Posted on: April 7th, 2014
Posted on: April 4th, 2014
The best way I can describe this year so far is that it has been a bag of MnMs. I’ve has the blues, the reds, the greens, the yellows and all the other colors in that candy package. Analogy? I’ve had highs, but I’ve also had lows. Life will always be a roller coaster, but I feel like the ride is especially wild this year.
Completing my book was great moment and overall, I am very proud of the quality of my sewing projects and blog content in the past couple of months. I’m getting deeper into projects and learning something from each rather than finishing to complete a blog post. But losing a sewing friend was low and it’s still hard for me to go into the pattern room and see her desk. Then, last week, I was hit with this news – Mishka, the woman who taught me how to sew, is in the hospital.
Mishka is a wild woman, and it takes a unique person to get along with her. She’s crude, she’s crass, she says what she wants, she does what she wants and doesn’t give a rat’s ass what you think. In her interview, I asked her about her parents, and her response was, “My dad was an asshole and my mother was an angel.” Who says that?! Over 80-years-old, she rides her bike to work at 5 am and doesn’t leave until 6 pm or later. She runs her shop by herself, handling the books, advertising and alterations single handedly. She doesn’t have a car, a cell phone or a computer; her highest form of technology is her bicycle, which she rides around town with her dog in the tow. I’ve seen many people come in and out of her shop, all leaving because she is such a character, but she and I? Somehow, through the grace of God and Elvis, we got along.
People come into your life for a reason, and I believe Mishka entered mine to be a mentor, a role model and a stepmom… a sewing stepmom. This coupled with the other events this year are causing my tectonics plates to shift, and more than ever, I want to carry on what Patricia, Mishka and my mom passed on to me.
Whatever religion you are, please pray for Mishka.
Posted on: April 2nd, 2014
Remember the book I told you I was writing? You know, the one that compiles the Portrait of a Seamstress interviews with patternmaking tutorials and inspirational and comical commentary on the sewing world. A few months after I revealed the project, I wanted to give you an update so that you knew it was still in the works and hasn’t been thrown away. So, what’s the status? It’s finished! All one hundred plus pages are now written, photographed and drawn. It was an amazing feeling to put the finishing touches on it, and it is fun to look at where it started and where it ended. It definitely evolved into something I never imagined.
The next step is publishing and I’m teetering back and forth between self publishing and going through a publisher (sorry for the redundancy; I hate using the same word in one sentence). Self publishing used to connote that a book wasn’t good or worthy enough to be picked up by a major book house, but that’s not the case today and in many instances, the payoff is greater. Amy sent me great article that proves this. Thanks Amy! But the mission of my book is to inspire both sewer and non sewer and to spread the world about our community to a wide audience, and to reach that amount of people, I need the help of someone else. Although I like to think of myself as superwoman, large bust and all, I have only do so much. I’ve have contacted a couple literary agents and have sent proposals to several publishers, but no decisions have been made. I’ve slowly started to realize that writing a book is easy, finding a publisher is the hard part. One thing I learned from Tilly’s story is that publishing takes time.
So that’s where I am. What are your thoughts on self publishing versus publishing with a major book house? Does anyone have any recommendations for publishers or agents?