pandas

Cover Preview with only ONE DAY and $580 to go!

Love, Daddy fans! You all are simply the best! Thank you for continuing to rally - because of YOU, we have almost 150 backers, and with 27 hours left at the time of this posting, we only have $580 left to reach our $15,000 Kickstarter goal!

We're so close!!! If you haven't purchased your own book, there's still time - click here now! And if you have, please, please share widely with your friends and family over the next 24 hours to push us to our goal so we can start printing these wonderful books and rewards for all of you!

As a thank you to all of you amazing peeps, we're offering our final sneak peek before our Kickstarter closes - the final art for the cover of the book! Woohoo!

Front and back cover for Love, Daddy the book!

We're so excited to get this book printed and in your hands! It will be a lovely cloth-bound, hardcover book, complete with all of the colorful and fun illustrations you've seen here over the past few months, and the sweet words written by a dad for his daughter.

This a unique and one-of-a-kind children's book, and it will ship to arrive in time for Father's Day! So go go go and get your copy now! Thank you to all you, have a wonderful day!

Page Previews for the Final Countdown!

Happy Hump Day Love, Daddy fans near and far!

We have a special treat for you today - sneak peeks of a number of our favorite pages in the book, complete with the finished illustrations and text!!

At the time of publishing this post, we are only $1,410 away from our $15,000 Kickstarter funding goal - over 90% there, with only 72 HOURS LEFT!  YOU could be the difference in helping to get our book published - please please support us and buy your own copy of the book for only $25 to arrive in time for Father's Day!

Without further ado, here's a preview of a few of our favorite spreads in our adorable children's book about a dad and daughter panda duo! Note these pages are not every page in the book - we've just pulled out some of our favorite scenes so you'll still have lots of surprises when you get your own copy!

First we'll share four select pages from the beginning of the book - showing our little panda growing from a baby in her crib, to a toddler being silly and running around, to her first day of school, and playing on the playground as she continues to grow and grow!

We loved drawing the school bus scene - isn't it cute how the panda has her giraffe and elephant friends riding along with her? And can you spot her parrot friend with his backpack, and the catfish busdriver?

Here are FOUR MORE pages in the book from the middle and towards the end - holy cow you all are getting such an amazing sneak peek today! Now our little panda is not so little - she's a teenager being sassy expirementing with makeup, she's getting married as dad walks her down the aisle and waves her off for her honeymoon, and then there's dad as a grandpa reflecting on all of their wonderful times together as he looks over their many pictures on the wall!

Can you spot little panda's giraffe friend in his finest bowtie at her wedding all these years later? And what about the confetti showering down on her cute little VW bug as she drives off for her honeymoon?

There's lots more where these came from - the book has 15 pages in all, so we've only shared half of them here! Check it out and get your own copy for your favorite dad and daughter team in time for Father's Day! Thanks for your support, we're so close!

Have a great day!

Funny Stories from a Long Distance Dad...

Every dad has to travel or be away from his kids at some point while they're growing up. Luckily for us in this day and age, it can be really easy to stay in touch, and lead to some fun moments of connection even when you and your kids aren't in the same room.

Mike the author shares a sweet story about how he video chats with his 2 year old daughter... kids really do make any regular activity so much better, don't they?

"FaceTime rocks. For a traveling dad like me, I am thankful everyday for the gift of Internet video chatting. I feel like George Jetson every time.  I know many of us dads have jobs that take us away from home and away from those we love. Video chatting eases the pain and can make for some fun conversation.

I have recently taken to showing my daughter the various things that are around me when we are on video chat. She finds it totally hilarious and is like our own long distance version of "I Spy."

One time, I was at this super quirky restaurant that had to have been furnished from the estate sale of Sarah Palin's Alaskan hunting lodge.  There were animal heads on the walls and stuffed animals (not the cute and cuddly kind) everywhere. During the whole call, I kept asking my daughter, "Wanna see a <insert animal name here>?," and I would turn the camera around.  She kept cracking up at all the different animals. Now, she always asks me to show her some animals every time we are on a call. Still figuring out what to do.  Maybe I should visit more zoos while traveling for work?"

We'll leave you with a link to play your own I-Spy games - since it's Friday, and honestly who's working anyways?

And PS - our Kickstarter campaign is over a third of the way funded, click here to contribute now - we need YOUR help, and you can get your own Love, Daddy book!

Happy Weekend Love, Daddy fans! 

Pandas and Babies - What Could Be Cuter?

We all love pandas. They're fluffy and furry and roly poly. They eat bamboo and sleep and cuddle a lot. They're super cute! And of course we all love babies - equally roly poly and cuddly and adorable, babies are the best people to have around.

So in light of our (ready to order, click here!) book about pandas, for you and your babies (both little and not so little) we thought it might be fun to do a mash-up of the cutest panda themed clothes for babies! Because when you combine cute and super cute, the results couldn't be more sweet!

We did a little hunt across the internet, and here were some of our favorite digs and accessories for the little people in your life. Too bad they don't make this panda gear in adult sizes!

Click the images below to be redirected to the correct vendor for each item.

What do you think? Do you or your kids have any panda clothes? Would make a perfect accompaniment to your Love, Daddy book - remember our Kickstarter is live and you can get your own book NOW!

Leave a comment if there's a cute panda outfit you have that we might have missed!

A Plethora of Panda Sweaters

A few weeks ago when we posted about the world of pandas in high end fashion, we also came across some not so high end fashion involving our favorite black and white animals. While looking around the internet, we realized there was actually quite a plethora of "ugly sweaters" with pandas on them!

You know, the sweaters you wore in the 1980s and 1990s that had too many colors and competing designs, the ones you reserve solely for "ugly sweater" parties now? Well, turns out, back in the 80s and 90s, panda bears were quite popular on those crazy sweaters!

The Love, Daddy team loves our pandas, but we're not sure that even we could rock some of these one of a kind gems out in public. That being said, they would certainly help you stand out from the crowd!

And so we present you, our dear Love, Daddy fans, with our favorite ugly panda sweaters...

Click the images to be redirected to the vendors for this amazing knitwear!

And this was only the tip of the iceberg! Now you know - when in need, there are PLENTY, or should we say a plethora, of vintage panda sweaters to go around.

Our interesting tidbit from the world wide web in regards to pandas for the day, enjoy! 

Any ugly sweater stories out there you'd like to share?

Who knew pandas were so fashionable?

In Love, Daddy the book, you can look forward to seeing our little panda bear wearing dresses, shorts, bathing suits, tennis outfits and lots more cute and fun ensembles. We've so enjoyed creating different looks for our panda bear's every occasion!

But who knew pandas were so popular with real people fashion?

We saw this image in the New York Times style section a few weeks ago during New York Fashion Week, and couldn't help but smile... - a fancy red coat covered in pandas!

Image pulled from NYT NYFW 2015 fashion video, image&nbsp;by Bill Cunningham.

Image pulled from NYT NYFW 2015 fashion video, image by Bill Cunningham.

After seeing this we did a quick search for "panda fashion" and low and behold, panda high fashion is quite popular! There was even a runway show by Chinese fashion designer Wang Yutao for Mercedes-Benz China Fashion week in the fall that featured a whole collection of panda patterned outfits for brand BeautyBerry! Wow - panda mania!

Wang Yutao for BeautyBerry, Mercedez-Benz China Fashion Week Fall 2014/15. Images found on gbtimes here - click to see the whole collection!

Obviously the Love, Daddy team needs to be outfitted by Wang Yutao stat. Maybe we should splurge for panda ensembles for our publication party - matching panda sweaters perhaps? ; D

Do you own any panda inspired clothing? If so, we'd love to hear about it!

And we're live!

Hello and welcome to the Love, Daddy blog!

We are thrilled to have our online presence up and running, and so happy you've decided to stop by and check us out : D

We'll be using this blog to post more about the process of publishing Love, Daddy, how to purchase the book, relevant news for our book, and any other interesting tidbits we find around the interwebs regarding children's literature, panda bears and the color pink!

You follow us on Instagram here, or on our Facebook page here to learn more about the process and see pictures of how Love, Daddy came to be (spoiler alert: they are awesome!).

Here's a little something inspiring us as we sit down to draw today... Adorable, real life Daddy and Baby Pandas to get you through this chilly Monday!

Image for "  Giant Pandas: Biology, Veterinary Medicine and Management " via Pinterest

Image for "Giant Pandas: Biology, Veterinary Medicine and Management" via Pinterest

Panda hugs from us to you! - The Love, Daddy team