Hello there everyone! I've got several updates regarding my recent publication, "Christmas Collection".
As promised, I did publish a PDF Edition of my book on Dec 1st that can be purchased and downloaded from my Pattern Shop. Quite a few people have already ordered their copy and so far I've had excellent feedback about the patterns.
The printed version of the book is also now available on Amazon! It is fully listed and available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and Amazon.de. It is partially listed on Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, and Amazon.es. That means they have the listing set up, but it's not yet available to purchase. It should be soon, within the next few days.
For Canada - It is listed on Amazon.ca, however right now the only option is a third party seller who has significantly boosted the price. Amazon.ca has a different agreement with Amazon.com than the European websites. It may take up to a month for the book to be fully listed on the Canadian website, and it should be listed at a price that's more inline with the rest of the world. However, this is actually better than what I thought because I didn't realize it would be listed there at all. So it's coming your way, too! ... Just at a turtle's pace.
Now for those of you who have chosen to or are wanting to order directly from me. Yesterday I found out that CreateSpace (the company I'm using to print and distribute my books) is closing one of their print facilities at the end of the month and they are already starting to phase it out. So... unlike previous years at Christmas time, there is an ordering delay. I'm very upset that they didn't tell the authors that supply books to them beforehand, and its very likely that I won't use this company for my next publication because of this (and some serious inconsistencies with their internal reviewers that made getting a good copy ridiculous). I had to find out about the delay from another author who didn't know until he went to order his books. But, that means the books are taking a week longer to arrive to me than I was originally led to believe they would be. They won't get to me until the 22nd of this month, assuming there are no shipping delays from inclement weather, and then they have to get to you after that. So... I have a few options for you ladies and gentlemen and I will email you today with those options directly. If you don't get the email sometime today (give me until tonight since there are so many of you and only one of me), check your spam folder just in case the filters caught it, and then contact me.
I'm so sorry for the delay! I am learning loads about writing, formatting, and publishing books through this, my very first book publishing experience, but that will make my next book release much smoother. I appreciate your patience.
I am also working on a custom order right now. So far I've made some itty bitty Chamomile flowers and some Billy Balls (Craspedia). Next I will be making a large Sunflower and some dusty miller leaves.
I've had several people ask about custom orders for 2018. I'm still working out details for other parts of my schedule (I'm writing my second book, "Spring Collection", and it will take most of next year to do so) so I am unsure yet how many, if any, custom order spaces I will have. If I have any, there won't be many. This year was super packed and I don't know if I want to do that to myself next year. I do need to sleep eventually and if I overload my wrists I'll just end up with the same Carpal Tunnel problems that I had earlier this year. Smaller orders will be easier to accommodate, and if you want Spring time flowers that will also be easier as I'm already making some of those for my book. But I will announce when, and if, I have any spots open up.
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 about six years now, and teaching French Beading through my website for about four years.
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