Monday, September 19, 2011

V and Co: the book...as in MY book



soooooo i am going to quilt market in houston this fall.
first time ever at fall market.
i have no need to be there except for really only one reason...
and well here it is. (oh i feel like i'm going to throw up)
i'm doing a school house for my first time ever book.
hold on let me sit down. catch my breath and talk myself through this...
okay.
i've been working in between being mom, writing a blog, writing patterns for my shop, and writing patterns for quilts and more magazine, on this one big project.
i had many nights writing , many days sewing, many MANY conversations with neighbors, friends, and family of  "do you like this...or this?"
and to all who were involved in that process, thank you (*tears in eyes* i kind of wish i was still there in the middle of nowhere so my neighbors and i could do the happy dance together. miss you guys...)

so a little about my book: 
make it sew modern: gather, twist, pleat, texture
patterns that will add some texture to your life.
you will find in my book:
-handbags
-quilts
-decorating accents
-pillows
-no-sew projects
-wearables
-little girls clothing
and other stuff... ;)

yeah it's got a little bit of everything you could say...well because that's what i do...a little bit of everything. :)

as my husband and i sat and stared at the screen reading my name on the proposed cover i turned to him and said "it feels like that process was a dream." last year had a lot of ups and downs so to throw a book in there was crazy but it actually all worked out pretty good in the end. our world turned upside down with the news of my husband's company closing just a few weeks after my final deadline of shipping all my projects to be photographed. of course other deadlines of words to be edited, and final touches to be made still loomed but that was as most people like to say "not the hard part". at that time i became best friends with my editor and i even joked about having her come over for thanksgiving dinner this next year. the offer is still there and that friendship bond is still there even though that part of the process is over. ;)
i am truly humbled at the hard work that goes into making a book come to life. it starts with ideas, and ends with a lot of people in a lot of different departments who believe in your abilities and keep cheering you on through the process, and for that i thank Martingale for taking this novice at...well, basically everything book related...and making her...uh a little less novice and naive of the process. you are an amazing company to work with thank you.

but really this book would NOT of happened one single bit...if i didn't have my husband to constantly talk me off the ledge of the "i can't do this, i've bitten more than i can chew" cliff. because lets just say this, even without a book involved he has to talk me off that ledge more often than not, and i'm grateful to have such a supportive, funny, and encouraging spouse. i really am lucky to of married my very own best friend. "for like ever" right?

okay so be gentle...what do you think?
you gonna go to houston too? you gonna come see me?

if you wanna pre-order a signed copy of my book click here.
and i thanks you ahead of time. :)

85 comments:

Emily said...

Congrats!! Looks like a great book!!

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Marrissa said...

Huge congratulations!!! It sounds like a brilliant book! When will you start planning your second? ;) Have a great time at the market!

Vicki said...

Congratulations, Vanessa! The book sounds like it will be amazing.

Hannah said...

Looks like a beautifull book! I can't wat t flip through the pages!

Christine said...

Congratulations, well done. It is a dream of mine to publish a book too. Maybe one day...
Would love to go to Houston again, I went last year and loved it.

Hope you sell lots and lots

Katy said...

awesome sauce, that looks like a super cool book, Miss V!!!! So that means I get to see your crazy face again this year? Twice in a year? I can't breathe! EEEK!

Baskets Of Quilts said...

Congrats! I'm so proud of you! What an accomPlishment!

Kerry said...

congratulations Vanessa. The book looks great. I can't wait to buy it.

Katie said...

Oooh, how exciting! Congratulations!

Kristy said...

Big Congratulations!!! That is awesome news. Wow!!

sonia said...

Congratulations! You work soooo hard. Hope everything goes well in Houston. Wish I was there!

Cindy said...

Wow! Congratulations! Martingale does such a beautiful job of bringing your beautiful work to life. Can't wait to get one!

Thimbleanna said...

WooHoo!!!! Congratulations Vanessa -- how very exciting!!! See ya in Houston!!!!!!

Wag Doll said...

Ohh congratulations on the launch of your book, the cover looks fab! x

Cecilia said...

Congratulations on your book! I can't wait to llook through it.

Larissa said...

Congrats friend! I know it will be ahmazing. I am so stinking excited for you. Wow, now you are super famous!!!

Here is to TONS and TONS of sales!!!

Kim Walus said...

Wow! That is super exciting News!!! Congrats!!! I can't wait to see it in January. What issue of Quilt's and More are you going to be in so I can keep an eye out for it.

Colette said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting!
I think you should be on the cover though! Who's this chick getting all the credit?

*katie said...

Congrats!! So, SO exciting!

Leila said...

Ahhhh!!!! Congratulations!!!! I sooo wish I was going to be there to see you and your book!

I have been thinking about writing some patterns the last few weeks and if I get stuck somewhere in the process, I might contact you for some advice - just be warned! :)

Anna said...

umm, YYEEEESSSSS!!!! that's all I can say, awesome awesome. so glad the world can finally know. :) so excited!!

Dana said...

This is FANTASTIC news! Congratulations on being a "published author"!

Kelly O. said...

okay--seriously sooo excited for this book! you done good, girl!

Laura said...

I am so thrilled for you!!!! Congratulations!

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Congratulations!! That is simply outstanding. Very happy for you. :)

Sherri said...

Congrats! so happy for you!!!! Yay!!!

Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

That is such a great accomplishment, Vanessa! Congratulations!!!

mascanlon said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see all the projects you've had up your sleeve. What a whirlwind year for all of you! And won't market be so much fun as a schoolhouse star!

bdaiss said...

Oh how wonderful! I won't make market, but so wish I could. Congratulations. What an awesome accomplishment, especially with everything you've been through this year!

paige said...

Congratulations on the book! Can't wait to see all the neat-o projects that I'm sure are inside. Although, I do think you should have been on the cover - you're so cute! :)

Brooke said...

Well look at you, girl!!!!!!

A very, very well deserved CONGRATS to you. I'm so happy when I see such talented, generous, sincere people take a leap and find success and reward. I hope the launch of this project will bring much joy.

I can't wait to see it!!

It's like having a baby, yes?

Thanks for sharing your big news with those of us who adore you!!

PS - Can I stoweaway with you to Houston? I've always wanted to go!! Pleeeeease?????

Jewel said...

Girl Iam gonna totally be in line for your book!

Bowdymom said...

Congratulations!

**nicke... said...

my hat is off to you! what a very wonderful accomplishment!

Vanessa said...

Congrats!! So excited for you! Can't wait to see it!

RuthinOnt said...

Congratulations!!! Wish I could get it here in Canada.Please Please Please!!!

Cathy said...

Congratulations!!! Wow what an amazing accomplishment! Can't wait to order it :)

dana said...

Congrats to you!!! The cover looks Awesome!

Tamie said...

The book looks great. Congratulations.

Jen said...

Congrats! What a huge accoplishment! You deserve it, girl :)

charlotte said...

Congratulations. This looks like a very good book to add to my collection.

Carol said...

Congratulations. This is very exciting news and I love the cover of your book. I hope you have fun at fall market.

Purple Quilter Queen said...

How freakin' awesome!!! Need it, want it - sure to love it!!! Congrats big girl! Jenn

ellen said...

J is for jealous. That's so so so cool. Hooray for you!

PearlsForMyGirls said...

So cool! CONGRATS!

Lana Lulu Handmade said...

Love your blog. Love your style. Love everything you create. Can't wait for your book to come out so I can druel over that as well. Congrats, Congrats, Congrats V!!!

Luke and Hailie Girl said...

I saw this on your facebook and was excited, I am going to preorder my copy now, you are do inspiring and I love your projects :) so happy for you..

Brassy Apple said...

oh my gosh! jumping for joy for yOU!!!!! that is amazing! congrats!!!

totally green with envy too!

squeal!!!! your book will do amazing!!! :)

xo

bethanndodd said...

Ok, I know I don't "really" know you but this post has brought tears to my eyes. Good tears, mind you. I can't really explain why but I feel SO proud of you (as if you were a close friend or family member!). Maybe it's because we are about the same age and we both have 3 sons (no little girl for me though!), maybe it's because you seem just like the type of gal I would "hang" with or maybe it's simply because you inspire me (and SO many others). Whatever the reason and for whatever it is worth...I am sincerely proud of you!!! Congrats to you!!! Can't wait to get your book! Smiles~Beth

SLO Rober said...

way to go! I'm excited for you!

Stephanie said...

Oh how excitng for you! I love your blog and I just moved to NJ from the Houston area and loved going to the Quilt Show at the George R Brown---It is wonderful and nothing else like it all under one roof-- I am jealous of you-- and do not want to repent of that!

Allison C said...

Congrats! Can't wait to see it!

Ang-e said...

Yay!!! I want to see it NOW! Of course I'll be at quilt market-it's right in my back yard - figuratively, not literally ;)

Donna S. said...

How exciting!! Looks awesome!!

SuzyMcQ said...

Congrats, V! Fantastic cover design...fresh, clean, great image, fun and a fantastic bag! Best of luck to you! Wish you would have asked us what we thought of your writing a book because the resounding answer would have been YES! (Realizing that you really couldn't!)

All the best....you deserve it....and, are crowned this week's champion multi-tasker!

Julie said...

So proud of you! Love you!

Laura @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

Congratulations, a million times over, that is so great! I'm very much looking forwards to lovingly placing your book on my coffee table some day. In like two years, when my ten month old isn't quite as much of a terror. But I won't wait until then to order it, I can hardly wait until it's published!

Beth@seasonsofhome said...

That's awesome. I love all of your stuff and can't wait to get the book.

mom2three said...

you are my hero, and when I grow up I want to be just like you congratulations!!!!

:)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

First...whoo hoo Congratulations Vanessa! Then....I think it is awesome that you wrote a book! And then, I can't wait to read/use it and heck yes, I'd love to come to Houston and meet you!! Way to go!

Nancy said...

Congrats Vanessa!! This is wonderful, I am so happy for you!!

Nancy

Leigh Anne said...

How exciting! I wanna copy for sure :)

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

Clap Clap Clap!! Congrats...what a long time coming!! Why are YOU not on the cover!!?

VickiT said...

Congratulations Vanessa! How exciting for you and your family too. What are you going to do with all your free time now that this is done? LOL I can't wait to see more about your book; it looks like a great book by all things it covers.

gmp said...

Your first book - how exciting! Congratulations! I can't wait to see what is inside!

Auntie Pami said...

Insert squeal here! Love it, can't wait. Your cover photo is so joyful. Congratulations!

Miss Nancy said...

Congratulations on the book!! Look forward to seeing it.

Have a super good sewing and stitching day.

LuLu said...

Vanessa that is just wonderful! I have no doubt that your blog is going to be a smash hit! Congratulations!

Tiff said...

I've been following your blog for a while now and have seen how hard you've worked. You deserve great things; congratulations to you!

Luke and Katie said...

you.are.a.rockstar! Good for you Vanessa! You deserve this!

Cheryl said...

V,
Congrats on the book! How very exciting.
I would love to go to quilt market to meet you. I only live four hours away. I have never been to quilt market before. I would probably go broke surrounded by so much beautiful fabric.

Vanesa said...

congratulations vanessa! I love the style of your blog projects and patterns, I can't wait to see the book!

Esch House Quilts said...

Congratulations, Vanessa! I love your style and I know your book will be a big hit!

sandra said...

How wonderful and congratulations for the book. I am sure it will be great and do well as I always love your projects. I am glad that this year has turned out so good for you and family as I know you have been through some difficult moments.
Blessings Sandra

MaryAnnB said...

Congratulations on your book!! And enjoy Houston! Wishing you much success!

Lindsay Conner said...

I love your tutorials--how exciting! Can't wait to see the book. :)

Karen said...

Congratulations! What an achievement amidst so much turmoil. Be proud! I love seeing all your tutorials. Looking forward to seeing our book.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your book!! I'm sure it will be wonderful. Have fun in Houston!
Valerie

Cat said...

Congratulations on the book. You are always so generous with posting tutorials and sharing your ideas, so good on you for making it into print!

I tried to buy a pre-ordered signed copy of your book but couldn't - any chance you will post to Australia?

Vanessa said...

I am thrilled for you on your new book. Wish you all the best in your new adventures with this new book.


Blessings,
Vanessa

Love your hair cut too.

kendascrafts said...

Congratulations! Looks like a great book!

Aimee said...

Congratulations! I am super happy for you and excited to see the book!

notes of sincerity said...

Congratulations Vanessa!
I am so happy for you!
hugs. Trish

V and Co. said...

thank you all!!!

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