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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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Sunday, October 20, 2013

A surprising weekend

Not much sewing done this weekend. 

Tomorrow is my birthday and last night we went over to my daughter's for dinner.

My mother-in-law and I walked in and there was my 86 year old mother from Winnipeg, and my son and his girlfriend from New York, and both my children from here with husband and girlfriend, the grandchildren and my oldest friends, a couple I have known since university, the kind of friends who had kids the same age (nine between the two families) and are like family. My daughter said she considered a larger party but knew I would then spend the night hosting and this was better for a big birthday.

She knows me.

It was the first surprise party of my life and I was completely surprised.

The really weird thing was the feeling that this was for me. All other events I am making the party for someone else and it was strange it was for me. I kept thinking that all night.

I was so touched that they were there. 

Everyone I love most in the world in one room and the three sisters who weren't there, close in spirit. One sister sent me jewelry she knows means something to me, another wrote a really lovely card and my sister who quilts made one that is half farmland (where I grew up) and half a seascape, because that is where I have spent the other half of my life. I will take a picture this week to show you.

I felt really emotional all night and still feel that way.

Everyone is so good to me.

My mom is here for the rest of the week and I will be checking in again next weekend with my project news.

In the meantime I am just going to enjoy my family.

Until then.