Wednesday, 12 October 2011

In print



At 5.15 last night I rang up Heffers the bookshop. Yes, they had just taken early delivery of that particular book, would keep a copy aside for me and they were open until 6pm. 'Go, go!' said Mr P, so I went. I got there with 5 minutes to spare, panting and huffing, and bagged an early copy of Kirstie Allsopp's 'Craft'



I legged it out of the house like that because I contributed a tutorial to the book.


I am resisting the urge to type a lot of 'e's in a row, ending in a 'p' at this point. It is tricky. I am excited.



My tutorial explains how to make little silver button medallions out of silver clay using vintage buttons to imprint patterns on their surface. Silver clay has shot up in price in recent months so I tried hard to keep the cost low and to replace expensive tools with everyday household items wherever possible. The clay can be fired on a camping stove or ordinary gas hob so no fancy kilns or fiery furnaces are required.



There are 49 other craft tutorials in the book from willow weaving (I WILL be making the nest box below) to needle felting; soap-making to applique. It's a very lovely book and perfect for Christmas present ideas (or as a present itself). I am thrilled that my little project was included.





The book accompanies Kirstie Allsopp's new series 'Kirstie's Handmade Britain' in which she is taught to make a variety of lovely craft projects and submits them anonymously into Agricultural and Country shows to be judged by the likes of the WI and NAFAS. Apparently she won at least one first prize with a cake decorated with beautiful frosted flowers. The first episode will be screened on Wednesday 19th October at 8pm on Channel 4. I expect I will be glued to it.*

The styling is beautiful and I love the sheer range of crafts in this book. I think it will help to raise the profile of our wonderful Agricultural and County shows too. They are creative, quirky and fabulous events that celebrate our countryside heritage and I always make a beeline for the craft and display marquees. What's not to like about a pampered pig or a perfectly baked Victoria Sponge?



I have two copies. You've guessed it - I'll be giving one away. Stay tuned....

*A small selection of the tutorials made it into the programme and my button project was not chosen but I am truly and thoroughly excited that it was included in the book. My grammar has flown out of the window. I'm not going to worry about split infinitives today.

73 comments:

millefeuilles said...

Yay, Emma!

I like to repeat myself when things are good (see Twitter) but I am absolutely thrilled for you. The photos in the book are totally lush and delicate.

Clash of cymbals and trumpet blasts to be heard crossing the Channel for you.

I too am waiting for something to go to publication so I totally understand your excitement.

Tania said...

FAME! GLORY! Feeling chuffed to the back teeth for 'knowing' you! Seriously, excellent lady, it looks a fabulous, buttony tute. I shall be keeping my eyeballs open for a copy in this neck of the woods...

PS. Did anyone tell you, you have fabulous hands?

Tara said...

eeeeeeeeeeep! There, I did it for you. You should be excited. That is fantastic! It looks like a great book and sounds like a really interesting TV show.

The undomesticated scientist said...

it looks fun! will keep my eyes peeled for the giveaway!

Thrifty Household said...

Well done Emma! It looks lovely, just as I knew it would...

Magic Bean said...

Yaaaaaaaaaaahhooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!
Ax

Peeriemoot said...

That's brilliant! I'm going 'squeeeee' on your behalf here!

Sue said...

Huzzah for you Emma! How exciting!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh How Exciting!!! CONGRATULATIONS Mrs. Pebble -- what fun! I'd LOVE a copy of the book -- I hope they'll publish here in the US!

pebbledash said...

Oh how exciting....Emma, I do declare you're getting quite famous!

Can't wait to see the book...I shall restrain myself from diving to Amazon, and wait patiently, with fingers and toes crossed, for your giveaway!

Jo Norman said...

Woohooo congratulations. You must, quite rightly, be bursting with pride and excitement. Your project looks wonderful. Can't wait for giveaway ...

driftwood said...

woooo hooooo. looks Fantastic. I see Mrs M cracked open a bottle on your behalf, I hope you did too. xxx

Colette said...

How exciting, no wonder you are so thrilled. The book looks like a terrific present for Christmas, I know a few people who would love that.

Fiona said...

Brilliant - well done. Will try the buttons.

crafts@home said...

How wonderful for you, you must be so happy today :) I love buttons.... I shall definitely be keeping an eye open for that new series, I bought my OH some silver clay a few years back, it remains unopened, I think I may pince it back......shhhhh
Sue Xxx

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

check you OUT!! How fantabulous, so pleased for you! Bxx

Su said...

Wow - congratulations. Can't wait to see the book.

dragonfly said...

Wahey! Looking good and on my wish list : )

noknittedknickers said...

Gosh, what wonderful news! Immediately showed it to Mr. P with a look and tone that said "THIS. Buy me this.". If he doesnt, then to he'll with the book diet I've just started... Well done you. C.x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh wow, many, many congratulations Emma, that is exciting!!!
Your little silver buttons are so pretty. :)
I'm really looking forward to the programme, the book looks lovely!
Vivienne x

harmony and rosie said...

Eeeeeeeeeeeek, congratulations to you, congratulations to you, congratulations dear Emma (you know the rest). Fantastic news for you and the silver buttons look amazing.

Kate x

Tabiboo said...

That's fantastic Emma - I know how long you've been waiting on this.

I can't wait to nab my own copy.

Nina x

Toffeeapple said...

I want to echo everything that Tania said. Oh and shame that you didn't get into the programme.

Pomona said...

Fantastic! How exciting and certainly occasion worthy of a whole string of e's and a bushel of split infinitives. I love the little buttony necklaces too!

Pomona x

kristina said...

Oooh! I'm so happy you've snagged an early copy. I was dying to point out to everyone in the book store that I knew you! And did you see your bio in the section at the back?

The button charms are so fabulous. Can't wait to make my very own at the end of the month :)

G sends his congratulations too!

K x

Planet Penny said...

So lovely! I've been resisting the urge to buy the book because I am actually trying to prune my library at the moment but don't know if I can hold out. Love those little buttons!
Congratulations xxx

not so granny said...

Wowee! You must be almost bursting with pride. Beautiful project. Well done you!
I think I would keep about 5 copies in various places in case anything happens to them because you know you'll be blowing the dust off it when you are Grandma Pebbles to show it to the grandkids.

Menopausalmusing said...

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!
:O))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Pinecone Camp said...

Well done! I'm sure you were beyond thrilled to have a copy in your mitts. ;) Looks like a fantastic book!

Lina said...

Many many congratulations to you Emma. How wonderful! And the idea is simply genius and beautiful...I am a button freak and have a huge vintage collection that I've amassed. I've looked at your Etsy shop but I would be really be interested in buying one if you had any for sale!

Lina x0x0x

Jenny said...

Wow!!!!!! How very exciting, that's amazing! Can't wait for the programme, but will be putting the book on my xmas list, so will look out for your lovely project, it's beautiful xx

Poppy said...

Squeeeeeeeeee. And Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! With just a dash of Woohoooooooo!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congratulations!! What a thrill to have your name and project in print!

Julie said...

So pleased for you, well done. The book will be added to my never ending amazon wishlist! No wonder you are excited - and so you should be too! JUliex

Pipany said...

Oh that's amazing Emma! Well done and how flipping exciting! Can't wait to see it xx

Twiglet said...

Well done you!! I love the silver buttons and so would my button fanatic of a daughter.
http://tillyteadance.blogspot.com/

I treated her to 2 new jars full on Saturday!! x Jo

Madelief said...

Hi Emma,

Congratulations! Such an honour to have contributed to this book and to have your name mentioned. I hope it will bring you lots of positive reactions and new customers!

Lieve groet, Madelief x

Mangle Prints said...

Well done Emma, that's fantastic news! The necklaces look wonderful x

nimble fingers and steady eyebrows said...

WOWEEE, I would be dancing around the book shop offering to sign every copy. Many many congratulations to you. -Annie

Julie said...

Woo Hoo!!!! Congratualtions on being included Emma :-) xx

Mary said...

So so happy for you Emma - what a great thrill. x

by Teresa said...

*C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* Emma for being "published"!! Good for you and I love your button project! I am definitely going to enter your giveaway!!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

planetcoops said...

Wow! How fantastic, well done! I didn't know that book existed until today when a friend raved about it. It'll be under many a tree come December!

The List Writer said...

Oh Emma that is SO exciting! Many, many congratulations - how wonderful! N xx

Claire said...

That's so wonderful for you. Looks like a lovely project to try also, I'll reserve a copy in the library and take a look.

peppermintpatcher said...

How fabulous! I LOVE the little buttons.

Ali said...

Hooray! Hooray! I am so very happy for you Emma - now lots more people get to discover that you are as fab as we already know you are. Congratulations!!!

Ali said...

I think I may have just canceled my own comment - it was the excitement on your behalf. Hooray! Wahoo! Congratulations - now everone will know that you are as fab as we already know you are.

The Coffee Lady said...

I'm going to spend the day trying to smile as happily as Kirstie on that book cover. For you.

Crystal said...

Amazing! Congratulations! I love your blog and your nature series is brilliant. Love, love, love them all! :) x

Cottage Garden said...

Wow congratulations Emma! The tutorials look great. Well done you! Can't wait to see the book.

Jeanne
x

Handmade in Israel said...

You are famous! How exciting for you!

Andrea said...

Congratulations Emma,your tutorial looks brilliant. Ever since I found your blog I have wanted to have a play with silver clay, but I haven't. I really must try to get around to doing so.

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Well done Emma, that is fantastic, you should copy that page and frame it to make you smile every time you see it :-) x

Rachel said...

Congratulations, indeed!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Emma, that is so exciting, I am so happy for you. Now I have a blog friend who has been published. Hurray for you and me!!!
xoRobin❤

Iz said...

How very, very exciting! Time to get my camping stove down from the loft, methinks...

Jannette said...

That's incredibly exciting.. How wonderful - congratulations!! Must be the best feeling ever.

Sue said...

How exciting! A definite on my Christmas list - not sure I can wait that long though! The silver buttons look beautiful, so much detail on them.

JuliaB said...

Oooh you famous person you!! Well done and congratulations .. did you really teach Kirsty how to do it? :)

Gina said...

Wow!!! Fantastic... congratultions. We all knew you wre talented!

wonderwoman said...

Wow emma thats fantastic _-well done you. I saw this book the other day but did not have time to look through it! Xxxx

Kat @slugs said...

I welled up when I saw my crochet pattern go live on revelry, I would have sobbed like a baby seeing my name in a book! Well done!!!!!!

Indigo Blue said...

Hi Emma.
Congratualtions! I have been visiting your blog for some time and I love your designs and the close up pictures shows just how good your final pieces are. So well deserved and i think I have found the first item for my birthday/Christmas List.
xx

small catalogue said...

Clever clever thing you, well done!

Rachael Rabbit said...

love love pampered pigs ... but seriously I don't know how you restrained yourself enough to type - you must be SO excited ;-) I'm so pleased for you ... you more than deserve it.

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

You need to come to Marrakesh for cool findings for your jewelry! The book looks lovely - love the vintage glam cover feel.

Monica said...

oh my god how exciting is that!!!

Well done, it's totally deserved.

(and you have such beautiful hands!)

Tallulah Maggs said...

Ah this is so exciting, congrats, itching to get my mits on this book si eagerly anticipating your generous giveaway :)

do you mind if i knit said...

Fantastic, Emma! Well done and congratulations. It looks like a wonderful tutorial, I love the silver buttons, just love them. I've been bedridden this last week, straight after returning from a week at my sisters, so I'm very sorry for not being able to thank you for the hankies that arrived with the lovely necklace I bought from you for my sister's Christmas present. Thank you so much Emma, they have gone into my small, but slowly increasing curtain pile. They're really lovely hankies aren't they, thank you very much. Congratulations on your ever increasing success, well earned and well deserved. Love Vanessa xxx

Calico Kate said...

That's fantastic! This book is on my Christmas list & I will take great pleasure is telling people that I 'know' you!
CKx

Curlew Country said...

Oh how utterly brtilliant! You deserve to be mightily chuffed. It truly looks a lovely book and I'm, enjoying the series a lot.

Good on you!
Stephx

Two Wednesdays said...

Wow! Actually I took one look and thought - blow the rest of the book, I'm buying it so i can make a button necklace and I have (bought the book I mean - making the necklace will have to wait until next year when life is less manic).