Sunday, March 26, 2017

Flypaper thoughts last week here edition


  • If sewing in an r.v. were an Olympic event
  • There would be a gold medal for Canada
  • Older man stopped by and watched me serge on the picnic table
  • My mother died when I was young but I remember her sewing for all us kids, he said
  • Seeing you there brought her back
  • I like doing something that makes older men remember their mothers
  • Told the husband that when the draft goes out he is taking me for a mojito
  • Not much for drinks but like ones that taste like something else
  • Do you know what not once in my life have I ever gone into a bar by myself?
  • As likely to do that as apply lipstick in public
  • Some things date me
  • Taken time to adapt to these things
  • Jackets and coats that are shorter than what's under them
  • Bra straps that show under racerback tanks or dresses
  • Shoes and purses that don't match
  • Why bare veinly legs are better than having nylons over them
  • Calling panty hose nylons
  • Some things don't date me
  • Don't date most women
  • When was the last time you heard a woman say she was a meat and potatoes kind of person?
  • I think fashion and children keep us flexible
  • Think of all the styles we have talked ourselves into
  • Cold shouldered tops this year
  • Thong underwear
  • Coats with only one button at the top
  • Midcalf skirts
  • Hope I haven't offended anyone here
  • Shoes we can't walk in
  • All this sewing has reminded me how energizing it is to go all in on what you are working on
  • I enjoy working hard
  • Forget telling myself that the dusting and hand made pasta are things that I would do if I had more time
  • I would have the time if I really wanted to do them
  • Would just rather sew
  • Golf game much improved
  • Husband double checking my score
  • No date stamp on learning
  • Remember that
  • Have an idea for a new project
  • Response to my friend who flags the "10 minute recipe"
  • List of things sewers can cook so they don't waste sewing time
  • Criteria is that it can be made in 10 minutes
  • Doesn't poison you
  • And has some category of healthy
  • So fish sticks and frozen French fries are not eligible
  • Besides I can already do that
  • You in?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Flypaper thoughts over and underestimated things in life



  • Only two and a half more weeks then we are home
  • Should be back to my real life and posting real sewing then too
  • I have been thinking about the title topics of this post
  • Here we go
  • Staystitching is underestimated
  • It keeps things from stretching so so much
  • Like 2" in a scooped neckline
  • That's why the facing doesn't fit
  • From wide to narrow, down to up
  • Stay stitching really works
  • Best thing I bought all year was 
  • A dog stroller
  • Miss Daisy likes to walk only in one direction
  • But with short legs she doesn't get that this means she has to walk the same distance back
  • Dog strollers are a genius idea for the beach
  • She goes as long as she wants and then I pop her in
  • She loves it, lies and watches the waves and the people
  • Never underestimate the usefulness of really nerdy and embarrassing things
  • My daughter says though if she sees that thing in the neighbourhood she will be mortified
  • Never underestimate the freedom of being at the certain age when you don't give a shit
  • Never underestimate the soothing effect of spending time with your dad's old friend
  • When your own dad died before the internet was invented
  • Do you have any idea how great it feels to sit and talk to someone who knew him and is still exactly like him?
  • Like a quiet gift giving me some time with him back
  • Friendships transcend anything
  • This week my best friend from home made me a sample and sent me pictures the same day I asked
  • We all need pinch hitters
  • And the no questions asked people
  • Remember when you were a kid and life was a cashless environment
  • When your best friend was everything?
  • Well that hasn't changed
  • Only you did for a while
  • But you can get it back at any time
  • I am now friends with my dad's best friend's daughter too
  • Never underestimate the power of a nice hand stitch to go where no machine dares to
  • Wish Jill Scott made more movies
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series was amazing
  • She had these cool cotton dresses too
  • Never underestimate the value of a man who brings you coffee in bed before you get up
  • As a matter of fact that should be a pre-nuptial test question
  • Got to get to San Francisco to see where the kid is living and working
  • Right now I feel I don't know where he is
  • Got to have a picture in my head
  • Like to see where they buy groceries, where he catches the bus
  • That's what matters
  • Those are the picture I want
  • More possessions than you can fit in an rv is probably overestimated
  • Only thing I have missed is...
  • OK can't remember what that is
  • Where we are I see flamingos flying in the inland waterway
  • All pink with dangling long legs
  • With all these gifts there are no things to miss
  • Only people

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Flypaper thoughts Sunday morning edition


  • For the past month I have been doing nothing but sewing, writing about sewing, and thinking about sewing
  • I have been so happy all month
  • Makes me think two things
  • How lucky I am to have something that makes me feel that way
  • How hard it would be if all you could think of doing was say dust
  • Or watch TV
  • BTW at what moment did anyone invent reality TV?
  • Seems to me that we used to watch shows so we didn't have to deal with that
  • Haven't watched anything but the news in months
  • Second thing all this sewing related has made me realize
  • I haven't lost it, not one bit
  • There is zero difference between late middle-aged me when I sew as when I was 17
  • I can do something that totally connects those two people
  • At 7 Miss Scarlett feels the same way when she sews
  • Wonder if she knows she is right now connecting with her 80 year-old-self
  • Going to see those guys tomorrow
  • They are on the Gulf Coast with the other grandparents who I also love
  • We are going over to have the girls sleep over in the RV
  • Those guys are a zany bunch
  • Daughter texted me that the trip down was the worst trip in her life
  • 10 hours with three kids up since 3:30 a.m.?
  • How is that possible?
  • Every one has to have somewhere to put their love
  • That's why all rv folks who are older like us have a small dog
  • Spend all those decades
  • Listening in your bed to hear if that cough sounds like croup
  • Or to hear the car safely glide into the driveway
  • Or standing with the world's stupidest school supply list at Staples
  • Wondering if the lines on the music teacher's requested exercise book are 3/8" wide
  • Instead of 1/2" 
  • Will really matter at all
  • But think maybe someone else has the right exercise books
  • After all it is your kid
  • A person doesn't just come to a standing stop on that stuff
  • And then the big kids tell you Mom your job is done, enjoy yourself
  • Which of course is why you need a dog
  • Who will never say anything like that to you
  • And lets you coo while you watch them eat
  • And lets you brush their teeth
  • Nothing wrong with it
  • Have to let the flow keep going
  • What a wonderful feeling to know that I will never have to retire from doing what I really do best
  • This is the primary difference between sewers and professional athletes 
  • Imagine if someone had said 
  • You're 32, your best days of putting in zippers are behind you
  • Proved to myself this week that my best zippers are now
  • Watch out

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Running on the beach

I heard today that the rescue organization where we got Miss Daisy has just gone and picked up 250 dogs from a puppy mill that was busted in Jacksonville. I heard too that those dogs are right now pretty low and scared. If I wasn't in an RV I would be over there right now and getting another one.

So I was thinking today about Daisy when we got her. Never been out of a cage, all flat and closed into herself.

Well today here she was at the beach. May those other dogs get a chance.


Here's to second chances everywhere https://youtu.be/oWwLaRANW9s





Thursday, February 23, 2017

We have to talk

Listen blog readers I have not forgotten you. 

Thing is I have this book writing thing going on and have a deadline. I am not sure if anyone will read it but I sure am putting my heart into it. So many sewing thoughts of a lifetime. I don't want to wake up in a few months and think I haven't told you something I need to. 

So bear with me. Lot of production going on in the RV.

So until my sewing goes public again are we fine with flypaper thought? Let me know. Here we go:


  • Time off for golf lessons
  • Pro is an elderly Irishman who might have had the odd cocktail or two
  • Slouches in the cart and just nails what I am doing wrong
  • No reaction when I say to him "this is just like life isn't it?"
  • Makes sense to me
  • Tells me to stand tall and just trust the swing
  • Of course this is like life
  • But maybe he has heard this one a lot
  • Jalie patterns are the bomb
  • Everyone new one has been turning out for me lately
  • If my husband keeps feeding me like this I am going to have to expand the fitting chapter
  • I think the three step zig zag is the most neglected stitch on the machine
  • Keeps that long zig zag thread from catching
  • It is making me unbelievably happy to have nothing to do but write and sew
  • Why did I ever think anything else is important?
  • Next weekend are going to the other coast to see the kids and grandkids and the other grandparents
  • Really looking forward to it
  • Promised the girls they could sleepover in the RV one night
  • Decided next winter we are going to drive across the country to San Francisco
  • No kid is going to get away that easy
  • Taken the southern route I think
  • Saw a pink flamingo in flight today
  • My niece is still digging out the driveway at home
  • I doubt if I will ever sew any zipper again except an invisible one
  • Why would you?
  • You can restitch and restitch them until you get it right
  • And none of that shows on the right side
  • Try that with a lapped zipper
  • I walk down to the inland waterway at night just to hear the fish flip out of the water
  • Miss Daisy listens for them too
  • Got to write tomorrow and then practice golf
  • Want to show I've got the life part down 
  • So we can move on to the slice
  • That's part of life too

Sunday, February 5, 2017

My halftime flypaper thoughts


  • OK I am not watching football but am aware it's on
  • Daisy is fast asleep too
  • Sewing on the road working well
  • Iron outside, cut on a cardboard mat on the bed, and machines on the table
  • Works if you keep your elbows tight
  • Times are changing
  • Nylon stockings are out whatever the temperature and leg veins
  • Eyebrows are in, coloured eye shadow is out
  • As far as I am concerned tailor tacks never go out of style
  • Saw an ad for a food preservation system that means you can eat food you made 35 years ago
  • Think about that
  • Who was a better cook 35 years ago?
  • Let's add water and rehydrate tuna casserole made with a can of mushroom soup mix with crumbled potato chips on top
  • You can tell a lot about a man by the look on his wife's face
  • Been to enough office Christmas parties to have figured that out
  • Riding my bike on the beach in the mornings
  • Watch the pelicans glide like masters of the universe
  • Pre-historic faces and all that grace
  • Consider that peacocks don't fly
  • Hope girls in high school are holding that thought
  • Not much is nicer than a row of perfect buttonholes
  • Any body figured out why it takes a dog 20 minutes to find the exact right place to pee
  • I wish I could play the clarinet
  • Ended piano when the teacher said come back when you have rhythm 
  • Good news Mom I said
  • I don't ever have to go back
  • But really
  • The clarinet is the musical equivalent of a shawl collar wool velour coat
  • You know what I mean?
  • Any one want to split a Key Lime pie with me?
  • Not many of those in Nova Scotia
  • Pies or splitters
  • My turn for dishes
  • Catch you later

Monday, January 30, 2017

Full disclosure

We are still in transit to St. Augustine and will be there day after tomorrow. Since we last spoke I have been sewing my brains out at various state parks (shout out to the amazing state and national parks service and rangers for many reasons) and I sometimes run into times where I am so busy sewing I don't seem tear myself away from the machine to blog about it.

Hope you understand.

Plus I am sewing a lot of samples to deadline for my book and am pretty sure I am not supposed to be blogging about those garments in the meantime. My intention is that when I have enough made so I can get through the night without waking up at 3:00 thinking about my to-do list I can then start sewing more things to share.

Just think when the book is finally out you will be among those who will look at the pictures and know there was a good chance they were put together in an RV or on a picnic table in some state park.

In the meantime, until I am back on track and my out basket looks bigger than my in basket, I want to share some sewing thoughts:

  • Jalie's dropped pocket cardigan is a wonderful pattern. Made two, will make more. Not a cardigan so much as something you can wear over a T shirt to disguise the extra body parts and also sort of pockets with sleeves. Excellent for dog walkers, who carry a few poop purses.
  • Louise Cutting's instructions are terrific. Every new sewer should sew at least one for the insights. Bear in mind though that her shapes are over-sized and sort of boxy and choose sizes accordingly. I mean who would have thought I would be an  X small. But really great, great instructions.
  • To sew in an RV one of those cardboard cutting maps is essential. You can put it on the bed or a picnic table. Hanging toiletry bags with compartments are good too for notions, mine dangles from the hooks for the ladder to the over the bulkhead bunk.
  • A husband who cooks and cleans is also handy.
  • Dogs have no idea why we are doing any of this or why we just didn't stay in the nice yard back home.
  • My serger has given up the ghost on my. 20 years and innumerable services later I can't complain.
  • OK I did.
  • Already on the phone trying to get one lined up for when I arrive in Florida.
  • I love American grocery stores. I haven't exactly come from the Gulag but really there is so much stuff. We walk the aisles and marvel.
  • People leave interesting books in campground laundry rooms. Finished the one I picked up in Tennessee and leaving for the next reader here in South Carolina.
  • A small black dog in a dark state park at night is a challenge. We had to get one of those light things for her harness.
  • No idea if she was peeing or not
  • The man next site is a musician from New York
  • The lady working the next dryer is from the woods of Maine
  • Her kids have sent them south this winter.
  • Last winter there was so much snow she had to snowshoe across the lake to get coffee and the kids said enough
  • Stayed put one night on a mountain because my husband had a feeling
  • Turns out the place we were headed to was evacuated because of a tornado
  • Us we stayed alone on the mountain until some lost hikers saw our light
  • Husband took them down to the ranger
  • Two RVs of families home schooling on the road
  • RVs are not that big for a family of 6
  • Those are some tough mothers
  • Off to bed now so more later
  • Pictures should be next