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One Orphan Lamb's true journey from recovery to a celebration with friends. A beautiful photo illustrated children's book for all ages.
One Orphan Lamb's true journey from recovery to a celebration with friends. A beautiful photo illustrated children's book for all ages.
One Orphan Lamb's true journey from recovery to a celebration with friends. A beautiful photo illustrated children's book for all ages.
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Sweet Pea is an orphan lamb growing up on our small farm in rural Vermont. This is one of her many stories that occurs here daily surrounded by her farmyard friends. The story unfolds one cold winter night when Sweet Pea became very ill. Under the watchful care of Farmer John, Laddie the Sheepdog, and Alison the mobile Vet she slowly recovers. Her recovery was cheered on day after day by her fans online. When she is feeling better her closest friends join her in the greenhouse for a "SheepOver" celebration like you've never seen before. Her story goes far past the pages of this future book as you can see her life from the very beginning, enjoy her present in daily posts and look forward to her future adventures on her own Facebook page Sweet Pea & Friends.  She is a joyful, humble, inquisitive and comical being that has struck a chord with my online community of friends and beyond. In the words of one of her many fans “Sweet Pea brings a calming, authentic joy to my life that makes me laugh, cry and gives me hope that all is well in the world all at once.” and "Everyone needs a little Sweet Pea in their lives!" 

As an Artist, photographer, storyteller and farmer, being able to bring all of these elements together on the pages of this children’s book with the encouragement and collaboration of my family, friends and online community is unfolding as one of the greatest joys of my life, a true passion project. With your help this will be the first of many.

Look around below, I’ve included a few drafts from the book as they're developing, Rewards for your support and FAQ’s. As a supporter you will get daily updates but can also see the greater story by following me on Facebook at John Churchman and on Sweet Pea & Friends.

I welcome your questions and comments and want to thank you in advance for your support! ~ John Churchman (aka Farmer John) 

Below are unedited drafts from my studio storyboard. My intention is to create a magical, artistic heirloom quality children's book for all ages. Specs: full-color, 32 page, 11"h x10"w hardcover book including dust jacket.  Editions offered will be unsigned, signed, personalized & signed and a special Keepsake Edition. The first 500 will be a Limited Edition hand numbered 1-500 as a Collectors Edition Early Supporter Reward.

 FIRST 500.....EARLY SUPPORTER REWARD ($30 Level and above)

COLLECTORS UPGRADE: As my thank you to the FIRST 500 early supporters who pledge at the $30 level and above, your book(s) will be upgraded to a HAND NUMBERED EDITION, from 1-500. There will only be 500 Hand Numbered (Regular or Keepsake Editions) total, so if you want this COLLECTORS UPGRADE be sure to pledge early!

You will receive an Exclusive 1st Edition Sweet Pea & Friends~ The SheepOver book. This is a high quality hard cover book in full color with dust jacket. PLUS: 12 Inspirational Screensavers featuring Sweet Pea & Friends.

ARTIST SIGNED 1st Edition Book & Sweet Pea Inspirational Screensavers

You will receive an Exclusive 1st Edition Artist Signed Sweet Pea & Friends~ The SheepOver book. All books are a full color, hard cover book with a dust jacket.  PLUS: 12 inspirational screen savers featuring Sweet Pea & Friends.

SWEET PEA & FRIENDS GREETING CARDS & an Artist Signed 1st Edition Book 
You will receive an Exclusive 1st Edition Artist Signed Sweet Pea & Friends~ The SheepOver book. All books are a full color, hard cover book with a dust jacket.PLUS: A 5PK of Artist designed Sweet Pea & Friends blank greeting cards.PLUS: 12 Inspirational Screensavers featuring Sweet Pea & Friends.

EXCLUSIVE KEEPSAKE EDITION BOOK In this KEEPSAKE EDITION BOOK, an AUTHENTIC Sweet Pea lambs wool keepsake is tucked into an attached envelope bearing an embossed seal of authenticity. This book is also Artist SIGNED & PERSONALIZED with a note.

TWO BOOK SET: Artist Signed 1st Edition BookYou will receive TWO Exclusive 1st Edition Artist Signed Sweet Pea & Friends~ The SheepOver book.PLUS: TWO 5-packs of Artist designedSweet Pea & Friends greeting cards. PLUS: TWO 12 Inspirational Screensavers featuring Sweet Pea & Friends. 

TWO BOOK SET: PERSONALIZED with a note from the Artist. You will receive TWO Exclusive 1st Edition Personalized & Artist Signed Sweet Pea & Friends~ The SheepOver book.PLUS: TWO 5 packs of Artist designed Sweet Pea & Friends greeting cards. PLUS: TWO 12 Inspirational Screensavers featuring Sweet Pea & Friends. 

 TWO BOOK SET: KEEPSAKE EDITION You will receive TWO exclusive Keepsake Edition 1st Edition Artist Signed & Personalized with a sentiment Sweet Pea & Friends~ The SheepOver book. All books are a full color, hard cover book with a dust jacket. PLUS: TWO 5-pack of Artist designed Sweet Pea & Friends greeting cards. PLUS: 12 Inspirational Screensavers featuring Sweet Pea & Friends.

 EARLY SUPPORTER REWARD

ARTISAN WOOL SWEET PEA FIGURE, plus Keepsake Edition Book and 5-pack Sweet Pea & Friends Greeting Cards. To go with the SIGNED and PERSONALIZED KEEPSAKE EDITION Book we will include a one-of-a-kind handcrafted 6" felted wool lamb figure containing some of Sweet Pea's lambs wool w/ CERTIFICATE of authenticity signed by craftsperson. PLUS: A 5PK of Artist designed Sweet Pea & Friends blank greeting cards. PLUS: 12 Inspirational Screensavers featuring Sweet Pea & Friends.

GIFT GIVER: [FIVE] 1st Edition Books with Sweet Pea & Friends Greeting Cards,You will receive FIVE 1st Edition Sweet Pea & Friends~ The SheepOver book. One of the five books may be personalized and artist signed. The other four are unsigned.PLUS: FIVE 5-packs of Artist designed Sweet Pea & Friends greeting cards. PLUS: FIVE 12 Inspirational Screensavers featuring Sweet Pea & Friends. 

GIFT GIVER: [FIVE] 1st Edition, Personalized and Signed Books with Sweet Pea & Friends Greeting Cards You will receive FIVE 1st Edition personalized and Artist/Author Signed Sweet Pea & Friends~ The SheepOver book. You may personalize all 5 with a different name. PLUS: FIVE 5-packs of Artist designed Sweet Pea & Friends greeting cards. PLUS: FIVE 12 Inspirational Screensavers featuring Sweet Pea & Friends. 

 EARLY SUPPORTER REWARD

GIFT GIVER: [TWO] Keepsake Edition Books, Signed & Personalized and TWO Limited Artisan Wool Sweet Pea Figures.To go with the SIGNED and PERSONALIZED Keepsake Edition Book reward we will include a one-of-a-kind handcrafted 6" felted wool lamb figure containing some of Sweet Pea's wool w/ certificate of authenticity signed by craftsperson.  PLUS: TWO 12 Inspirational Screensavers featuring Sweet Pea & Friends. 

CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF SWEET PEA REWARD 

LIMITED EDITION FINE ART PRINT, Sweet Pea Wool Figurine and Keepsake 1st Edition Book.You will receive an archival, matted 16x20 Limited Edition Fine Art Print signed by John Churchman. You may chose from the Artist Selects collection. A Limited Edition one of a kind Sweet Pea 6" Figurine and Keepsake Edition Book, personalized and signed by the Artist/Author.PLUS: 12 Inspirational Screensavers featuring Sweet Pea & Friends.

 GIVE GIVER: [FIVE] Keepsake Edition Books (signed and personalized) with Sweet Pea & Friends Greeting Cards. You will receive FIVE 1st Keepsake Edition Personalized & Artist Signed Sweet Pea & Friends~ The SheepOver book. You may personalize all 5 with a different name in each. PLUS: FIVE 5-packs of Artist designed Sweet Pea & Friends greeting cards. PLUS: FIVE 12 Inspirational Screensavers featuring Sweet Pea & Friends.

 EARLY SUPPORTER REWARD

MEET SWEET PEA & FRIENDS IN PERSON! PRIVATE FARM TOUR & LUNCH [For TWO] While on a PRIVATE FARM TOUR you and a friend will be able to meet Sweet Pea (& Friends) and have your PICTURES taken by the Artist~John Churchman. You'll enjoy a CULINARY FARMHOUSE LUNCH for TWO with the artist in his TREEHOUSE STUDIO, You both will take home a FINE ART PRINT of your photo with Sweet Pea and a personalized, signed KEEPSAKE EDITION BOOK plus ARTISAN SWEET PEA FIGURE, Screensavers and GOODY BAG including 5-pack Greeting Cards. You may add  up to 1 more guests to your party before final checkout for $200 pp.

 EARLY SUPPORTER REWARD

MEET SWEET PEA & FRIENDS IN PERSON! PRIVATE FARM TOUR & LUNCH {For FOUR]  While on a PRIVATE FARM TOUR you and THREE guests will be able to meet Sweet Pea (& Friends) and have your PICTURES taken by the Artist~John Churchman. You'll enjoy a CULINARY FARMHOUSE LUNCH for FOUR with the artist in his TREEHOUSE STUDIO. You all will take home a FINE ART PRINT of your photo with Sweet Pea and a personalized, signed KEEPSAKE EDITION BOOK plus ARTISAN SWEET PEA FIGURE,Screensavers and GOODY BAG including GREETING CARDS and MORE. You may add up to 2 more guests to your party before final checkout for $175 pp.

Risks and challenges

Any creative project has inherent risks and setbacks, but Sweet Pea & Friends~The SheepOver as a quality children's book is a straightforward project, and we are seasoned professionals. The two things that could keep from delivering a book like this are creative problems and logistical problems. We have both those issues covered.

1. Creative issues. The story and art are well underway. The major content questions are settled, printers have been sourced and we’re in contact with professionals for editing and constructive feedback along the way. All that remains is completion of art and story, editing, putting the book together and printing.
2. Logistical issues. Together with my wife and business partner Jennifer, we have over 54 years of combined experience in creating and implementing hundreds of creative projects for our commercial clients at Brickhouse Studios Inc, many much larger and more complex than this book project. We have outlined the project so that it’s fully manageable with no major unknowns. There are always surprises, but we’ve built flex-time into our schedule so that we don’t promise more than we can deliver.

We’re professionals so we will stick with it even if the going gets rough. All-in-all, we are very confident that we can get the book printed and into the hands of our supporters in a timely manner, and at a quality level that we ourselves would expect for a beautiful, professional children’s book.
Thank you for your support!
John Churchman

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    To go with the SIGNED and PERSONALIZED KEEPSAKE EDITION Book we will include a one-of-a-kind handcrafted 6" felted wool lamb figure containing some of Sweet Pea's lambs wool w/ CERTIFICATE of authenticity signed by craftsperson.

    PLUS: A 5PK of Artist designed Sweet Pea & Friends blank greeting cards.
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    To go with the SIGNED and PERSONALIZED KEEPSAKE EDITION Book we will include a one-of-a-kind handcrafted 6" felted wool lamb figure containing some of Sweet Pea's lambs wool w/ CERTIFICATE of authenticity signed by craftsperson.

    PLUS: A 5PK of Artist designed Sweet Pea & Friends blank greeting cards.
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    PLUS: FIVE 5-packs of Artist designed Sweet Pea & Friends blank greeting cards.
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    To go with the SIGNED and PERSONALIZED Keepsake Edition Book reward we will include a one-of-a-kind handcrafted 6" felted wool lamb figure containing some of Sweet Pea's wool w/ certificate of authenticity signed by craftsperson.

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    LIMITED EDITION FINE ART PRINT, Sweet Pea Wool Figurine and Keepsake 1st Edition Book.

    You will receive an archival,matted 16x20 Limited Edition Fine Art Print signed by John Churchman. You may chose from the Artist Selects collection. A Limited Edition one of a kind Sweet Pea 6" Figurine and Keepsake Edition Book, personalized and signed by the Artist/Author.

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    GIFT GIVER: [FIVE] Keepsake Edition Books (signed and personalized) with Sweet Pea & Friends Greeting Cards

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    PLUS: FIVE 5-packs of Artist designed Sweet Pea & Friends blank greeting cards.
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    MEET SWEET PEA & FRIENDS IN PERSON! PRIVATE FARM TOUR & LUNCH [For TWO]

    While on a PRIVATE FARM TOUR you and a friend will be able to meet Sweet Pea (& Friends) and have your PICTURES taken by the Artist~John Churchman. You'll enjoy a CULINARY FARMHOUSE LUNCH for TWO with the artist in his TREEHOUSE STUDIO, You both will take home a FINE ART PRINT of your photo with Sweet Pea and a personalized, signed KEEPSAKE EDITION BOOK plus ARTISAN SWEET PEA FIGURE and GOODY BAG including 5pk Greeting Cards. You may add up to 1 more guests to your party before final checkout for $200 pp.

    You will also receive 12 Inspirational Screensavers featuring Sweet Pea & Friends.

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    MEET SWEET PEA & FRIENDS IN PERSON! PRIVATE FARM TOUR & LUNCH {For FOUR]

    While on a PRIVATE FARM TOUR you and THREE guests will be able to meet Sweet Pea (& Friends) and have your PICTURES taken by the Artist~John Churchman. You'll enjoy a CULINARY FARMHOUSE LUNCH for FOUR with the artist in his TREEHOUSE STUDIO. You all will take home a FINE ART PRINT of your photo with Sweet Pea and a personalized, signed KEEPSAKE EDITION BOOK plus ARTISAN SWEET PEA FIGURE and GOODY BAG including GREETING CARDS and MORE. You may add up to 2 more guests to your party before final checkout for $175 pp.

    You will also receive 12 Inspirational Screensavers featuring Sweet Pea & Friend.

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