25.3.11

No idle hands


Until I invent the ever-replenishing household pot, there is no time for idle hands, despite having picked up an old man's cough. (Not literally from an old man that is, just sounding like one). My chest has been rattling and whistling like a dried seed pod in a north wind, but it's quietening down now. Life at the moment is mercifully uneventful. Apart from the pleasure of seeing this -



- sell out of stock on Amazon UK on the first day of sale. More coming soon - thank you world!

30 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Bravo!!!!!!!

tut-tut said...

woot! second printing coming?

frayedattheedge said...

There was a slight delay in posting my comment, as I had to go over to Amazon and order my copy - it should be despatched in a fortnight! Congratulations on your success - well deserved for all your beautiful work!

Judy Grupp Studio said...

How can you stand it!! You sound so calm! Congrats

Twiglet said...

Wow - well done Gretel - many congrats!!

Claire said...

YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, well done Gretel.

Hope you get rid of the seed pod soon.

Claire :)

rachel said...

Wicked Amazon - I was supposed to be notified when it was in stock, but not a word. I shall chase it up!

Isn't this exciting!!!!!

Soozcat said...

That would explain why it showed up as backordered. Well, patience is supposed to be a virtue.

Sorry to hear you've picked up the smoker's cough. I often run into a case of the crud this time of year, usually because of allergies... and over time it devolves into bronchitis. Yech. Take care and stay warm!

rossichka said...

What a happy day! Congratulations, dear Gretel!! I'll try to buy this book - it's a little bit difficult for me from here, but I have someone who helps from England!:)
I'm sorry, I missed the post, dedicated to your book. I't so nice you succeeded in fulfiling your dream - for your dear parents and for your artistic soul!
I'm so moved...
I'm wishing you a lot of new, amazing journeys in the world of children's literature!
P.S. Spring has JUST arrived here and the bushes and trees are in a hurry to bloom and show their leaves! I hope I could "catch" some butterflies, while dancing in the gardens. Later on..:))))

janet said...

Dear Gretel,

Was there ever
any doubt?

Janet xox

Bask in the glory ;->

Frances said...

Gretel, do try to banish that cough (I write this from one who pretends that her own two or is it three-year coughing interruptions do not exist.)

Meanwhile...rejoice in your success with the book! Try to get your publishers to organize a tour to the States!

I am so very happy for your happiness. Bravo, bravo, bravo.

xo

Rosie said...

Hooray for you. I hope it goes global, universal!

The Pea Pod said...

Brilliant!

BumbleVee said...

OMG....what a wonderful surprise Gretel!

I'll be ordering my copy when I get home....they should be restocked by then....or.... are you also selling some yourself? ..

We're in Portugal... wish it was easy to just hop over there for a visit...but, not to be this time.....
HOwever, we are really having a nice time and this could conceivably get to be a regular visit .... so, maybe some day in the future.............

jfidz said...

Great news about the book, thoroughly deserved!

Trailshome said...

You are just so incredibly productive, even while feeling bad.

Here's hoping for better breathing ahead, in the meantime, how glorious is it that you're selling so well?

Spring's coming, and that cough has to go away soon. Seems like we all have a cough this time of year.

ellen said...

Isn't it wonderful when someone's success and happiness makes us feel incredibly happy and grateful?
I feel just so after reading this.
Your news is brightening this gray and mizzly (mizzley?) morning here.
Take care of the cough. Perhaps a hot toddy in the evening?
Oh, happy day!

Suze said...

That's brilliant, Gretel!! Congratulations on your news...well, it's just...it's just........*sigh*

I see all your beautiful birds are gossiping about it too!

Graceful Moments said...

So happy for you...about the book...not the cough. I am finally rid of mine..the cough...I don't have a book. I think yours (book) is fab and wish we could get it here in the U.S. I know this is silly goose of a comment but it's 1 a.m. here and I need to get off here and go to bed. Keep up the wonderful work--hope you are feeling better soon! ♥

Caroline B said...

Wow, that's wonderful!
Hope you shake the rattly chest soon.
Love the two little geese peeking down on their WIP relations!

Jane said...

My French version arrived, lovely. Can't wait to share it with the kids.

jane

Lrc said...

what wonderful news about your book! it looks splendid! Sorry about the persistent cough; try some steam therapy that might loosen it up...

Pearl said...

I am so very excited for you on the sellout of your book...Yippeee!!
Hope you feel better very soon.
Sending you hugs,

Laura said...

I'd like to join everyone in congratulating you on your success. Been a lurking admirer on your blog for quite a while! Well done and well deserved!

Mlle Miracle said...

Oh, Gretel, super news, Yupiiiiii!
Now your cough has to be nice with you and let you enjoy the Spring.
Milly is such a hairy lady, I love her dress with pearls, quelle classe!

Frances Tyrrell said...

Deservedly so!
It is illustrators whose work first introduces children to the world of art, and what a charming world you have created.

Dartford Warbler said...

Congratulations! I shall order your book for my two year old granddaughter.

I have only just found your lovely blog and look forward to catching up.

acornmoon said...

Well done Gretel, they need to stock their shelves high.

In the meantime get Mrs Mouse to make you some honey and lemon cakes!

Boxoftrix said...

Oredered my copy last night after reading Annes' post about her copy arriving, which lead me to read more here. Im now a follower and look forward to reading you book to my little girl x

Sue said...

Fantastic! Well done, Gretel, you thoroughly deserve the recognition. I'll have to order one for the forthcoming grandchild. :-)