Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Hot, Hot, Hot

You all have heard the expression "a little birdy told me"---well, that is the theme I've been working on the last couple weeks.

I was contacted by a book publisher who wanted me to submit a couple of designs for a book on potholders and I was brainstorming to come up with some ideas and that phrase came into my head---yeah, a little bird told me! Here are a couple of the finished results.

I made up three different potholders, all different from the next, and submitted them and, of course, they wanted one design but done up in the colors of the other one with some adjustments made! LOL So, back to the drawing board! I did finish up the revised one yesterday
and now today I have to write up the instructions. Let me tell you, writing instructions is not as easy as you might think. I
have a tendency to be a little too explanatory, and end up writing a novel instead of some simple instructions, lol.

I used to submit designs to magazines and books quite a bit in the past--and have been published quite a few times (I guess around 20), so it's not like I don't know how--it's just that it is a process for me. I write one and then whittle it down. Then I re-read it and do some more whittling, etc, etc, etc! It is so nice now that you can do it on the computer. When I was doing it in the past, it was done on my handy portable typewriter! Man, was that an all-day process! So, wish me luck that I can get them done in a comprehensive manner and that the publisher will like both my revised potholder and the instructions enough to put me in their book!
Oh, and now I have a couple new items to put in my Etsy shop--so far I've listed the little skywriter one in blue and purple.

Have a great day-- and Smile!


Joni said...

Congratulations! How exciting!! I am so proud of you girl!

LeeAnn said...

They both look super cute!

Jenn Maruska said...

Verrry cute! : )

She'sSewPretty said...

Congratulations. You'll have to let us know when the book comes out. the pot holders are all cute too!

Dinah said...

Cute cute potholders!

suchprettycolors said...

wow, great job, congrats!

Illustratorsam said...

MANY wishes of luck on the book!


Jenni-Raie said...

wow congrats on being asked to be part of a book! i want to submit my pillowcase apron tutorial to a book... have NO Idea where to start though!

you say they approached you?

Amy said...

Hi there, new friend!! I just found your blog today. Thanks for leaving a message on my blog at Abundant Curiosities! Have you only recently found me? I am adding you to my favorites list on my blog. I love your sewing projects.
I found that we both have the following things in cable tv (by choice), lots of videos ( I buy mine at a resale shop and only pay $1 ea because no one else is old fashion enough to still buy video ), coupons at the store and striving for that record savings receipt!!! I find that being a stay at home Mom makes you creatively thrifty.
Don't be a stranger; stop by often.
Your new friend in Ohio, Amy

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Thanks everyone for all your kindness and encouragement--yup, I'm feeling the love!! ((99hugs))

Smiles, Karen

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Oh my gosh those are soooo sweet! They will fly right out of your shop (which is where I am headed)!

norththreads said...

That is soooooo exciting!! I did the same but never got picked this round! Are you doing any proposals for the patchwork or apron one??

iSew said...

Wow, I doubt I'll ever be published. I didn't know you could submit patterns, maybe I should give it a try. hmmmm, what would I submit?


Your potholders will be DARLING in the book. Congrats!!

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