20 Years in the Making


“20 years in the making”. That’s about right in a funny kind of way.

This is a special day . A book which I illustrated and wrote over 20 years ago is now available on Amazon (Kindle). That means that when this book was written my family had no access to the internet at home!  The most advanced technology we had was an ancient floor model TV that literally took 20 minutes to warm up.

The very first scanned copies were saved on floppy disc which if I remember correctly could only hold up to 1 megabyte of data (?).

There’s more to the story at MichelleBook.com  if you’d like to check it out.

From time-to-time I’ll post how things are going and what I’ve learned about ebook creation for children’s picture books (the things they don’t tell you).  In some ways it was easy. I watched lots of youtube videos but I ran into some snags or glitches as I went along.

This is the Amazon  link but you can find the book on other Amazon sites such as .com and .uk

Just a note that since it is a larger file (picture book) it may take a little longer to download but Kindle claims it will do this in the background as you work on your computer.


If you go too Google today you will see an homage to Lucy Maud Montgomery or just check out Wikipedia.

She was a children’s author from Prince Edward Island ( very close to Nova Scotia where this book is based from). It is her 141st birthday today. This was a totally delightful coincidence as I had planned to write this article today with no knowledge of it being her birthday.

Thanks for stopping by and more to follow!

My Etsy Pitch

Etsy Stuff

Well every artist has to eat so I hope you won’t mind me putting in a little plug for some of my stuff now and then.  I just opened my shop at Etsy the other day and am starting with some crafts that I made.  They are handpainted and assembled by yours truly.  The little schooner is based on the Nova Scotian Bluenose, the lighthouse on Peggy’s Cove and the mountain is Cape Blomidon in the Valley of NS.

These are painted a few at a time to speed things up and keep the cost down.  I ship to the USA and Canada and perhaps elsewhere depending on the price of shipping.

I am a resident artist myself.  I’ve painted ( in real life size :^) fishing boats and did all my growing up in both the farms and fishing communities of Nova Scotia.  The climate here is overall pretty good however it can change completely from morning to evening.  In the winter the temperature has gone from 10 above Celsius to 10 below within 24 -30 hours.  The weather is always changing.

There are not a lot of jobs here however it is a great place to live and the people are mostly friendly.

You can check out OCEANSKY CRAFTS here and please check back as I am working on some other crafts to fit in here soon.

These PortHoles ( as I call them) are limited editions because I’m not sure i can get the wicker rings for as low a price as I did originally.  Thanks for reading!