I have kept a secret from you lovely folks, and I'm sorry about that. I've been hinting at a large amount of work that was keeping me busy and big deadlines I was working towards during the second half of 2011. I spent the better part of each day in my studio, my days starting once the kids were delivered to school, and some days not finishing until they were sound asleep.
I wrote a book.
With homemade scribbly spreadsheets and sometimes impossible deadlines on the calendar, I worked together with Jane Armstrong and Xiaonan Wang of Armstrong/Pitts Studios and Our Little Book Company to create a book of projects and a body of work that I truly love. We have been scheming, styling, and photographing. This book is about the very heart of what I love to do and love to share with you here on the blog. Its about turning a house into a home. Its about filling that home with keepsakes and momentos that hold meaning to those that live there. About surrounding yourself with handmade things that tell your story. There's something for everyone, and it gets to the heart of what I love about my own handmade world. Its found, repurposed, salvaged, and redone.
I cannot spell out all the details of when and where this will be available for you to buy, but I will. Soon.
Actually I'll probably scream it.
The book has the working title of wise craft right now. I have no idea what the final title will be. In the meantime, here's a little video that was filmed late last year by Scott Pitts, also of Armstrong/Pitts Studios.
When I began this blog back in 2005, I was a stay-at-home mom with 2 small kids who liked to make things. Plain and simple. I thought that creating an online space seemed interesting, maybe could help me remember some of those moments that seemed to go by in a flash, and it could be a place where I could keep track of all the things I made. You out there, read and commented. As the years have progressed, wise craft has become so much more than just an online space. You are friends. This space is my happy, creative home. Your presence here has encouraged me to continue doing what I so dearly love... making, sewing, knitting, crocheting, creating a home for our family. There is much more to come, and I thank you for sharing this space with me.