Squirrel Picnic

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Announcing the Winner of the Instagram Giveaway

June 2016 Winner of Instagram Giveaway

Congratulations go out to @thequiltingdoberman!

You have won your very own copy of The Big Acorn Race. Please email squirrelpicnic(at)gmail(dot)com with your mailing address and I’ll pop your prize in the mail today.

In other news, did you know that you can now find The Big Acorn Race in Barnes & Noble (and wherever books are sold). I don’t know if that’s a big deal, but when I saw that the book had ventured beyond the realm of Amazon and out into the big wide world, it really gave me quite a thrill. It’s like watching it fly out of the nest. (Sorry, weird metaphor. How would I know what that’s like? I should’ve interviewed a bird before saying such a thing.)

We’re working hard on getting the book into yarn shops nationwide as well. I’ll keep you posted on where you can find these little squirrels and their adventure.

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The Big Acorn Race Instagram Giveaway

Big Acorn Race Giveaway for FB

Hodge and Podge and Eric want to give one lucky picnicker
a copy of their new crochet story and pattern book, The Big Acorn Race.

Three quick hops and you’ll be entered to win:

1) Hop on over to Instagram and follow @squirrelpicnic.

2) Repost this photo.

3) Tag it @squirrelpicnic #wannawinthebigacornrace

I’ll draw a random winner on June 2. I can’t wait to see who wins!


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The Big Acorn Race Launch Party

It was a cold and slushy day in April when several intrepid friends braved their way through treacherous conditions to come together and celebrate the launch of The Big Acorn Race: A Story with Crochet Patterns and Projects.

The Big Acorn Race Launch Party

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Congratulations to the Winners of The Big Acorn Race Giveaway!

Hodge and Podge and I are pleased to announce the winners of the first ever Big Acorn Race Giveaway! Thankfully the Gleam Giveaway app does all the work of picking random winners. (Podge was worried that she would have to do it, and she can’t take that kind of pressure.)

Giveaway Winners_Gleam IO

Congratulations, Amanda, Cindy, and Tabitha! If you are one of these lucky winners, please be sure to email squirrelpicnic(at)gmail(dot)com with your mailing address so we can send your prize to you right away.

Thank you to everyone who entered. We were really pleased to see so many participants. If you didn’t win, don’t dismay; we’ll be holding more giveaways in the future. So be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to get in on all the action.

Congratulations Winner with confetti


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The Big Acorn Race Giveaway Ends Thursday at Midnight!

Hodge and Podge and Eric are so pleased with your response to their Big Acorn Race Giveaway that they want me to pick 3 winners on Friday! That means 3 lucky picnickers will receive copies of Squirrel Picnic’s own The Big Acorn Race sent right to their mailbox. The contest ends at midnight MST on Thursday, so hop on over to our giveaway app at https://gleam.io/90Aw9/the-big-acorn-race-giveaway and enter right away. Then stop by the picnic on Friday to see who has won.

Big Acorn Race March Giveaway 2

Looking for more opportunities to get your hands on this book? The world-famous Twinkie Chan is offering The Big Acorn Race as part of her March Giveaway. Not only could you win the book, but a lot of super cute prizes as well.

Best of luck to everyone. I can’t wait to see who wins!


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The Big Acorn Race Giveaway!

Now’s your chance to win a copy of The Big Acorn Race: A Story with Crochet Patterns and Projects!
With just 3 easy hops you can enter to win.

  1. Follow this link to enter The Big Acorn Race Giveaway.
  2. Provide your name, email address (needed to contact you to redeem your prize), and birthday.
  3. Choose from 7 different ways to enter. Complete as many as you like for even more chances to win!
    Win a copy of The Big Acorn Race

Best of luck! I can’t wait to see who wins.


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Big Acorn Race Update: The Book Is Here!

Visit Amazon.com to get your copy of The Big Acorn Race by Jennifer Olivarez

The day has finally arrived! Can you even believe it? I’m still having to pinch myself every time I look at the press proof I received just two days ago. Hodge, Podge, Eric, and all the fatimals are very pleased with the results and I think you will be too.

Get your copy of The Big Acorn Race on Amazon (and other online retailers)!

In addition to Amazon.com in the US, The Big Acorn Race is also available on Amazon’s European websites including Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, and Amazon.es.

I embarked on this journey a little over a year ago, but I had the idea for the book in my back pocket for a few years before I was ready to commit to it. And for as long as I can remember I have wanted to publish a book. This is a dream come true!

I must say it was a lot of hard work to make this 76-page, full-color story and pattern book a reality. The whole thing is crochet, so for all of 2015 if I wasn’t photographing or writing (or working at my day job), I had a crochet hook in my hand. This book is also the result of the hard work of many other talented people. First and foremost, the talented artist and designer Sylvie Abecassis poured so much of her time and heart into these pages. I am forever indebted to her for everything she did to make this book a marvel of color and whimsy. Thanks to my brilliant pattern testers for trying out the patterns and providing thoughtful insights: Patricia Castillo, Vanja Grundmann, Sharon Pridmore, Tajana Rabar, Grace Watts, and Kate Zaynard. My dear friend Ranée Kahler helped me with photo editing and all around provided her wonderful support. Becky Milanski, Kate Zaynard, Ingrid Heffner, and Becky McKay proofread the book in its final stages and advised me on all things editorial. My husband Shelby put up with me, sacrificed holidays and travel, and encouraged me to keep going whenever I wanted to give up. Thanks also to every one of you who have walked beside me and offered your ideas and support. You’ll never know how much it has meant to me.

It has been a wonderful, exciting, fulfilling, stressful, exhausting, beautiful adventure. I’d do it all again… but after a nap. The only thing that’s left is for me to take a step back and send it off into the world. If you pick up a copy (thank you!), I’d love to hear what you think. Customer reviews on Amazon will help create a successful launch, so I encourage you to leave your feedback there. I hope you enjoy The Big Acorn Race.

Follow my journey from concept to publication in these blog posts:

Picnic Photo Shoot with Your Favorite Squirrel Friends

Interview with the Author

Nearing the Finish Line

Roadblocks and Speed Bumps

Podge’s Garden

See How Podge’s Flowers Grow!

Crocheting the Story

Time to Test the Patterns

New Beginnings

Tall ‘n’ Fast Flowers

We’ve Got a Cover!

Oak Leaves and Acorns

Getting My Squirrels in a Row

Backgrounds and Foregrounds

The Journey Begins