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New life for an old project



I’ve become obsessed with Pinterest lately. I guess it started when I designed my Nutcracker pin and was pinning other types of nutcrackers. I pin to my Beach board – other paintings of the beach, beach decor, etc. Pinterest is really a great place to collect ideas. I’ve also been pinning ideas for holidays like Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter. It’s very inspiring. The real trick is to turn all that pinning into creating!

This year I haven’t really done much for Valentine’s Day. Years prior, I’ve painted, block stamped, and even created string art. I’ve been too focused on my beach painting project and didn’t want to lose focus. In looking ahead to St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to go through my previous artwork and perhaps design a fabric print in the Irish theme. As I dug through a bin of old projects I found “The Claddagh Fairy,” a book I wrote and worked hard to illustrate when I first started this blog. I put a lot of time effort into the book. I even had a doll made! What a shame that it is sitting in a bin.


claddagh fairy doll 2

With St. Patrick’s Day a little over a month away, I decided to dust off the book and release it into the world by self publishing it. It’s not about the possibility of book sales, it’s about finishing and sharing a project I worked hard on. I find tight deadlines very motivating, so I’ve been working these past few days, tweaking the story, finishing the artwork, and preparing the files for printing. Even though I’m a graphic designer, I’ve never self published before, and it’s overwhelming. I found a great, very detailed post about it. If self publishing is in the back of your mind – read it here.

Even as I write this, it still seems impossible that I’ll get this done, that the files will be right, the dedication will be in the right place, etc. But, I’m committed to seeing this through, until “The Claddagh Fairy,” is part of the Amazon collection. The luck of the Irish would come in handy right now.

Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

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14 thoughts on “New life for an old project

  1. Wow! That is fantastic Eileen! You go girl!! 💕🌈🌟😍

  2. Can’t wait to see it and get it!!! 😉. And I hope I remember to go back to this link as I keep considering publishing a book. Not even sure what yet. But it is a dream of mine.

  3. The doll is so cute and I love those illustrations! I’m a graphic designer too, and every since I was little I wanted to write and illustrate a children’s book. Stumbling across your blog has made me think I should really try to do that — and not for anything other than saying I actually did it! 🙂 Good luck!!

  4. Good luck, Eileen, from this maiden-named McGill! ☘️🍀

  5. Hi I would love to know how the book is coming along. I am working on mine and any advice would be awesome.

  6. Oh your pics are amazing…watercolor right?

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