Yesterday I was feeling a little under the weather, both physically and emotionally. So I set up camp on the sofa and surrounded myself with color and happiness and things I enjoyed. I pulled up the red kiddo table and used it for my iPad (ostensibly for work, but in reality just for Pandora) and my thankful stones (because I needed a reminder of what I was thankful for).
I made coffee and baked a couple of cherry-almond scones (my absolute favorite—I make a big batch for the freezer and bake two or three at a time) and settled down with some books, a blank notebook, and some rare me time.
Here's the bigger picture view of the living room, with the sofa nestled under our artful autumn tree. I picked up a new sofa cover over the weekend and it's completely transformed our previously dark, dark sofa into something that I finally like!
And here's the close up view of what I spent time with yesterday: my kindle (which I still think was the best Christmas gift ever), Cultivating Your Creative Life by Alena Hennessy (one of a few creativity books I indulged in at my fave local bookstore recently), and a colorful IKEA bird tray with a new blank notebook and pen.
I also compiled a list of some of the lovely comments you have sent me about my autumn crafts book (It was one of those days where I was totally feeling the need for validation) and thought I'd share a few here…
Thank you, thank you, for the wonderful book! It's so great! I finally was able to sit down last night with a few minutes, thinking I'd just download and look at the first few pages. But I made it all the way to Halloween (and a page full of notes and ideas) before I even looked up!
The pictures are beautiful. The layout is really easily accessible and clear to understand. The projects are inspiring, and I love all the variations. I want to do each one!
– Jude Stuecker, Fiber Artist
I love the book, Jean!! Congratulations! I downloaded it this weekend, and have been reading my way through and drooling over the photographs… the colors are luscious, and your photography is wonderful! Hoping to fit a few of your projects in this fall…. I especially hope to try the plaster of Paris leaves. Thank you.
– Amy Moore, a friend and neighbor
Some of my favorite things about the fall, and impending holiday season, are the opportunities for special projects and memory making with the kids. Unfortunately, this time of year is usually so busy that a lot of my grand plans often go out the window. Enter Jean's fabulous eBook. Each page is filled with gorgeous, easy projects I can do with the kids without a ton of planning. I love this book and plan to haul it out every year as a sort of new family tradition for welcoming autumn.
– Stephanie Morgan, Modern Parents, Messy Kids
Jean's projects are very kid-friendly and parent-accessible. Even the most non-crafty parent (me) can do them easily. Yesterday I used Mod-Podge for the first time and now I'm hooked! Wa-hoo!
We've been doing a project every day after school because we want to make them all. My girls love what we've made so far. These are beautiful ideas, bringing together creativity, art, and nature.
- Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup
And here are a few quotes from blog posts about the book (you can click the links for the full posts):
However you feel about the season that is just now knocking on our doors, you will have a better appreciation for all it has to offer after perusing Jean’s eBook. It’s truly lovely, and I can’t recommend it enough.
– Carol Chandran, 4Mothers1Blog
I love the book. From cover to cover, it's simply beautiful and original. The projects are for all ages too! You BET I want to make some of these myself! lol. I also LOVE that most of the supplies are items you can find in nature. Wouldn't you LOVE to "shop" for leaves and acorns in the woods and not your local hobby store?
– Leslie Harvey, Momma Harvey
Check out this beautiful ebook and let it inspire you and the children you love and teach so that this fall can be intentionally artful as well!
– Amanda Morgan, Not Just Cute
I had the pleasure of taking a sneak peek at the results of her hard work, and I can honestly say that if you enjoy celebrating the seasons with your family, you’ll be inspired by every last bit of this book.
– Rachelle Doorley, TinkerLab
Nothing like some kind words to turn my day around. :)