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.

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…

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A review and giveaway of this book…

Imagine Childhood Book

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

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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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  1. Inspiring! Hearty congratulations, Rachelle, for the book. It’s a dream close to my heart too. Amen to all our dreams and endeavours 🙂

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

  2. 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! 🙂

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

  3. Woohoooo! Awesome 🙂 Congrats and I can’t wait to see the book!

    • 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!

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

  4. WOHO what a great thing to look forward to. I hope they publish in the UK as well otherwise I will be having one shipped to us from the US.

    • 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

  5. 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.

    • 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

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

    • 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!

  7. That is such exciting news! Definitely a book I can’t wait to read:)

    • 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.

  8. 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!

    • 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.

  9. Congrats!!! How exciting! give us some glimpses every once in a while, we’re all snoopy!

    • I’ll do that, Teresita! Thanks so much for the enthusiasm — It’s very motivating!

  10. Wonderful news, what an exciting project to be working on. Good luck.

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

  11. 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!

    • 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

    • Thank you so much, Megan!!! You are a ray of light!

  12. Good luck with your book. So exciting!

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

    • 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!

  13. This is big, amazing, wonderful news!!!! Congratulations – woweeeee! If you need an illustrator, let me know! 🙂

    • 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

  14. 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.

    • 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!

  15. Wonderful, wonderful news. Best of luck in the creative days and long nights ahead!

    • Many thanks, Mama Cass! Signing off at almost 1 am. Yawn! xo

  16. Wonderful news – and how very exciting!! I can’t wait to read your book. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the lovely comment, Helen! xo

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