Saturday, January 19, 2008

Coming soon....

ArtsyMama the BOOK!!! Yes, inspired by my love of books and so many of the wonderful books that I look to for inspiration, I have decided to do my biggest DIY (do-it-yourself) challenge to date of publishing my own book. Self-publishing is the coolest. You have say over everything, because you're doing all the set up and layouts yourself. Then it's printed (and can be sold) as a professional looking book. It was too enticing to pass up. After looking through my over 500+ posts of this blog and 2000 pictures (I had no idea I had so many!) I decided to take the plunge. It's going to contain content from my blog, full instructions on several projects and also never before published writing. It is in process and I'm having a lot of fun with it. Not sure how long it will take, but you'll see it here first when it's complete:)
For some eye candy I pulled out my round robin book I did last winter/spring with Melissa, Cassondra, Lilia, and Julie and it's all on display in my home, so I took some pics. Lovely to look at on this sub zero day. Enjoy!







Hope you're having a great weekend!

57 comments:

LiLi M. said...

Artsy Mama the book?
I'm looking forward to it!
Good luck and enjoy the process,

Jerusalem said...

Oh I can't wait to see how this all works and goes! Keep us posted!

BonnieRose said...

good for u, are u using blurb??? I am in the process of putting together a book of mine too!

Vickie said...

That's great. I'm sure it will be a best seller!

Scrappy Jessi said...

wow! that is so cool kari!
i will want a celebrity signed copy from you!
you'll be famous!
have a great weekend!
jessi

Cabs said...

Great idea Kari! Sounds like a sure hit!!
Carol in Massachusetts

Miss Sandy said...

How exciting! Let us hear about your journey!

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a perfectly wonderful idea for Artsy Mama. You have a wonderful way of drawing all of us into your beautiful blog. Every blog I go on seems to have your link on their sidebar. Lots of success on your project. Hard work that will be full of joy for you, and for us to share. Blessings, Karen

Cassondra W. said...

Put me down for an order of 1!!!! How exciting, it will be fantastic, I just know it, coming from someone as creative as you! You go girl!

Amy said...

Can't wait to see the finished product - inspiring for sure! Please keep us posted on your progress! Congrats!

Amy

Little Pink Studio said...

Kari, I think this is an excellent idea!! I have been looking at this lately too, and would love to do one myself one day!
I can't wait to see how yours turns out! I am sure it will be fabulous!
~Cerri xoxo

andrea said...

good for you! it will be an excellent book and i will definitely be getting one!

Kim McCabe said...

Oh how brave and wonderfully creative of you! A book would be lovely! I would like to someday write and illustrate children's books. I wish you all the luck in the world and think your book will be very successful.

I love your round robin book! You have so much creativity in you!

Kim McCabe
Curiouser & Curiouser Designs
http://kimandliamsblog.blogspot.com/

Alison Gibbs said...

Kari, what a wonderful idea.
Alison

Fiona said...

Wonderful idea - it will be full of fab inspiring eye candy. Go for it!

Renee :) said...

Oh wow,now I'm all excited & can't wait!I will definitely buy one of your books and will read it with my 3 daughters.I just know it will be fabulous!I bet the cover alone will be so artistic that we'll want to display it like a fine piece of artwork.Anyways,thanks for sharing your round robin book,so nice to look at while it's -5 degrees out here...burr!Renee...on her way to getting hot chocolate & a truffle :)

Bonnie said...

Hi Kari!
Wow a book?!!! You never cease to amaze me, nothing seems to be impossible for you. You are totally awesome! I can't wait and please make sure you can buy it internationally as I will have to get my hands on a copy of it! I am so excited for you.

Bristol said...

Kari- I think I have always looked at your blog but never commented. I just wanted to tell you I love your work, and congratulations on your book.
Bristol

Lisa said...

What a great idea and a fun challenge to take on. That's so cool. It will be great to follow your progress.

Good luck!

Erin Neiner said...

way to take the plunge!! can't wait...good luck with the process!!!

maryk said...

Way to go girl! I want to get one of the first copies, signed, ofcourse. This will be an amazing journey for you. Enjoy it!!!

karin (creativechaos) said...

What a great idea Kari!! Can't wait to see it! Love that round robin book....so beautiful!!!

tricia stirling said...

wow! congratulations! i'll be looking forward to it!

Frivolitea said...

Can't wait to see it!

Sandy said...

What fun and I'm sure it wil be a best seller!

michelle said...

Wow! That is so exciting! I can't wait to see it!

Just Between Us Girls said...

OOOh my gosh....your books are incredible. How long to they take to create? Wonderful and so unique and original.
Have a great Sunday night.

Lilli said...

Cooool Idea, Kari! Sounds like just the kind of ambitious project you specialize in :) We'll all be cheering for you, Girl!

Sandy said...

OMGoodness ~ I cannot wait to get my hands on that book!
Hope you have a wonderful week.
Blessings,
Sandy :)

Dragonlady said...

Wow, the book sounds exciting and I look forward to being able to buy one....I wish you lots of luck on this journey..
Brenda

Becky said...

Wow. How great, your own book. I will be the first on the list to get one. Good Luck.

Jackie said...

What a fabulous idea.
I would love to buy a copy of your book, autographed of course. :-)

XOXO

Susan said...

WOW! I just found your blog and saw those 4 canvases and almost had a cow. SO COOL! I'm going to go devour your archives. And a book? Yes, please!
Susan

Melissa Lobdell, Little Melfred's Studio said...

Kari! Good for you! Good for us!!! Enjoy the process and I know I will enjoy the results! You rock!!! xo-Mel

Joy for the Journey said...

Go for it - I will absolutely read it !!
Sarah :)

Sherry said...

I'm loving looking at this round robin book...it's making me warm on a sub zero night!!

I think a book, self-published is a wonderful way to go!! Can't wait to see it!

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

What a blast! You'll do great!
*Heidi*

AnastasiaC said...

fantastic! im looking forward to it!!

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

This is soooo exciting!
Can't wait to hear more about it!
Hugs!

ELLIE said...

I have read about self publishing - I think that is awesome - have thought about it - but not quite ready to put anything together...
LOVE your round robin book - what beautiful eye candy!
Thanks for sharing it!
Peace--Ellie

Christi Snow said...

oh yay!!!!! add me to the list of definite buyers!!!! please tell us more about how you are self-publishing... smiles!

Ginger said...

What a fun adventure you're on. Can't wait to see your book! Sign me up for a copy! :-)

Looking forward to scrapping with you this weekend!

-Ginger

Jane said...

What exciting news! You have such a great blog - lots of variety & always something of interest - no doubt your book will be a 'bestseller'! Jane

Kel said...

Great idea! And such a good lesson - I am slowly learning that if you want to sell stuff, you have to put stuff on sale. Obvious, and yet alot of people are needlessly jealous of published artists. There is even a Mark Twain quote about it...something about audacity? Who are you using to publish?

dragonflydreamer said...

I definitely want one or two. Your art and blog is so beautiful and brings joy to so many people. How amazing is the thought that you could bring Artsy Mama to the world (even those who don't use computers.) Have fun and as lili said, "enjoy the process!"

Junie Moon said...

What fun you're going to have putting your book together; it's a great idea!

Sngbrd1997 said...

very cool...i also started a book...just last week. on blurb...is that what you are using?

blessings,
danielle
www.thevintagedragonfly.typepad.com

Elizabeth said...

I am a new reader and love your photos. I am interested in self-publishing myself, so I look forward to hearing about your journey.

Vintage Tea said...

What a fantastic idea and I'm in the queue to buy a copy!

Best Wishes

Victoria

Susan said...

Good luck on producing your book! It looks just lovely. What a wonderful challenge and I wish you much success.

Joy said...

How exciting!!! Cant wait to see it!!!

m i c h e l l e said...

OH how fun Kari! Congrats! You know I'll buy a copy! I bought iHanna's book she published through Lulu.com. It's GORGEOUS! I can NOT wait to see what yours will look like! Have fun! :-)

KJ said...

Sign me up for a pre-order!!!

KJ

Tammy said...

woohoo! please flag a copy of the book for me!!! yay you!

and, speaking of round robins, i'm ready to get ours going again, maybe next month some time mid-to-late-month? xoxo

Jeanne said...

Wow Kari, this is such exciting news! You are always up to something new and different! Can't wait to see the finished product!

iHanna said...

Yeah, that'll be a lot of work, ask me, I've done one! Send your questions my way of you need to know anything Kari.

Good luck, I know it will be faB!

Kim Kwan said...

awesome news!
a sure-fire hit!