Month 11 books are now available in the store! Once again, keep in mind that Covid is delaying most shipments, so you may not get them until the first part of July.
I've had so much fun digging through fine art looking for images for the My Book of Delights Series. I kept thinking--I don't want to lose these paintings or artists I've stumbled upon.
Plus many of the links have broken to Art Renewal and AR has changed things in their website that makes the art harder to access and print out. Plus the images are small on the pinterest pages and difficult to view.
I talked to my daughter, Krystal, one day awhile ago and asked what would it take to create a new site dedicated to fine art, organized for moms in this group.
She said, "Mom, that would be a massively huge undertaking. "
I said, "Am I crazy?"
She said, "Yes, yes you are."
"Let's do it."
Today I am announcing the new Simple Joy: Fine Art for Well-Educated Hearts site for you to go discover and explore. It is only the tip of the iceberg of what will be added in the weeks and months ahead, but there is enough there to open it up to you to use while it is under construction.
Some of the features I hope you will like are:
1. Each painting will have a direct link to Wikimedia Commons where you can easily download and print it out.
2. You can view all the art as a full-screen image on your phone or laptop--just swipe from image to image.
3. Because the art is in the public domain, you shouldn't have to worry about using it. Do your own research if you want to use it for commercial purposes.
4. It is organized by Family topics, Nature topics, and by Nation. You choose.
NOTE: Do give a few moments for the pages to load. There's a lot of art going on!
This new site will be linked to the Fine Art tab in your apps probably sometime today. If you still want access to the Art Renewal images, you can still enter art/home and family in the search bar of the website and bring the page up.
Krystal is the hero of this story. She has already dedicated more hours than I can count to get this site set up and loaded with art.
I think you'll agree--she has done a beautiful job.
And now, have some fun looking around!
Simple Joy: Fine Art for Well-Educated Hearts
Month 10 books are now available for purchase in the store!
Please keep in mind that with Covid-19 changes, shipping is taking longer than normal. But if you are concerned about your items, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Month 9 books are now available for purchase in the store. For those with monthly subscriptions, they're on their way! Just keep in mind that with shipping delays, it might take a little longer than normal.
Internet Archive just announced that waitlists have been suspended until at least June 30, and perhaps beyond. So all those yellow diamond books on the Libraries of Hope website have just been opened up! You still have to borrow the books (i.e., you only get them for 14 days), but there are no longer waiting lists. This includes My Book House and Junior Classics.
Just pick a story and read! It really is that simple. Don't overthink and overplan and try to turn everything into a lesson.
Stories are one of nature's simplest and most effective means to learn in childhood.
The new Month 8 books are in the store and are being shipped to all of you subscribers.
Please remember--all of the books we publish are available as free digital reads on our site. Access them quickly by clicking on Forgotten Classics in the app or on the blue Forgotten Classics box at the bottom of every page in the site.
But to be honest with you--when I started creating the Forgotten Classics library, the feeling I had was that hard copies of these books needed to be safely secured in homes spread out in many places. There is a reason for every book that is in there. As you purchase these books, you are not only helping us cover our expenses so that we can keep offering all the free resources, but you are preserving stories of freedom, faith, and family that may not be readily accessible in the years ahead.
Many of you are worrying about having enough food for your bellies. Having food for your soul is just as important....if not more important.
I have a number of series we are working hard to complete and then I feel like the library will be complete and contain what it needs to.
We are seeing unimaginable things happening in our world. Be the lighthouse.
I am so grateful to all of you have become Patrons of LOH and WEH. The work I do is a labor of love, but as we grow, so do our expenses. I know that I could easily monetize the site by password protecting it or adding advertising, but I desire to keep everything open and free to anyone who wants to use it.
A few months ago we added a Patron section to the store. I haven't called attention to it, but some of you have noticed it and have offered your financial contributions to move this work along. Your offerings are greatly appreciated.
There has been so much going on, I haven't had a chance to get the thank you gifts to those of you who have committed to $15.00 a month or more. But it is coming!
The first gift is a hard cover copy of My Wish For You. And then, each year that you continue to offer your support, I will send you a special hard cover book containing a collection of favorite poems and inspirational quotes with full color art work. These books will only be available to Patrons.
A special thank you for all your kind words of support and encouragement.
I feel very, very rich.
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