Friday, January 6, 2012

The Tree In Winter

This is a little poem I wrote, inspired by the blog of the lovely and talented poet, Laura Purdie Salas. Thank you for helping me find my tiny inner poet, Laura! It was fun to illustrate this wee poem, and I am very pleased with how it turned out. We sent this postcard out to fam & friends as our holiday card (with love from the Crittendens), and today I'm sending out another version (with my contact info on it) to all the fab art directors and publishers that I would love to get a chance to work with someday. Plus, there is a new b&w page on my website now. Fun!
Happy 2012! Wishing you and yours every happiness! May all your trees be full of happy birdies and cheeky squirrels!

26 comments:

Molly Idle said...

Big love for your little poem!

Renee Kurilla said...

Aww this is so sweet. I would think anyone would be thrilled to receive one of these! Happy New Year Nina! <3

tina kugler said...

Ohhh these are so sweet! I just moved from Wisconsin to LA so I am missing snow...

RachelMaryBean said...

Ditto what Molly said. It is so cute! I love the new drawing, too. :)

Juana Martinez-Neal said...

Happy 2012, Nina! Love what you've done with the font! You'll have a great response from this mailer.

Kristen Schwartz said...

What a great way to start the year, Nina. The best to you in 2012!

Alicia Schwab said...

Looks great, Nina. Happy New Year!

Sharon Wagner said...

Very sweet. I'll have to check out Laura's blog.

Ms. O said...

Oh, I already love this Comment Challenge because it's introducing me to new people and work. I am now off to explore a little more of your site. Love what I see!

Carol A.Bender said...

Who could resist a cheeky squirrel? Very cute!

Jill Bergman said...

I love your little illustrated poem!

Katy Manck, MLS said...

A tiny poem with a big heart! Charming pairing with your art, too.

Looking forward to seeing more of your darling critters (found you through MotherReader & Lee Wind's Comment Challenge)

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Blessy Mathew said...

Hi Nina! I found your blog through Comment Challenge. Love your illustrations! Looking forward to seeing more.

Michaele Razi said...

So sweet! Love the poem and lovely artwork.

Magdalena Ball said...

Oh how utterly sweet and charming. You could do a book of these.

Linda Knoll said...

Adorable!

Nina Crittenden said...

Thank you so much! Tina, I'd send you snow if we had some...

Stacy A. Gray said...

Happy New Year to you! Sweet poem, and I love your squirrel!

Irene Latham said...

I LOVE THIS! Both the art and poem. Charming!!

laurasalas said...

Nina, this was beautiful--both words and art! I feel so lucky that my blog helped you find your inner poet.

Also, I put you on my list of 5 for the Versatile Blogger Award, if you have time to participate. http://laurasalas.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/a-blog-award-like-a-knife-in-the-heart/

Even in Australia said...

Beautiful!

Amy LV said...

This is the most charming card I've seen all season, Nina! And the story of it being inspired by Laura's blog is great. It's adorable and delightful and could be a start to a picture book. Great luck with the mailer - I would hug this piece of paper! Oh, I long to do some little project with you someday... a.

Sylvia Liu said...

This is so lovely! I'm always so daunted by the idea of writing a poem, but a little short one like this seems doable. Thanks for sharing!

JenFW said...

Squirrels are not so popular with me because they eat (and sometimes only half eat) my strawberries and have no idea what it means to share.

Even so, I think it's a lovely poem. Congrats!

Lee Wind, M.Ed. said...

super lovely poem and illustration! Thanks for sharing - and thanks as well for being part of the 2012 Comment Challenge!
Keep on Commenting,
Lee

Linda - The Mane Point: A Haven for Horse Lovers said...

What a cute blog! Homey and horse-loving. I like it.