My Good News!

10 Aug My Good News!

Dear Wonderful Readers,

Like I said last week, I’ve probably missed you more than you’ve missed me……. but just in case you have noticed my absence, let me explain my whereabouts and share my most exciting news!

This Spring I’ve been hard at work drafting a book proposal with my dear sewing friend, Julie Starr.

On Friday weΒ signed a book contract with C&T Publishing under the Stash Books imprint!IMG_0001

Excitement abounds for us first time authors and we’ve lots of hard work ahead. Presently, we must keep quiet about the subject and title, but as you might expect it is a sewing book, and it is for you!

Julie and I are so proud to belong to a group of home sewers that exceeds 35 million creative women and men in the United States alone! Would you believe we met through the Pattern Review website? Julie and IΒ quickly discovered we shared mutual sewing backgrounds, similar tastes in apparel, and an enormous desire to learn more.

Best of all, we both live in South Carolina!

As a great admirer of Julie’s sewing I asked her to partner with me on a book idea.

As Ecclesiastes 4:9 states “Two is better than one because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” How true this verse has proved in this experience! Β Our skills and ideas have worked in harmony and we are certain our publication will be a worthwhile contribution to the sewing industry πŸ™‚

Thank you, dear Readers for your unbelievable support these past four years! Next month I’ll enter my fifth year of sewing and blogging with you, and well…… I just can’t imagine anything more enjoyable than being creative together!

I will be scarce for a few more weeks, and really look forward to being back with regular posts.

Until soon I hope! πŸ™‚ Β πŸ™‚ Β πŸ™‚

 

 

goodbyevalentino
goodbyevalentino@gmail.com
130 Comments
  • Wendy Grossman
    Posted at 12:48h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations! That’s fabulous news. I can’t wait to read it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:18h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Wendy!

  • Tina Spear
    Posted at 12:50h, 10 August Reply

    Yay! Good for you & Julie. I have seen some of her reviews on Pattern Review & like what she makes also. I can’t wait to see the new book! Maybe since I live in South Carolina too, I can pop over to have the authors sign my copy!

    I love that verse from Ecclesiastes and want to cross stitch it for my husband one day for our anniversary. A friend of mine did that and what a nice anniversary gift.

    Keep us posted!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:19h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Tina! We will definitely connect in South Carolina πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Fran
    Posted at 12:51h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:26h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you, Fran!

  • Sandy Murray
    Posted at 12:52h, 10 August Reply

    I’m a loyal lurker and this IS exciting news!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:28h, 11 August Reply

      It is a true thrill, Sandy! Many thanks πŸ™‚

  • Susan Maddw
    Posted at 12:52h, 10 August Reply

    Warmest congratulations, Sarah! Your book will be on my “must have” list!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:28h, 11 August Reply

      Ah……… thank you, Susan πŸ˜‰

  • Cheryl Lemmons
    Posted at 12:57h, 10 August Reply

    I am so very excited about this! Congratulations! Can’t wait!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:30h, 11 August Reply

      Hi Cheryl! Thank you so much. I’ve been with Julie this past week and we are thinking about all of the lucky women in Houston this week with SK!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:33h, 11 August Reply

      ………. and I LOVE the black dress you made in her class !

  • Bernadette O'Brien
    Posted at 12:57h, 10 August Reply

    Wonderful news. I look forward to the finished product!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:31h, 11 August Reply

      We do too, Bernadette. Thanks so much!

  • Ros Burgess
    Posted at 13:03h, 10 August Reply

    Go girls ……..I might be across the world in Tasmania but love reading the blog & it’s so great you two are doing something inspirational.All the best

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:32h, 11 August Reply

      Tasmania is only a click away these days, Ros! Many thanks for your nice comment πŸ™‚

  • Nikki Davis
    Posted at 13:07h, 10 August Reply

    This is incredible news!! Congratulations to you both!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:34h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you, Nikki!

  • Yoshie Wong
    Posted at 13:12h, 10 August Reply

    That’s Awesome!! Looking forward to reading it. Although I don’t sew much, your blog is an inspiration to me. I’ve stopped buying RTW and now shop out of my stash. I’m 5’0″ 120#, so EVERTHING needs to be altered anyway.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:39h, 11 August Reply

      Many thanks, Yoshie for your comment! Sewing is definitely a game changer when it comes to dressing and shopping.

  • Paula DeGrand
    Posted at 13:14h, 10 August Reply

    Oh, this is wonderful news! Congratulations! I know you must keep things under wraps for now, of course, but hope that someday you’ll let us know a little about how you created your proposal and went through the process of producing a book. It would be fascinating to read about. Best of luck!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:39h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you, Paula! I’d love to share that information at some point πŸ™‚

  • Ebi P.
    Posted at 13:27h, 10 August Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Good luck with your book!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:40h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Ebi!!

  • Marysia Palung
    Posted at 13:32h, 10 August Reply

    Huge congratulations to you both. Cannot wait to learn the subjects covered in the book.
    Enjoy the experience.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:41h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you, Marysia! We think the book will be informative AND fun !!

  • Maria Merante
    Posted at 13:33h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to adding your book to my ever-increasing stash.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:42h, 11 August Reply

      LOL! We hope it won’t become a dust collector on the shelf πŸ˜‰ Many thanks, Maria!

  • Art Attack
    Posted at 13:37h, 10 August Reply

    Sarah and Julie,
    And Matthew 12:6 tells us that “we all have different gifts, according to the grace given us”. How exciting that the two of you are combining your gifts. I can’t wait to follow this incredible journey!
    Love,
    Dorcas

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:43h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you, Dorcas πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Patience + Impulsive seem to work well. I’m sure you know who is who – lol.

  • Manju
    Posted at 13:38h, 10 August Reply

    Congrats both! Very exciting times ahead for you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:44h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Manju πŸ™‚

  • Patti Hall
    Posted at 13:43h, 10 August Reply

    Oh,how exciting!! Sure to be very inspiring for all who read it as you two have already inspired many of us.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:57h, 11 August Reply

      That’s very sweet, Patti! Thank you.

  • Ruth
    Posted at 13:52h, 10 August Reply

    How incredibly exciting for you both! This is wonderful news. Congratulations!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:58h, 11 August Reply

      It’s a wonderful feeling for sure, Ruth! Many thanks πŸ™‚

  • Kath Johnson
    Posted at 13:56h, 10 August Reply

    Delighted to read your exciting news. Good luck!

    Kath
    (AKA HRigg)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:58h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you Kath!!

  • Janeice
    Posted at 14:00h, 10 August Reply

    Best of luck to you! Your sewing skills have been an inspiration to me.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:59h, 11 August Reply

      Many thanks, Janeice! I’m developing my skills as I sew – but what fun it is to do. πŸ™‚

  • Lauren
    Posted at 14:07h, 10 August Reply

    wow, that’s such exciting news! Congratulations!!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:00h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you, Lauren!!

  • Cynthia
    Posted at 14:13h, 10 August Reply

    I am thrilled for both of you and for all of us! I can hardly wait to see the results. All the best on your new journey!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:04h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Cynthia!

  • CarolinasCallin
    Posted at 14:18h, 10 August Reply

    Sarah, what wonderful news! I’ve actually been waiting to hear something like this from you πŸ™‚ You have influenced SO many through your blog…so happy that this next step has worked out for you! Delighted for you!!!

    All the best to you and Julie as you put the finishing touches on. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:05h, 11 August Reply

      Many thanks for the vote of confidence, Cheryl! It’s been and is a fun project to work on πŸ™‚

  • MaryEllen
    Posted at 14:20h, 10 August Reply

    So excited for both of you. I found your blog somehow 2 1/2 yrs ago & it brought me back to sewing & changed the way I’ve sewn & my sewing ideas & projects !! Thanks Sarah & congrats !!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:07h, 11 August Reply

      Mary Ellen, I’m always moved to read that someone started sewing again after reading my blog. For me sewing is so much more fun this time around πŸ™‚
      Many thanks for your nice comment!

  • gail cunningham
    Posted at 14:30h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations! It is always a pleasure as well as an inspiration to see what you’ve whipped up in the sewing room!
    Best wishes ahead to you both.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:08h, 11 August Reply

      Many thanks, Gail!!!

  • kathie Bennett
    Posted at 14:33h, 10 August Reply

    So Exciting!!!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:06h, 11 August Reply

      At last πŸ™‚ !!

  • Cheryl Scott
    Posted at 14:37h, 10 August Reply

    How wonderful! You both have great taste. I’ll be looking forward to the book!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:09h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you, Cheryl! We’re very excited about it πŸ˜‰

  • Carol S
    Posted at 14:38h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations! Fantastic news. Looking forward to seeing you in NYC on the book tour!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:09h, 11 August Reply

      Well hopefully I’ll be there πŸ˜‰ Thank you, Carol!

  • Lori
    Posted at 14:40h, 10 August Reply

    That is such exciting news, it will be a fabulous book.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:10h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you, Lori!

  • Joy Lorenzana
    Posted at 14:47h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulation to you both! I am very happy for you and cannot wait to buy the book! xo Joy

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:10h, 11 August Reply

      Many thanks, Joy! So nice to hear from you πŸ™‚

  • Joy
    Posted at 15:19h, 10 August Reply

    Indeed, this is exciting news for all of us! Congratulations. And yes, we have missed you! I Can’t wait to hear more and get a copy of your book in my hands, hot off the press.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:11h, 11 August Reply

      Ah……. I’ve missed my regular blogging but it’s impossible to do everything. Many thanks for the comment, Joy!

  • Marla Cooprider
    Posted at 15:26h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations on your new sewing venture! Will look forward to seeing the book! I’m sure it will be wonderful! I enjoy your posts so much! Best of luck to you both!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:11h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you, Marla!

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 15:39h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations! That’s awesome news!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:12h, 11 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Carolyn!

  • Miriam Knox
    Posted at 15:41h, 10 August Reply

    I am so excited for the two of you! Please keep us posted on your progress and share what you can with us!

  • Linda L
    Posted at 15:55h, 10 August Reply

    This is exciting news and congratulations to both of you for getting a book contract! Look forward to reading more about this and of course reading the book.

  • Mary McGibbon
    Posted at 15:58h, 10 August Reply

    I am more of a lurker then a, Commenter,, but I am so pleased for you.

  • toni morse
    Posted at 16:02h, 10 August Reply

    Very exciting! Congratulations!

  • Becky H
    Posted at 16:03h, 10 August Reply

    That is so amazing and cool. Congratulations to you both!

  • sharon
    Posted at 16:37h, 10 August Reply

    Congrats to you and Julie! I’ve followed your blog, Sara and I’ve followed Julie on Pattern Review and have learned so much, not only in sewing, construction, but also styling too. I look forward to your publication and know it will truly be one of those “must haves” for my sewing collection.

  • TL Ruiter
    Posted at 16:37h, 10 August Reply

    Wow!! Cool! How great that will be. I hope you two have a wonderful experience and look forward to the finished book.

  • Dede Burum
    Posted at 16:55h, 10 August Reply

    So happy for you. I truly enjoy your blog so have no doubt your book will be a great success.

  • Jennifer Shaw
    Posted at 16:58h, 10 August Reply

    That is wonderful and exciting news!! My wishes to you both on a fantastic collaboration with your book. Congratulations and wishing you great success!

  • Millie Payne
    Posted at 17:04h, 10 August Reply

    Making room on my bookshelf for your book! Thank you for sharing your talent, good taste and enthusiasm for sewing well-fitting garments….an inspiration for all of us.

  • Dilliander
    Posted at 17:12h, 10 August Reply

    Congrats to you both and all the best!

  • Carolyn Castino
    Posted at 17:57h, 10 August Reply

    Congrats to you Sarah and Julie – Sarah, you really know how to load up your plate. Wedding, book, blog and all the rest of the stuff that life adds to us to make sure we don’t get board. I will love to see the results of such a great collaboration. Some how I know it will be a great addition to all of us that love fabric, fashion and sewing.

  • Lisa D
    Posted at 18:13h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations and I look forward to finding out the details!

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 18:13h, 10 August Reply

    What great news, congratulations to you both…..who would have thought all this blogging, sewing, reviewing would get you to this point!?…..will wait and watch you both at every turn…..My Best to you both….LAURA

  • Jane Mary Green
    Posted at 18:44h, 10 August Reply

    So happy to hear this! I found you both on Pattern Review and admire your tasteful designs and helpful guidance and reviews! You both continue to inspire me with this wonderful hobby, which is both creative, rewarding and relaxing! (Best therapy in the world!) I anxiously await for the book to come out and look forward to receiving my copy. Best Wishes to the both of you with continued success with this amazing endeavor!

  • Margie Ward
    Posted at 18:55h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations, I am looking forward to the release of your book.

  • Claire
    Posted at 18:56h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations Sarah and Julie! What an exciting collaboration and a fun challenge. I’m sure your creative juices are flowing at full speed!

  • maddie
    Posted at 18:56h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations! The book will be a great contribution to the sewing community, just like your blog πŸ™‚

  • Joyce Love
    Posted at 19:30h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations to you both! Let us know if you have a book signing party – I’m in Charlotte & would love to come!

  • Suzie Simpson
    Posted at 19:37h, 10 August Reply

    How wonderful! Can’t wait to read it! Please keep us posted on publication information.

  • Karen
    Posted at 20:30h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations! I look forward to the book’s release and know it will be classy.

  • Marguerite
    Posted at 20:40h, 10 August Reply

    Wonderful news! Congratulations to you both! Cant wait to see what you’ve got in store for us!

  • P
    Posted at 21:09h, 10 August Reply

    How exciting! Congrats!

  • Chris B
    Posted at 21:35h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations on becoming an author. I simply adore your blog and you. You are inspiring me to try sewing again for myself, but I’m not ready for that big move yet. I wish you the best.

  • Chris B
    Posted at 21:36h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations on becoming an author. What a wonderful accomplishment for you and your friend. I wish you the best.
    You’re an inspiration to us sewers. Best of luck.

  • Sally Thompson
    Posted at 21:45h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations! Your new book will be on my shelf-I need all the sewing help I can get!

  • Alethia
    Posted at 21:55h, 10 August Reply

    Congrats to you and Julie both! I look guard to learning more about your book to come!

  • Lucy Sailsman
    Posted at 22:32h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations to you both!

  • Paula Hamrick
    Posted at 22:58h, 10 August Reply

    Awesome, exciting news!

  • Deborahp Penner
    Posted at 23:11h, 10 August Reply

    Blessings on your new book. I look forward to reading more of your wise advice and creative ideas.

  • Anita Gail Johnson
    Posted at 23:23h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! I’m sure I’ll enjoy the book as much as I do the blog!!!

  • Myrtle Washington
    Posted at 23:48h, 10 August Reply

    Congratulations to the both of you! I love collecting sewing books so I will be waiting with anticipation!

  • Sharon
    Posted at 00:54h, 11 August Reply

    I can’t wait to see what you two wonderful ladies have come up with, congratulations!

  • Beth Huntington The Renegade Seamstress
    Posted at 02:09h, 11 August Reply

    How exciting!!!! I loved working with C&T Publishing on my book. They are such a great company to work with, you will have such a good time them!!!! Congratulations!

  • Beth Huntington The Renegade Seamstress
    Posted at 02:09h, 11 August Reply

    with them πŸ™‚

  • Pauline Droy-Moore
    Posted at 03:46h, 11 August Reply

    how exciting for you both congratulations

  • Danielle
    Posted at 03:52h, 11 August Reply

    I can’t think of two more lovely ladies to announce such news. I’ve been watching and reading from afar and thoroughly enjoy your contribution in every post. All the very very best ladies.

  • Margo
    Posted at 04:46h, 11 August Reply

    So wonderful!!!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 07:16h, 11 August Reply

    Congratulations to you both! This is sure to be an exciting and fulfilling experience for you. All the best in the journey ahead!

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 07:32h, 11 August Reply

    Wow ! Congratulations !

  • Barbara Waterman
    Posted at 07:49h, 11 August Reply

    Congratulations. If your blog is an indicator of the inspiration, style and talent you both would bring to a sewing book I will definitely be buying a copy.

  • Tee
    Posted at 08:22h, 11 August Reply

    Great news!!! Congratulations!!!!

  • Eileen
    Posted at 08:45h, 11 August Reply

    Sarah, Congrats! I know this is something you have been wanting to do. I look forward to reading your book.
    I am sure it will be a great resource of sewing tips and techniques. I find myself scouring the internet when
    I want to learn to perfect a sewing technique……….I would much prefer a book!!! What fun for both you and Julie.
    I am sure it will be a work of art.

  • Virginia
    Posted at 10:53h, 11 August Reply

    What a thrill when I went to your blog and saw my two favorite sewing ladies together. Before reading the message, I knew only exciting things could be ahead. You each inspire me constantly with your lovely creations. I look forward to the release of your book. Julie, when do you sleep?! You are one of the most productive ladies ever.

  • Jennifer Miller
    Posted at 11:01h, 11 August Reply

    Congratulations! Sarah, you have helped me tremendously over the last few months with your encouragement and inspiration. To be so well matched, Julie must be just as lovely. So, ladies, best of luck – I’ll be anxiously awaiting publication!

  • Sara @ Sewsweetness
    Posted at 11:16h, 11 August Reply

    BIG congratulations! This is awesome!!!

  • Cindy Aymes
    Posted at 11:18h, 11 August Reply

    Exciting news!

  • Susan Martin
    Posted at 12:36h, 11 August Reply

    Congrats. Can’t wait to learn more

  • Joen Venitsky
    Posted at 13:57h, 11 August Reply

    Congrats! I love following along on your sewing adventures, as well as, reading Julie’s Reviews on Pattern Review. Wishing you both success on your new endeavor.

  • Samina
    Posted at 16:01h, 11 August Reply

    Congratulations! Can hardly wait to see your book!

  • Rhoda K
    Posted at 20:53h, 11 August Reply

    So happy for you both, congratulations! Look forward to reading the new book.

  • Heather Myers
    Posted at 23:04h, 11 August Reply

    Great news! As much as I enjoy your posts and websites, I expect I’ll enjoy a book.

  • Almeda
    Posted at 07:07h, 12 August Reply

    Exciting news from a fabulous creative team!

  • Eve
    Posted at 18:09h, 12 August Reply

    What a fantastic opportunity! Congratulations and best of luck. Looking forward to seeing the book!
    πŸ™‚

  • Myra
    Posted at 19:14h, 12 August Reply

    Congratulations to you both and I can’t wait to see what you two lovely ladies are writing about!

  • Vernelle
    Posted at 11:51h, 13 August Reply

    Absolutely fabulous news. Waiting anxiously to read it.

  • Karen Helm
    Posted at 14:29h, 13 August Reply

    What a wonderful, exciting announcement, Sarah, and I love the way you illuminated it with the Bible quote… It is so exciting to see the global interest in fashion sewing, and your enthusiasm adds so much to it. You and Julie will surely write a book worth adding to one’s sewing library!

  • Linda A
    Posted at 07:29h, 15 August Reply

    That is awesome! I can’t wait to see the collaboration of two very talented women.

  • Sylvia Long
    Posted at 21:31h, 17 August Reply

    I’ve followed Julie’s reviews on pattern review both for how informative and educational her sewing reviews are, and her fabulous sense of style. I’ve followed you here for the same reasons, so I’m delighted to hear you two are collaborating! I’ll be looking forward to hearing about the book and pre-ordering as soon as its available. Blessings to you two ladies!
    Sylvia

  • Mary Glenn
    Posted at 00:03h, 22 August Reply

    This is so exciting for you. Congrats to you both and enjoy the ride!

  • Sonja
    Posted at 19:28h, 22 August Reply

    Ahhhhh congratulations!!! What great news!

  • Helene Goldberg
    Posted at 19:05h, 29 August Reply

    That is such exciting news! I have been following your blog for a long time, and always am inspired by your makes, and by your posts. Julie Starr is fabulously inspiring too, so I can’t wait to see your book! I would love to carry it in my shop in Melbourne, Australia, when it comes out, so I’ll be keeping my ear to the ground, listening for progress reports. Congratulations!

  • Sandra
    Posted at 07:35h, 04 September Reply

    Congratulations! Great news – all the best.

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