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Hi. It's me again, Anna. My Mom went off to play Santa, or so she says. She's just delivering cheesecakes and wine and cookies and cards and stuff in regular clothes, but she's acting like it's a big deal and she's running about with flying reindeer.

Mom, you drive a minivan. That's what I say.

So I'm in charge of the blog again today. In honor of flying reindeer, I chose a page from my journal where I collaged birds.

There's torn papers and cut edges, and some of the shapes were pieced from lots of little bits of tissue while the one bird was cut with a stencil I made and is just one big piece.

This is a page that I did in one of Mom's Creative Journalling classes. Sometimes I go as her helper, and sometimes I go as a student. I like doing both for different reasons. I like getting to journal because you never know what will show up on your page when you are done.

So that is it for today. I don't know if Mom will let me blog again tomorrow, but I want to come back again some time.

Thank you for reading and being our friends. And can I say Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah to all of you too.
Sincerely, Anna Santini

PS My Mom says I can't give my email out, but if you send her a note, she'll make sure that I get it.

Me? on countertops? Please, don't listen to her. I couldn't be bothered to get on those stinking countertops. I'd much rather unravel the toilet paper roll and drag it through the house - now that's real fun, right monkey?

End of Year Celebrations

We've got a guest blogger again! My 10 year old daughter will be sharing pages from her journal while I'm taking care of the business side of things. Thanks to everyone who wrote Anna after her post yesterday - she feels special indeed after all the positive feedback!

And I'm a dervish here in the background. I'm getting images prepped for reproduction as notecards, adding new paintings to Etsy, working on another book (!!) and lining up fresh new faces for 2011 paintings.

(If you want on the 2011 calendar for a portrait, please let me know!)

And we made a mess of homemade biscotti yesterday, too. Yum.

I am hoping that your homes are full of love and light and laughter.

Have a wonderful holiday!
Fondly, Kim

PS Kitten Mona Lisa's mastered the aloof "I didn't do it" part, even when caught red handed. Like when she's nonchalantly cleaning herself in the midst of 50 paint brushes scattered all over the studio floor. Maybe she IS innocent. Maybe it's Monkey.


  1. I just popped in to see what you have been up to and LOVED the post by Anna! She is only 10??? What a talented young lady! She writes better than a TON of bloggers out there! (including ME! lol)
    Love her artwork as is definitely running through the family!
    Merry Christmas to you!!
    Thanks for an excellent post!
    Cat Chat

  2. Bravo Anna pour ce beau dessin, mais attention au chat! il risque de vouloir goûter à tes jolis oiseaux... Bisous

  3. Wonderful assitant you have Kim. I like Anna's detailed descriptions of how she works and why she likes be both a student and a helper. Tell her not to be too good though or you may end up hiring her and there goes her carefree life as a princess! : )

  4. I am so glad to see Anna as your guest blogger! WHat a fantastic artist and writer you are Anna! I love all those colors in your piece too. I hope you get to come back soon! :)

  5. Here's Mom, answering after many days.... thank you so much for your support of Annie's writing and art endeavors. Her head has swollen so large that she cannot leave the house, which I suppose is a good thing, because every time she leaves said house, another 5-10 dollars leaves with her..... :) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!!


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