Lovely, lovely books

Today I bought/received these two books:


The first one has been written by the wonderful Laura Vivanco, dragonslayer assisstant extraordinaire (i.e., she was one of the poor people who volunteered to proofread my PhD thesis). Laura has been reading and studying Harlequin Mills & Boon romances for a long time, and judging from her postings at Teach Me Tonight and our e-mail discussions, I am certain that her book will knock my socks off. I’m thrilled to pieces for her, and even though I wanted to wait until the POD edition would become available, I’ve just bought the Kindle edition because I simply couldn’t wait.

The second book arrived in today’s mail:


As you know, I’ve become a bit obsessed with sewing lately. So far, all I’ve ever sewn are bags and softies and some really simple quilts, but I do love the idea of sewing my own clothes. So for the past two or three years, I’ve been steadily building my library of sewing handbooks. All I need to do now is to brave the actual process of sewing clothes.

Which, to be honest, scares me witless.

Sewing softies is fairly easy and cotton is a very forgiving fabric, too. If you’ve made a mistake in the construction of the softy, you can always improvise and the result will still look good (well, except for that one doll pattern) (and the sock kitty with the strange head) (hey, but the embroidery on said kitty’s belly is rather good!). But with clothes? That you want to wear???? Uh-oh.

So I’m still scared, still not sewing clothes, and still finding excuses. Ah well … one day … 🙂

4 thoughts on “Lovely, lovely books

  1. Laura Vivanco

    Oh, that’s so sweet of you!

    But I’m a bit worried that you couldn’t get hold of the POD edition. Can you not order it from Lulu? I got copies directly from the publisher, so I don’t know how it works. I think it should be available soon from Amazon and elsewhere.

  2. Sandra Schwab

    RE: the POD edition: Both on amazon.de and on amazon.co.uk it says “Available for pre-order”. So I guess the print edition will be available soon. Don’t worry. 🙂

    (Love your new icon!)

  3. Atia Austen

    Ispired by all your posts about sewing, I decided to visit a sewing course in 2012.
    We had to sew at school but that was back in … eh a long time ago. The sewing machines at school were just fine and I loved to work with them but my mother’s sewing machine was a different matter and I never sewed again. But after following your blog and seeing all these wonderful selfmade things on other blogs I decided to give it another try.

  4. Sandra Schwab

    I’m so thrilled that I’ve inspired you to give sewing another try, Atia! What a wonderful compliment!

    I learnt to sew back at school, too, but back then sewing machines remained a big mystery for me: I never managed to get the thread tension right, and working with my Mom’s old machine was a major nightmare. With my new computerised machine, however, everything is SOOO easy. (Well, okay, it took me 1 1/2 hours to figure out how to raise the bobbin thread …) The trick is not to be too hard on yourself and to give yourself time to develop your new sewing skills. 🙂

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