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Basketful Relief Project Newsletter, January, 2020

Spike Productions just published its first newsletter of the year, 2020. Would you want to subscribe? This is a periodic communication that informs our subscribers when new books are published and on sale, gives updates on how we are doing with sales, where dollars are going, and with any news on how specifically the Basketful Relief Project is impacting famine relief to those in critical need in Yemen. We promise not to inundate your inbox! Thanks for subscribing!

Basketful Relief Project Newsletter, January, 2020

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The Pond of Reflection Coming in the Spring

Spike Productions is excited to announce we are in the creative works on a new BRP children’s story called, The Pond of Reflection. This story is a fun adventure fairy tale about a king’s daughter, (where the mighty and beloved king just happens to be a mouse), who rides off on her father’s steed on a quest to discover who she is. On her journey she befriends a toad and an owl who tell her about a legendary pond hidden deep within the forests of the king’s realm called The Pond of Reflection. Venturing on together, they learn about themselves and each other searching for this secret place.

Spike Productions is delighted to team up with Boulder artist Brooke Connor of Brooke Connor Design to illustrate this fun coming-of-age story.

 

 

The Author
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Catherine Russell is a videographer who lives in Lyons, CO on a hobby farm with her husband, Ed and several fun farm animals, including two burros named Nikki and Norman. Not only does Catherine enjoy walking with goats in the hills around her home, she desires to help fight world hunger and has founded The Basketful Relief Project, working with collaborators of all talents to publish beautiful children’s books (print and video), with percent profit proceeds going to emergency famine relief organizations. 

 

The Illustrator

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Brooke Connor lives and works in Boulder, CO. She retired from a career as an environmental chemist after 28 years of left-brained activities, and now is a full-time right-brained illustrator. Brooke specializes in alcohol marker illustrations of birds and wildlife. Her style can be described as extremely colorful, imaginative, and whimsical. Other publications include works with her friend and author, Patricia Kittelson, including, “Bixley Baines and the Beehive Fence”, “A Kid’s Guide to Bryce Canyon”, and “Cedar Breaks for Kids”.

 

 


Sneak Preview! Check out this sample video of Brooke’s creative process in her digital illustration designing.

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The Basketful Relief Project (BRP) Is Ready to Start Donating to Yemen Famine Relief!

Happy New Year

Because of a generous donation to the BRP, as of January 8, 2020 both books: The Little Book of Why and Get to Bed! have met their publishing cost goal. Spike Productions is grateful and we in turn have kicked off the 2020 new year with our own donation to the BRP Save The Children Yemen famine relief fundraising page.

Now that we have successfully covered the publishing cost of these books, two wonderful things happen!

  1. From now on, 85% of profit proceeds will be donated to the BRP Save The Children Yemen famine relief fundraising page continually, as long as either book sells and the fundraising page is active.
  2. Spike Productions will create and publish another beautiful children’s story to add to the BRP selection! An adventure fairy tale called, The Pond of Reflection is now in the works!

Here’s a review of the financials for both books since they launched in September, 2019

 

Ready to buy a book so we can start funding Yemen famine relief in earnest?

Purchase The Little Book of Why on BookBaby for $21.68, and Get to Bed! on BookBaby for $23.27.

   

Or donate directly to the BRP Save The Children Yemen famine relief fundraising page. Thank you!

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Basketful Relief Project Newsletter: October, 2019

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Spike Productions just published its first newsletter. Would you want to subscribe? This is a periodic communication that informs our subscribers when new books are published and on sale, gives updates on how we are doing with sales, where dollars are going, and with any news on how specifically the Basketful Relief Project is impacting famine relief to those in critical need in Yemen. We promise not to inundate your inbox! Thanks for subscribing!

Basketful Relief Project Newsletter, October, 2019

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So How Are We Doing So Far?

It has been a few weeks since Spike Productions launched the Basketful Relief Project and we have begun to sell books. We aim to be completely transparent so you know where your hard-earned dollars are going should you purchase a book to help support emergency famine relief to millions of infants and children in Yemen. Here is our first financial update.

So how are we doing to date? (Updates to this graph every few weeks)

The Little Book of Why Financial Chart-2019
After a few weeks since we launched the Basketful Relief Project we have sold enough of the Little Book of Why books to be 11.8% of the publishing break-even cost.

Get to Bed Financial Chart-2019
After a few weeks since we launched the Basketful Relief Project we have sold enough of the Get to Bed! books to be 11.9% of the publishing break-even cost.

Once we break even, two wonderful things happen!

  1. From that point on, 85% of profit proceeds will be donated to the Spike Productions Save The Children Yemen famine relief fundraising page continually, as long as the books sell.
  2. Spike Productions will start the publishing of another beautiful children’s story to add to the Basketful Relief Project selection!

Even before we have met the break-even cost of production, Spike Productions has raised $25 for famine relief on our fundraising page. How can this be? Anyone who buys a book, pays extra than the cost of the book and allows us to keep the change, 100% of this gift is donated to our fundraising page.

This is fun! The stories are beautiful. Send us your email and you will receive a private link to watch/download the video versions narrated by professional story-teller Rachel Ann Harding. Enjoy endless hours of reading-time with your children while at the same time help support infants and children in Yemen who sincerely need our help.

Together, we can make this happen. Thank you.

How about purchase one or both books today, right now!

Get to Bed! – BookBaby: $23.27.  The Little Book of Why – BookBaby $21.68.

                           

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Get to Bed! Trailer

Buy now on BookBaby: $23.27. In pre-order on Amazon, with books available October 9!

     

With the purchase of this fun children’s story, we will send you a private link to view and download the entire video of Get to Bed! as a free bonus! Narrated by Rachel Ann Harding, this is a must have in your collection of Basketful Relief Project stories!

On beautiful evenings it’s always a challenge to get the Bouncing Baby Farm to bed!

The Author
CatCrestviewCatherine Russell is a videographer who lives in Lyons, CO on a hobby farm with her husband, Ed and several fun farm animals, including two burros named Nikki and Norman. Not only does Catherine enjoy walking with goats in the hills around her home, she desires to help fight world hunger and has founded The Basketful Relief Project, working with collaborators of all talents to publish beautiful children’s books (print and video), with percent profit proceeds going to emergency famine relief organizations.

The Illustrator
MorganQuistSMMorgan Grace Quist is a nurse and artist who lives in the mountains of Colorado. She grew up adventuring in the outdoors: kayaking down rivers, pitching tents in the woods, climbing tall mountains, and catching lizards on the trails. The beauty of the natural world heavily influences her artistic pieces, and you’ll often find her lost in the Colorado landscape with a paintbrush in hand.

GTBCoverSM

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The Little Book of Why Trailer

Buy now on BookBaby $21.68. In pre-order on Amazon with books available Oct 9!

   

With the purchase of this fun children’s story, we will send you a private link to view and download the entire video of The Little Book of Why as a free bonus! Narrated by Rachel Ann Harding, this is a must have in your collection of Basketful Relief Project stories!

Father Ben and his daughter, Belle, love walking through the woods on crisp winter days. But this day presented Father Ben with plenty of challenges with Belle’s many questions of, “Why!”

The Author
CatCrestview
Catherine Russell is a videographer who lives in Lyons, CO on a hobby farm with her husband, Ed and several fun farm animals, including two burros named Nikki and Norman. Not only does Catherine enjoy walking with goats in the hills around her home, she desires to help fight world hunger and has founded The Basketful Relief Project, working with collaborators of all talents to publish beautiful children’s books (print and video), with percent profit proceeds going to emergency famine relief organizations.

The Illustrator
MorganQuistSMMorgan Grace Quist is a nurse and artist who lives in the mountains of Colorado. She grew up adventuring in the outdoors: kayaking down rivers, pitching tents in the woods, climbing tall mountains, and catching lizards on the trails. The beauty of the natural world heavily influences her artistic pieces, and you’ll often find her lost in the Colorado landscape with a paintbrush in hand.

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Two Basketful Relief Children’s Books on sale, Now!

Spike Productions is excited to announce the launching of its Basketful Relief Project (BRP). We are collaborating with artists of all talents to write, illustrate, compose and story-tell to publish beautiful children stories for all ages in hardcover and e-book format, as well as full-production video. The goal? To help fund crisis famine relief around the world. How? Eighty-Five percent of profit proceeds from book/video sales through the BRP will go to organizations directly dealing with emergency famine relief. Read more about the BRP here.

Our first focus is emergency famine relief for infants and children in Yemen. Spike Productions has a fundraiser page with Save the Children, specifically for Yemen. Once we have covered the cost of production, Spike Productions will start donating 85% of profit proceeds to this fundraiser page!

We have our first two children’s books published and ready for purchase: The Little Book of Why and Get to Bed! How about buying one of these beautifully-illustrated humorous stories and support this great cause at the same time? Better yet, buy one of each and share this blog with all of your friends so they can do the same! Together we can make a difference to fight hunger to millions of infants and children. At Spike Productions, we think we have made it fun, engaging, creative and easy to support.

A little about our first two children’s books:

The Author
CatCrestview
Catherine Russell is a videographer who lives in Lyons, CO on a hobby farm with her husband, Ed and several fun farm animals, including two burros named Nikki and Norman. Not only does Catherine enjoy walking with goats in the hills around her home, she desires to help fight world hunger and has founded The Basketful Relief Project, working with collaborators of all talents to publish beautiful children’s books (print and video), with percent profit proceeds going to emergency famine relief organizations. 

MorganQuistSMMorgan Grace Quist is a nurse and artist who lives in the mountains of Colorado. She grew up adventuring in the outdoors: kayaking down rivers, pitching tents in the woods, climbing tall mountains, and catching lizards on the trails. The beauty of the natural world heavily influences her artistic pieces, and you’ll often find her lost in the Colorado landscape with a paintbrush in hand. 

The Little Book of Why

Father Ben and his daughter, Belle, love walking through the woods on crisp winter days. But this day presented Father Ben with plenty of challenges with Belle’s many questions of, “Why!”

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Buy now on BookBaby $21.68. Coming Soon to Amazon!


Get to Bed!

On beautiful evenings it’s always a challenge to get the Bouncing Baby Farm to bed! A humorous poem your kids will want to hear read to them every night before bed.

GTBCoverSM

Buy now on BookBaby: $23.27. Coming soon to Amazon!

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Rearrangements: High Water – Reflections on Lyons 2013 Flood, Art Exhibit in Lyons

The town of Lyons is bouncing back from Colorado’s epic flood 6 years ago and looks like a vibrant, engaged community. But The flood still remains in people’s hearts and minds. Similar to 911, there is a little spot in our psyche that relates our lives, before and after the event.

Cathy Rivers, a Lyons resident and artist, is still processing the town’s collective experience in an up and coming art exhibit here in town.

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Knowing Cathy’s exceptional artistic creativity and talent, this might be a great visit to see what she’s been up to in this exhibit should you be in the area.

Here’s an article in Lyons’ Redstone Review about the upcoming show. (Page 8)

https://issuu.com/sdcmc/docs/redstone_augsept_2019

Come on over and check it out, share your story too and marvel in how much healing can be found in shared experience, creative expression and the good old fashioned passing of time and moving forward.

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UWOL 51 Guest Entry: Cille Et Let Ouiseaux

The June, 2019 Under Water Over Land (UWOL) 51 Challenge had the theme: Man vs Nature. Spike Productions worked collaboratively with flutist Cille Lutsch in a very last minute guest entry entitled Cille Et Les Oiseaux, a play on the musical title Pan Et Les Oiseaux by Jules Mouquet, which Cille played excerpts from in this creative short.

Guest entry basically means that one has missed the sign up deadline and is not an official entrant in the challenge. We only had a few days to try an idea for the theme. Other UWOL filmmakers were kind enough to offer footage of singing birds to help us enter before the looming deadline. Shared footage is not permissible in an official UWOL entry, but this wasn’t so why not collaborate with friends!

This entry also tested filming with black screen and trying out different filters in the post processing to be able to transpose Cille perfectly into scenes.

It was a lot of fun to do and a great success. View this on the UWOL forum on Vimeo by clicking on the photo below.


Cille Et Les Oiseaux – UWOL 51

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