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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Nataliya and Marcello

Oh Austria; what a perfect backdrop for my story to begin since my characters are both musicians.  The home of Mozart and Haydn what could be more perfect!  Those who know me know that I tend to be quite cynical and not a romantic person - AT ALL.  So Explain to me how this story evolved?!

Since I am a music teacher and music is so important in my life, I wanted my characters to also have a connection to music.  But initially, I was going to use Buster and Chauncey - the field mice from Buster and Chauncey's Silent Night.  A great animated Christmas DVD.  But in about 2 minutes flat while discussing this with my friends in Stickam, Nataliya and Marcello appeared instead.  Wow shocked myself completely with this.  See below the character sketch cards I created to give myself a starting point to my story.

 The image I used for Nataliya is Jenny O'Connor who is a musician with CIRCA PALEO and you can find her at

The image I used for Marcello is from Men's Fashions  

Here is a photo of my book that will display all my postcards.  I used Bo Bunny - Timepiece Collection and created the cover from medium weight Graffix chipboard.  The dual binding is a variation of Laura Denison's STACK THE DECK binding. 

Well off I go to create postcard #1>  Yikes look at the time - no postcard tonight.  Off to bed I go.  



  1. Great job Jean - can't wait to see how the story evolves :)

  2. Oh, my gosh... I'm already completely in the story! If it was the back of a novel I would buy it without thinking twice! ♥
    Looking forward to read the rest of your story!!! :)

  3. Your characters and story are great, as are the cards you created! What fun this is going to be. I watched you make your book on your UStream. It is so beautiful!

  4. I am SO excited to see how this story goes!! Great job Jean! Its wonderful!!


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