I still haven't tidied the studio. I sweep occasionally and load the dishwasher.
The rubbish bin is full of interfacing trimmings and Mini Magnum wrappers.
And now, on top of the fabric, foamcore board and general clutter, there are samples, toiles and finished designs. And there are more to come. My head is full of them.
I've just passed the halfway mark in developing designs (and writing instructions, shooting how-to photos and drawing diagrams) for the new book. When I'm not feeling worn out and overwhelmed, I'm feeling inspired and capable and full of hope.
This new book-writing biz has been a see-sawing, hot-cold, drought-flood sort of affair, so far, but all the time I've had to work through it. The deadline is pressing, and I still have to organise getting myself to Grampians Texture, various teaching gigs around the country and I have to get to Quilt Market in the USA.
And all the time, I'm loving beautiful fabrics by Saffron Craig, CurlyPops, Ink&Spindle and Kristen Doran.
I'm also in the throes of overhauling lots of pattern covers with new samples, in fresh new fabrics. These are all from Riley Blake "Flutter" and "Hello Sunshine" ranges. Don't they just SING?
For the first time since the girleen was 2, I've had to delegate the sewing of samples. I've realised the limits of my time.... which is a shame, because I'd love to be playing with these.
And as any Australian parent-of-school-age-kids knows, it's the loooooooooong school holidays right now.
I've seen 3am more times lately than I dare to think about it.
Speaking of school holidays, there have been other bag designs emerging from studio You SEW Girl.
Of course, I opened it.
Throw in a few miniature and major dramas, a whole bag of grief, a bunch of uncertainty, a little bit of optimism, some good times with good friends, some disillusionment with others, some wonderful big blue Melbourne skies, a few marvellously meditative swims, the appreciation of good air-conditioning during a heatwave and the realisation that Mini Magnums really need to start getting bigger (or that I have to admit to some sort of addiction), and you pretty much have my "summer break".
We'll be back to normal business hours next week. Hope to catch you somewhere in 2013.