Over the past few weeks, I've been hinting about a super exciting project that I've been working on, and it is finally time for me to share. It is a project that resonates with every bit of my creative self, and it is so dreamy that, sometimes, it just comes out as a whisper. A thrilled whisper: I signed a contract with Storey Publishing, and my educational craft book will be published next spring (2012)! Eeeep! (that part wasn't a whisper.) Not only am I to the moon excited about the book, I couldn't be more happy to be working with the ever inspiring peeps at Storey. They publish incredibly useful, thoughtful, creative books of all kinds. I've admired their books and publishing style for so long, and it is truly a dream come true for me to work with them.
And, so, I am busy, busy making it a reality. This has meant long hours in the studio and at my desk. When I put a full day of work into this project, I am left feeling that it is just what I want to be thinking about and it is exactly what I want my hands and head wrapped around. Simply put, I feel incredibly lucky. As I've been writing and designing, I've been sharing portions of the book with my children. This has become a meaningful, new way to connect with them as they give me their opinions, feedback, and suggestions. Chick has been writing "how-to" books and slips them on my desk to surprise me.
Thank you, dear readers and friends, for reading, for your continued support, and for your kind words. They mean the world to me (for real). Your lovely messages and encouragement truly fuel me, and for that, I am deeply thankful.
p.s. This red balloon is from Cradle's Grand opening celebration two (!!) years ago. I did a craft demonstration there, and snapped this photograph on my way home. It made me happy then, and it still does.