Wednesday, January 30, 2008

What a dog can't blog. And love, too.

One book down

So I hear that you were graced by Leo's presence a few days ago and I think I should fill in the gaps that his command of the written English language may have left out. (He is quite impressive with those paws and a keyboard, though aye?) We had 3 birthdays last week which left me with a 16 yr old, a 10 yr old and a 4 yr old (and the 8 and 6 yr olds haven't gone anywhere its just that they didn't have birthdays - who would leave with so much birthday cake around?) Ahh. Birth dates and due dates. Oh yea, due dates! The book is done! I finished writing the book. I'm finally done with that blasted book. Hey I've been wanting to tell you I finished the book!! Oh, have I told you?? It's DONE!

What a feeling. Its like being on the other side of the biggest college term paper ever and I don't even have the desire to go out an binge drink or burn pencils or anything. I have just a few figure drawings to complete. As it turns out I could have just drawn the entire book for you. I think I turned in more drawings than I did instruction steps for the projects. I couldn't help myself. There is the weirdest satisfaction I get out of drawing just exactly what I mean. I can barely have a conversation with anyone, without pulling out a piece of paper to draw what I'm talking about. Alas, I know several figures will get cut from the final manuscript due to my publishers sticking to page count, etc. What is that? So what if we said 176 pages, couldn't we make it like around 881 pages? Anyway.

lovely.finds

I had the fortune of treating myself to a cold but bundled up morning at the flea market last weekend and, as I do almost every time, I purchased some more vintage buttons. I go absolutely mad when people organize their display by color. It's insane what it does for me. I have a disturbingly high admiration for any randomly gathered group of odds and ends that are thrown into color categories. So I bought the white. And the red. And I almost bought more, but it was getting just silly when I considered the amount I already have at home. But then. I thought of you.


And so I made this card for you. If you click on it it'll bring up a 8.5 x 11 jpeg that you can download, print and fold. Use it to write to someone that you love. You are like the red buttons in my day, all lovingly gathered together to cheer me on. You have no idea how much I appreciate every comment, the ones I have time to respond to, the ones that I only say something out loud to when I read them, and even the ones that tell me I look even vaguely like someone who is even vaguely cute.

have a lover-ly afternoon. xoxoAM

56 comments:

  1. Anna Maria, I can't wait for the book! I am so awe inspired by your creative beauty. Your buttons are so fun. Thanks for being so inspiring!

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  2. Anna,

    I am a mother of two toddlers and a small business, and I can't tell you how INSPIRING your posts are! Congrats on your book! that is SUCH an incredible accomplishement! I have been so inspired by your true-to-life, up-beat and creative posts on your life as a housekeeper, wife, mom and business owner. I just started my own business, and I just CRAVE a chance to sit down with you and have hot cocoa and chat about all the ins and outs of "doing it all". you are really an inspiration! Thanks so much! Check out my blog if you get a chance! And again, Congrats!!!

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  3. congratulations on finishing the book! that is fantastic! i hope the rest of the book process is a smooth one for you. :) and, i cannot wait to see all those drawings and read it when it comes out...

    now those buttons, those beautiful buttons...oh my...those buttons just make my day. wish i could visit your flea market and buy the pink ones that vendor must have had. all vintage buttons make me so very happy, but pink ones make me swoon. thanks for creating this wonderful card and sharing it with us!

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  4. I absolutely cannot wait for your book! Do let us know when it is available for pre-order.. I'll be the first to sign up!

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  5. WooHoo! I think I'll have to eat some chocolate in your honor (OK OK I was going to eat it anyway, but c'mon)! I can't wait! Have a good one and Happy Birthday Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to the kiddos!

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  6. AM,
    Happy, happy, happy for you that you are finished wrapping up the last seams of YOUR book! yay~ I cannot wait to order a copy to add to my little collection of sewing books. What purty little buttons....love 'em....Happy ending to a long, cold dreary january. Writing you from the sick house over here.....ear infections, bronchitus, and now I'm typing in my bed on my laptop with a version of the flu. I'm kept telling myself that I WILL not GEt SiCK. Mommies just don't get sick! Guess I stopped singing that song a little too short. I have a list calling out to me of projects that I WANT to do!
    Anyhow, so glad you are on to the next project, girl! Happy birthday to your kidlets....we had some birthday fun over here this month as well.....a new sewing machine for my six year old. :)
    N'kay....you can tell I'm in bed with nothing better to do than yack away today...better be finished.
    Hugs,
    Laurie
    xo

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  7. Oh YEY!!! I'm so happy for you that you got your book done! (Happy Dance, Happy Dance!) Congratulations!!!! I CAN'T WAIT to get a copy!

    The button card is just perfect. So nice of you to share the full size jpeg - Thank You!

    CONGRATS AGAIN!!! :D

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  8. FYi - the sweet Button Card makes a great screen saver! ;)

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  9. What they all said.

    plus a million times more....*S*

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  10. Big congratulations! Time for some serious celebration and happy dances. (It's funny, that word "done", isn't it? I wonder what it means sometimes...) Thanks for the button love and EVERYTHING, you are amazing.

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  11. what a lovely idea! it's lovely to know that our reading still means so much!

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  12. I cannot wait to read all, ahem, 881 pages of drawings!!! Or whatever the publishers/editors deem I should read. ~jen~

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  13. Thank you for sharing your joyful self with the world. Your blog is like the red button heart in *my* life. I really, really love spending time here dreaming, and I can't wait for your book.
    Heather Jane

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  14. I hope we'll be able to get your book in the UK! I can see it being another I can never file away as it just NEEDS to be around.

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  15. Molly5:07 PM

    I put the button love on the desktop of my computer. It looks great! Thank you for all of the inspiration.

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  16. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Good for you. You deserve something really big for that effort. When does it come out? Do tell us so we can preorder. :)

    Happy birthday to your kiddos!

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  17. Many Happy Birthdays! And many thanks for the button card... it is charming. I am very happy for you that the book is complete; I really grasped your meaning when you compared it with finishing a big term paper... of course when your final grade comes it will be so much more rewarding than an A+. I suspect a best-seller is about to hit the market.

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  18. Wow, thank you so much for sharing that card! Very nice of you.
    I loved reading what you said about buttons organized by color families. That is the sort of thing that makes me really happy too. Someday I'll have to blog some pics of my thread... and buttons... and snaps... and FOE... and so on... all in color order. :)

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  19. YAY!
    I'm so happy you finished the book and I'm so excited for me....that it is one step closer to getting into my hands.
    these vintage buttons are gorgeous and what you shared...wow, so lovely.
    thanks for the continuous inspiration!

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  20. Congratulations! I can't wait until it's published!!! That has to be a huge relief... well, more like having a baby, huh?! I LOVE your photo card of the buttons! It is wonderful. And I realized that I talked all about ME in the last blog and never got around to YOU... you are so much prettier than those 3 actresses because you're real! You don't have people primping over you... it's a natural beauty. I've always favored brown hair too... so dramatic!

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  21. hi anna!i really love reading your blog and have been so inspired lately to do little projects here and there.i'm so excited about the book because i just started sewing!you are so sweet to make the valentine(my cousin said she saw you at the flea market!).congrats on the book!!!filakia

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  22. congratulations!!!!! ah, what a wonderful accomplishment!

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  23. oh yay oh yay oh YAY!!

    a visit to my bookstore is officially in my future! can't wait!!

    p.s. cute buttony goodness!!

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  24. Congratulations! Now where is that fabric? Hee Hee.

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  25. In good time dear Caroline :)
    xo,AM

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  26. Anna Maria, congratulations! I love reading your blog. Thank you so much!

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  27. Thank you for always sharing yourself - even in bits, pieces and buttons! love the buttoned up card!

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  28. water works9:05 AM

    I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago and I am really enjoying the inspiration and your narratives. I look forward to the book and I don't usually buy crafting books. Thanks for the card, too. I think I'll be designing a few whimsical notion cards of my own this year, too.

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  29. water works9:09 AM

    Oh, and I forgot to mention that I used your felt garland tutorial. Instead of the circles, I traced the bendie barrettes my daughter uses onto felt. Then I used your technique to make little sleeping bags for the barrettes and tacked them onto the barrettes with novelty buttons. They are too cute and she has a pair to match nearly every outfit! Thanks

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  30. Really looking forward to the book! I hope that you will have a way to purchase it through your site so that we might get a signed copy??? Pretty please???

    Adorable button card!

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  31. Congratulations on finishing the book. Now we all have to just wait on pins and needles for it to come out. I know it will be lovely. Can I also say how much I love your button card you so gererously shared with us!!! Very sweet. You got me wanting to go to my thrift shops today...haven't been in a while. I ususally buy the buttons when ever I see them. What is it about buttons? We can never have eonugh...

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  32. Hey Anna Maria, I got inspired by your post and I blogged some pics of my color-organizes notions today. If you have a chance to check it out, I hope you enjoy them! Thanks for your fun blog, I love reading it. -Ula

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  33. hi Anna!!
    What an adorable button card!! sooo cute!!! Very sweet! I adore buttons and I love when things are organized by color. Have a great day!!
    xo Britt

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  34. Yippee, Hurray and Congratulations on finishing your book. This will be a "must have" for me :)

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  35. Wooo Hoooo -- happy dances here in the cornfields for finishing the book. And yep, like the world's longest college term paper is a perfect description! LOVE those buttons -- need to get to the flea market around here and look for buttons :0).

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  36. Congrats on the book! I can't imagine the feeling, but hope I don't have to some day((meaning that I wil have started and completed a book of my own.))

    I am the same way with color coordinated displays. I become The Mad Hatter in flea markets; flitting about and giggling wildly. My simple sensibilities just can't resist.

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  37. Way to go! It must feel so good to have it done! BTW - where do you get your cute pins with the shapes on the ends. I would love to know where to purchase some. So cute!

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  38. Congratulations! I love the buttons!

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  39. Way to go Anna Maria! Can't wait to get my hands on the new book.

    I, too, love anything organization by color--I even get excited over my sock drawer...LOL!

    Thanks for the continued inspiration!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

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  40. just love coming over and visiting you. Thanks for the button card. I would like to show it at my Valentines Day party. Come check out my blog at myjourneyback-thejourneyback.blogspot.com
    and congrats. on the book. Have a Blessed weekend.

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  41. Lovely buttons! Congrats on completing the book! I can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  42. I love the button card - thank you. I wanted to share this with you and I hope you won't be mad - but my husband and I are trying to get pregnant and you inspired me.
    http://www.primahybrid.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=277&ppuser=21

    Thanks!!!!
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  43. how kind of you to share that!

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  44. Congrats on finishing your book! And thanks for the buttons. :-) They make great wallpaper for my desktop!

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  45. I have the same weakness for vintage buttons. I just heart them soooo much!

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  46. Anonymous6:14 PM

    Anna, CONGRATULATIONS! Your book being completed is such wonderful news! I can't WAIT to see it! And the sweet little button card...well, that's just super adorable. Thanks for that too. Now go take that sweet puppy, Leo, for a walk. LOL! ~D

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  47. Congrats on completing your book!
    The card is very beautiful. Thank you very much.

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  48. I love the card! I only wish I would have found your site before Valentine's Day...oh well, I'll find a reason to use it anyway :)

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  49. Très jolie cette collection de boutons.

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