Saturday, July 12, 2008


That magical moment is here! Dan and I have received layout pages of Waterside Cottages.

All of a sudden, months of photographing, photo editing, writing, and text editing have come together into pages that resemble a marvelous book. It's a book I'd run out and buy!

This week I will proofread the layouts for errors, answer a few author queries, and check captions carefully.
Some captions were matched to the wrong photo; others talk about a terrific ceiling fan or interesting floor choice that no longer shows because of the way photos were cropped, and need to be re-written.

But all in all, the book looks great.

And I couldn't agree more with my editor at Gibbs Smith who says, "I think the design turned out well--it's very pretty, but also fun and playful, like the houses in the book."

We're still several months away from seeing bound copies, but I can't wait to say thank you to all of you who have been involved in the creation of this book.

Meanwhile, I'd like top share one of my favorite summer secrets-- Chella fabrics.

The result of state-of-the-art weaving and finishing techniques, Chella textiles cost a little more than other weather-resistant fabrics but they feel as soft as natural cotton and are guaranteed against sun damage and fading for at least three years. As you can see from the photos that accompany this post, Chella fabrics come in a variety of styles and are extremely versatile.

Even Max approves!


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

How exciting. I can't wait until it comes out! Those photos are beautiful!!!

Tara said...

You must be on cloud nine! I'm sure it is going to be beautiful all bound together and on the shelves, can't wait!~xo

NeereAnDear said...

Looking forward to the bound pages of this fantabulous book!! I know you have worked your little booty off and it definitely shows from where I am sitting... Congrats on getting to the.. finally.... almost done stage... a long hard road I am sure

And thanks for the link.... I have been on the search for some decent outdoor fabric... so I am going to check it out now



NeereAnDear said...

OK I take that back... there is no link... so where do I find Chella fabrics?



Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Congrats! Oh, the photos are beautiful. Can't wait to hear more.


rochambeau said...

Love knowing you are realizing your dream Barbara! This is very exciting! The photos you share are great!

Are you still coming to OG in July?
Please let me know! Would love to meet you!

Daisy Cottage said...

Can't wait to get the book Barbara - thank you so much for keeping us updated too. Very exciting!!!


fifi said...

How could the book be anything but BEAUTIFUL and INTERESTING? You wrote it and Dan photographed it. A magic combination!
Must have a copy autographed by the two of you. And this calls for a celebration. Champagne in Provence or Mojitos in New York? You pick!

Barbara Jacksier said...

Hmmm...champagne in Provence or mojitos in New York. Great suggestions. Let's do both!

Cathy said...

Hi Barb,

Well let's put it this way. I have been out weeding for two days. I'm completely exhausted. They are easy to find though, they are bigger than my plants! lol

Can't wait to see your new book!

xo Cath

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Barbara, I'm drooling at your teaser photos in anticipation of the final product! Congratulations, you have accomplished one of my dreams! How is your next book coming along?

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What fabulous photos! I cant wait until this comes out :)

Please visit me anytime! I am so glad you stopped by!!


Ruth Welter said...

Hi Barbara, congratulations...I cannot wait to see the book when it is in stores. Sounds like a lot of work to go through and proof everything like that. It certainly would be for me as I'm not the greatest speller in the world. : ) Enjoy this time, congratulations.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Good for you! These photos look wonderful and I'll look forward to the book! It's a great statement to say it is a book you would buy yourself. Brava!

PAT said...

Barbara, I am looking forward to seeing this book in person! I've watched it's progress through your blog and eagerly anticipated every update.

These photos are amazing!

Have a wonderful week!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

How exciting! I really can't wait to see it in person! Let me know the moment it hits the bookstores!

Jenni B said...

That's incredible! Congrats! Thanks for leaving me a message on my blog. So fun!

Have a SWEET day!

Jenni B

Claire said...

Wow! Just beautiful! The colors are gorgeous and Max is adorable!

Natasha Burns said...

Such exciting news Barbara! The photos look fabulous and Chella fabrics sound so perfect for our climate here too.
Natasha : )

Julie said...

Thanks for the funny comment on my blog about my in sane schedule..and yes - sometimes it is! Humm what is my secret you ask..?? Well, I work Full Time but when it is slow, I write articles for Saddle and Bridle magazine ( instead of playing solitare or reading a most others do here. I work M-F, but the horse shows that I cover are usually on the weekends. It also helps that slow season at work is show season for horses in our area and vice versa!

As for the blogs - 1 is just for my horse show customers to see photos I took at the show...just a gift so to say... 1 is a collection of stories I wrote about my children as they grew up..which by the way I have not had time to add to in a couple of months...and the 3rd is the one I really enjoy..the Equus Villa one.

But the single largest reason I have so much time to do so much I no longer have children living at home! YIPPIE!!! opps - I mean oh gosh..I miss them..

Julie said...

My husband will love this book too since he grew up in a Delaware beech house!

Sher said...

SO excited for you Barbara! Congratulations!! You must be so thrilled, and to comment on Fifi's post - I'd take the Champagne in Provence!!! That sounds like a winner to me. Well wishes to you, and I am sure I speak for everyone when I say we will be waiting with much anticipation to finally have this Waterside Gem in our personal library!! xo Sher

Liz said...

Wow. Just wow. I'm so excited for you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Barbara,

I LOVE the photos and can't wait to read the book after all your months and months of hard work.

Best. Kathryn

Lisa said...

Fantastic Barbara! Congats. It's been wonderful reading about the progress in bits and pieces over the last several months.

It will be great to see how it all came together in final form.

Joy Zaczyk said...

The book looks divine!

Susie Q said...

Ah....Max is so handsome and so relaxed! : )

Congratulations dear Barbara. What a thrill for you and how excited you must surely be. i KNOW the book will be perfect and I will run straught out and get one as soon as it hits the shelves.

Now, will you be coming to Books and Company in Dayton on the *tour*!? Hmmm??

I think you would love it! I know *I* would!!

I am so happy for you. Enjoy the sweet ride, yo so deserve it!


KJ said...

This is so exciting, Barbara! I am waiting expectantly to see it in print. I have enjoyed watching the entire process.

Happy Editing,

annechovie said...

Your book is going to be gorgeous - thanks for the sneak peek!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Congratulations! I'm sure it will be fabulous, can't wait til it comes out. Take Fifi up on the champagne in Provence:)
~xo Lidy

High Desert Diva said...

Hi Barbara,

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Your upcoming book is now on my must see list.

Off to read more posts,