I'm kicking off a new series of blogposts, celebrating anything that falls under the tenets of my church's 13th Article of Faith (see bottom of post for full article): "... If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." This is dear to my heart, because what we ingest intellectually influences us and helps shape our character. I'm adding a new page to the blog that will showcase some of my overall favorites in different categories, and I'll be posting about other things I've found to be of worth in the coming months. And I invite you to look for and share the things that are lovely and praiseworthy in your life with someone else.
I wanted to do a huge shout-out to my cover artist, Nicolle Murray. She not only designed the banner logo for this blog, but did the cover for my novel.
AND ... she has this amazing coloring book series featuring mythological creatures and monsters from all different cultures around the world. Rather than a scary rendition, hers are child-friendly and educational because she includes facts about where the mythological beasties come from and what they do. Parents needn't worry about appropriateness either, since all pictures are modest, and no explanations are explicit in any way. Beautifully detailed, each page even satisfies an adult craving to color. Or you might be like me and just want to keep it as a good reference set.
She's also debuted the second coloring book in a carousel series. Fine attention to detail make these coloring books treasures. Nicolle used to work as an operator for a carousel that is over 100 years old (and is still in use!); it was the inspiration for the first carousel coloring book.
Right now, like many people, she's caught in the home-building price crunch. Rising interest rates and construction price hikes have taken what would have been an easy matter two years ago, into a nightmare of constant revolving doors. Her young family experienced homelessness for several months, but now have a rental. Meanwhile their home savings is depleting. So she's launched this fundraiser to help keep that from happening.
So if you or someone you know loves horses, mythological creatures, or high-quality coloring books, consider purchasing some. They make great gifts for any occasion, and hey, Christmas is coming up. I have all but the newest one (which I plan to change soon), and I love them!
For a closer peak, check out the direct link to where you can purchase all of her books.
The 13th Article of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints:
"We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul--We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."