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clare owen is a uk-based freelance francophile illustrator who also has a beautiful blog and great taste in music.


Tis the season for giving…

Calendars for the holidays!!!!
I’ve been a busy elf delivering calendars all around town, I was especially happy to drop off hundreds of calendars to several special care facilities as my gift to the residents who might not get much for Christmas. Anyone wanting to share in the holiday spirit all proceeds from the Special Delivery Calendar sales benefit Ronald McDonald House and other local charities. Order online at my store  or email me your order the last day for local deliveries is the 19th. 

Thank you for all your support in making this project a way to give back to the community.


Dreaming of a white Christmas, cheese and a box

The count down to Santa’s arrival always begins with the annual mailing of the letters and now that they’re on the way to the North Pole with a 50 lbs. cheese wheel and empty cardboard box they asked for are at the top of the list.

Off we went to window shop and trek the mile down to the water to watch the sunset.

and this is what they look like after a fun game of chase in the rose garden and walking back up the hill. The attitude is for their hungry stomachs ready to go home and eat Thanksgiving desert.

Of course every year they dream of a white Christmas and looks it’s going to happen this year, now how am I going to fit that 50 lbs. cheese wheel and 4 kids in the car Santa? 


 I didn’t mind waking up early to start my 6 hours of cooking especially when I got to finally use my new  pretty red baking dish from France, no more 1970’s hand me downs at the Thanksgiving table.

 We had to get creative with going all vegetarian on turkey day so some olive, spinach and roasted tomato pizza, broccoli cheese casserole and spinach quiche were our main staples and pound cake, pumpkin cheesecake and carrot cake for dessert. I did opt out of making the sweet potatoes and totally flaked on the mashed this year.

I had the kids write what they were thankful for on our school room (dining room) chalkboard, they’re such sweet kids.

And hidden inside of their PB chair backs were some very adored lil’kinz as a treat.

Then the finally after dinner was the annual dog show, each one won best of breed though we had an unfortunate disqualification this time with one of the dogs, maybe next year Sally.


So I’ve been working on a photography project for the past 18 months lots of newborns and lots of very nice patient Moms and Dads donating their time along side mine so I could produce the 2011 Special Delivery Calendar and donate all the proceeds to children’s charities. I love every one of these babies and if you are interested in giving a calendar as a gift for the holidays please visit my online store or my Etsy shop use the code HOLIDAY10 and get 15% off until Nov. 28th. if you’re local Barnes and Noble has them! Hope everyone has a wonderful and bountiful Thanksgiving.