I am very, very excited today to show you the cover of my next book, Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures. Handmade Home will be released on August 11th, but is available now for pre-order!
My ramblings on about this book are probably best left for later days - when we get a bit closer to the publication date. There is so much I want to say, and so much I want to show you about this book when the time is right. So I'll just say a little bit today.
Even though this is my second book, it doesn't negate the surrealness of this part of the process. Looking at that little book cover image above, I see a representation of a solid year and a half of my life. The research, the writing, the patterns, the projects, the photography - all of it stretched me in new and exciting ways on this book project. Sometimes that "stretching" was more graceful than at other times (and thank you, sweet Steve...for holding my hand through the other times). I learned so much as a seamstress, as a writer, and as a photographer while making this book. And I am so very excited - and nervous, naturally - to send this 'baby' of mine out into the world, with all of my dreams and hopes for it. Because it is my hope that this book will inspire. Inspire you to make something new from something old, to create something special either for or with the little ones in your life, and to 'make' your home a little bit handmade. All created with your precious time, your budget, and the earth's resources fresh in mind.
Like most book cover designs and photographs, I'm learning, this one had a long journey to becoming what it is now. I made many attempts at a different photograph - each with their own adventure and story (like the ones I tried to take with me in it while 9 months pregnant...trying to not look pregnant? That was interesting). In the end, the designers - who do what they do so very well - steered us all towards this photograph from within the pages of the book. It feels so very fitting, now that all is said and done, that this be the cover. On the day I took this photograph, I had just finished making the "dream" banner (out of a thrifted wool blanket and fabric scraps) over Adelaide's bed. As I hung it, she excitedly noticed the birds appliqued on each end and started naming all that she knew. I remember her snuggling that cat of hers tight (made by Hop Skip Jump), and drifting off to sleep - and to her own dreams - humming, 'chickadee-dee-dee-dee-dee'.
A fun, thrifty craft project. A sweet, simple moment with my little one. And my home made just a little bit cozier with the touch of something handmade. That's just exactly the kind of thing I hope will come from these copies of Handmade Home - wherever they may go.