Friday, November 6, 2009

Blessings Friday: The Next Queen of Heaven and One Yard Wonders

Want a free book? Concord Free Press is offering a free copy of The Next Queen of Heaven by Gregory Maguire (Wicked). The only thing the publisher asks in return is that you make a voluntary donation to a charity or someone in need.

Source: Concord Free Press

I happily endorse charitable activities, but getting a free book is a really lovely thank-you for doing so. Copies are limited so hurry while you can to the Concord Free Press web site and sign up.

By the way, it wasn’t my shining brilliance that made this great discovery; it was my daughter Lindsay who ordered a book for me. My copy arrived yesterday and I’m looking forward to reading it.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved

My contributor copy of One Yard Wonders still hasn’t arrived. Not being able to stand the wait another second, I bought a copy.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved

The minute I had the book in my eager hands, I flipped to the contributors’ names in the back to view my own entry. So vain, I know, but ever so fun. If you look at the photo, you’ll also see my buddy FinnyKnits in the left-hand column.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved

The table of contents told me where to find the section holding my projects. I’m in Chapter 2: Dwell Redux (FYI, starts on page 41). Yes, indeed, all four of my projects are there in a four-page spread. Four pages, people! My husband and I danced around the kitchen in pure glee. We’re mushy like that.

A little confusion as to what defines projects (plural) ensued last week when I received a letter and check in payment for my project (as in singular) contribution. The actual printed book in my eager hands has me with four, not one. Finally I realized my four offerings are categorized as one “Bathroom Makeover” project. The mystery is finally solved.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved

Out of respect for the then-pending publication, I kept quiet about the fabric the authors mailed to me to recreate my contributions for the photographer. Now the book is out, I feel free to share that detail. It’s Heather Ross’ Mendocino line featuring mermaids. Is that not the most perfect choice they could have made for me? I was and still am ecstatic.

So, a book that helps charity and a book in which I have a contributor’s role are truly great blessings for which to be thankful this week.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends. I’m going back to work writing my very own book.


sassypriscilla said...

JUNE! How awesome that you were published. The fabric is indeed perfect for you. I'm surprised that it was considered only one project, though.

This has inspired me for a bathroom makeover! You must be so proud and tickled.

Storybook Woods said...

June, I am soo thrilled to see what you contributed. Your bathroom is perfect for one yard wonder. Well done sweetie xoxoxo Clarice

Michele Bilyeu said...

The synchronicity of the Universe is lining up for you, June! It is because you give so lovingly, that you also receive! On the free book website...the free button would not work for me..where did you click and sign up on that page? And LOVE your mermaid fabric...simply because it is SO perfect for you!!!

Thimbleanna said...

Congratulations June! That's soooo exciting! And you're right -- those mermaids couldn't have been placed in more perfect hands!

Lorrie said...

Congratulations on being published, June - it's a wonderful feeling!

And to think that they sent you mermaid fabric - how perfect is that!

Bask in the glory of it all, June.


Yummers! said...

Wow June... a published author!! How fun!! I'll have to order a copy! And 4 pages... fantastic!!

Do the happy dance!!


Heidi said...

Yay, what fun!

My word verification is cosetfwo. Sounds like I just ate some peanut butter.

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Wow Junie Moon!!!! Congratulations, that is so exciting...I would have been dancing around too, if I were you! It looks great and I have to agree--the mermaid fabric is classic Junie Moon if I ever saw it! lol
Hugs, Karen

Garden4fun said...

Congratulations June! How wonderful to see your name in print, and the four pages of projects! I'd dance around the kitchen and the entire house :-)

I will definitely be ordering a copy.


Bridgett said...

Wow! Your contributions look amazing! And yes...what perfect material for you.

It made me smile to think of you and your hubby dancing around your kitchen table in glee. :)


Diane Schuller said...

oh June, great big HUGE congratulations to you! YOu so deserve this but how incredibly wonderful to be featured in this book! AND, sending you the mermaid fabric -- well they obviously read you perfectly! Gosh, I am thrilled beyond belief for you -- wahoo!!

Gumbo Lily said...

Spectacular! How exciting that you're featured in a published book, and it looks like a book I would love to peruse! Now I think you ought to get started on your very own book. With all the cool things you have done here, you probably have an entire book amidst your blog.


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your project is beautiful, June! That fabric is perfect for you! I am ordering this book as a present for a friend for Christmas, so I will be able to take a peek at all the projects ..can't wait!
Maybe even a non-sewer as myself can find something I can make!
Hugs, Pat

FinnyKnits said...

We're not only Book Buddies, we're Page Buddies!

I love it.

And I love that you got so many of your projects in there rolled into a "Makeover" section - that's rad. And that fabric is absolutely perfect.

A million congrats, my friend.

Lena said...

Whoo hoo! You've a lot to congratulate lately.

Best wishes June!

calicodaisy said...

I'm crazy to get the book -- I've got a project in there, too. I didn't want to order from Amazon, because I really wanted to buy the book off the shelf in the store and see my project standing there. However, it still hasn't arrived at our B&N. I may have to click over to Amazon now...