Thursday, November 01, 2007

Fat Bottom for a Friend

Here is the Fat Bottom Bag I crocheted for my friend Pam:

Fat Bottom with Rusty Wheelbarrow

It was supposed to have been a birthday present on September 18th but I procrastinate when it comes to sewing because as you can see below, I don't do it very well but my friend knows that and doesn't mind. She's a good friend that way.

Since it was a very late birthday present for her, it ended up being a thank you present because around September 27th, I had the biggest, hugest, most important deadline of my life and I had a melt down. Complete, total, ugly cry, tears, stuff running out of my nose, stomachache from all the crying meltdown. You see I spent the summer writing a book. My deadline to have the manuscript completed was September 30th. It had to be in my editor's hands by October 1st.
I had plenty of material, the book was done(at least the first draft), but it still wasn't a book. It was a pile of essays, all uncatergorized, all crossing over into each other. I tried to organize it, it didn't work. My friend Pam said, "Give it to me, I'll get it organized for you." Did she ever. Without her I couldn't have done it. You see, I can type, I can send an email, I can open Microsoft Word, but I have no idea how to use the program other than to open a document and write. Oh and I can use word count, I love the word count tool. But Pam could move stuff around. She could type in a keyword or search term and find the essay we were looking for just like that. I had no idea such magic existed.
So the Fat Bottom Bag that was intended as a birthday present became a thank you gift and I stuffed a can of Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Hazelnut Pirouette cookies in there--because they are her favorite.


andrea said...

Great bag Melissa! I'm so happy your friend helped you so much...that's a good, true friend that will help you out in a bind!
Can't wait for your book! Before long you'll be on a book tour, just like Crazy Aunt Purl :)
Please come to Dallas when you do, so I can see you!

KsMaryLou said...

Melissa we all have meltdowns from time to time, that's just the way life is. You are truly blessed to have such a friend as Pam to help you through one of those times. I'm sure the bag you made for Pam means as much to her as her help meant to you. I look forward to the book....and if you make it to KC on the tour let me know.

Anna van Schurman said...

That's one way to out your book writing badass self!

Sharon said...

Melissa,that bag is wonderful. You did a great job on it. I am so happy that Pam helped you so much and so thrilled about your book. I know it will be the first of many, you are such a good writer. I can't wait till I can see your book in Barnes and Noble and loudly make an announcement. THIS IS MY FRIEND'S BOOK!! love ya xoxox

Anonymous said...

The bag came out great!!

Aw, belated hugs on the book/deadline thing. I can relate; my hub is my IT professional and has taught me every thing computerish that I need to know. You know, it's the same reason why my kids and I always rag on CSI - they have every piece of software in the world available to them and they all know how to use it! LOL - just not realistic!

siobhan said...

Melissa: YOU ROCK!! I can't wait to read your book and use the fact that I know you as my claim to fame. :) YGG!!

Suz said...

I think the bag is fantastic, and you clearly sew much better than I do :)

It's ok to have a breakdown now and again and I'm very happy you had a good friend who could help you out like that.

Pamela Sue said...

Lady, you have all the sewing skills you'll ever need! I'm going to carry my bag with pride and maybe someday someone will say, "Hey, is that the bag Melissa made for you?" and I'll smile with great pride and say, "absolutely, wanna see her stitching?" :-)))))


Michelle said...

A book??? Do tell! Glad you got it done, and the fat bottom bag is beautiful!