Introducing Anna…the future lover of all things bookish!

You may have noticed that I’ve been rather quiet as of late and there’s a good reason for that. On May 30th, my husband, Wiggum, and I welcomed a baby girl into our family, Anna Laurel Campbell!

She was considerate enough to wait to be born until after Open Studio Weekend and I will forever be thankful for that.

Baby wearing an orange onesie

Yep, her first outfit had a book on it. I’m a big, fat nerd that way.

Because she was born in New York, I couldn’t announce her arrival sooner because there was a 30 revocation period. Now that we’ve made it past that, it’s Anna Time!

Holy Moses, I love this little peanut. As of July 10th, she was approximately 3.62 bone folders long, YBFMY (your bone folder might vary). Yep, I put a bone folder next to her. I’m a big, fat nerd that way.

Swaddled baby next to a bone folder

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have realized that this happened just before the Focus on Book Arts conference. Where I was set to teach a workshop. Twice. Timing = not good.

Teaching at FOBA was a year in the making for me and I was really proud of having been selected as an instructor. My husband and I made the decision that as long as there weren’t any medical considerations, I would attend the conference as planned. Nearly 20 people had signed up for the workshops and I didn’t want to leave them hanging. Thankfully, everything went smoothly (travel aside – oy).

Now I’m back home, trying to understand what my new normal is. I haven’t spent much time in the studio recently and I miss it. I would very much like to continue teaching, but I have to figure out how to fit workshops into my current schedule. 

In the meantime, I’m happy just staring at Anna and thinking about how lucky I am. 🙂

22 Responses to “Introducing Anna…the future lover of all things bookish!”

By jason.lemieux - 20 July 2017 Reply

AAAAWWWWOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Wonderful and welcome to Vermont, Anna! Cheers to the four of you (yes, Wiggum). Denise and I are over the moon with joy for you all.

By Elissa - 24 July 2017 Reply

Jason –

You and the family have to get yourselves up here for a visit so that Anna can meet you.

Did I mention that she likes cheese?


By jason.lemieux - 25 July 2017 Reply

She likes cheese already?!?!?!?

Indeed. You’ll be seeing us soon!

By Amy - 20 July 2017 Reply

Oh my, Elissa! I am SO happy for you 🙂 She is beautiful and perfect! Congratulations to you all!!!

By Elissa - 24 July 2017 Reply

Amy –

Thanks! She is pretty damn cute. I want to eat her face. 🙂


By Laura - 20 July 2017 Reply

So wonderful! Congratulations Elissa! Looking forward to seeing more book nerd baby pictures.

By Elissa - 24 July 2017 Reply

Laura –

New skill for me to learn – don’t cross the line of over-sharing. However, once she starts making books, all bets are off.


By Cecile Webster - 20 July 2017 Reply

She is a beauty. You are fortunate (all 3 of you) to have each other. Thanks for doing the FOBA class. I loved it! Pretty soon, you will not remember what the “old normal” was.

By Elissa - 24 July 2017 Reply

Cecile –

I’m glad you enjoyed the class. The trip out to Oregon was totally worth it. 🙂


By Jayne Buckley Sykes - 20 July 2017 Reply

What wonderful news, Elissa! Anna is beautiful and oh, so lucky to pick a family who loves books as much as yours. As a fellow, Gemini (May 31), she’s going to keep you hopping. Order extra sneakers now…Health and happiness to all.

By Elissa - 24 July 2017 Reply

Jayne –

I hadn’t yet checked out her astrological sign – bad mama!

Because there’s no reason for me not to trust the random website I just Googled, I’m going to believe what this one had to say:

Gemini likes: Music, books, magazines, chats with nearly anyone, short trips around the town

That works for me!


By Monica/BoomBoxBindery - 20 July 2017 Reply

Congratulations!! Welcome to the world of books, Anna!

By Elissa - 24 July 2017 Reply

Monica –

I’ve already been researching options for a pink bone folder collection – check it out:


By Monica/BoomBoxBindery - 24 July 2017 Reply

That is too funny, Elissa! I wasn’t aware of CGull, perhaps I need my own pink folder… research for Anna of course!

By Penne - 20 July 2017 Reply

Yippee- and congrats! Thank you for bringing her to the Vermont Book Arts Guild show opening so we could meet her!

By Elissa - 24 July 2017 Reply

Penne –

She is currently working on her review of the B.A.G. show – it includes lots of grunts, which I think is a good thing. 🙂


By daria wilber - 20 July 2017 Reply

Congratulations! Here’s to love, joy and every happiness to all!

By Elissa - 24 July 2017 Reply

Thanks Daria!


By seley1 - 21 July 2017 Reply

How simply delightful. She’s beautiful.

By Elissa - 24 July 2017 Reply

Sidney –

She does that beautiful thing all on her own – I can’t take any credit for it. 🙂


By ruth - 22 July 2017 Reply

A big WELCOME to little Anna! What a sweet picture! Thank you for sharing. With an XXL-book full of good wishes for the parents and little Anna

By Elissa - 24 July 2017 Reply

Ruth –

Thanks so much!


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