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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, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day to our children

I admit to some ambivalence about Mother's Day. No disrespect to my wonderful inspirational mother or to my sweet mother-in-law who happens to be visiting with me now.

The thing is I figure mothers don't need to be thanked, children are such a gift.

One part of that gift is what the experience does to you and who you are.

So here is my list. Please feel free to add to it. You know you are a mother when:

  • You are eighty and you still tell strange kids to do up their jackets
  • You have saved that single small mitt you knit for them when they were two, even though that kid now has kids of their own
  • You have at least sat down one million times and before your bum hits the couch someone yells "Moooom" and you get up again
  • You have at least two million times said "Don't yell, come here and tell me what you want"
  • You have made sandwiches with your coat on
  • You are an expert in some sport that you a) never played yourself b) never were the least bit interested in yourself
  • Your favourite room in the house is the bathroom because it has a lock
  • You are sure you have spent more time in your car than your house
  • You go into their room when they have left home to sniff their pillow and tell your husband you were just in there folding laundry
  • You have learned to sleep with one ear open
  • You say you are not too tired when you are
Happy mother's day.

Now what what have I missed?

BTW here is a spectacular article from the NYTimes today on mother's clothes.

Wonder what of my creations anyone will save.