(Before I begin talking about my book, I just want to take a minute to deliver my heart-felt gratitude to each of you readers. Thank you a thousand times over. Thank you for your comments and questions. Thank you for your feedback. And thank you for your support over all these years. I started out writing tutorials and patterns just hoping to make enough to buy beads so I could keep beading without being a financial detriment to my family. But my tiny little business has grown to the point that I am able to help support my family now, and that means so much to me. I never thought in a million years that I would be met with this kind of success, and I owe it all to each of you. So, a huge thank you from me and my family.
The big news is that I've written a book. A real, actual book. And I'm so stinkin excited!! This has been something I've wanted to do for a while now, and with how rough this year has been, I didn't think I'd get to do it. It has certainly been a very trying year, culminating in the last 3.5 months that I spent, writing, photographing, and making pieces for this book... and it was insane. More delays than I expected, but I've come out triumphant! Exhausted, but triumphant nonetheless. I've learned a whole lot in the last few months about publishing, formatting, and editing books, mostly through error. So I'm sure my next one will go much more smoothly.
Because it's my first book, I'm starting small and using Amazon's CreateSpace to print my books for me. The books aren't the same quality as one you'd get from a large publishing company, but they are pretty darn close. I'm actually quite impressed with the print job they did on the proofs I've received.
I have a pre-order for this book open here on my website, and the pre-order will go through Dec 7th. A few details about that:
The benefits of ordering directly from me include:
A huge shout out and thank you to Suzanne Steffenson, who helped me edit this book. Suzanne, you are fabulous!
Hello everyone! I am Lauren Harpster, the designer behind Lauren's Creations. I am a 28 year old wife, and a mother to three adorable little kids. I've been making French Beaded Flowers for six years now, and teaching French Beading through my website for about four years. I hope you'll join me on my blog so you, too, can Learn the Art of French Beading.
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