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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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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas countdown

Hi folks,

First of all I want to thank you for the supportive comments.

I mean it about a book. I want to write a sort of self-help book for sewers and I am going to do it. I have eight months of full-time work left and that will be my percolating time.

Stay tuned.

I also want to say I need some time to grab to answer the interesting comments that have been left for me, but it is nuts, with Christmas stuff and work things going on.

So what I have to share tonight are flypaper thoughts:

  • One week to go
  • The secret is to lower expectations
  • For yourself first and other people second
  • All the good things in a family and a life can't be expected to come together on one day of the year
  • I have multiple decades of personal experience backing this one up
  • They must sell a ton of super bulky yarn the week before Christmas
  • My son-in-law had not serious but highly uncomfortable surgery yesterday
  • The kids have colds
  • The son arrives late the night before Christmas with the fiancee
  • Things shaping up as normal
  • Just fuse a small piece of knit interfacing where they tell you to stay stitch at the clip
  • Who need to pick those stay stitches out at midnight?
  • Do you think a Sirarcha and honey cookie will be too weird?
  • Who would even ask that?
  • Will report tomorrow
  • Fluffy slippers are excellent
  • One year I had four minutes between the time the last one went to sleep and the first one got up
  • Am most disturbed that the early spring patterns are all for waisted full skirted dresses
  • Waists move around in fashion but where yours should be is the worst place
  • Miss Heidi has taken this lump of coal thing to heart
  • Walking around in stubby legs muttering "that time I screamed at my family I was a baby. I am going to be good now I am a big girl"
  • Makes me feel bad that I told her about Melvin Clark
  • The kid I actually know who once got a lump of coal
  • Parents pulled those stunts in the old days
  • It appears grandparents pull them now
  • She is already stressed enough for three
  • And not just because of the sneaky looking Elf on the Shelf
  • Like about racoons
  • I told her about the time I found a racoon hand under the cushion on the couch
  • Must have fallen off someone in the backyard
  • Birdie brought it in for a present
  • I live in Nova Scotia after all
  • One more story and I am going to be put on grandmother probation
  • She would rather stand than sit on the couch
  • Much like her father
  • These things happen
  • Why would my husband think I wanted a car that can talk to me?
  • I get into the car for peace and quiet
  • We have traded back
  • If kids can't spill juice in it then it's not for me
  • My neighbourhood is famous for Christmas lights
  • We have tour buses drive slowly all night
  • Makes you run downstairs to throw the switch on while wearing your fuzzy slippers
  • The last thing we were famous for was the Bird House gang
  • Bunch of gangsters were going into yards at night and switching around the bird houses
  • Giving the senior men fits
  • Only their wives laughed
  • It's a tough neighbourhood
  • Do they still sell red and green Rice Krispies?
  • In case the Sirarcha cookies bomb
  • As if that's going to happen


Angela M. said...

So glad to hear you are planning to move ahead with the book :) and... I DO put the little piece of interfacing where we are to stay stitch at the clip - but I somehow end up with a slightly bulky area. Bleh... Oh well, practice makes perfect, I hope!

I hope your son-in-law is feeling better soon.

I hear you about full-waisted skirts - at 50 with some padding, adding extra fabric is the last thing I need!

Miss Heidi sounds adorable :D

Karen said...

Interesting bunch of cookie recipes in WaPo this year -- we liked the Honey Sriracha -- the Saffron Wedding cookies, not so much. Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

Good tip about the interfacing at the clip. Have a great Christmas.
Ria in Oz.

patsijean said...

I gave my husband a lump of coal one year. He was not amused and I thought it hysterical. Still do.

Suze said...

Saw the same article about the cookies and thought the same thing. Also, please let me know when I can pre-order your book. I need it tomorrow, thank you.

Your flypaper thoughts bring sunshine into my sewing room.

Catherine p said...

My son would love your cookies--loves siracha.
Hope your son gets to feeling better soon.
Have a great Christmas.

AlaskaBerninaGirl said...

"They must sell a ton of super bulky yarn the week before Christmas" hahahahaha

Merry Christmas to you first and yours second!

Anonymous said...

The sriracha cookies are EXCELLENT! And it makes a ton - all good

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Good reading! LOL

Anonymous said...

Laughing hysterically at Grandmother probation!
Hope that your son feels better soon.
Merry Christmas to you and all your family,

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

LOL at the bulky yarn comment - I'm on my 10th chunky cowl and have been to joann 4 times for yarn so far....

Anonymous said...

You have such a great self deprecating sense-of-humor and it's very uplifting and needed by me, personally. Thanks!!!!! Because of my home situation, I do a lot of sewing in my head and can use your to-be-written sewing book. Best wishes for a happy new year. Native North Texas sewing sister.

NZ said...

Thank you for another wonderful year of your blog! I will also be one of the first to buy your book.

Lucille said...

Whatever you need to make that book happen, I'm here for you! You have a wonderful way of cutting through the crap to the cream. Please include Flypaper Thoughts throughout. Essential!