If you’re not already familiar, let me tell you about the lovely books of Ashley Spires. It started out in our family with Larf, Small Saul, and Ella’s Umbrella’s – favorites that we would get again and again from the library. And then one time I read the About The Author, and realized that Ashley was living right here in the same city. Gasp. So, we met finally at a craft sale and immediately made plans for me to start turning her characters into dolls. First there was Larf, and then Small Saul and Binky…
And most recently is Edie and Andrew from Edie’s Ensembles. The book is about Edie’s love of clothing and the kinds of attention her outfits can get (and what happens when it goes a little too far…). There are loads of wardrobe changes, which made the outfits for the dolls really fun to choose from, and I’m sure fun to draw (oh, and Ashley also has a blog where she illustrates her own wardrobe!). I went with what is described as ‘one of her best ensembles‘ for Edie, and the little details, buttons, scarves, and bags added finishing touches for each of them.
Ashley’s books are still favorites for us, and working with other imaginative, creative people is what I love to do most – so it all adds up for me. It makes me happy to think that these two will get to join in on lots of upcoming school visits. Thanks so much for this book Ashley, and the inspiration to make awesome stuff.
Happy reading to all of you!