Hello, Reality

Oh my gosh, I wrote a book. I wrote a book and people can buy it. Are buying it. And now sewing from it.

I think reality is finally setting in. Until now, my book has pretty much only been seen by my family at Stash Books/C&T Publishing, my actual family, a few friends and about 70 people who received a copy at Market. But now it’s out there. For just anyone. Everyone.

Oh. My. Gosh.

There are times I’ve wondered if I was crazy, even trying to write a book. Worried that no one would want to read it, or like it. Terrified someone would discover a mistake*.

Now, I hold this beautiful thing in my hands and think, “I made this.” No matter what happens from here on out, I have accomplished something I’ve dreamed of since I was 8 years old. And I’m so excited — and nervous — to see where things go next. I hope you’ll stay with me on this journey, because your support has buoyed me along this far.

And I hope you’re interested in a giveaway, because I’ve got one cooking up. A big one. Like, with an autographed copy of the book. Some fabric. Some other cool stuff. I think you’re going to like it.

* I’d love nothing more than to have an error-free book. No one is more apologetic — or embarrassed — than I. Please check the errata before cutting. And I’m sorry. 🙁

18 Replies to “Hello, Reality”

  1. Okay. I will wait to buy the book until the giveaway. Just on the slim chance I will win it among the hoards that will enter. I CAN’T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON IT!!!!!
    .-= Beth´s last blog ..November 15th =-.

  2. I am so excited too! I have sewn from it and now just need to photograph and blog about it. 🙂 YOU my dear friend are awesome and I’m so excited for you!

  3. You are too cute Mary!!
    I can’t wait to get my copy. It’s already on it’s way. (although a signed version would be awesome)
    Congrats again!

  4. I can’t wait to actually have time to sew something from the book, but I will post it on my blog as soon as I do. I am just in awe over all the work you put into this book.
    It is totally eye candy that ends up being full of substance. A great combo and super practical and exciting!
    .-= Sivje Parish´s last blog ..A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes =-.

  5. Mary – You are amazing in my eyes. Looking forward to having and using your book. Congrats, and here’s wishing you the best of everything in all that comes your way.

  6. I want to see this book so badly! I am addicted to sewing for my two pixies…haven’t had to buy them new clothing in years. Perhaps one of my friends’ will take the hint and get me some GC’s for books this holiday season.

  7. Congrats! I ordered your book last night on Borders.com (free shipping promo) and can’t wait to get it! Relish the moment- you deserve it!

  8. My husband got me the book for Christmas, and it is simply awesome!

    I’ve wanted to sew for years, but I’ve always been so intimidated. This book has been a dream come true–super cute patterns, very clear instructions, and great pictures! I’m super proud of the 8 outfits I’ve made, and can’t wait to start using more of my fabric stash!

    Thanks so much for such an awesome book, and for turning me on to a very rewarding new hobby!

  9. I am making a Flutter Sleeved Peasant Top right now. I have gotten down to put on the bottom ruffle. The pattern said to “cut 4” strips for the ruffle. In your directions, however, #13, you say to take “2” ruffle strips and sew right sides together. Do I need 4 or 2 strips for this bottom ruffle?

    Thank you,
    Amy Crum

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