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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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Saturday, January 25, 2014

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  • Been doing a lot of sewing.
  • Reviews and pictures will trickle by you soon.
  • In the mood for this instead tonight.
  • Spent the day trying to feel sorry for myself.
  • Really hard.
  • Love of my life is leaving soon for two months above the Arctic Circle.
  • You read that right.
  • So far north and any further he is on his way back.
  • Serves him right.
  • I will have to find the remote on my own.
  • He has the attributes that matter most to a Canadian wife.
  • He can make a person laugh even in February.
  • Even on a Monday morning in February.
  • He shovels the snow.
  • He makes nachos when you want to sew.
  • I notice when he is gone.
  • This week my workplace was shut because of a blizzard.
  • Half my evening online class didn't log in.
  • Said they thought we were cancelled because of the weather.
  • You see what I am up against here.
  • Started some clothes to have self pity in.
  • Velour housecoat in case I decide to age this way or become a hoarder.
  • It involved the Rule of Corners.
  • If you are a new sewer let me explain.
  • If you set in something with corners only one will turn out.
  • Or if they both work, they will be different.
  • This is a rule.
  • When I was a young pup sewing wise I would have ripped it all out.
  • Three times.
  • And made holes.
  • I now know better.
  • My daughter had ric rack at her place.
  • Pretty much if you have ric rack you are in business.
  • Woke up at 11:30 Wednesday night and my step daughter was standing in the hallway.
  • She lives in England.
  • Not in my hallway.
  • They were coming for a visit and they got stuck in a snowdrift on the way to her sister's.
  • We thought the flight had been cancelled.
  • Good thing I am close.
  • And I always have a lasagna in the freezer.
  • English boyfriend thought snow was so neat so l he dug out my walk.
  • There is potential there.
  • Ric Rack cheered me right up.
  • Even went and fixed the holes the spouse's felted mittens.
  • It is very helpful in this life to be shallow.
  • The best thing about grandchildren is that a kid is back in the house.
  • And it's you.
  • I will be in Florida in April.
  • Pretty sure Miss Heidi put a toothbrush down the sink.
  • Will know when the pipes get cut open.
  • But we are not missing a toothbrush.
  • This is getting exciting.
  • My grandfather's first pharmacy was on the way to the North.
  • Place called Flin Flon.
  • The store was called Gateway Drugs.
  • You can't make stuff like this up.
  • My dad was named after the president of their best selling product.
  • Sanitary napkins.
  • Norval.
  • That was my dad's name not the sanitary napkins.
  • What do you expect.
  • After that my grandfather called him Skip.
  • Wonder if there are any nachos left.
  • May all your problems be fixable with ric rack.
  • That is not an Irish blessing.
  • It should be.