.00

Click for details

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Awesome Creature Maker Monday, Fionna

Meet Fionna! She is my awesome creature maker for this week! Here’s what she wrote me:

Hi Jennifer, you don’t know me personally but I have had some of your patterns for a while now and just starting to make them up. I am not a sew-er as such, as I am mainly a Clay sculpter, but just having a wee break off clay and needed something else to do, then I remembered your patterns I had here. You make the patterns so simple to read etc., I didn’t have any trouble with them what so ever , so thank you for making easy to read patterns (for normally non-sewing people like myself lol !)……here is a link to my first ever soft sculpt I have just about finished…

Ms. LIlly

Ms. LIlly


Isn’t she beautiful? You can find more of Fionn’s work on her Facebook Page.


Keep up the awesome work, creature makers!


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New, hand sclupted OOAK faeries

The new hand sculpted faeries that first appeared on my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago, have finally been listed on Etsy! Here are some more in progress.

A Mouse Fae-- She's not quite what I was gong for yet, but close!

A Mouse Fae– She’s not quite what I was gong for yet, but close!


a close up of the Mouse Fae









a long eared, long footed fae baby


A gnome baby


A tiny little elf faerie–just under 2″ long!


You can find this little faerie for sale in my Etsy shop.































Available on Etsy


Available on Etsy


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Awesome Creature Maker Monday

I’ve been wanting to find a cool way to show off all the great pictures people have sent me of their creations using my patterns, so I’m creating Awesome Creature Maker Monday!

Meet Cindy. She took my troll tot pattern and made a heavy metal troll. Here’s the message she sent me:

icm_fullxfull.36368646_v1ct62ytpmo080owos0oI just thought you would like to see the finished product- he ended up being a cute heavy metal baby troll! he’s modeled after the bass player of my favorite band, Finntroll. I met them in December, and they were quite impressed with him! so, thanks for the fun pattern and rock star moment!

No, Cindy-Thank you for sharing your awesome story and photos! I love it when people integrate their own ideas with my patterns.

You can visit Finntroll’s Facebook page to learn more about them here. You can learn more about Cindy on her blog.



If you have a great story and cool photos of a creature you’ve made based on a Dragon Charmer pattern you can contact me here or send me a message through Etsy!

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It’s official! Hapenny Magick is going to be a game!





Last Spring I was approached by a gaming company in Indiana about using the premise of Hapenny Magick to make a game about building community. Now, it’s official! Coming this spring to a store near you is Hapenny Magick: A Troll’s Afoot!  from Prospero’s Pen Games.

In the game players have to work together to rid the Wedge of Trolls, just like Maewyn, Callum, Alleta, Leif and the community of happenies in Hapenny Magick had to do. The game is full of magick and fun, and my family can NOT wait to play it!

Recently I discovered that Steve Jackson’s team (creator of such fabulous games as the Munchkin series and zombie dice–both family favorites at our house) has been mentoring the Prospero team. I hope this means really great things for all involved in the coming months.

9781937053918_p0_v1_s260x420Don’t forget that the new, award winning, edition for Hapenny Magick is now up for presale. The official publication date is April 15th and it includes two new illustrations from Pat Ann Lewis, the short story that inspired the novel and four new illustrations from faerie artist Linda Ravenscroft. Treat yourself to a fun read after dealing with all those tax trolls! Please ask your local book store and library to bring in some copies of Hapenny Magick and to keep an eye out for the game.

You can pre-order online at Amazon, B&N, BAM! and don’t forget our local independents! There is also an educator’s newsletter e-mail list for Spencer Hill Press. Drop me a line if you’d like to be added on to it. It comes out quarterly, has educational articles and book discussion questions included and every quarter you are instantly entered to win four titles from the publisher. This quarter’s newsletter has a sample chapter from Hapenny Magick as well!

And keep an eye on my blog for the official release of the cover for the sequel, Tangled Magick! It’s finished, it’s beautiful, and I can’t wait to share it with you.


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