My Books

BIRTHDAYS, HANDMADE HOMEMADE a book of everything birthday!

birthday, creative birthday, handmade gifts

Filled to the brim with step-by-step instructions for making original gifts, favors, cakes, wrapping, decorations and games, BIRTHDAYS: HANDMADE, HOMEMADE is interwoven with stories, photographs, illustrations and anecdotes. We invite readers to pull up a chair, pour a cup of tea and spend the afternoon making and creating. Our goal is to offer inspiration on how to make a birthday handmade, homemade and your very own.

Readers will love the creative ideas that make this book so personal and tangible. Projects range from fast and easy . . . Dinosaurs in real eggshells, to more timely and in depth . . . Dining table forts. Young parents and do-it-yourself enthusiasts will find endless help on how to prepare and execute a homemade birthday party.

At a time when it seems like families are trying to take back just a bit of their own and blogs hum with self-reliant know-how, this book is a great jumping-off point for those aiming to leave commercialism behind and bring it all back to the ones they love.



MARIBELLE AND THE SUMMER OF AUNT IDAHO a summer read for those in-between picture books and chapter books.


Maribelle loves summer, but it’s not truly summer until Aunt Idaho arrives with her overstuffed, floral suitcase and plans for six weeks of fun. Between planning a wedding party and swimming in the nearby creek, there is barely a moment without something exciting happening. Beautifully illustrated, this book could be read aloud or curl up with a glass of lemonade and a crisp apple and step into Maribelle’s sweet world.





One Sunday morning when Iona woke up, her mother had just finished setting the table with waffles, strawberries and whipped cream. What a treat! As the day progresses Iona continues to be presented with one treat after another-an ice cream cone, a lollipop, a shared bag of kettle corn… By evening’s sundown, Iona has the feeling she just might prefer a salad to anything else. That would be a treat!



SUMMERTIME and the living is easy, an illustrated lullaby:

“Summertime and the living is easy”-lyrics from the well loved song “Summertime,” a highlight of George Gershwin’s famous PORGY AND BESS opera. Now a children’s illustrated lullaby brought to life by Marica Natali Thompson, author/illustrator of ONE TREAT AFTER ANOTHER and OH MY SWEET BABY. Rock to sleep with this 32 page rhythmic gem. Full watercolor illustrations.


My first published children’s book, OH MY SWEET BABY, please check it out!!!!

Oh My Sweet Baby touches on the never-ending connection mothers have with their children. Thirty-two pages long, this story is painted to life with simple, whimsical watercolors. Oh My Sweet Baby tells the story of one family as it grows and it grows, and it grows. As each baby arrives, the mother assures all her children that no matter how big they get, they will always be her babies. Rhythmic and simple, Oh My Sweet Baby is a perfect read before an afternoon nap or snuggled up, ready for sleep at bedtime.



My mother’s cookbook, THE BLUE HERON RANCH COOKBOOK:

The Blue Heron Ranch Cookbook, based on Cooking Off the Grid, also by Nadia Natali, blends 126 tasty, healthful recipes with lively tales of the Natali family’s adventures living close to the land—in the wilds of California’s Los Padres National Forest. Nadia Natali’s varied dishes, suitable for any group or family, are presented in a simple style that makes them both visually appealing and effortless, as a sequence of ingredients that correspond to numbered directions. Each chapter opens with a vivid account of the family’s trials and triumphs at Blue Heron Ranch, followed by a particular category of recipes, arranged in seven groupings. Whimsical illustrations adorn the recipes and embellish the sometimes poignant, often hilarious stories about raising a family in the wilderness, running a meditation center, and facing nature’s seemingly endless challenges—with the Blue Heron Ranch kitchen being the center around which these events unfold. Recipes include Blue Heron Ranch Potato Leek Soup, Saturday Market Quiche, Miso Pine Salmon, Ojai Bouillabaisse, Early Morning Rice Cream, Aunt Ev’s Cardamom Bundt Cake, and Honey Almond Chai. The Blue Heron Ranch Cookbook offers culinary and spiritual sustenance to anyone who wants to experience, or revisit, the pleasures of comforting, communal meals at Zen and other retreat centers.

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