A Pay-What-You-Can SALE on The Artful Year eBooks

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The Artful Year eBook Series SALEIt’s been almost a year since I’ve had a pay-what-you-can sale on any of The Artful Year eBooks.

Update: The pay-what-you-can sale is now over. The ebooks will still be available through the end of this month.

When I’ve done this in the past, I received so many comments and e-mails thanking me—saying things like they had really wanted the books but they had just lost a job or were on a teaching salary or just couldn’t afford the full price right then.

So, before The Artful Year eBooks enter their chrysalis stage*, I thought I’d hold one last pay-what-you-can sale on them. If you’ve been eyeing them but couldn’t figure it into your budget, go ahead and grab them now at any price you can afford—even free!

Here’s how the sale works:

When you hit the view cart button, you’ll be taken to my e-junkie shopping cart and, for one week only (through July 17th), you will be able to edit the price yourself. I really hope you’ll snag a copy for yourself of any of the books you are interested in. And spread the word if you like…

As with my blog, I mostly just want to share these ideas and crafts with ALL of you and don’t want price to be a barrier.

If what you can pay is zero, that is totally fine! If you feel like 3 bucks is what you can afford, go for it! If you want to pay five or seven dollars for a book, great! Anything is fine. 

You decide the sweet spot between what you can afford and what the book and the ideas in it are worth to you.

So go ahead and Pay What You Can!


(Click on the book cover or title for more info about that particular book, or just click the add to cart button to buy it.)

The Artful Spring eBook

$9.99 Add to Cart View Cart (or click here to learn more about  The Artful Spring eBook)

The Artful Summer eBook

$9.99 Add to Cart View Cart (Or click here to learn more about  The Artful Summer eBook)

The Artful Autumn eBook

$9.99 Add to Cart View Cart (or click here to learn more about  The Artful Autumn eBook)

The Artful Winter eBook

$9.99 Add to Cart View Cart (or click here to learn more about  The Artful Winter eBook)

The Artful Year eBook Series

Want the whole bundle of Artful Year  eBooks? You can buy it for $34.99!

Add to Cart View Cart

*After this month, The Artful Year eBooks will no longer be available for sale. The traditionally published paper book version will be available in February 2015. There will be lots of wonderful new additions at that time, however, due to size and expense and just the general nature of publishing, there will be some subtractions as well—most notably in the number of photographs. If you want a digital copy to refer to between now and then (I especially love having the recipes on my iPad) or want the full complement of step-by-step photographs, grab the eBooks now while they are still available.

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  1. Mandy says

    What a great deal, thank you so much! My 19 month old and I love your ideas and we do some of the projects suggested here (though he’s still a bit small, it’s all about the process, right?) :)

    Unfortunately, it doesnt seem to be letting me update the prices. Is there a code I should be using?


  2. Jude says

    Hi jean, Such a wonderful idea…Thank you! Sadly, the cart won’t save my edit when I click `Update cart’. It goes back to the original price….any ideas?

  3. says

    What a wonderful idea and I am very happy to be able to get these books for my preschool program, but it isn’t letting me change the prices…

  4. Stacey Kerr says

    Thank you so much for the offer! Like Jude, my cart won’t save the updates, either. I’ve tried in Chrome and Safari, both on Mac.

  5. Mari J says

    Thank you so much for this!!! Sadly I’m having the same issue as Jude. It keeps reverting to the original price.

  6. says

    I’m using Firefox and it won’t let me update the price either. I would love this and really appreciate your generosity.

  7. says

    I’m so sorry about that snafu, everyone! I went back in and fixed the set-your-own-price feature (I hope) and everything should be working now. If not, please let me know!

  8. Liz says

    Thank you so much! I wouldn’t have bought them had you not offered this generous sale. Now I’m very excited to dive in and try some of the activities with my daughter! Thank you, thank you!

  9. says

    Jean, Thank you so so much!!! We love your ideas and you inspire me so much. I’ve checked your book out several times from the library. We currently have no income and so this is such a wonderful gift. Thank you!!!! We just started summer break here last week and I’m excited to try some of your summer ideas!

  10. Alyson says

    What a wonderful offer, your book looks fabulous. Could I ask if the offer is only available in the US? I have an amazon.com account and linked kindle app but I keep getting an error message when I try to download.

    • says

      Alyson, these aren’t Amazon eBooks. These are PDF files that can be read on a computer, an iPad, a Kindle Fire, or another tablet. Sorry for the confusion!

      • Shanda says

        I thought they were actual books. I purchased two of each. I don’t need two of each book since they are downloadable. Is there anything that can be done about that? Thanks so much.

        • Shanda says

          When reading comments I see other people got them for free. I thought we had to pay something for them even if it wasn’t full price? I am very confused. Sorry

  11. Alison says

    Thank you so very much for this generosity. The ideas will be well used in my classroom in Winter and Spring :)

  12. Laura says

    Oh gosh, I’m still having trouble too. It says it will be available again on July 11. Should I just give it another go tomorrow?

      • Laura says

        I was able to purchase them! I had tried changing the price but I may have been having a cookie issue because I kept getting the same message :) Cleared everything out and it worked! Thank you thank you!

  13. Danielle says

    Thank-you so much for your generosity, I’ve been following you on Pinterest & the blog for awhile but can’t afford much as a SAHM , this really is a kind and generous thing xxx
    Btw it worked fine for us (even with a currency conversion to £) and I’m so grateful that my daughter and I can get stuck into some art projects.

  14. Msbragg says

    What a wonderful gift! Thank you so much for this offer! Unfortunately, it won’t let me continue. When I click Checkout it says “Cart Error: Free Checkout will be available again on July 11, 2014 @ 00:00 MST”

    • says

      Oh, yes. I forgot about the free checkout limit… E-junkie allows me 100 free checkouts a day apparently. So you could either wait until tomorrow or try checking out with a nominal amount…

  15. Monika says

    Thanks so much for this wonderful opportunity! I have been reading your blog for quite a while, and I am so happy to be able to try a lot of arty things with my 4 kids now. Thanks!!!

  16. sica b says

    Thank you so very much for spreading your love of art. Me and my three year old are part of an art coop that holds children’s classes it will be wonderful to bring fresh ideas from your book.

  17. svetlana says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this amazing gift! I live in Serbia and we can’t pay online yet (can you imagine that), so this is a great oportunity for me. Can I read book on Samsung android phone? My 3 girls will enjoy this summer.

  18. Anna ~* says

    Thanks so much for this amazing gift to the community, Jean! Your blog is so beautiful and your projects are just amazing…. Best, Anna ~*

  19. says

    Thank you for your generosity! I couldn’t afford much, but when your printed book comes out I will keep my eye out for it!

  20. Dawn says

    I purchased the set of 4 books (THANK YOU SO MUCH!), but I didn’t get a link to download – help?

  21. Cosima says

    Thank you very much, i´ve been wanting to get hold of your books for a while now. I´ll be sure to enjoy them with the family.


  22. Melinda says

    Thank you so much, this is such a blessing for those of us not able to give many special extras to our kids due to hard times. We will have so much fun trying new projects together. And we will “pay it forward”!

  23. Celia says

    Thank you so much for this! I love doing art with my daughter but we rarely get to purchase such awesome books, and usually borrow from the library. My daughter is always bummed when we have to take the books back, so she will be super excited about these! I can’t wait to get started!

  24. Sarah Willis says

    Jean, thank you so much from my two year old daughter, Mary and myself for your fantastic and extremely generous offer. I own and am a big fan of your Artful Parent book and had always held off buying these seasonal books as it felt too extravagant and I wanted to spend the cash on good art supplies. I have now bought and downloaded all four books and can’t wait to have lots of great times with Mary trying your ideas. You are so talented and inspirational, thanks again Jean! XxxX

  25. Sarah Willis says

    P.S I am compiling a list of UK good art supplies for toddlers to share with you. Sarah :-)

  26. Elizabeth says

    Thank you so much! Since our family has grown to 4 kids, our “extra” purchases have had to shrink. But we LOVE arts and crafts so thank you for offering this sale! I know we’ll all enjoy these beautiful publications!

  27. says

    I literally cried when I clicked to purchase. I’ve wanted these books for a long time but we’re volunteer missionaries and I rarely get to buy “extras” for us! I’ve been wanting more art in our homeschool and I’m SO excited about these. Thank you so, so very much for your generosity!!!

  28. CHRISTY says

    thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been wanting to check these out for a long time, but haven’t been able to. Can’t wait to get started doing projects with my boys. Thanks SO MUCH!

  29. Keryn says

    I just bought the 4 ebooks but can’t download due to being on a mobile device. Can they be emailed to me instead please?

  30. Claire says

    Thank you so much for this kind offer. Money is quite often tight in this household and so this helps make buying ideal resources and books affordable. Thank you x

  31. Mandie says

    Hello! I just purchased the 4 ebooks but can’t download due to being on a mobile device. Can they be emailed to me instead please? Sorry I didn’t think about it being an issue when I ordered using my phone.


  32. Iva says

    I wanted to add my voice of Thank yous for this fantastic opportunity to bring arts in our homes! You are so wonderful and we really enjoy going through your blog and choosing what to do :) My 5 year old loves to choose his own art activities so having these books will make it much more fun and easy for us to decide on fun projects. I am sure he will love going through the books just as much as i. Thank you again Jean!!!

  33. says

    THANK YOU!! what a blessing! thanks you for your generosity :) Many blessings to you as you gear up for print copies!

  34. Kerry says

    Thank you for sharing and being such a generous person.
    Gratitude and loving thoughts flowing your way : )

  35. Holly says

    Thank you for this sale. My family has been tight on a budget. When I hit the checkout button it says sale will be available again 7/13/14 @ 00:00MST. Is this just a glitch?

  36. Aileen says

    Thank you so much for this generous gift! My husband is a teacher & we just had our third baby, so funds are tight right now. I will enjoy reading your books. Best wishes to you!

  37. Anita says

    Thank you so much for the offer. I am really a great fan of your post/blog. Now will do more projects with my little one.. :)

  38. Lyn says

    Dear Jean,
    You are truly an inspiration to me with all the creativity you have put into all the art you do with your children. They are so blessed. I also thank you for your generosity of these books. can’t wait to share them with my children.

  39. Danielle says

    Thank you so much for this offer. Your books are a blessing and will be a sensory and cooking instruction for our child with special needs that we homeschool.

  40. malia says

    Thank you so much for this. I’m even trying to pay a minimal amount but it won’t let me update the amount. Am I suppose to enter a coupon code? Thanks again.

  41. Joy says

    Keep getting this error message:

    Cart Error: Free Checkout will be available again on July 14, 2014 @ 00:00 MST

    Not sure if maybe something is wrong on my end?

  42. Stacia R says

    Are the Spring and Summer books only available as ebooks? When I hit Add To Cart, those two say ebook, but winter and Autumn are the regular books. I’d prefer regular books so my kids can flip through them and mark pages.

  43. Crystal says

    Thank you so much for this amazing deal! My daughter LOVES art and I have been searching for some art curriculum or help with ideas on what to do for art. I’m really looking forward to trying out these art projects/crafts and cooking with her and making the recipes as well!

  44. Natalie Murray says

    Thank you so much for offering this deal! We are a large family and on a fixed income. We are homeschooling as we feel led by the Lord.
    Have a blessed day!

  45. Shannon says

    Hi jean,
    I have just purchased the complete series using my PayPal but it would not let me download the books. Could you please send me that link again (which I can’t get back to) so I can download in on my computer and not on my ipad
    Thank you

  46. says

    Thank you so much for this sale. These books look awesome and money is very tight right now. This is a real blessing.

  47. Kristen says

    I am very grateful for this opportunity! It is wonderful to have so many of your wonderful ideas together in one easy to access place.

  48. Luna says

    Thank you so much for the wonderful gift. But the problem is I have been trying for 2 days to download the spring activities book and I keep on getting this message: Cart Error: Free Checkout will be available again on July 15, 2014 @ 00:00 MST
    and yesterday I got same message but dated July 14. :(

  49. Julie says

    I am also getting the Cart Error: Free Checkout will be available again on July 15, 2014 @ 00:00 MST message! I hope that we can still download these! I will keep checking back! :-) Thank you for your generosity!

  50. Kt says

    Thank you! We did the chalk paint today and it was a total success. I look forward to many fun activities to come. Again, Thank you!

  51. Sarah H says

    I love love love your “Artful Parent” book and would really like to get these ebooks too but I don’t like to use credit cards online and I don’t really want a paypal account. Are there any other payment methods available? Perhaps in a different website.

  52. Deborah Garrett says

    I have also been trying for days to get the Spring and Summer ebooks, but continue to get the error message telling me it will be available the next day. You mentioned something about a daily Free limit? I’m afraid your kind and generous gift will expire before I can get them downloaded.
    LOVE all your wonderful ideas. Such an inspiration.

  53. Alex says

    I am so excited to read these books, thank you so much for sharing them. When I try to check out it keeps telling me to come back tomorrow. Is this a glitch? I saw that someone else was having the same issue. I tried google chrome and internet explorer and got the same thing.

    Thanks again!


  54. Dani says

    Thank you sooooooo much! I am really looking forward to an art-filled year with my 2 daughters. The pay-what-you-can offer is so generous and I truly appreciate it!

  55. Melissa L says

    I can’t thank you enough. Times are tough and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to get these!

  56. Cason says

    Thank you times four! I’ve wanted these books for quite awhile now and am so happy to have them now! I’m especially looking forward to making the apple pies from the autumn book.

  57. Jennifer says

    The downloads are not working for me. I get an error message immediately. Any advice?

  58. Angela says

    Thank you SO much for this deal. Not only am I a first year teacher to 1st grade students, but I just graduated college in May, so as you can assume – money is TIGHT. This deal helped me out tremendously and I will pay this experience forward to someone else I come across in any way that I am able. Again, thanks for doing this! I, along with my future students, appreciate it!! :)

  59. Julia B says

    Thank you so much for your generosity! I am a newbie homeschooler to my 8 year old craft obsessed daughter and the experience of getting ready is more than a little overwhelming. Add the fact that my parents have just needed to move in with us and things are pretty tight around here. Your thoughtfulness is truly appreciated.

  60. Rebecca says

    I need to say Thank You so much for your generosity. This year has been a struggle with a new arrival and my feeling defeated on what schooling I did do with my two oldest. I’m resolving to be better this year but money is pinching tight. Thank you so much!

  61. Eryn says

    I tried to do this multiple times and it kept telling me to try the next day at midnight and I kept trying :( Sad it’s over and that I didn’t get to do it.

  62. Nico.e says

    I have seen your book at Barnes and Noble, but only just came across your blog today. I am so excited to have found you! I struggle terribly with doing art with my children, your blog will be a fantastic resource! I am very disappointed that I missed this sale, but I will be checking in daily for project ideas. Thank you again!