Closer

Around this time last year, I was signing a contract for the book now known as Modern Style for Girls. It simultaneously feels like yesterday and forever.

Writing craft books is not for the impatient. The process — and it’s definitely a process — takes around 18 months. There are times when it’s the only thing you’re doing and it just consumes every waking minute of your day. And then there are times when you sort of forget that you’ve written a book because you’re not actively working on it and it’s not time to start digging into the promotion of it.

final pages

Less than two weeks ago, I spent eight days reading, reviewing and marking up the final proof of Modern Style for Girls. It’s the first time I was able to see the book laid out and designed, and the last time I’ll see it before it’s printed and bound.

It’s such a different experience, seeing my words and photographs pulled together in book form for the first time. I’m so fortunate that my daughter and her friends happily modeled for me. It makes me smile to see them wearing what I designed and made, and know that other people will soon be able to make the same garments.

Revelations

I’ve started this post in my head so many times in the past year but nothing ever sounded right. Too flippant, too dramatic, too not me. And now that I finally can write it, share it, shout it from the rooftops, I find that a picture is truly worth 1,000 words — or maybe closer to 23,000 words:

Coming November 2010 from Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing.

It has been so hard not to talk about this. Writing a book has been a dream of mine since childhood; seeing that dream come to life over the past year is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. And I can’t wait to share it with all of you in just a few, short months.

Thank you for tolerating my sporadic blogging, my absence from your blogs and the sometimes annoying hints about The Project. I hope you’ll think it was worth it all.