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Sorry about the teaser the other day. I didn't mean to do that and shouldn't have said anything (until I was prepared to actually say something!). Anyway, my big, exciting announcement is that I'm going to write a book. Many of you have asked me over the years if I would. Or when I would. Or encouraged me to write one. It never quite seemed the right time for me timewise or kidwise or self-confidence wise. But now? Yes. I think I'm ready.


The book will be about encouraging children's art and creativity (big surprise) and will be published in the spring of 2013.


2013 seems terribly far away, especially as we're just dipping our toes into 2011. But as I think about the upcoming year, I'm thinking about it as the year of the book. A year of writing, of course, but also a year of self growth. A year of stretching my limits in new ways (can I really do this?!). A year in which I graduate from my little Canon PowerShot to a digital SLR camera (I have my eye on the Canon Rebel T2i) and really learn how to use it. And above all, a year of exploring art with the kiddos in my life.

So there you go. A book! I'm excited. A tad scared, but excited.

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  1. Padma Kondapeta says

    Fabulous news Jean…good luck with your exciting new project. Look forward to reading it. You can definitely do put in amazing work in your blog!

  2. says

    Absolutely wonderful news! I will be first in line to buy it!! Congrats. And the SLR–the Canon T2 is an excellent choice, you will love it!

  3. Elizabeth says

    I love your blog and all the wonderful art projects you do with your girls, I cant wait to see the book!! Also I too just “graduated” from a point and shoot to my new canon t2i, its a wonderful camera you wont regret it!

  4. says

    YAY! So thrilled for you, Jean! (And so thrilled for US, your readers, too. Can’t wait to get your book and learn from it.) Your blog is an inspiration and has already brought so many wonderful ideas to our home. So thank you! And best of luck in this exciting year.

  5. says

    Congratulations on the book news! I just got that exact same camera a few weeks ago. I haven’t really really learned to use it yet, but I can say that what I’ve done so far has been loads of fun!

  6. says

    Hip hip hooray! I was going to comment that I hoped it was a book yesterday but didn’t want to put my foot in my mouth in case it wasn’t! Anyway, I can’t wait to put have it in our library. xoxo

  7. says

    Congratulations!!! I’m also writing a book in 2011! We can bug each other and make sure that we are staying on task. My book is about Simple Living (well, there is more to it than that, but I’m keeping the bulk of it under wraps for now.)
    I wish you the best!

  8. [email protected] says

    congrats! very much looking forward to your book – i’ve sent your blog to many friends and both of my sisters who have young children (as do i). as a side, get the T2i. you will LOVE it. i did the same – upgraded from my Canon PowerShot to the T2i around Thanksgiving and am beyond pleased with it. asking for the macro lens for my birthday later this year. good luck during your “year of the book!”

  9. says

    What a perfect way to continue to get your experience, ideas, and knowledge out into the world! You are an inspiration. Congrats!

  10. Tracy says

    Congratulations…an Author… How exciting is that!! (a little dream of mine) You have a great blog and your book will be too.I would definately buy it.

  11. says

    wow…what a fabulous project for you…and a delight for us! ;-) can’t wait to see how it all comes out….two years seems like forever to wait! congrats and have fun!

  12. Claudia Cueva says

    Congrats! from Australia.
    I’m sure I’m not the only one looking forward to the book reaching aussie shores.

  13. Corrina says

    I am so pleased for you and so proud of you! It will be a great book – I am sure. I hope you remember the “little people” and will autograph our copies! ;-)

  14. says

    This is wonderful news for children and their parents and/or carers everywhere. As an Aussie mum with three young children I know that we will certainly be buying a copy of your book. There you go – it has gone global already!
    Wishing you every success in 2011 as you write your book.

  15. Kim says

    Congratulations! That is awesome! However, I must recommend the Nikon SLR cameras over Canon. They are amazing!!

  16. says

    That’s wonderful, Jean! Now I can give your great ideas to my friends as gifts. I am really wishing you well in this project and looking forward to having a copy in our family library as well. Exciting!!

  17. [email protected] says

    How great for you! We’ve all benefited from your enthusiastic blogging and now so many more people will have that opportunity! Have a great time with this project, congratulations.

  18. says

    And what a great book it will be!!! Congratulations! You deserve it and many will benefit! Thanks so much for doing so much on your blog!

  19. says

    How Wonderful! and exciting I am looking forward to preorders being ready. Thank you for choosing this new medium to share your ideas with us.

  20. Mags says

    That’s fantastic news and I can’t wait to read it!! I have thought before that you should write a book. Great news!

  21. says

    Congratulations! That is so exciting!!
    On the camera end, my husband & I wrote a photography course a few years ago…eeps! 4 years ago now! for that you might find helpful. It’s called “12 weeks to better photos” and is geared to those who are new to a digi SLR. Here’s the link:
    You may have to be a member of the site to see it but I can send you the PDFs if you’re interested. We live in the Asheville area, too, so if you need help just give us a yelp!
    Anyway, just a random thought. Good luck with the book!

  22. says

    Though it’s still a long way aways, I’ll be on the waiting list when your book comes out. And so pleased that you’ll be investing in yourself and your own creativity by purchasing a new camera. I know it will be a rewarding and worthwhile purchase considering your eye for photos you’ve shared on your blog. Have you checked out the site? It has been a daily source of inspiration for me.