what life looks like during (sewing) book writing

May 22, 2014

life during book writinglife during book writinglife during book writinglife during book writinglife during book writingThis is my dining room (this is what it looks like now), but you wouldn’t have recognized it for the 8 months that it was my sewing/writing room. It was an insane mess, plain crazy! If you came to my house, you would have to see this mess as you passed from the front door to the rest of the house. The girls pretty much stayed out of the area (there were needles and pins everywhere!) and things were just so scattered, but it made total sense to me. That’s all that matters, right?!

This is the behind the scenes stuff. If you finally have the book in your hands, and see all the pretty pictures, this is the mess behind it. I was drawing, making patterns, testing patterns, cutting, recutting, ironing, sewing, and doing it all over and over again. I watched many historical documentaries and seasons 1-3 of Nikita during my book sewing and writing process.

Actually, this space was looking pretty neat when it was taken as there were times this room was way worse than you see here. Looking at this brings back so many memories and feelings of this time. It feels great to actually have it out in the world now, and I’m so thankful for all your support. There’s so much I want to keep sharing about the whole process. I kept it a secret for such a long time, so it feels good to finally tell the stories behind it. I’ll probably share bits of book things once a week for a bit, so don’t mind the storytelling. If you have any questions for me regarding it, leave them here. I can work on answering them in future book posts.

Don’t forget I have a giveaway going on where you can win a dollhouse pillow and a $100 gift certificate to the shop of your choice (as long as they sell gift certificates). If you do get a book, please share it on Instagram (or any other place), I’d love to see it (tag me @cakiesblog and #letssewtogether). It’s so surreal to see it in someone else’s hands and it puts a big smile on my face.

Take more peeks at the book here at Made, and another wonderful post (with a project) from Parents.

P.S. If you’re wondering where we ate our meals, we ate at the breakfast table in the kitchen.


11 comments on “what life looks like during (sewing) book writing”

  • Wow, lol. That’s crazy. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s house is a mess during creative processes. 🙂 Congrats on your book!

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    • Rubyellen says:

      Thank you! I debated sharing this mess, but it was all part of the process. It’s special to remember every aspect of book writing.

  • nikki says:

    congrats on the book!! my only question is this– if i don’t have kids, but am looking to learn the basics of sewing, would this be a good book to buy? thanks1



    • Rubyellen says:

      There are some projects that you could easily create for your home and space (like a placemats or even a fun clock!). It will teach you basics and sewing terms too, so I think it would definitely be a good book to buy with projects you can make more grown-up. Of course, I’m slightly biased. 😉

  • Adria says:

    This looks like my dining room, except I don’t have the great excuse of working on sewing and book projects!

  • Rosalind says:

    ha ha I laughed out loud! You know Singapore not that far from Australia…. ;p

    • Rubyellen says:

      I know! I wish Ben had more vacation time (and more cashola) to swing a trip there too! You never know what life may bring though, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to go to Singapore, so maybe Australia might happen someday.

  • Grace says:

    a mama after my own heart, my dining table also looks like this but from 100 half started sewing projects!
    that was lovely of the girls to steer clear, my lil one likes to poke his fingers into everything & throw the patterns & fabric around…

  • I appreciate how you keep it real!

    • Rubyellen says:

      I know blogging is only snippets, but sometimes the snippets people share can make others feel inferior. I want to be as real as possible and show both the “pretty” and “messy” aspects of it all. I’m just so thankful for all the opportunities given through this, and it’s also all thanks all of you who spend time here too. We all really just learn from each other!

  • I love it! I love the mess!!!

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