Exciting News!

Last month, on the day of my birthday, an editor at Shambhala Publications / Trumpeter Books (Now Roost Books) asked me if I would be interested in writing a toy&craft-making book for them.  Over the past few weeks we’ve been working on the details for the project, and I just found out it’s a go! I feel so honored and excited to be working with the same publisher as Amanda Blake Soule and so many others.
The support I’ve felt from all of you has been incredibly inspiring. Thank you for visiting my site and leaving such positive comments.  I will continue posting crafts on this site as I secretly crank out new projects that will be exclusively for the book.

Thanks, again, to all of you for being so supportive! And huge gratitude to Irene Hoofs of Bloesem for featuring me on her Bloesem Kids Daddy Stories. That’s what really got all of this started.


  1. Jill
    March 16, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    That is very exciting news! I can't wait to read it!

  2. l0k1
    March 16, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    i expect an autographed copy.

  3. Dan
    March 16, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    "Do not look at Mr. Henriques! Do not look him in the eye!"

    Seriously, congratulations! Now you truly will be loved in Belgium...

  4. Katherine
    March 16, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    this will make a beautiful book. can't wait!

  5. Tiphaine
    March 16, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    so happy for you !!!!

  6. recovergirl
    March 17, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Congrats from Maine.

  7. Kate Bruning
    March 17, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Now I can't wait to read it. Congratualtions!!! (I am actually green with envy as I write this but still, YAY).....

  8. fridica
    March 17, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Congrats, Joel! I can't think of anyone else who deserves such an opportunity as much as you do!

    p.s. And perhaps with your influence we'll see a book entitled something like "the creative family" with a dad on the cover... ;) Hope you enjoy the process! :)

  9. Gifts Created
    March 17, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Congrats looking forward to getting my hands on it...

  10. the savannah room
    March 17, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Hi Joel,

    I came across your blog via the Babyccino website (email updates) in Australia & boy, am I glad I did !

    I love what you do & thanks so much for sharing .. it's fantastic to hear of your new book .. look forward to reading ..

    Katherine of The Savannah Room in Australia

  11. Julie W.
    March 17, 2010 at 2:39 am

    I am so happy for you. I just started reading your blog by six degrees of separation. I think you are so unbelievably creative (I'm sure you already know that), I'm a retired elementary art educator, so I can say that officially. Every time I see something you've created I feel like you are being soooo generous just putting it out there for everyone to share. I know that's the point of blogs, especially creative blogs, but your ideas are fantastic (and I love how some of them are inspired by other artists, getting a little art education it there). It's the first blog I've ever actually copied an idea from to do with my kids. Anyway, I'm rambling, but I've just really been enjoying your blog. Can't wait for the book!!!

  12. Ed Kuehnel
    March 17, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Great news, Joel. Sounds awesome. Looking forward to hearing more about it.

  13. Golubka
    March 17, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Beautiful announcement! Congratulations, can't wait for the book.

  14. marykaye
    March 17, 2010 at 3:19 am

    So Excited for you! I will be the first in line to buy it!

  15. Bloesem
    March 17, 2010 at 3:45 am

    WOWOWO.... I'm so happy for you Joel, I will be the first to buy your new book :) !!
    Congratulations, this truly is a super birthday present. Talk soon, please keep us posted, irene

  16. Maggie
    March 17, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Congratulations!!! that's fantastic news, that will be a book I look forward to.

  17. simone
    March 17, 2010 at 4:07 am

    congratulations! I'm a new reader via Bloesem and am always blown away by your projects. I always want to try them myself even though my child is older. Anyways, happy writing!

  18. Minna
    March 17, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Congratulations ! You do stylish things.
    I hope your readers from Finland will find it (there are many).

  19. Amanda - Little Star Designs
    March 17, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Wow! that is truly fantastic, congrats Joel, I can only dream of that happening to me oneday. You deserve it! Can't wait to see a copy.

  20. MDeva
    March 17, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Congratulation!.I also love Amanda's blog and now I visit yours daily.

  21. Camille Dawn
    March 17, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Awesome! It'll be on our family's bookshelf for sure!

  22. journey
    March 17, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Excellent news...congratulations!!

  23. Lu
    March 17, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Congratulations!! This is great and definitely an honor! :)

  24. Passelig dose
    March 17, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I´ll buy that book! :-)

  25. Carly
    March 17, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Well done you!! I for one can not wait... I know what you mean about the secret projects ... I have a book coming out soon and I was sleuthing projects for 18 months... and then it looked like I was being lazy!!

  26. Shaz
    March 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Great! I found your blog a few months ago and have been wondering "why isn't he writing a book?" Congrats!

  27. Amie
    March 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Congrats! Nothing feels better than doing what you love and getting a bit of recognition for it. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

  28. Trista Hertz
    March 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Congratulations! That's wonderful!!! Enjoy your blog and your projects. You have a unique eye and ability to create beautiful objects that children want to use.

  29. rachel
    March 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I have only recently discovered your blog and am so happy I did. Your crafty ways are an inspiration to all! Look forward to your book.

  30. Ellemme
    March 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    10 days sago I was just about to order the first of those two books, but now I know that there will be one of you, I'll wait a little more for yours, for sure!! Congratulations for this work!

  31. Joel Henriques
    March 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks so much everybody! I'm pretty excited. I'll be working on it over the next 5 months and it will be published Fall 2011. So don't start looking in the book stores quite yet!

  32. mo'
    March 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    congrats ' !! love what you do !

  33. Lynn
    March 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    That's great! I think I found your blog thru Bloesem and have really enjoyed seeing the projects you make for your kiddos. I have 20 month old twin girls and your blog also gives me hope that life will be a bit easier and involve more arts and crafts some day soon. Your photos make life with twins look peaceful, did you know that?!?

    Looking forward to your book!

  34. Dolores
    March 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    omg!this is really really great - and now I feel so much more honored that you have been so generous in supporting me....all the best, for sure I will be among the first buyers!

  35. morso
    March 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Great! Now I can satart looking forward tow becoming a grandmother. My teens are not so excited over toys anymore. ;) Hope we get your book to Finland, too.

  36. kirsty
    March 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Brilliant news - congratulations - you totally deserve it!

  37. Anonymous
    March 17, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    It's so wonderful that this has happened to such a wonderfully talented fellow. I love it when that happens. Brightens my day a little. Love the blog.

  38. Miggy
    March 17, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    This is going to be a cool book...where do we pre-order? Congrats and good luck!

  39. Lori Henriques
    March 18, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Three million cheers for the universe getting it right! You are most deserving and your book will bring joy to so many people. :)

  40. Kirsty
    March 18, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Congratulations Joel.

    This is just fabulous news. I heard about your blog through Bloesem and have loved following you ever since. It's so inspiring to see a dad spending so much quality time with his small's and engaging with them everyday in the ways that you do. Couldn't happen to a nicer person I'd say.

    I can't wait to get a copy of this one.


  41. * Ninotschka *
    March 18, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Congratulations! Well-deserved! Make sure that you will let us know when your book is available. I am definitely going to buy it. I LOVE your ideas and I cannot get enough of them.

  42. Di
    March 18, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I've only been visiting your blog for a few weeks but already I can see that a book is very well deserved - the fact that everything you make is made with love (for your children and your craft) is apparent and I am sure that this will help make the book great.

  43. Kickcan and Conkers
    March 18, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    What fantastic news - very well deserved. You're such an inspiration... I Can't wait to see the book!

  44. shisomama
    March 19, 2010 at 3:27 am

    What amazing news! I really look forward to your projects, and they'll be perfect in book form. Congratulations!

  45. Brooke
    March 19, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Wow, awesome news. Congrats to you for working hard a being a Daddy and inspiring your children daily through your passions. Love your stuff. I'll buy your book whenever it comes out! That's 1 sold for sure.

  46. Bulles de Lune
    March 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    congratulations! I heard about your blog through Bloesem, Lilya and i do love your projects, i can't wait to read this book!!

  47. Jennifer
    March 19, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Joel,
    All of us at Trumpeter Books are excited, too! I'm really looking forward to working with you on this book!

  48. bibi
    March 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Congratulations from Amsterdam!

  49. Amanda Pedro
    March 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I'm so happy for you. I can't wait to get your work in print instead of on a screen...

  50. kristin
    March 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    fantastic news!! congratulations - - i look forward to seeing your book!

  51. Tagan Engel
    March 19, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    what wonderful news!!! congratulations! I'm new to blogging and just starting to see all the possibilities. you and your blog are an inspiration! yippee!!

  52. Miss Sews-it-all
    March 19, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    This is totally exciting news! Can't wait to see the finished product!

  53. JoLynn P.
    March 20, 2010 at 12:58 am

    I'm such a fan of your work & of course will buy the book! I adore everything you make.

  54. Isa
    March 20, 2010 at 8:16 am

    This made my heart skip a beat! That's wonderful news!

    Congratulations, you really deserve it!

    And I'm definitely going to buy that book!!!

  55. Anonymous
    March 21, 2010 at 1:58 am

    I canb't wait until it comes out! my kids are growing up too fast but i will reserve a chunk of time with them in the fall of 2011 to make your projects!

  56. peglud
    March 21, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Joel - I just discovered you. I'm a 61 year young grandma (MorMor) with 3 and 5 yo grandchildren. Plus, I love to fiddle around with art, and projects, and funky home decor. I will be following you closely. I love projects involving buttons. And - I've developed an inventory of my own of fun projects with kids: fairy houses, "Look and Find" jars (Mason jars filled with colored rice and tiny hidden treasures), etc. Thanks for your inspiration and creativity - it's contagious!

  57. peglud
    March 21, 2010 at 5:54 am

    And yes - I love artists like you who share their creativity and work through blogs. Why not? Otherwise, it's all a bit selfish, doncha think?

  58. Jux
    March 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Hey Joel! I've just found out your cute "virtual dollhouse" through a link posted at a friend's knitting website!
    I'm delighted by your so creative ideas and the news about the project are totally wonderful!!!
    I don't have kids yet but I know that, when I have them, they will be raised having toys inspired on your sweet creative work!
    Congratulations and all the best wished on your new exciting challenges!

  59. Joel Henriques
    March 22, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Thanks for the really nice notes everyone. You are all too nice.

  60. elena
    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm
  61. Cheryl Arkison
    March 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    That's fantastic news. More of you to inspire us!

  62. Cheryl Arkison
    March 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    That's fantastic news. More of you to inspire us!

  63. Tisha Smith
    March 31, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Hey, Your blog is so fun and inspiring....a book is certainly warranted!!
    BIG congrats!

  64. Samone
    April 7, 2010 at 3:59 am

    That is fantastic, Joel, congratulations and I can't wait to see it all in print.

  65. jokemijn
    April 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    amazing! i'm very happy for you this blog got you into such a beautiful project.

  66. chelseybell.
    April 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I know I'm late on saying this, but congratulations! I'll definitely be getting a copy so I can have it around when I have kids. I love that you make your children so many things--it'll definitely be something they'll remember and cherish as they grow up.

  67. Joel Henriques
    April 26, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks again everybody! It's going really well so far!

  68. jenn
    May 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Yes! I'll buy one! Or two..

  69. SaRaH
    May 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

    get one for me, please!
    Cogratulations! I can't wait to see it.

  70. angela
    May 24, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I can't WAIT to get my hands on your book!!!!! Congratulations, I hope it is one of many books created by you!!!!

    I posted about your brilliant blog tonight.

  71. la.daridari
    July 29, 2010 at 7:04 am

    i'm curious as a monkey!

  72. Laura
    August 3, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Will you be doing a book signing at all? You have to come to Chicago first!!

  73. Joel Henriques
    August 3, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Thanks everybody!

    Laura - yes, I will be doing book signings, but not sure where yet. For sure in Portland (probably at Powells Books). I'll definitely announce things as it gets closer to the publish date (fall 2011).

  74. pracowniak
    August 12, 2010 at 11:42 am

    It's great news. As Jenn I'll buy it. More - I'll sell it in my shop in Poland!!!

  75. OrangeFarmhouse
    August 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    fall 2011? way too long! work harder please!!!! :-)) I really like your style, just spotted you this week. Thanks for now! Will buy your book too, ofcourse....

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