Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Pinch me! This can't be real, our book is here!



Today was filled with tying up loose ends. And did you ever notice how a mere handful of "finishing touches" will end up taking an entire day?! For us it always goes this way. We went to bed last night and said, "ah, tomorrow's work will go fast. It's just the finishing touches." Now fast forward to 6pm and we're just getting finished. But man are we excited to have things wrapped up! 
We were also excited to get a midday delivery from World Market. Just couldn't wait to tear into the boxes filled with lots of much needed kitchen stuff...dinner plates, salad bowls, mini cutting boards, that sort of thing. But when Aaron brought the boxes in there was an unexpected manilla envelope on top.
Ok...the second I spied the return address that envelope didn't stand a chance. I ripped it open and was immediately teary eyed. OUR BOOK!! I wasn't even able to flip through it. I just stood there holding it, staring at the cover, saying oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh. Aaron grabbed it and unlike me he was actually able to open it up...so that's when I finally got to see the interior! It just looks and feels so amazing! Way more perfect than I ever expected.


I simply love the finish of the cover and the pages...like a silky buttery matte. And the colors are perfectly true...like exact matches to the original artwork. And we couldn't believe how good the aqua pages in the inside cover looked...just blank paper...but the color is so perfect. And seeing our names on the spine and the way our collagey cover wraps around...just everything...wow!
Instantly our minds went back to how much went into the making of this book. The amount of home repairs and stuff we needed to do post Hurricane Sandy...just to get the house in shape enough for us to have a clean dry place to write this book. That was our only concern really...we needed somewhere to make these projects! So that's why the studio was the first room we tackled while the rest of the house remained in shambles.




Jeez, there were so many photos to shoot! Every project is 100% step by step...we never really jump ahead like you see on cooking TV shows where all of the sudden you see this amazing dish of food when three second ago it was some ingredients on a countertop. Nope...we show you step A, step B, step C, and so on...no skipping forward. The exact supplies are laid out, the instructions are very descriptive, and we've got a pic to illustrate every detail. Jeez, I ain't gonna lie...it was a lotta work!! But seriously...it definitely was a ton of fun...and we know it will be for you guys. That's a promise!


We did a little flip through video on Instagram. The max time available on Instavid is 15 seconds, so it's just a glance really. (click the little triangle to play)


Oh, and we shared this photo from our book on Instagram and Facebook the other day, so I figured I'd include it here on the occasion of our Author Copy arriving. Love this project! And that happy couple just so happens to be Aaron's grandparents.

 I realize that we have to wait til November for the book to hit shelves, but I'm so grateful for the arrival of this Author Copy today. I needed the spirit boost. And me and Aar are so thankful to everyone who has pre-ordered a copy. It makes us feel so good...and I'm sure our publisher likes it plenty...so keep it up you darlings!  

Thanks so so much for all of the love and support guys! It means so much to us!
xo Jenny & Aaron

36 comments:

  1. It looks BEAUTIFUL!! I am so so happy for you guys - all your hard work is paying off <333

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    1. aww thank you so so much Kailey! We both really appreciate it! :) xoxo

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  2. HOW EXCITING!! I can't wait till it's available!!!!!

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    1. Thank you SO much Julie!! We hope that you love it and have so much fun with the projects! :) xo J&A

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  3. CONGRATS ....love your page turning video! You and Aaron should be super proud of your work and your talents in print! Very, very cool!

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    1. Ohhh Thanks!!!! awww that makes us smile big! Thank you!! xoxo

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  4. Congratulations! what an amazing journey....can't wait to get my own!

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    1. Thank you so very much! So kind of you. We hope that you really have a great time with the projects! :) xo

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  5. Ohhh Thanks!!!! awww that makes us smile big! Thank you!! xoxo

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  6. CONGRATS!! This is really exciting!! And the book looks so amazing! Love to you and yours!

    Jacqueline
    http://jqlinesocuteithurts.typepad.com/

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    1. hi sweet friend!! :) Thank you so so much!! So sweet!! Sending love from the NJ Shore! xo J&A

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  7. hi sweet friend!! :) Thank you so so much!! So sweet!! Sending love from the NJ Shore! xo J&A

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  8. You guys are such hard workers. It turned out great. I know I've asked you questions on how to get started in mixed media. This should be just what I need. Are there projects for beginners?

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    1. Absolutely there are projects for beginners. We don't really use expert skills in these projects. Our aim was to have the reader/crafter employ basic skills while getting fabulous results. The key is in the acute focus on the step by step process. We make sure not to ever leave the reader high and dry. Some projects have twenty something steps...so you'll never be clueless as to what you should do next. It's all right there for you...what supplies to use, what tools and brushes, paint colors. And so many of the projects will act as a starting point for your future mixed media adventures. We can't wait for you to pick up a copy. We know you'll feel like you sprouted wings! Thanks so so much! xoxo J & A

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  9. It looks AMAZING! I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Thanks so so much! We seriously can't stop picking it up off the table. It far surpassed our expectations. We feel like even if a person wasn't an artist/crafter they'd still enjoy looking through it :) I just told Aaron that Tuesday was all about Jonas...so he's eagerly awaiting his chance to grab the laptop so he can get caught up on the Nerd Nest! xoxo

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  10. Congratulations! You two deserve all the success and heres a toast to your book blowing of the shelves! I must get mine ordered.. Hugs, Diane

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  11. WOW!!! I know what I am asking for on my birthday! I can't wait to see the whole thing. This is such a great product of all of you talent and dedication! Congratulations!!!! I've already told you once today, but you guys are AWESOME!

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  12. Looking good! I am going to look for this at our local bookstore. Those projects look super.

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  13. How exciting to have a whole book of Jenny and Aaron's creativity popping out of every page! You always do excellent tutorials online, so no doubt this will be the living end. Congratulations and soak it all in!

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  14. Adorabile!! Spero di poter acquistare il vostro libro dall'iItalia... lo voglio!!!!
    Bellalullo

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  15. What a beautiful and fun-looking book! Congrats!!!

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  16. Woohoo!! Huge congratulations to you both from across the pond, wishing you success, happiness and creativity, well done you should be so proud!!
    Best wishes

    Kaz x

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  17. Congratulations Jenny and Aaron! The book looks terrific. I'm going to recommend it to the library where I work so more people can see it.

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  18. CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so happy for you guys!

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  19. Congrats to you both! I'm putting this book on my Christmas wish list. ;0)

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  20. Wow, it looks amazing!! Many congratulations!

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  21. EEK This is amazing! Congratulations, guys!

    Becky
    xx

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  22. Hi Jenny!
    Oh, so exciting! Congratulations to you both!! Such a beautiful and inspiring book you guys have made and worked so hard in creating!! So happy and thrilled for you!! Wishing you a most lovely weekend! xo Heather

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  23. Hi Jenny
    It's Barbara from "the Pad" in NYC. We can't wait to get this in. I'm reserving a copy for myself and looking forward to having you both sign it next time you're in town. Do we have to tempt you with a Cronut? :))
    xo
    bb

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  24. Congratulations!! It looks wonderful. I've had it on my wishlist since you first announced it, can't wait for it to become available. :-)

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Thanks so much for reading! We absolutely love to hear from you guys...so please leave a comment if the mood strikes you, or if you have any questions for us about a recipe, project, art supply , paint color, etc. Don't panic if your comment doesn't appear right away...we moderate all comments to avoid getting tons of spam. Thanks again!!
xo Jenny & Aaron