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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, September 27, 2014

Flypaper thoughts, last Saturday in September

  • Just spent the morning replacing a zipper in a jacket for my youngest son
  • This is the ultimate test of devotion
  • I would change "in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer"
  • To "would you replace a zipper for this person"
  • That would clear the church out of the 50% who wouldn't make it
  • Wonderful piece in the NYTimes on blogger burnout
  • None of that happening here
  • Explains to me that those wonderful DYI palaces are another business
  • Not that if anyone offered me my own line based on my fabulous blog I would turn it down
  • What would that be?
  • Patterns for the apple shape?
  • A waterpic for dog teeth?
  • For my mother a walker with skiis for the winter?
  • Frozen dinners that were healthier than from scratch and from the market?
  • You all have my number
  • Two more Renfrews and then it's back to shirts
  • Joined the Archer shirt sew-along
  • So happy there is now a paper pattern
  • Sticking paper together on the dining room table is best done by someone less random
  • Am considering throwing out one dull work outfit every month until I go part-time
  • I think this is brilliant
  • Better do an outfit count first
  • One of the great things about being a mature type
  • Is that you are old enough to see that what goes around comes around
  • Very reassuring
  • The kids came home with head lice
  • They and every other kid in the school system apparently
  • How did this happen when there are so many perfectionist mothers around these days?
  • Our mothers gave us canned creamed corn and white bread and we were louse free
  • Finished my first ever crochet project
  • A lap quilt big enough to cover two king sized beds
  • I got carried away
  • Either that or I should have counted stitches as I went
  • Might make a dishcoth next
  • If I could sew all day every day would I?
  • Love to find out
  • Going to NYC end of October to see the kids and buy buttons
  • Am holding my breath
  • Why do 18 year old students wait for an elevator to take them up one flight of stairs?
  • Another mystery of life

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thought for the day

When my husband was in Tennessee and I would go visit him we stayed at one of those extended stay hotels companies use.

There was a maintenance man there called John who was just lovely. I used to chat to him on my way to and from my walks.

One of his expressions, he used this a lot, was "don't get in a rush now". This made particular sense when it was hot, but I think he said it year around.

This has stayed with me because it struck me as such an unusual way to look at things.

Me being far more north than a Yankee and of a world where "I am so busy" and "have so much to do" are what everyone says to each other instead of hello.

I thought of John last night when I opened up a new shirt pattern with 12 pieces and I thought, that's such a lot of work I am going to be busy.

But then I thought.

Barbara you have already enough clothes in your closet for four people. You are not going to be standing by naked waiting for this shirt to be made before you step out of the house.

I can take my time with this, all 12 pieces, and the world is going to proceed just fine.

I have been thinking a lot lately about what I need to do next in my life, doing more teaching of sewing is one thing, but it has occurred to me that one of the first things I need to do on a personal level, right now, is re-evaluate my relationship with time.

I'm thinking that if you are not in such a rush you have actually have more time.

Ponder that one with me.

More time maybe to chat with folks and have conversations they will remember.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mr. Pinterest

You saw how far I took the birthday cake.

When the going gets tough the tough call in Poppa Leo.

So here is the cake under construction:

And at the party:

A good manager knows when to delegate.

Have a great week, talk soon.