The Pocketful of Posies books are here!

Copies of Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes have arrived a little ahead of schedule and I’m so excited!  The experience of opening the box and seeing a stack of my books for the first time is like theater on opening night, not the dress rehearsal, but the real thing!

Making a children’s book is quite a production, involving many people, usually over several years. In this case it took about 5 years to go from the initial commitment of the publisher, Houghton Mifflin and myself to this moment when the books are out in stores. Autographed copies can be ordered from my local bookshop, Eight Cousins 508-548-5548. Also, has a feature that allows you to look inside the book. Those of you who have already ordered copies should be receiving yours soon.

But, I’m still not finished getting the original illustrations ready for the traveling exhibit. There are 9 more borders to make before we hang the first show in Falmouth on Sept. 14th. Instead of typing, I’ve got to go thread a needle!

To celebrate their arrival, I’m offering a giveaway of a copy of Pocketful of Posies to a reader in the USA. Please leave a comment on this post and the winner will be chosen at random on Sept. 15th.

85 thoughts on “The Pocketful of Posies books are here!

  1. Hi Salley, I know I am not eligible for the giveaway but wanted to send kudos to you for all your years of labour. My copy for my grandchildren is on order at Amazon and I will look forward to its arrival.

  2. Hello Salley,
    Joy, plain and simple. With each of your posts I travel through a garden of stitches and textures and imaginary bliss. I am so excited for my book to arrive. It will rest on my coffee table always available to those who visit me, to delight my grandchildren and friends and family. I have said it so many times, you are a wonder and I love that you created this for us.

  3. Salley –
    I had the great fortune of taking a class from you several years ago. Having the privilege of seeing your work personally and knowing the untold hours you spend on each and every detail is beyond inspiring.
    I am trying to make my way to the East Coast to see your show.

    Thank you for the pleasure and inspiration you bring to all your readers.

    Warm regards –

  4. Will be looking for a copy in stores for all of the “little” people in my life. LOL and I will be sure to not overlook myself!

  5. wow! 5 years is a long term commitment and what a thrill to see it come to fruition and to hold it in your own hands! congratulations and thanks for the giveaway love! we would be tickled to win a copy. 😉

  6. Dear Salley,

    I look forward to your blog messages. I really appreciate how much information you share about the process and materials you use. I have been waiting for your newest book to be published. Children in the family have copies of all of your books and now they will receive another for Christmas 2010. Of course, I will have a copy for myself too. 🙂

  7. Hooray, Salley!! Watching the book and borders unfold on your blog has been a special treat. Thank-you for sharing so much of the creative process with us, and giving us all a special chance to win!


  8. Congratulations! The book is a real treasure. (I’d already looked through it on Amazon a few days ago, and of course I’d love a copy if providence decides it so.)

  9. Congratulations on a job well done! Your work has been very inspiring to me and I really enjoy seeing your progress on this blog. Thank you!

  10. Hip-hip-HOYray,
    So happy for you today,
    Congrats for a job well done,
    Now I will have “to get me one”! 😉

    Can’t wait to order my very own copy, autographed I hope. Maybe I’ll even be so lucky as to win another one for our “grandies”. Good wishes for many more stitches…via your “handcrafted” books of course! Pam Hoy

  11. It’s beautiful! I can’t imagine the excitement of finally holding a copy of my own book in my hands, especially after all that hard work – more so than writing by far! Congratulations!

  12. I have a book ordered through Amazon. Gee, I hope they send it ASAP!! Cannot wait to see it and knowing the book is out doesn’t make it easy to wait!

  13. Salley,

    It has been a long labor but you have finally given birth!! I can’t wait to receive my copy from Amazon which will rest on my coffee table to be enjoyed and savored slowly.

    You are a joy and an inspiration, now you can have a well earned rest.

    Best wishes.


  14. Congratulations and Thank You Salley for sharing your beautiful books with the rest of the world. Your artwork is so charming and endearing – can’t wait to get my copy!
    Best in Life!

  15. it probably wouldn’t be fair of me to leave 100 comments to increase my chances of winning, would it? i would only be too honored to win a copy…it’s been fun watching the border process here. thanks as always for being so generous! congratulations and best wishes for big sales!

  16. I’ve loved your work for years and would love to have this book. The amount of time and caring that goes into each illustration is amazing!

  17. Your work is an inspiration. I love your sense of color, of space, of shapes. And your attention to detail is amazing. I am so thankful to the internet, that we all can share your processes and finished projects.

    Thanks for blogging for us. 🙂

  18. I simply adore your work and featured you on my Facebook so that my daughters and friends could see your work. Every page you have shown us has left me in the state of awe as I gaze at all the minut details.

  19. Congratulations, Sally on such a beautiful achievement! I’ve pre-ordered a copy and am so looking forward to receiving it. I’ll be working in Boston in October and part of November and really hope that I will be able to get the time to see the show in one of the venues. Thank you again for so generously sharing your works in progress with us. It is such a delight to see your process and very inspiring as well!

  20. Your book looks terrific! I have enjoyed your blogs on making it. I would love to win a copy! You are such a talented lady.

  21. Sally, I love your work. It’s always so inspiring. I can’t wait to order your new book for my store. I miss your acorn fairy kits and so do my customers!

  22. How exciting for you Salley! I know you’ve had other books before, but I can’t imagine it would lessen the thrill one single bit when you crack open those boxes! Your work is *sew* beautiful, you are one of the artists I admire the most, it speaks to my heart. Thank you for being you!

  23. Fantastic! I will be watching the mail for the book I ordered. Quite naturally, it would be extra wonderful to win one with your signature! I also want to thank you for your always fascinating blogs and all the delicious details!!! This publication is an amazing accomplishment. Many congratulations!!!!

  24. It has been such a pleasure reading about and viewing your work as your book progressed. I can’t wait to see it.Thank you for all of your imagination. It gets my creative juices flowing. Penny

  25. This is definate must have for out collection of wonderful Children’s book. How proud you must be of such a wonderful work of ART. Thank you for sharing you talents!!

  26. I adore your work. You inspire me in my own work with felt and embroidery.

    Thank you Thank you!

    Pick me! Pick me! 🙂

    Warmest regards,

  27. This book looks so lovely. Your stitching has inspired me to do more of my own and to try out different techniques. Thank you for offering a this book as a give-away.

  28. Congratulations! Isn’t it satisfying to have the finished product in your hands, especially a box full of them.
    This book looks absolutely charming (no surprise!), sure to delight readers and stitchers of all ages.
    Of course I would LOVE to win a copy, but I will also go to our local booksellers and see if I can get a copy there.

  29. I would love to win this book to add to my growing library of children’s books. As a young illustrator, it’s wonderful to have lots of inspiration at my finger tips!

  30. I am filled with awe each and every time I look at your creations. Not only is there beauty in your work, there is serenity. I would love to have a copy of this book, especially signed. Wish I lived close enough to see one of your exhibits. Perhaps some day!

  31. inspiring, and absolutely gorgeous. amazing detail and imagination. can’t wait for the book. congratulations on a magnificent work, well done!

  32. I am in total AWE of the amazing artwork illustrated w/i this book!! I love how it relates to the rhymes and the use of multiple media in your artwork is inspiring! A true treasure!

  33. I am in awe…you do fantastic work… I am envious of your talents…may God continue to richly bless you and your efferts..would love to win a book….

  34. I already bought a copy for myself, but would love to win one for my daughter as she’s also a crafter. The book is awe inspiring and so, so beautiful. What talent!!!

  35. I am a retired Kindergarten teacher and enjoy going back in to read to all the new classes. I taught almost 30 years in the same school. I would love to have this book to share.

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