February 3, 2011

I'm Back!

Hey Everyone!

It has been TOO LONG since I have last posted here. I have been a terrible blogger and I apologize! What a whirlwind December was with book writing and the holidays. I finished the second book manuscript and it feels so great to have that whisked away to my editor! The book is scheduled for release in late September, and I will keep you posted on that as it progresses. As I have mentioned before, it will be about bags and I am so excited about sharing it with all of you! I think you will love the designs. It is designed to be a companion to the first book, so all of you who are familiar with Sew Serendipity, the new book will follow the same type of format.

To be honest, I decided that after writing two books basically back to back in addition to my continued releases of new designs for markets, I seriously needed a break from designing and writing, so I took the month of January to recharge my batteries. It was a great decision! I feel so much like my old self again without the pressure of writing or deadlines that books bring to your life! I have spent days getting back in touch with my knitting, crocheting, and I even picked up some counted cross stitch that I haven't done in years. It has given me a lot of time to think about new designs for the spring.

I have even started baking bread! I bought a book called Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day a while back. It is a no-knead process of making bread and it is really easy. The bread is wonderful and it is nice to have fresh bread for dinner without much effort. If you like to bake, you should check out this book! It is available here on Amazon. The authors also have a nice blog here with great tips for making bread.

Don't worry, I haven't forgotten that I still owe you some information about bag making...I do plan on getting the first post up on that here in a few days, so hang in there! The thought of more writing about bags after finishing the manuscript was unbearable and I knew I would do a better job with that here if I was able to get some distance on it. I will write these in a question/answer format and add them to the sidebar for easy reference.

So, like the groundhog, I have come out of my cave and I am happy to say that I, too, did NOT see my shadow....looks like spring will be just around the corner, thank goodness! Most of us are covered under snow and ice....the warmth of the spring sun is going to be wonderful for all of us!

Take note of some changes to the Blog Favorites sidebar....I have done some updating with new ones to follow and read. There are so many talented people in the world! I hope some of these inspire you to seek out and feed your own creativity.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!