I created Pippin’s Press in 2015 because I wanted to pursue writing, illustrating, and creating beautifully crafted storybooks. I applied my skills and imagination and followed my artistic passion for all things creative. Stories have always inspired us and brought joy and laughter into our lives. This month I’m thrilled to be celebrating 5 years of work in building Pippin’s Press into a business of artful storytelling. Besides the biggest accomplishment of publishing 5 books in 5 years, here are some of the highlights on the creative journey so far.
What better way to celebrate than with a NEW storybook! Milly Goes Western officially launches on October 26th as part of Pippin’s Press 5-year anniversary special. It’s the sequel to Milly The Naughty Pony so you can expect the same lovable characters only this time heading out to the Daisy Bell Country Fair. Mark your calendars! It’s a story about finding your courage and learning that winning in life isn't always about the blue ribbons and High Points. Sometimes, winning in life means learning how to dust off your cowgirl boots so you can ride again tomorrow. You can pre-order your next Milly book here!
Consistently developing characters and their voices has been a lot of fun. One of the things I work on when it comes to character development is mannerisms by showing the different personalities to the reader rather than telling them through the illustrations. I hope you can see the characters’ individuality shine through in the Milly books. There’s a lot going on in Milly Goes Western where we begin to see the development shift in Milly, the spunky little pony living on Mr. Crocker’s farm.
In addition to building the website, I sat down with a brand developer to help me establish and promote Pippin’s identity to my readers. I re-painted the logo, changing it to the fedora-wearing bunny, and made design changes. I also became a Redbubble artist. Redbubble is an online marketplace for independent artists to sell their art. Seeing Pippin’s Press selling on two online platforms is a spine-tingler for me.
I didn’t stop there! I got out my paintbrushes to attend my first art show put on by RAW Artists Community last year where I showcased my artwork to the larger community. It was a fun night of independent artists in all creative genres. I’ve attended many fairs, markets and had a jolly time at last year’s Christmas Market at the Saanich Fairgrounds in Sidney BC, connecting with other local businesses.
At the beginning of this year (before COVID-19 hit), I got to hang out with some pretty cool kids talking all things books and publishing for Careers & Passions Day at Ecole Poirier Elementary. A couple of years before that, I presented Pippin’s Press storybooks to the Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable Talk where I also got to hear from other authors. It’s been wonderful having audiences come out to hear about the storybooks.
Designing and assembling each of the books by hand has taken some long nights of practice, but I’m proud to say I’m now a bookbinder! This past spring, I had my first wholesale order of 70 poem books as part of a take-home Easter basket activity box for a preschool and daycare business. My nimble fingers stitched away to make sure all the poem books were bound and ready in time for drop off!
We took a big leap this year by moving out of our small apartment in Victoria and heading to Calgary for new experiences. Bojan helped me build our home office and organizing system for Pippin’s works. Now with a solid bench table, cutting and stitching the books is a lot easier. Living in horse country amongst the endless open fields and cerulean skies have certainly inspired some new western artwork that I can’t wait to share with you too.
Pippin’s Press is in the works developing a special Christmas book to add to its storybook collection. Starting in early 2021, I’ll be working on the next storybook. A Christmas Eve poem book that’s themed around The Night Before Christmas. It’s about two little kittens waiting for the seven arctic hares to bring the joy of Christmas wishes for everyone.
Well it’s sure been quite the ride! I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. There are big changes coming – you’ll just have to wait and see. The cherry on top is seeing Pippin’s Press grow. Reflecting back on this dream of mine has been darn motivating. I’m proud to have established a children’s press business and I’m incredibly grateful for my faithful readers.
So, I’m celebrating! Quietly, with gratitude to the rabbits and to my husband, Bojan, who has been my greatest supporter and fan from the very beginning.
Thanks for hopping by!