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A Brief Literary Hiatus

Posted: July 16, 2013 in Crafting, Uncategorized

Those of you who know me personally will vouch for the fact that I am rarely idle.  I always seem to have something on the go.  My writing manages to take up a large portion of my spare time (admittedly something in short supply anyway with three young children). But every so often I give this a break and turn my attention to other pursuits.

About three weeks ago I placed my manuscript into the hands of a trusted colleague for beta-reading.  For a short moment I threw my hands up in the air wondering what on earth I would do with all my evenings free.  Then I started making stuff . . . and then I made some more stuff . . . and then I couldn’t stop.  Then, when I ran out of supplies I headed out to Spotlight and purchased some more.  You can see the fruits of my labours littering this post.

I made this for my sister.  She is due to have her third baby this week.  Yes, it's a girl (at least we hope it is)

I made this for my sister. She is due to have her third baby this week. Yes, it’s a girl (at least we hope it is)

I made this for my daughter Rose.  I bought the fabric an aeon ago and woke up inspired to turn it into a dress.

I made this for my daughter Rose. I bought the fabric an aeon ago and woke up inspired to turn it into a dress.

Communion Banner for Ellen. I never want to sew on another sequin again!

Yesterday I received a call from my beta.  The manuscript is ready for me to collect.  Part of me did a back-flip.  I can’t wait to start to make the changes and get ever closer to my goal of submitting the manuscript to publishers.  A small part of me drew in a massive sigh.  I am somewhat sad to be  closing the door to the fabric cupboard again.   As I do this I hear my beloved Grampsie whispering in my ear, “You’re book will get better as it improves my dear.”‘

“Yes Grampsie, but my manuscript won’t improve unless I hop to it and start to make that happen!”

Enough said . . . or is it stitched, appliqued and beaded?  I’m off to write . . . or will when I finish these last few dresses.

 

I also made this for Rosie from the same fabric stash.  I had intended to turn it into a dress but it does make a nice dress doesn't it?

I also made this for Rosie from the same fabric stash. I had intended to turn it into a bag but it does make a nice dress doesn’t it?

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