The News I’ve Been Busting at the Seams to Tell You!!

book announcement

I finally pushed that send button.

I told myself I’d do it last summer, but I didn’t. I was going to do it over Christmas vacation, but I didn’t. OK, do it on spring break, I said, but I didn’t. Finally, in April, on my birthday, I pushed the button.

Jan, Katie and Karin sent good thoughts out into the universe for me.

My book proposal hurdled straight through cyberspace, latched on to those good thoughts and carried them along with it as they all neatly landed together in Roxane Cerda’s inbox.

Apparently all those good thoughts worked.

It must’ve been perfect timing.

Because a few weeks later,Β Stash Books said they would love to be my publisher.

WOW!! Somebody pinch me!

I’ve been so excited and busy all summer, sewing, photographing tutorials, and writing. I really wanted to tell you, but I waited until I turned in my first draft.

So far, it’s been an amazing experience. So much to learn about this whole writing process. I just closed my eyes and jumped in with both feet to this new world I’ve been so fortunate to be able to join. All the editors, photographers and art directors I’ve been in contact with have been nothing but helpful, patient, kind and encouraging. I am truly humbled and grateful to have such an incredible team of people working with me on this book.

They are flying me to California in September for a photo shoot. OUCH! I just pinched myself again.

I can’t give away too much of the book, but I’m sure you have a pretty good idea on what it’s going to be about. Wink, wink….Β I’ll keep you updated and let you know when the release date gets closer because rumor has it, I’ll have a few copies to give away here. πŸ™‚

I. Can’t. Wait.

Now that my draft has been turned in, I’m looking forward to posting tutorials here for you again. So many fun events coming up… new refashions and of course, Season Two of Refashion Runway.

In the meantime, I have so many of these, I want to give some away to you…

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Feel free to take one anytime you’d like.

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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236 Responses to The News I’ve Been Busting at the Seams to Tell You!!

  1. Christa says:

    Congrats!!! You deserve it!

  2. Portia says:

    What wonderful news…I can’t wait to read your book!

  3. Lisa Yarost says:

    Congrats! I’m so happy for you. You have really earned this. πŸ™‚

  4. lizidesigns says:

    Many congratulations – totally deserved. Best of luck with the rest of the process and enjoy! πŸ™‚

  5. Elizabeth - Lili & Mum's says:


  6. Woot! Congratulations!!! Very Happy For You!

  7. Caryl says:


  8. Congratulations!! I can’t wait to read your book.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thats great ! So happy for you .. Can’t wait to see your book !

  10. raycheryl says:

    That’s great ! So happy for you … Can’t wait to see your book !

  11. Fantastic!!!!!!! Oh my goodness, congrats!!!!!

  12. Ingrid says:

    That is just wonderful. Congratulations!!

  13. Lisa Boquist says:

    Beth!!!! That is so wonderful!!! Congratulations!!!!

  14. Susan says:

    Wonderful! You deserve it, and I know the book will be successful. Don’t forget us “little people”… Ha Ha

  15. Nikitaland says:

    Oh my Happy Day….this is AWESOME news Beth! Congratulations on your success & all of your hard work. It definitely paid off! I am so proud of you!

  16. patsquared2 says:

    Congrats! You have to let us know when the book hits the shelves!

  17. Chiffon says:


    Sent from my iPhone

  18. Congratulations…what an accomplishment!!

  19. Lynnea Schliesleder says:

    Well done…and your joy is contagious!!!!

  20. Sarah says:

    Congratulations ! You are an AMAZING seamstress and writer, now the world can have you at their finger tips too! Yeah!

  21. Wow! Congratulations! I’m so excited for you. If you ever think of writing about writing, I would love to hear about how you decided to write and submit something. Way to go!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I am going to know a author in person!!!! Awesome Beth! Congrads!

  23. Anny says:

    That is so awesome!!! I am thrilled for you and can’t wait to see it!!

  24. Sheri says:

    That’s fantastic congratulations!!!

  25. Brook says:

    I can’t wait to get a copy! Congrats!

  26. Paula says:

    Congratulations! Sign me up for a copy. πŸ™‚

  27. Paula says:

    That sounded bad. I mean, please sign me up to purchase a copy when it’s published. πŸ™‚

  28. Lu Ann says:

    What wonderful news!!! Love the way you announced the news πŸ™‚ Congratulations!!

  29. jan says:

    awesome for you!!! i’ll be in line to buy your book…will love to add it to my collection πŸ™‚ have fun!

  30. Crystal says:

    Congratulations! That is fantastic news and I just couldn’t be happier for you. Enjoy!

  31. Pam Elliott says:

    Congratulations! How exciting! Will be keeping an eye out for your book! Pam Elliott

    Sent from my iPhone

  32. Louise says:

    Beth!!! This is such awesome news. I could hear and feel your excitement and it brought tears (of joy). I am so excited for you. Hoping to buy a copy but I will want it autographed, so I may have to mail it to you!! πŸ™‚ OMG! I am honored to know a real author!!!!!! Thanks for sharing this with us. You are such an inspiration. I have tweeted this post of yours.

  33. missmarys says:

    OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations. Such happy news.!

  34. cathynd95 says:

    Congratulations!!! So excited for you!

  35. Jackie Sorich says:

    Congratulations, I like the cover and your blog is great. Now you can say “I’m a PUBLISHED author…excellent.

  36. mom2twinsx2 says:

    Ooooh, I’ve been dying to see this post!!! I’m SO excited for you, my friend :):):) I can’t believe you have a first draft out already, you have been a BUSY lady! Of course, I’ll be in line to get my copy autographed as well….here’s a HUGE hug sent through cyberspace for you…CONGRATS!!!

  37. Lisa says:

    Congratulations – can’t wait for it to be available!!

  38. CONGRATULATIONS! That is seriously amazing, I can’t wait to wait to purchase it!

  39. adaisygarden says:

    I think it will surely be a BEST SELLER! πŸ™‚ Congratulations!

  40. Aggggggh! This is wonderful news Beth and so deserving. I am thrilled about your new journey. And when it’s released I’ll be there with cyber-bells on! LOL!

  41. Cori in WA says:

    WTG Beth! That is well deserved, welcome news. I’m sure your book will become the go-to for refashions. Happy adventures to you!

  42. Laura says:

    This is such wonderful news! Congratulations, Beth! I’ll definitely be looking for the book and can’t wait to see how it turns out. Yay!!

  43. Ross says:

    felicidades, esto del libro me ha encantado. lo estaremos esperando con ansias. Saludos.

  44. Heidi says:


  45. Jo says:

    Congratulations. I remember when my first book was accepted, I thought my face was stuck in a perpetual smile. πŸ™‚ And believe it or not, every time since has felt exactly the same. Another surreal moment will be when you get the copies in your hand.

  46. Cindy T. says:

    Congratulations!!! πŸ™‚

  47. Grace says:

    Aww wow congratulations!!! Can’t wait to read it! Really looking forward to the next refashion runway.

  48. Ann Marie says:

    So happy for you. Good luck and here’s to more books, in the future.

  49. Sandy says:

    Congratulations!!! That is such good news! I am so happy for you!

  50. Cynthia says:

    Absolutely fantastic news!!! You will rock it, I know! I want my own signed copy, too.

  51. Laurie says:

    That is so incredibly cool!! Congratulations!!

  52. Oh wow! I am very excited for you!
    Sandy in the UK

  53. lucindalines says:

    Very happy for you. Love your work, look forward to the book.

  54. offsquare says:

    Love this!! Such exciting news, my heart is jumping for you! Congratulations Beth! Can’t wait to see it xoxo

  55. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations! Good for you. I can’t wait to read your book.

  56. LadyD says:

    Congratulations!!! How exciting! Looking forward to your new book and Season Two of Refashion Runway. πŸ™‚ Blessings!

  57. Blondie says:

    Another congrats coming your way…. Can’t wait to get the book. You have so inspired me over the past couple of years. I’m finally getting some refashioning done.

  58. ana says:

    omg im so happy for you and i cant wait to read that book πŸ™‚

  59. coreymp says:

    Such great news! Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you. Can’t wait to get your book when it’s out! πŸ™‚

  60. Simona says:

    Great ! Congratulations! Have fun in California πŸ™‚

  61. mamacormier says:

    Beth, you’re amazing. Where do you find the time to do it all? Any idea how long it will take before your book hits the shelves?

    • Awwww, Thanks! All I can say is Thank Goodness for summer vacation!!! The whole process takes quite awhile. After I’m finished with my part then the editors, designers, and photographers get their hands on it and then there’s the actual printing time. I’m so excited to see what happens after the pros at Stash Books do their magic.

  62. Donna Thomson says:

    Wonderful! Congratulations! On Aug 14, 2013 9:54 AM, “The Renegade Seamstress” wrote: > > The Renegade Seamstress posted: ” I finally pushed that send button. I told myself I’d do it last summer, but I didn’t. I was going to do it over Christmas vacation, but I didn’t. OK, do it on spring break, I said, but I didn’t. Finally, in April, on my birthday, I pushed the button. ” >

  63. Gail Young says:

    Fantastic News!!! Congratulations!!! I love your blog and now can’t wait to see your new book in print.

  64. cathy diacetis says:

    I’m so proud to know you~ Leaving to see the kids tomorrow and back Sun. so guess huckleberries will have to wait- I’ll call you next week! Congratulations my friend!!!!! Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:55:01 +0000 To:

  65. says:

    body {word-wrap: break-word; background-color:#ffffff;}Way to go girlfriend!!   I had no doubt that they would accept the proposal.   I am so very proud of you.  Can’t wait for the next phase of this, and remember if you need a personal assistant while in California… let me know.  Sent via DroidX2 on Verizon Wireless™

  66. You’re very deserving! Congratulations!

  67. WAY TO GO – Congrats – How EXCITING!!!

  68. Joyce Love says:

    Yay, Beth!! Congratulations! I can’t wait to see the book!

  69. Rose says:

    WOW!!! I am so happy for you!!!!

  70. Crone says:

    We. Can’t. Wait. Either!
    Congratulations, and may you enjoy the ride.

  71. Debbi says:

    Wow! Much deserved. I am addicted to your web site and have learned so much cant wait for the book!

  72. thornberry says:

    Congratulations! Terrific recognition for your hard work – and for putting yourself out there! I look forward to seeing the finished book.

  73. 1cynthia says:

    Congratulations! I’ve really enjoyed your blog. It’s positive, inspiring and creative. You have a great attitude!

  74. Jan K says:

    I’m sure it’ll be a great success your ideas and positive attitude shine through to your good work. I am committing to a copy now let’s get all your fans to buy one!!
    Congrats! Jank

  75. dragonflyzia says:

    Good for you!!! I can’t wait to buy it…I am sure you will let us know when…congrats! πŸ™‚

  76. Judy Carmein says:

    Oh Beth!!!!! I can feel your excitement – it brings me back to our childhood when you would get excited about something we would do….a play, a camping trip, a game of kick the can. I can just feel you energy and friendship. This energy flows through me to this very day. The name of the street you grew up on is one of the secret questions when I log in to various website. I am so excited for you and so proud to know you. Awesome, awesome…. we are not sitting in our rocking chairs and soaking our feet (like we joked about) – we are out there doing….creating. Life is Good. We always knew it would be.

    • Sniff! Sniff! I love you so much, Judy!! What a gift you are! This really touched me deep inside. It’s amazing how we are all a part of each other like you say, even to this day. Even thousands of miles apart. Wasn’t it great to wake up everyday and wonder what wonderful, new and exciting thing was going to happen. I’m so lucky to have had a wonderful friend like you to spend those carefree days with. It really seems as though every childhood memory I have includes you. You’re right! LIFE IS GOOD!

  77. Shannon says:

    That is so awesome!!! Super excited for you. πŸ˜ƒ

  78. Maya says:

    How Wonderful!!! Congratulations and have fun with it :))))

  79. says:

    Bether, I also failed to mention that the photo of you with the typewriter and that newsprint type that is so clever OMG!

    Sent via DroidX2 on Verizon Wirelessβ„’

  80. Congratulations!!! So happy for you! Enjoy every minute of this wonderful experience, Beth! πŸ™‚

  81. Karin Penrod says:

    You are so dang cute!!!!!!!!!!

    Karin Penrod Leadership Partners, Inc. (651) 308-2891

    • Hehehehe! The librarian thought Kris and I were nuts during our little photo shoot at the library yesterday. We were definitely crackin’ ourselves up!!! Something you just might know a little bit about!!!!! Love you!!!

  82. WOW! Congrats Beth! You so deserve it! Can’t wait to see it πŸ™‚

  83. Jo H. says:

    Congratulations! I am thrilled to bits for you! Really, you are a natural for this. Love the picture. Love your blog. Enjoy, enjoy!!

  84. terri says:

    Amazing news! Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your book. I’m sure it will be amazing!

  85. Congratulations!! What exciting news!!!

  86. Char says:

    I get goose bumps every time I hear that I am going to be friends with an AUTHOR! Whoot Whoot! GO BETH… GO BETH!!!! You my friend are my hero!!!

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  88. kittehluvs says:

    OH MY! that is fantastic news! I CAN’T WAIT to buy your book!!!

  89. Julie Blake says:

    That certainly is wonderful news! Congratulations!
    If anyone deserved this, it is you!
    Hugs Julie

  90. Congratulations Beth!! Can’t wait to buy a copy of your book~~ Don’t worry about the photo shoot–you are so cute and your smiles are contagious!! Now, I just wish I was brave enough to try some of the things you show us. Best wishes for the book and heading back to school!

  91. Jennie says:

    congrats!! how exciting!!

  92. Claire Boetsch says:

    Congratulations, can’t wait for the book to come out! yours was the first refashion blog I came across and I avidly await each new refashion. I’m very much a beginner to the sewing world but am hooked on your blog and fully intend to have a go myself. Keep up the good work!

  93. rarasaur says:

    What part of California? πŸ™‚

  94. debbielynne says:

    HOW EXCITING! I’ll be sure to read your book. πŸ™‚

  95. Oh my heavens!! What the heck?!?! I’m so happy and proud of you – that takes courage and commitment and I cannot wait to read it from cover to cover and marvel at all the whatever-you-can’t-tell-us-right-now stuff!!

  96. Really pleased. You’ve done what many aspire to do. I’m proud of you too! You’re following your passion. Congratulations!

  97. MelBee says:

    Congratulations and well done for overcoming the fear of stepping into the new and unknown…x you are an inspiration and your integrity and the quality of what you do truly shines through. I love visiting and really enjoy your blog… I am definitely putting your book on my wish

  98. luke says:

    I miss you aunt beth

  99. cucicucicoo says:

    What fantastic news! I’m looking forward to hearing more about it and, even more, seeing it!! πŸ™‚ Lisa

  100. sjmcclelland says:

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  101. Congratulations!! This is well deserved:) Please keep me posted!

  102. CraftyStaci says:

    Oh, my goodness – congratulations! I can’t wait to see it!

  103. Mizz Winkens says:

    Congratulations, I’m sure it’ll be a fantastic book. Do keep us updated!

  104. Laurie says:

    Congratulations! You are such a creative person! I’m a very busy mother of 3, also working freelance, with precious little time for my own hobbies but I’ve sure been inspired by your posts and your wit. I’m so glad I found you!

  105. Awesome, awesome news, Beth!

  106. Sandy says:

    Congratulations! Very well deserved! I was beyond amazed when I followed a link on Pinterest to your site. So looking forward to reading this book!

  107. mil says:

    You give all of us hope that we can accomplish more than we have. Congratulationns!!!

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  109. Marie says:

    I am French and I wanted to apologize if I made mistakes.
    I must say that I love your blog!
    It is a great source of inspiration for me.
    And you are very beautiful.
    I love your talent to refashion and I want mine to be as great!
    Especially not change anything and good luck.
    Kisses and good evening!

  110. Jenny says:

    I just stumbled across your website via Pinterest, and I LOVE your creative refashioning ideas. Please keep us posted as to when your book is out!

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  112. velosewer says:

    You are so creative and now you’ll also be in print too. That’s wonderful news.

  113. Ooohhh I will definitely be buying this book! You are amazing!

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