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December 31, 2011

HAPPY 2012


                                          Carolyn, Tizzy and Freddie

December 22, 2011

Hooray For Fran Manushkin!

Thanks to author Fran Manushkin. 
A delightful introduction to Hanukkah customs 
and family celebration of the Jewish Festival 
of Lights for the very young.

Each night a new candle is added to
the Menorah.
The whole family prepares and dines on
golden latkes, plays dreidel, sings Hanukkah
songs and enjoys chocolate Hanukkah gelt (coins). 

Watched by their playful tabby kitten.                       
Sharing Hanukkah fun and joy for 8 days and nights.                   
In remembrance of a miracle from 2nd century BC.   
A small amount of holy oil in the Temple burned 
for 8 days enabling the ancient Jews time to prepare 
a new supply in order to rededicate their Temple. 
My Art Director at Random House asked me
to set the celebrations in an early 20th century
city brownstone.
At that time most Jews living in eastern cities,
including some of my family, were poor hard-
working immigrants living in cramped tenements.
But that is a different story.
Simple Stickley style furniture remembered
from my Great Grandmother as well as another
Grandmother's Menorah and old family photos
helped inspire my illustrations.

December 11, 2011

TZ's First Snowfall

The inspiration for my 2011 holiday card came from
a picture I took of baby Tizzy's first reaction to 
falling snow 11 and a half years ago.

(click image to see snow flakes) ⓒ carolyn croll 2011
It was early evening. Looking out the north window
at the falling flakes chirping his pure enchantment,
tail wagging.

See Dec. 23, 2008 post

December 6, 2011

A Day That Lives In Family

December 7, 2011, a day that lives in our family.

Wishing Mom a very Happy Birthday!!

So let the celebrating begin!!

Huge hugs and many kisses and all my love,


December 4, 2011


Red Cat, Carolyn Croll ⓒ 2011
One tiny step for cat art, one GIANT step 
for me on my Ipad.

So proud of myself. Did this quickie sketch
of a red cat. 

Marks the first image I made on my Ipad using the SketchPro app
AND then somehow managed to transfer it to my Mac without
quite knowing how I did it. 

If I can figure that out, I intend to do it again.

Stay tuned.......