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I seem to be constitutionally incapable of following. (That's a weird way to start a craft book review, but bear with me.) I've never quite been able to get wholeheartedly interested in any large-scale craft movement. I prefer to skim the edges of movements, picking up little bits and hybridizing them.

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Four years ago, I made this Valentine sachet tutorial. I like sachets as a V-Day craft - they're quick and easy, and make such a sweet little gifty.

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So, as I mentioned in the last post, I've spent the last 30 days in the gnarly finishing stages of my book deadline. And as I ground my way to that finish line, it occurred to me: nobody really talks about this stage of book-writing. There are lots of how-to's out there for the glamorous part (getting a craft book contract), but nothing about what happens once you have it.

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Ummm… Hi. How've you been?

That may have been the longest blogging break I've taken in my eight years here. It was a pretty hairy month of finishing and turning in The Book, but now that's done and things will be getting back to normal 'round here.

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Normally, I'm not that into year-in-review lists, but 2013 represented a kind of creative rebirth on this blog, and I felt the need to commemorate it.

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Blog-reading may not figure prominently into your Christmas plans, so let me wish you either a Merry Christmas or a Retroactive Merry Christmas, depending on when you happen upon this post. :-)

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