Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pirate & Hoopoe Published

The wait is over -- Pirate & Hoopoe is finally here! The book is back from the press and has turned out even more beautiful than we ever imagined it could be.
If you haven't yet seen the book, I hope you'll come by Castle in the Air to check it out. John McRae constructed a giant version of the book, one so big you'll feel like you can jump right into the story. It now dominates the shop's front window along with stacks of the red hardcovers and the earthware coffee mugs featuring the logo of the novel's corporate pirates.
We've spent much of the past month filling all the pre-orders for the book, including mailing gift-packs to our many Kickstarter supporters. If you are among that number, you should have already received your Pirate & Hoopoe gift-pack.
At the moment we're just finishing the first round of our publicity mailing, in an attempt to get the word out. If you know of a magazine, newspaper, or book blog that might be a good candidate to review Pirate & Hoopoe, please pass their information along to us.

We are planning a book release party to be held at the store in the next few months and will post the details here once they are finalized.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

An Illuminated Valentine

Today's mail brought us this dear Valentine from our correspondent Michelle. The beautifully handwritten note accompanying it explains that the illuminated text can be translated as reading "Thou who art amid the stars, move to thy bed with music."

We are all taken by the romantic message, and the Blue Castle Badger is beside himself snuffling the gold leaf!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Clean Sweep

Winter seems to have skipped Berkeley altogether this year. We've only seen a few days of rain, and the daffodils and cherry blossoms are already in full bloom. The springlike weather's got me in the mood to get going on the year's new projects.

Castle in the Air's inventory is our annual chance to really clean house and get everything back in place, giving us an orderly space to dream and do. The clean sweep at the store takes just a few days, but behind the scenes we're still trying to get everything squared away.

It looks like our resident pixies have got their spring cleaning all done, though, and might even be ready to pack for a little vacation! This delightful little bed, chair and suitcase are part of Caron Dunn's Pixie Furnishings class this weekend at Castle in the Air.

If you are finding your own spring cleaning to be a bit overwhelming, come spend a day in the pixies' miniature world. As with most projects in life, it's not how grand a beginning you make, but that you simply begin.