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I am a mother, a new 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 first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Flypaper thoughts

  • Why are there tanning salons in Florida?'
  • We don't have in ground sprinkler systems in Nova Scotia
  • To the world in general
  • Is there a common sense app we can put on that phone?
  • This is what getting older is about
  • You move back on the stage and do a lot of work in support roles
  • This is precisely why this time of your life is when you have to be the main person being good to yourself
  • Like this?
  • It's how I am explaining that big orange bag and the bronze clutch I bought at the outlets
  • Good policy
  • You know in the chorus you can wear what ever shoes you want
  • My step-daughter and baby have been here for the week
  • Smiley baby, really nice mother
  • I could be a professional baby walker
  • Love those strollers
  • We have one more week here
  • You will never guess
  • My husband went out and bought an RV to leave here and come back to
  • You think you are surprised
  • I was marking papers at the time
  • I think my input was along the lines of "Uh uh"
  • Then we marched through about ten of them and I said I liked the ones with the most windows
  • This is a man who doesn't sit outside if he sees one bug
  • Of course we are not talking my dad's canvas tent and the Coleman stove
  • This unit has couches and a washer and dryer
  • Speaking of babies
  • They are the solution
  • To my knitting angst
  • And most other things
  • Rather than spending a solid month knitting a sweater that turns out to be for Lowly worm
  • I am going to practice my skills on mini projects until I figure out how not to mess this up
  • Babies wear small stuff
  • I am a genius
  • Better late than never
  • New fabric policy
  • Apart from pants fabric that has to be boring to allow the bottom half to be a non issue
  • I am going to buy fabric from now on only if it makes me smile
  • Look out
  • Going to end up with something perfect to match a giant orange purse
  • Miss Daisy is letting her feisty side out
  • Going to get her a vest that says "Bunny patrol"
  • Great to see
  • Unless you are a bunny
  • Vacations are busy


Nursebennett said...

Yes, to precisely why we must be good to ourselves. I find my supporting role grows larger daily (as in the number of people who depend on me for some type of support) and it seems I have no one to count on but myself. It's nice to be needed, but...

Can't wait to see what matches that orange purse!

annie said...

Had to reread this post as I am not a "morning" person. Thought you were going to have to drive the RV back and forth. Having just driven 1200 miles in two days from Key West to home, I found that thought mind-blowing. Driving on I95 is crazy enough. Babies are why the world was created. And that's why we drove such a long way. Totally worth it. How's the new doggie?

Louisa said...

You are so hilarious, Barbara! And insightful too. Yes, why DO they have tanning beds in Florida? Or anywhere?! But then I don't tan much even in the real sunshine and I prefer my usual pasty colour anyhow.

Lynn Barnes said...

Orange pants. Make orange pants.

Anonymous said...

Yes, you are a genius! Recognized by other geniuses!

In summer I choose wild and wacky prints for bottoms and plains for tops. Also, I choose bright colours I would never wear anytime but summer. This is where the big orange bag comes in as fashion arbiter.

As for fabric making us smile, I just saw a wonderful jacket at Fabricland made by one of the staff out of "Angry Birds" home dec fabric. Masterful use of the print. Very smile inducing.

Tanning salons in Florida – that's to even out the tan and get those naughty bits with the programme. Or possibly to make sure EVERYTHING is evenly wrinkled.

Barbara from Vancouver

Leigh Wheeler said...

Honestly why DO you have tanning beds in FL??? I know why we have them here in Portland. It's so we can go to some other place and not get burnt to a crisp!

A purple dress will set of the orange bag very well.

Ear scritches for Daisy!