Starry-Eyed—The 2017 NESCBWI Conference

Starry-Eyed—The 2017 NESCBWI Conference

I just returned from the 2017 NESCBWI Conference. (NESCBWI = New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.) This conference was packed—from very beginning to very end—with activities, sessions, keynote speakers, keynote panels, lunches, breakfasts, open mics, pitch competitions, illustration portfolio exhibits, bookstore shopping, networking opportunities and lots, lots more. (And, that doesn’t even […]

NSS/SURTEX Tips for Exhibitors – Part 2, Booth Set-Up

NSS/SURTEX Tips for Exhibitors – Part 2, Booth Set-Up

Admittedly, booth set-up is a topic best handled earlier in the year, when folks are planning their spaces, and I plan to re-run this post early in 2015. But, I figured I’d throw a few things out there for anyone making last-minute tweaks to their space. Signage Standard Booth Signage Yes, your product is the […]

NSS/SURTEX Tips for Exhibitors – Part 1, The Stuff You’ll Need

NSS/SURTEX Tips for Exhibitors – Part 1, The Stuff You’ll Need

In five days, the booths will be up, the Javits humming, and all sorts of movers and shakers in the stationery and illustration industry will be, well, moving and shaking. In the meantime, I figured I’d share a few tips based on: my experience (a billion years ago) as an event planner; the time I’ve […]

NSS/SURTEX – Preppin’, Part 2 + Gartner Giveaway!

NSS/SURTEX – Preppin’, Part 2 + Gartner Giveaway!

There’s some happy-dancing going on here at the S’Wicked Blog, today, because, thanks to the kind folks at Gartner Studios, (which includes the Gartner, MARA-MI, and russell+hazel brands), we’re celebrating our very first giveaway! WOO-HOO! Yup, that’s right! In celebration of the upcoming National Stationery Show, you can win MARA-MI’s New York version of their […]

NSS/SURTEX – Preppin’, Part 1

NSS/SURTEX – Preppin’, Part 1

The time has come. You can practically hear the dull roar of the Javits Center in the distance. NSS, SURTEX, and Gift>It are on the horizon. They, together with the Creative Lifestyle & Arts and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, make for a powerhouse event of epic creative proportions. And, I’m going to miss it. […]

Vojtěch Kubašta Exhibit – Part 3

Vojtěch Kubašta Exhibit – Part 3

This is a continuation of coverage of the “Pop-Ups from Prague: A Centennial Celebration of the Graphic Artistry of Vojtěch Kubašta (1914-1992)” exhibit, curated by Ellen Rubin, The Pop-Up Lady, and taking place at The Grolier Club through tomorrow, Saturday, March 15th, 2014. (For more information, please see Part 1 and Part 2 of this […]

Vojtěch Kubašta Exhibit – Part 1

Vojtěch Kubašta Exhibit – Part 1

Let me start right off by saying that if you’re anywhere within a day’s journey of New York City, and can carve the time out between now and Saturday to get downtown, then plan a trip to go see the “Pop-Ups from Prague: A Centennial Celebration of the Graphic Artistry of Vojtěch Kubašta (1914-1992)” exhibit […]

S’Wanderings: Cape Ann, Massachusetts – Last Words

S’Wanderings: Cape Ann, Massachusetts – Last Words

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in S'Wanderings, S'Wicked Blog, Travel

So, I’ve reached the end of what I hope will be the first of many S’Wanderings locales. It was a short trip (I feel like my blog posts took almost as long to put together as the whole trip took to experience). But, Cape Ann was a delight. I look forward to returning in the […]

S’Wanderings: Cape Ann, Massachusetts – Wicked Peacock

S’Wanderings: Cape Ann, Massachusetts – Wicked Peacock

Admittedly, I’m no fashionista. I’m a jeans-‘n-sweater kind of gal. Or, at home, a comfy pants and soft sweatshirt person. Yup, I’m someone who’s usually more interested in paper fashion than wearable fashion. That said, I do love me some accessories—jewelry, and handbags, and scarves, oh my! I tend toward items with clean lines, but […]

S’Wanderings: Cape Ann, Massachusetts – Toad Hall Book Store

S’Wanderings: Cape Ann, Massachusetts – Toad Hall Book Store

Just down the street from The Paper Mermaid is a grand old bank building. And, in that building is a grand old indie book store—Toad Hall Book Store. Toad Hall is an unusual independent bookstore, in large part because it is also a nonprofit. All proceeds of the store go to environmental causes. According to […]