Show Me a Story Tour :: Zaaberry

My little one making mixed media art.
I'm honored to have Ruby review Show Me a Story on her blog today! Ruby is a sweet, local friend and crafter who sews beautiful clothing, bags, and other useful things.  Her weekly posts are filled with her own incredible patterns, tutorials, and interpretations,  and I'm always left inspired after perusing her projects.  

You can read her review here where you can leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.   Storey Publishing has asked that the giveaway be open to US Residents only.  Thank you so much, Ruby!

Happy Friday, everyone!  I'm all excited to be back in this space again next week for more awesomeness.
  
Show Me a Story :: Blog Tour


Week One
9.24 Catherine Newman
9.25 maya*made
9.26 Crafty Crow
9.27 Average Jane Crafter
9.28 Zaa Berry

Week Two
10.1 Zakka Life
10.2 Small Measure
10.3 scrumdilly-do
10.4 One Golden Apple
10.5 Jane of All Trades

Week Three
10.8 Mommy Coddle
10.9 Whip Up
10.10 Wise Craft
10.11 Bird and Little Bird 


xo e

Show Me a Story Tour :: Average Jane Crafter

From my visit to NYC
Just yesterday, the lovely Diane Gilleland of CraftyPod posted an interview with me in her I Heart Craft Books series. I'm a big fan of her podcasts and was thrilled when she asked if I'd like to be included.   In it, I discuss plastic ballerinas and peppermint cabbage casserole. 

Today's stop on the Show Me a Story tour is with the ever so sweet and interesting Rachel Hobson. Rachel was also one of the first people to share my Story Stones with the crafty world when she posted about them on CRAFT way back in 2009, and continued to spread the word about my work throughout the years.  I'm such a big fan of her blog (and her instagram photos) because she always includes a nice mix of stitchery, thrift, vintage, cat antics, hand built, with a touch of outerspace.  Plus, she is just one of the sweetest people.

You can read Rachel's review here where you can leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.   Storey Publishing has asked that the giveaway be open to US Residents only.  Thank you so much, Rachel!
  
Show Me a Story :: Blog Tour

Week One
9.24 Catherine Newman
9.25 maya*made
9.26 Crafty Crow
9.27 Average Jane Crafter
9.28 Zaa Berry

Week Two
10.1 Zakka Life
10.2 Small Measure
10.3 scrumdilly-do
10.4 One Golden Apple
10.5 Jane of All Trades

Week Three
10.8 Mommy Coddle
10.9 Whip Up
10.10 Wise Craft
10.11 Bird and Little Bird 


xo e  



Show Me a Story Tour :: The Crafty Crow


Did I almost keel over when I saw the Show Me a Story pouch that my dear friend Karen made for me? Yes, I almost did.  She and her family made a surprise appearance at the book launch party, which was gift enough, but a few minutes after her arrival, she told me she had "a little something" for me.  This little something is now one of my favorite possessions and I will love it forever.  Isn't it beautiful? It also happened to be stuffed with vintage fabric pieces, beautiful ribbon from afar, and a piece of hand pressed (fused) glass that Karen made at Snow Farm

Today marks the third day of the Show Me a Story book tour, and I'm super excited that today's stop is with Cassi from The Crafty Crow. This stop feels particularly important to me because back in 2009 when I first posted about Story Stones, Cassi was one of the first people to notice and share it with her readers.  She has been incredibly supportive of my work over the years, and I'm always so appreciative of her comprehensive treasure trove of craft tutorials.  

You will find Cassi's review here along with a project from the book, and a chance to win one of two books. Storey Publishing has asked that the giveaway be open to US Residents only.  Thank you, Cassi!

  
Show Me a Story :: Blog Tour

Week One
9.24 Catherine Newman
9.25 maya*made
9.26 Crafty Crow
9.27 Average Jane Crafter
9.28 Zaa Berry

Week Two
10.1 Zakka Life
10.2 Small Measure
10.3 scrumdilly-do
10.4 One Golden Apple
10.5 Jane of All Trades

Week Three
10.8 Mommy Coddle
10.9 Whip Up
10.10 Wise Craft
10.11 Bird and Little Bird
xo e 

Show Me a Story Tour :: maya*made

I went for a walk in the woods of New Hampshire two weeks ago with two old friends.  I came home nostalgic and with my head filled with the beauty of the soon to be autumnal woods.  I saw little pockets of moss on old stumps, puffy seed pods, long stretching spider webs, a dry stream bed, an old snapping turtle's nest, and a beaver pond. This photograph of the pond was taken while standing just behind the beaver damn.  It was late in the  afternoon, the sun was warm, the air cool, and I had nowhere else to be but there. 

I posted this photo because it makes me think of the wonderful, peace generating, talented Maya Donenfeld.   Maya's gorgeous, inspiring book was released this past May and I've been enjoying it ever since. Have you seen it? It is a true treasure, as is she.  There is something very special about her gentle, wise ways, and I am thrilled to have her join the tour today.  You can read Maya's review here where you can leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.   Thank you, dear Maya! 


  
Show Me a Story :: Blog Tour

Week One
9.24 Catherine Newman
9.25 maya*made
9.26 Crafty Crow
9.27 Average Jane Crafter
9.28 Zaa Berry

Week Two
10.1 Zakka Life
10.2 Small Measure
10.3 scrumdilly-do
10.4 One Golden Apple
10.5 Jane of All Trades

Week Three
10.8 Mommy Coddle
10.9 Whip Up
10.10 Wise Craft
10.11 Bird and Little Bird


xo e  

Show Me a Story Tour :: Catherine Newman

Memory Card made by a workshop guest at The Eric Carle Museum

Happy autumn, friends!  Today marks the first day of the Red Bird Crafts blog tour for Show Me a Story.  Way back in the frosty afternoons of January 2011, I was typing with my Sophie cat snuggled on my lap dreaming of the days when I'd get to send my creation into the world.  The time is here and I am a bit weak in the knees with happiness.

I asked my dear friend Catherine Newman to kick it off.  For those of you who don't already go to Catherine's blog Ben & Birdy for perfect, healthy, delicious recipes to feed your family, you really should check it out.  Seriously!  So many of her recipes have become standards in our family, and I rely on her weekly posts to broaden our culinary adventures (ie. pigless blt's and Japaense Restaurant Spinach with Sweet and Salty Peanut Dressing).  You also might visit her blog because she is one of the funniest people ever and she will make you laugh at things that you forgot were funny.  Oh, and she makes things like beet heart prints, which speak directly to my heart.

Catherine's children are creative, clever and tremendously kind, and so I was honored when I heard that her Birdy has been spending time with my book (even marking lots of pages with post-its!). Catherine asked me into her home one day to show me her coffee table, which was covered in bits of paper, stones, Story Stones, and Mod Podge pots (covered so they wouldn't dry out). Ben and Birdy were there with smiles -- piecing and gluing and showing me their creations. Up until that point, I had heard stories of children independently and joyfully delving in to the book, but I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.  Watching their sweet, enthusiastic faces telling me how much they were enjoying the project is a moment that will stay with me forever. Thank you, Birdy and Ben!

You can read Catherine's review here where you can leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.  Thank you, sweet C.
Memory Card made by a workshop guest at The Eric Carle Museum

Show Me a Story :: Blog Tour

Week One
9.24 Catherine Newman
9.25 maya*made
9.26 Crafty Crow
9.27 Average Jane Crafter
9.28 Zaa Berry

Week Two
10.1 Zakka Life
10.2 Small Measure
10.3 scrumdilly-do
10.4 One Golden Apple
10.5 Jane of All Trades

Week Three
10.8 Mommy Coddle
10.9 Whip Up
10.10 Wise Craft
10.11 Bird and Little Bird

Storey Publishing's blog Inside Storey has a full list of teachers, bloggers, parents, artists, and homeschooling families who have been and will be reviewing and celebrating the release of the book.  Many thanks to everyone who has spent time sharing projects and spreading the word.  I feel so thankful to hear so many enthusiastic voices. You are all wonderful!


xo e

c e l e b r a t i o n

The Show Me a Story book launch party was a smashing success.  Many, many thanks to all those who showed up to make crafts, eat cake, read books, and dance.

Extra thanks to Helen from The Cup & Top for hosting us in the most wonderful, helpful way ever!  And, to Justin, Joe, and Tara for filling the sunshine-y space with glorious bluegrass music that made everyone happy.

It was a beautiful day, thanks to beautiful people.

xo e

odds & ends

Hello lovely friends.

I have a few things on my mind, and I'd love to share them with you before we embark on this beautiful pre-autumn weekend.

1.  September is craft book month at Craft Buds, and on Wednesday Lindsay posted an interview with me.  She asked lovely questions in which I discuss Show Me a Story as well as the process of writing a book. I'm so thankful to have been included in such an awesome series.
2.  I was in NYC for the first leg of my book tour and the visit was entirely beautiful and inspiring.  I was reminded how much I love New Yorkers.  At one point, a stranger heard my friend Kristin and I muttering about which subway to take, and bounded off of the subway to be sure that we got onto the correct train.  Once we squeezed our way in, the whole car started brainstorming our convoluted subway ride to Brooklyn (in our defense, there is some track work going on, so the schedule is kind of wonky).  I was all, "Thank you beautiful subway riders of New York."  It was such a Pollyanna kind of moment, and it made me so happy.
I actually kicked off the tour with a wee radio interview with Mindy from Absolutely Mindy on Sirius XM.  It was live and it was awesome.  I did need a tall Mojito afterwards.
The children that I met at the events were incredible;  they were sweet and excited and beautiful.  I was so happy to witness such bright eyes and creative ways.
3.  My book launch party is this Saturday at The Cup and Top Cafe in Florence, MA from 11-1.  If you will be anywhere near the Northampton/Florence, MA area, please stop by.  There will be cake, live mandolin by my friend Justin and his friend Tara, a craft from the book, and book signing! Hope to see you there!

Happy golden weekend to you all.

xo emily

The Big Apple.

Photograph taken at night on The Whitestone Bridge.  NYC lights.

Tomorrow, I venture off for a little Show Me a Story book event tour in New York City.  I grew up nearby, so I am thrilled to visit and share my book with the city of my heart.

If you are in the NYC area, please consider joining me at one of these events:
Logo from Bankstreet Books

On Saturday 9/8, I'll be at the wonderful,  Bank Street Books leading a craft and signing books from 3:00-4:00.
photograph from WORD Books

On Sunday 9/9, I'll be at the hip and lovely WORD books in Brooklyn where I'll be leading a craft and signing books.  This is a ticketed event where tickets are $16.95/family, and include a copy of the book and all craft materials.

It would truly be wonderful to see you there!

xo emily

Shop Update!


As of noon today,  I've added a new group of Story Stones to the shop

Happy day after Labor Day, to you all.  May the transition out of the summer schedule feel as easy as possible.

xo e

Show Me a Story :: Launch Party on 9/15!


I'm  so happy that my book launch party will be at 'The Cup and Top Cafe! It is wonderful, fun space with delicious, fresh, healthy food and lovely people.  I'll be running a craft, signing books, and there will be fancy cake (baked by the talented Cup and Top baker).  If you  happen to be within driving distance of Florence, Massachusetts, I'd love to see you there.   Saturday 9/15 from 11-1.

For now, Happy Labor Day to all those in the states! We spent bath time last night chatting about workers' rights and all of that good stuff and today we're thinking about those who work extremely hard each and every day.


xo e