November News and an Announcement

Hi friends! Yesterday I shared that I would have some news for you today. Since, apparently, I’m terrible about keeping secrets across social media you may have already heard: I’m working on a Tinkerlab book (!!) to be published by Roost Books (2014). Holy Cow!

I’m sharing this, in part, to explain why I haven’t been able to post as much lately. I’ve been pulling the night shift in some of my favorite coffee houses around town in an effort to collect my favorite experiments and experiences into one tidy, welcoming place.

tinkerlab late night book writing

I started blogging about two and a half years ago after reading Amanda Blake-Soule’s The Creative Family. Amanda blogged before becoming an author, which planted the blog-to-book seed in my head. Shortly thereafter, I discovered Jean Van’t Hul’s welcoming blog,  The Artful Parent, and the rest is history. These two bright and authentic women enabled me to forge my path as a writer and blogger, and I’ll be forever grateful for their inspiration.

Because of these extra writing responsibilities, I won’t be able to keep up the frequency of blog posts for the next few months, but I want to keep the quality high with fun projects like the round-up of 50 Simple {Last Minute} Halloween Ideas that I shared yesterday. So, you may notice a slight shift in the Tinkerlab air, but I hope it’s a welcome change that’s full of good and interesting things.

Sneak peak at exciting things to come in November

A giveaway from these folks…

A review and giveaway of this book…

Imagine Childhood Book

And I’ll be a Guest Pinner for The Organized Parent…

I hope you’ll stick with me through this, let me know if I’m slipping too much, and please continue to share your inspiration with me.

Thanks for listening!

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    • rachelle says

      Hi Rashmie,
      Thank you so much, friend! Keep your dreams close by — they’re more powerful than you think.
      xo, Rachelle

  1. says

    Yay! I was kind of secretly hoping that was your news! Can’t wait to hear more about your book~ don’t overwork yourself~ We’ve got 2 1/2 years of your past blog posts and lots of tinkersketching to do to keep us busy! 🙂

    • rachelle says

      Hi Chelsey,
      This is exactly what I needed to read this morning. Thanks for being so insightful, and for the continued friendship.

    • rachelle says

      Hey Sarah,
      Thanks so much for the kind words and all the lovely props you’ve given me lately. It means so much to me!

    • rachelle says

      Hi Cathy,
      It is so exciting, and as my deadline approaches I can use the good luck too! Thank you, friend!

    • rachelle says

      Awww, Cerys, you’re the best! I never thought to ask if they’ll publish in the UK (sort of assumed it would appear in all English-speaking countries…silly me). Muah! ~Rachelle

  2. says

    The first time I read your blog….I saw it as a book. You know how excited I am for you and I would already have my order in for your book if I could! I’m here for support as always.

    • rachelle says

      I should have mentioned you in this post, Melissa, because you have been the best cheerleading squad I could have imagined. As I was writing my proposal I could hear your voice encouraging me to take the plunge. Oh, how I wish we lived closer to each other! xo

  3. M Wall says

    Great news! I am selfishly excited because I will have a great gift to give people when it arrives. Have fun with it.

    • rachelle says

      Thank you, thank you for the encouragement. I’ve been feeling the squeeze in these last few months, especially with the holidays coming up, and words like yours are helping me move forward! Big hugs!

    • rachelle says

      Thanks so much Katie, for this kind note and for all the encouraging comments along the way that have helped motivate me to keep writing.

  4. says

    This is amazing news. I am so excited to see the book…and I know we will continue to be inspired by everything you’ve already written on your blog. Thanks for all the great ideas you have shared so far. We are rooting for you!

    • rachelle says

      Hi Abbey!
      Thanks so much. I only wish that my archives were in a bit more cohesive, but I guess I can only tackle one project at a time. Your cheerleading REALLY helps since, as you know, writing can easily become a solitary sport.

    • rachelle says

      Thank you, Ali. It’s been a lot of fun, and I feel lucky to work on something that I feel passionate about.

  5. KT says

    What great news! My son is the same age as your older daughter, and you’ve been such a great inspiration and font of ideas over the last year I’ve read your blog. I would love to read more about your design and child development-related ideas. Thanks for all your great work!

    • rachelle says

      Awww, thank you so much KT! I’ll keep your ideas in mind as I sort out the final details of the manuscript and direction of the blog as we move into the new year. xo

    • rachelle says

      Muah! Thanks so much, Jen. Although I’ve been at it for a while, the excitement of working on this book has not dwindled.

    • rachelle says

      Oh, Kelly, you’re so kind!! I can’t wait to see it either — it’s funny how it’s all in my mind at this point, but will one day exist in 3-D. Yippee!

    • rachelle says

      Wow, Melissa, that’s such a lovely offer. And thank you for the support. I’m grateful for all the love I’m finding here today. xo

  6. says

    Such wonderful news, you must be ecstatic! Well, you must be overworked but you’ll be ecstatic once the book is out. It’s going to be such a fun project, I hope you love it. Looking forward to the finished product. I’ll be patient, I swear.

    • rachelle says

      Hi Laure,
      I am ecstatic — you’re so right! Oh, and tired. But that’s okay — it’s all part of the fun. Thanks so much for your support, friend!