Following are some project and programs I've been honored to be a part of.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
This is near the tippy-top for making my heart happy. In 2010, when CCH opened a new spacious, state-of-the-art outpatient facility for children with special needs and their families, they contacted me about using my book, Hooray for You! as a major design theme. Walls are decorated with photos of real patients coupled with quotes from my book. Community children created additional artwork, framed and displayed in corridors and exam rooms. The “The Hooray for You!” theme sends a very positive message to the children who come here,” says Ann Kummer, senior clinical director for the Division of Speech Pathology. “It’s all about celebrating each child’s uniqueness.” Yes, officially love this.
Studio E. Creative Facilitator — Spring, 2016
I recently partnered with the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California to facilitate a Studio E group at Stanford Hospital. Made possible through a grant by Lundbeck, Studio E is a multi-week art program, open to people with epilepsy in 47 U.S. cities, where participants are given the opportunity to creatively express themselves and their emotions. The program aims to promote artistic express, building autonomy, emotional stability, a sense of self-worth and connection with others. Given my history with seizures, I know first hand the challenges of growing up with epilepsy. I'm thrilled to come alongside this group to help them give artistic voice to their unique spirit.
Chick-fil-A Kid's Meal Board Book Program — Jan-May, 2015
In early 2015, Chick-fil-A, the beloved quick-service restaurant chain, featured my books in the board book giveaway program for kids aged 0-3 . Families could “collect all 5” of the cute, 3" x 3" books! They will feature a second set in a late 2016 program. So grateful for this opportunity!
Expo Holiday Cheer Tour Ambassador
In December, 2010, I partnered with EXPO, the leading marker of dry erase products, for their cross-country EXPO Holiday Cheer Tour. We visited six children's hospitals across the country where I read books to kids and families and worked with them to create original works of art on hospital windows. "The holidays can be challenging for patients and their families," said Steve Gradman, Director of marketing for EXPO. "These events are designed to bring a little fun and holiday cheer to the patients."
Magnet House Jewelry
Magnet House Jewelry is an interchangeable, magnetic jewelry concept I created and patented. For several years, I sold my jewelry to individuals, gift shops and catalogs as well as groups wishing to use the now-patented concept to support their brand or cause. I am currently looking for partnership opportunities to re-invigorate this product idea!
Here's a few specific things people contact me about and the scoop on them.
Grand-o-Grams —This is a paperback book of 40 postcards that grandparents can send to their grand kids. They are available here and here. Many gifts shops around the country still carry this little book but I don't have an easy way to access such a list.
Celebrate Plates — This was a line of ceramic plates I had created that featured several styles: Happy Birthday, Star of the Game, Good Luck, Love and a Giving Plate. We stopped making these and I don't think they are around except at maybe Ebay.
Greeting Card Box — This was a “customer favorite” product I created for Books are Fun. It was a recipe-style box that had 30 greeting cards in it, divided by category. Books are Fun offers certain products through its exclusive distribution channels and when they sell out, they are gone as is the case with this one! If you still have a box, however, you are welcome to fill it with my cards through Shade Tree Greetings!