Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Ship House in Carmel California

Heather from the I Love Carmel California site told me she met the owner of The Ship House and said she and her husband would be delighted to give us a tour of their home.

Several weeks ago we visited Lorna and her husband, George, in their very unusual home called The Ship House.


Allen Knight, collector of all things nautical, built a stone ship's cabin, it was a three year project started in 1936 on a lot next to his home. The door is a door from a ship.


The interior has ship's "knees," along the walls.


The door to the left of the desk is to the small bathroom, you must duck slightly to go in.


The bed was in one corner, complete with portal windows and sand dollar pillows, they are keeping with the nautical theme.


The compact kitchen has a sign from an old sailing ship, Aurora, that sunk many years ago.


We climbed the narrow stairs to the viewing deck with windows all around.


No ship or Ship House is complete without a ship's wheel, this is also from the Aurora.


We thank Lorna and George for the interesting tour of a most unusual home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Valentine at Carmel-by-the-Sea California

On Valentine's Day hubby and I went to Carmel so he could photograph more scenes for his next book.


At the southwest corner of Sixth and Lincoln is a bronze sculpture titled "The Valentine." She holds her valentine in her left hand.

It is a romantic reminder of lasting love.



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Heather and Bill Bebaugh wrote an article about Jan and his coloring book. It is posted on their site, click the following to read it.  I Love Carmel California

They also put together a short video about Jan's drawing process for his coloring book, watch it on their YouTube channel by clicking the photo below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TED5q551Iw&t=4s


The video also includes photos of our trip last September to the medieval town of Amersfoort where we lived in the early 1990s. We loved being able to walk the center of the old town. That is what makes Carmel-by-the-Sea so appealing to us, it is a charming town and also walkable.

It was such a pleasure to meet Heather and Bill for the first time at Il Fornaio. We learned about more places and things in Carmel, we will be exploring and photographing more for the next book. Jan is working on illustrations for a notebook that is like a walk through Carmel.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cottage of Sweets in Carmel-by-the-Sea

If we are craving candy while in Carmel we make a stop at Cottage of Sweets. The chocolates are excellent.

The roof facing north is covered with moss and the red and white awning pops.


Here is the Cottage of Sweets page in our Carmel-by-the-Sea coloring book, available at Amazon, click here.



Heather, from the I Love Carmel California blog emailed me today and said, "Before I left for Atlanta I was walking up Ocean Avenue about 10 days ago and saw a lady waving the coloring book and chatting with her friends about how wonderful she thought it was.  I didn’t realize at the time that it was your book, but now that I see it, I know that’s exactly what she had been holding. "

 That was pretty exciting to hear!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Carmel-by-the-Sea Coloring Book Celebration

Saturday, December 10, 2016 was an exciting day. An order of 25 coloring books arrived. We were over the top thrilled because they were better than the proof!

It was after 3 in the afternoon and I said we had to celebrate. I quickly sent out text messages and emails to some of our friends saying we were having a spur of the moment party. In the middle of December on a Saturday many people already have plans so it was a small group.


Everyone posed with a color book and each couple were given a signed copy.


We all toasted and had a fun unexpected time.

Click here for a link to Amazon.
To see a video looking through the book click here for Jan's author page.

Jan is now busy illustrating his next book.