Thursday, April 28, 2011

Countryside Softies book tour!


Recently I have been asked to be apart of a few book tours and am so pleased to feature this one first!  Countryside Softies is an adorable new book by Amy Adams.  There is definitely something for everyone in this book!  I did a little interview with Amy and we will be doing a giveaway as well.  Leave a comment about your favorite critter and we will choose a winner on May 5th.  Until then, enjoy!
 
S- What inspired this book?

AA- When I was asked by C&T to submit a book proposal, I pretty much had free reign on the subject.  The first idea i pitched was Countryside Softies, never expecting it to be so well received.  The idea originated mainly with the Badger.  When I designed and made the Badger it just came together so easily that it fed the idea for a whole book of countryside animals.
S- What was your biggest surprise or lesson you learned during the publishing process?

AA- Biggest surprise (or shock!) was when I lost the whole of the first section after finishing writing it.  I was copying all my files from our old (and failing) emac to my new imac via our Apple time capsule, when the time capsule died.  Turns out, it died due to a know manufacturing fault, and has since been replaced by Apple, so I now have the original first section back.  So, I guess the lesson learned was back up your work, back it up again and back it up some more!
S- What are some of your favorite fabric shops or places you find great fabric?

AA- Charity shops.  Most of my fabrics come from thrifted old clothes.  If I buy new fabrics, it's generally online from Superbuzzy or Etsy.
S- One thing I love about your book is that if you have small scraps left over from a project...and/or you have a hard time getting rid of small pieces of fabric (ahem), you can incorporate them into these adorable little critters.  I was curious if some of these projects came about simply because you wanted to use small fabric scraps which inspired these various critters? 

AA- It's more about being inspired by making crafting come across as an affordable hobby.  I worked for 12 years designing craft kits for Coats Crafts UK where the whole industry is depending on a continued influx of new people into the world of crafting.  But in this day and age of recession, it's important to show that taking up a hobby as a form of escapism needn't cost much, and that a few basic items and skills are all that are needed to create something unique.  When putting together craft kits within manufacturing, it's all down to cost and squeezing the most from what you buy in and leaving very little waste.  The small, precious qualities of the animals fit the bill perfectly.
S- Speaking of fabric and fabric collections.  What's yours like?  What's your studio space like?  (can you send a photo?)

AA- My fabric collection is quite small.  As most of my work is miniature, I don't need, or have the space for a huge amount of supplies.  A couple of years ago, for fun, i actually made a film of my studio space and posted it on You Tube, http://www.youtube.com/user/lucykatecrafts#p/a/u/0/JqmeAZoo4kU you can even see where my husband put his foot through the ceiling into my sewing room! (he was in the attic at the time)
S- I was reading your interview on Blue Nickel Studio and how you have a desire to make a pinecone but shy away from it because there have been a lot of exceptional ones made.  I had a bit of a creating slump when I opened Schmancy and saw so many amazing things and just got intimidated and shy.  How do you fight that urge not to try even though you want to make something and yours will undoubtedly have your own style?  How do you get your crafting mojo back when you are in a slump?

AA- I get in crafting slumps all the time.  It is hard to be creative 24/7, somedays it flows and others the well runs dry!  I tend to take a break, flick through some books, blog hop online, then also look through my own work at what has worked and what hasn't.  That tends to help get the creating moving again.  I will make a pinecone, and you are right, it will be a pinecone the same as others out there, but there'll also be a little quirk of design in there which makes it mine.

S- Cake or pie? 

AA- Cake.  Chocolate cake in particular.  With whipped cream.  Oh and sprinkles.
S- Do you have plans for another book?

AA- Hmm, not totally sure yet.  Right now I'm waiting to see how this one goes, and also weighing up craft books as opposed to PDF patterns.
S- I love the photo's in your book!  Did you get to take part in that process as well?

AA- The photography side was a really interesting process.  I would have loved have been on site when it was done, but I am in the UK and C&T are in California so it just wasn't possible.  But, as the author, I did have to supply initial images for every shot in the book which have to show what goes in the picture, which angle, props etc.  I did do a couple of those images outdoors, but was stunned when I first saw all the book photography.  The images really add to the animals character, and it does amuse me that a book, written by a British author, full of animals from the British countryside, have been photographed outdoors in America!
S- What's your favorite sweet treat? 

AA- I am totally addicted to chocolate.

32 comments:

Bettina Groh said...

Today my favorite is the peacock!! I'm sure tomorrow it will be another of her wonderful softies... who can make a permanent choice. Please enter me in the giveaway!

Penny said...

The critters in this book are so cute. I really like the fox.

gill said...

Great interview!
I love the badger!

The Krafty Cupcake said...

Ooh I saw this book on Amazon (UK) and loved it and was hoping that I may get my hands on a copy so please enter me into the giveaway. My favourite is def the cute fox on the front cover, by far x Sue x

Jopsy said...

I NEED this book! It really has inspired me! My sis is currently making the badger-if i'm lucky she'll send one our way!

Sandra :) said...

I haven't seen the peacock before - I'd say it's my favourite right now!

Be Grim said...

They're all so cute. The peacock inspires me to make something with buttons on it, but I think the badger has the most personality.

Plushpussycat said...

Fun interview and YouTube video! I've been lurking through each leg of this book blog tour, because I love the book! My favorite animal in the book is too hard to say. Today I'm partial to the otter, the baby owl, and the mouse--they're all completely adorable!

qim said...

I love that fox. It looks crazy and cute at the same time :)

VickiT said...

I really love the peacock but my #1 favorite still is the hedgehog. He's just adorable.

Kathy R. said...

The photography really does highlight each of the softies. Very hard to pick a favorite. I would love to own a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance.

Scented Sweetpeas said...

I would love a copy of this book as it has such cute creations, the little robin is sooo sweet!

Julie in WA said...

Is there a striped chipmunk in the book? I'd love striped chipmunk softie!

Ramona said...

It is so hard to pick a favorite. That peacock is sure cute as is the fox and the owls. I'd like to make them all.

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~Kathleen said...

They are all so cute! But I am partial to the wiley fox on the cover. He is very stunning in his red coat--you gotta love him. :)

suesueb said...

Love all the precious animals but I love owls the most! And the plus is the recycling factor!! Thanks for the chance!

Bev C said...

Hello,

All these little creatures have such wonderful features that really bring them to life. I am partial to owls today.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Laura said...

Love these animals! So so cute! I think my favorite is the fox!

kerrie said...

I love the fox .. but all the creatures in Amy's book look so adorable!! I would love to win a copy. Thank you for the great interview.

WoolenSails said...

I love the little robin, but I love all the critters, they are so fun and would love to make some.

Debbie

Lee said...

Fav critter is the otter! thanks!
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JakDeeandKids said...

I love the fox! Thanks for the chance to win such a great looking book!

inkywu said...

I love the fox on the cover. Thank you for the great event. Please add my name to the giveaway.

Stitchbird said...

I love the otter and the fox. They are gorgeous!

Val said...

Loved the interview. From the ones I have seen my favourite is the fox but I can't wait to see the owl.

Byrney said...

I'm struggling to decide my favourite, I lvoe the dragonfly and the hedgehog....
Thanks for the chance to win

Lisa Marie said...

This blog tour has been fun! So many cute animals. I love the peacock. The street I live on is called Peacock so I think I need one of those!

lumpybits said...

That badger is amazing :D

Maman A Droit said...

Otters are definitely my favorite animal!!

sherri s. said...

My favorite critter in general: a dog! My dog! Oh, in this fabulous book? I love the wee mousie here...Thanks for the chance to win!

Colleen said...

Can not wait to own this! Her creations are adorable!

Indianna said...

I like the bob bob bobbing robin. I'd also love the globe - when it's been designed!