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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Monday, December 27, 2010

It was a merry Christmas

Here is a requisite picture of myself and my granddaughter at Christmas. We had a blow-out 14 people dinner at my daughter's with lots of food, little kids running around, and general chaos.

My daughter kept saying, "Is this too wild?" and of course it wasn't and can't be. My husband did the major cooking, turkey, stuffing, gravy and all the pies and cooked for us again yesterday. Here he is in the middle of carving, just before he hit the couch:

I know that there are a lot of folks who don't like this time of year, but I love it.

First of all Christmas allows me to go all out on family doting which I need to do, so I really enjoy myself. Things change of course. Operations moved from my place to my daughter's this year, and that felt right. I am very happy to be doing back up and glad I have the time to do it.

Secondly New Year's really is a time when I review my life and see what I want to get done and if I am still steered in the right direction.

I have been thinking some preliminary thoughts on that one over the last day or so.

I think for many of us in this much busier world the key is becoming as much what we are not going to do in the new year as what we are going to be doing. 

It seems to me that this is not a time for me so much for self-improvement as self-focus.

One thing that I have been thinking about a lot is how important my sewing life is to me. What that looks like as I move forward bears some consideration and I am going to have to decide what I am going to be letting go of to move what matters more into focus.


L.R. Shimer said...

Barbara, I sure enjoyed your idea about focusing on what we ARE going to do in the New Year. Accentuate the positive. Last year Stampington Magazines had a posting asking people to put up just ONE WORD that indicated their goals for the new year. I thought and thought - because how could I ever figure that out? Finally I realized it was 'pieces', as in just focusing on getting individual pieces done. Boy, was that one-word idea helpful! I did get a lot of pieces done, and a few of them were sewing pieces. It was a really motivating deal for me.

This year I'm going for 'integrated pieces' (gee that one word idea was so great, but I've broken the rule anyway :-). I'm focusing on making pieces from each kind of project: sewing, music, serial story writing, illustrating, and learning to write apps - and working to tie everything together as much as possible. That sure helps with the motivation to do a little of everything every day..... or at least a little of as many as possible of each thing every day and not driving myself crazy with what I don't do.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

I have to tell you that sewing provides a balance to my life - a much needed balance. There is my work life that is demanding, interesting and economically fulfilling BUT there needs to be that other side that. Sewing meets that criteria, it lets me express myself creatively, as well as have control over one thing in my life.

I truly understand how sewing has grown in importance to you and allowed the best you to flourish!

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

I'm sorry I forgot to tell you that your granddaughter is adorable and that is a wonderful shot of the two of you!

a little sewing said...

What a wonderful Christmas! And I am so glad you enjoyed yourself, that is what it's all about. Your little Miss Scarlett is adorable!