Getting ready for the first sale on Wednesday

Today was exciting because the Spratly stickers and the pop-up poster arrived.

Wednesday is the first day for sales, I have no idea how it will go but I have received positive feedback from everyone so far (including the best critics – children!)

Tomorrow the picture books will be delivered in the afternoon.  I can’t wait to see Spratly as a proper book! FullSizeRender 2 IMG_1228


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Please visit my facebook page ‘Don’t worry Spratly’..       Book cover


My twitter account address is @helensampsonart where I share information on art in the classroom and  send news updates of Spratly.


Thank you

About me…

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A bit about me – I am a Primary teacher, I taught in rural Kent, England for six years and absolutely loved it before being torn away, turned into a trailing spouse and whisked off to Singapore with my husband and very young daughter.  Fourteen years later, we now have a gorgeous family of three girls (yes, they are sometimes loud and often squabble) and two dogs that are obsessed with my husband.

I have been lucky enough to continue working part time in an International School here in Singapore and over the years have made great friends who now live all around the world.  An expat lifestyle sounds grand but at this time of the year, it’s always the same and it’s hard to say goodbye.

I love to keep busy and often have many projects on the go, I have been a keen supporter of CandleAid Lanka a charity based in Sri Lanka and have supported their swimming project for the last 8 years.

Please do check out their website, they have really made a big difference to underprivileged children.

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Printing Day is here!

An early start and a visit to the printers.  I felt really nervous this morning, but it soon turned to awe- these machines are as big as a garage and it was simply amazing to watch the process.

I collected as many materials and took as many photographs as I could so that I could share the experience with both my own children and the classes at school.

After a couple of hours, it had ended.  It was really smelly  from solvent paint and very, very noisy. The whole process was just brilliant to watch from start to finish.

Now the sheets are being assembly and folded, the segments are being glued together along with the cover.  Next week I will be able to take delivery and the real hard work will start. So, how to sell 1.500 books?!

Welcome –

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Hi, welcome to my website.

Well, it’s a week of anticipation and anxiety too.

I’m excited because my project of three years is finally becoming a reality tomorrow but anxious because of self-doubt.  I didn’t do this to make money, but equally I don’t want to waste money as I travel down the self-publishing route.

It was whilst teaching full-time three years ago whilst I was looking for a book to support my class as they transitioned from the Infant to Junior school that a tiny idea started.  Our amazing school librarian, Ben and I searched and searched for a such a book, I even enquired with ‘The Guardian’ Newspaper Booklist section and we found that there were books on starting school but we couldn’t find anything about moving schools.

So, here was where my project began…

My aim here on this website is to catch up on my project journey so far and then share my experiences from now on, oh and of course promote my picture book!

I would love to hear any feedback and welcome both comments and questions.

Best wishes


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