Friday, January 01, 2010

I had a dream too... well, an aspiration.



Yep, I had a dream, well, more like a goal to work towards.

Every year, for the past 6 years on New Years Day, I've set myself a little aim to work towards achieving crafty wise. They started of pretty small, understandably, as I was in those early stages of just getting to grips with a heat gun. Gradually over the years I've made them a little more challenging, with the expectation of them taking longer than a year, maybe even never happening. Sometimes I suprised myself and reached that years particular goal by the end of that January lol...leaving me to have to set another quick 'resolution' lol.

After having had a few good years recently on the old stamping front, last year I set myself the biggest target I could, something I've always wanted to do.

WRITE A BOOK.

*gulp*

Well at least I could relax a bit there, I mean.....well....a book, good grief, what was I thinking? Perhaps when I was old-er....much older.

Well actually it wasnt as far fetched as I thought. I was approached by a publisher last year, I've signed my contract and am underway with writing my book!!!

HOW MAD IS THAT!!

*laughs hysterically amongst the piles of paper and stamps*

So- just thought I'd let you know where my mind is at ....things maybe a little quieter on here at various stages I imagine. Its not that I wont be creating, it will be that I'll be creating more than ever, just not able to show it all.

I'll still be working for the usual DT's and the magazine... just not first in the queue with work completed (errrr actually I never was first past the finishing line so basically nowt'll change there lol). Oh and there's that thing called real life that keeps cropping up. And the family still insist on being fed... (I'm contemplating on buying a lorry load of Pot Noodles...do they do a different flavour for each day of the week? rofl...joke, before you start phoning Ester.

Keep your fingers crossed for me please. If all goes as well as I hope and its all accepted ok, I'll have a book to casually leave lying around on my coffee table.

(note to self...*1....must buy coffee table and start inviting in passers-by for coffee....**2....must buy coffee lol)

Anyway....


there we go..

(The card above is for the Gingersnap Creations(see previous post for links) Reasons To Stamp 'Martin Luther King Day'. A distressed card showing two of my favourite stamps that I've had for ages it seems.)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! xx

46 comments:

flutterbycrafter said...

Wow, well done Jo.....writing a book, can't wait to see it published, I'm sure all your crafting friends will want a copy. Good luck with it. Ann x

Jennie said...

hehe.. a book! will look forward to seeing it :)
Happy New Year!
xx

Helen said...

Well done, as you know I've already got my name down for a copy! Hope it goes well.

Laura said...

Fantastic news. good luck with it all. I simply love everything about this card. Says it all clearly and perfectly. Fantastic!

Joanne said...

Well, that is a biggy. I, for one, will be first in the queue when your masterpiece hits the shops. Just hope that you sign it for me somewhere along the line. Good luck and Happy Crafting New Year. xx

Dawn said...

Wow Jo what a fantastic opportunity and so well done on the book, it will be fantastic..

Happy New Year it's sure to be an axciting one for you,,

Dawn

jacksjunk said...

Wow wow wow - well done - already looking frward to it

Lottie said...

What a fabulous card - this is so moving and speaks volumes.

Volumes - you're writing a book - brilliant.

Please may I be first in the queue to buy a signed copy?

If you want a critique - I don't mind doing a sneak preview for you! Joking apart - great news and I am sure it will be a best seller. What a fantastic project for a new year.

Audrey said...

Jo - I wish you every success with this venture - Its an amazing achievement to be setting out on this journey, let alone realising it. Well done honey - and love the card - perfect sentiment. GOOD LUCK xxx

Julia Dunnit said...

Go yoU! Congratulations...it may not be easy but man, what a journey you'll enjoy! Can't wait to see the end result!

Kim said...

Oh, Jo!!! I'm so excited for you!! I know the book is going to be a huge hit--hopefully it will be available in the States? It's wonderful that your huge goal is being fulfilled! Here's an idea--instead of the Pot Noodles, why not just send your husband to a cooking class??? :-) Good luck and best wishes on this new and exciting creative chapter of your life--you're going to be wonderful, GF!!!! Hugs--Kim

Artyjen said...

How exciting for you! A challenge to beat all challenges in my book....or should I say your book! Best of luck..Happy New Year
xoxo

Sid said...

Happy New Year, and good luck with 'The Book' !

Sarah Anderson said...

I just LOVE that stamped image! And a book ... fabulous... lots of pages of your yummy work to drool over :) Wishing you all the very, very best with it's conception and creation x

Godelieve said...

Wow, that's wonderful news Jo!
Good luck with the book!!

Godelieve said...

I forgot to wish you and your family a very happy new year :)

crafty creations said...

And a very Happy New Year to you too - thanks for the inspiration

And a book - what an amazing achievement - I'll be one of those in the Q for a signed copy

Hugs Hilda

joanne wardle said...

I do, of course, expect a signed copy!!!

(oh and congratulations, I'll buy you some coffee when it's published!)

Marilyn Rock said...

Jo! I wish I could be at your book signing! Congrats and I think this is a realistic goal - you are well on your way. You've signed the contract and I know it will be a lot of work but worth it - for you and US! :)

You are so talented and creative; your art and words should be compiled in a book. I'm SO excited for you!

Best wishes - Love, Marilyn

jan said...

This is sooooo one of my favorite cards ever!!!!! Good luck on your book!

Tinkertaylor said...

OMG all your lovely creativeness in a book brilliant!
ps husband makes coffee tables maybe we can trade?

Linda Elbourne said...

Way to go Mrs CS ... a book hey??? Might just have to get me a copy ... so pull your finger out ... I shall want it signed of course :0) Happy New Year to you and yours X

Kim Piggott said...

Oh Jo I love your beautiful card!
Love your image and sentiment!
Gorgeous colour!
I am thrilled to learn about your book!
I will be first in the cue for this and I know it will be so very fabulous!
Good luck with everything you do in 2010!
hugs
kim x

kjjc said...

good luck good luck- I so look forward to that and neeeed a signed copy. well done you. You deffo deserve it.

Cath Wilson said...

Jo, that's absolutely fab news - I'm thrilled for you and over the moon! Can't wait to see it and I'll be one of the first in the queue - you're so inspiring :) I'm sure it will be hard work but won't it be worth it?

Love that card, btw - gorgeous stamps :)

Paula said...

We Chrysalis girls are right behind you & support you totally while you write this exciting & much awaited book :0)
Gorgeous piece of art, simple is often hard to achieve but it looks stunning. Very earthy colours perfect for the image.

craftimamma said...

Oh boy, what a brilliant goal to set yourself Jo and I can't wait to see it in all it's glory ............. and it's bound to be glorious when it's full of your creativity!

Speaking of glorious, so is this lovely card - glorious in it's simplicity. Love it!

Lesley Xx

Gillian said...

Fabulous news Jo and not before time I may add, can't wait to see your new venture unfold. Happy New Year to You, Dave & the boys, all the best for 2010. X

Sue Abbott said...

What an absolute achievement it will be , a book, I mean come on, how BRILLIANT is that?????? Wishing you all the success ever. Well done, you deserve it! x

Seona said...

Congratulations Jo, what outstanding news -hope all goes smoothly for you. Happy New Year to you, Dave and the boys.

Shar said...

Congratulations, Jo! I can't wait to get a copy as I know it will be brilliant!

Hugs,
Shar

Elaine G said...

Beautiful card Jo and what exciting news about the book too. It looks like there will be a queue of us waiting to see the results of your labours. I hope you enjoy the creative experience all the way through and we still look forward to sharing your work when you are able to do articles and posts in the meantime!

Happy New year to you and yours.

Elaine

Carrie said...

good for you Jo, no doubt it will be a huge success and you will have a sellout in no time - congratulations again

ps - absolutely adore this card.

Amy said...

the child stamp is magnificent!!!! Amazing, really!!!

Sandra Hall said...

An author in the making! Well done for sticking with the dream/aspiration! Just shows the difference a year can make in one's life eh? Good stuff!
x x

craftytrog said...

Gorgeous card Jo, love that image!
Good luck with the book, I'm sure it'll be a best-seller! xx

Hels said...

Amazing card Jo, love this loads...tis beautiful....Happy New Year to you and yours...all the best for 2010 and can't wait to see more of your art x

Dawn said...

Congratulations on the starting of your book.It'll be FAB

penibear said...

Congrats Jo, am so looking forward to seeing your book. Penny xx

Carmen said...

How amazing! Congratulations Jo, that's one Hell of a resolution to cross off the list!

Keep us posted pleeease!

NETTI said...

I really love your Martin Luther King card, Jo. Just perfect and understated.
Now how exciting is this that you're doing a BOOK!!!!
That'll be going on my list of 'Must Haves' once it's published, that's for sure.
Congratulations on signing to a publisher and all the best with it's creation.

AngelaC said...

Is the book going to be about your art & craft? I do hope so Jo because I've been so inspired by your work over the past couple of years and will also be first in line to order a copy!! Congratulations and good luck with this project... you will keep us all up to date with progress won't you?

Happy New Year.

Piddawinkle said...

im loving that image its so cute and yet so soulful, and a book by Jo CS, phew I'll be putting that on my wish list, will it be ready for my birthday in march, haha, all the best you can do it you have the talent, all of it actually, you may have stolen mine as well, LOL

Vixykins said...

Having known you from your fledgling days and telling a certain publisher you were "one to watch" (although I think they missed the boat with you there somewhat fools!) I am not in the slightest bit surprised with this news! Jo you're extremely talented in a variety of forms and your book will be brilliant, inspiring and extremely well received.

Go fer it petal!

Cynthia said...

Wow,,,a book ,,that is exciting...good luck and I know we will all run out and buy it as soon as it hits the market!

Ellie Knol said...

This is so beautiful! I've been living in South Africa, it makes thios special to me!
Who is this stamp from?