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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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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Flypaper thoughts cold night version

  • My secret sewing/knitting/crocheting continues
  • Good, I guess, for Christmas 
  • Bad for the blog business
  • In that transition stage now where the folks who were getting hand made shirts and then socks are now getting slippers made in mega bulky wool on 10 mm needles
  • Such is reality
  • Speaking of which
  • Went to a funeral today for my husband's sweet aunt
  • I thought the priest talked way too long about sinners
  • I wanted to stand up and say 
  • Listen
  • I am sure when she meets him the Lord will say "Elizabeth there should have been more like you"
  • Credit where credit's due
  • Fabulous reception afterwards
  • The kind you get on an island off Cape Breton
  • Sort of an all you can eat affair in a room full of characters and charming men
  • Speaking of which
  • This aunt married a handsome no goodnik late in life
  • The high point of the reception was my gentle and ladylike mother-in-law at a table
  • With scissors
  • Cutting him out of pictures in the family albums during dessert
  • I love that family
  • For Christmas I have asked everyone to give us donations to rescue organizations instead
  • Was asked tonight if saving the brown-nosed bat counts
  • Might have to consider that one
  • But if we don't save them 
  • Who will?
  • By the way whoever says abused puppy mill dogs never recover
  • Hasn't met Daisy
  • She gets feistier by the day
  • Knocks the laptop out of my hand if I write too long
  • Even has a boyfriend
  • A Bernese Mountain Dog who rolls over and waits when he sees her
  • At 16 pounds she is driving him wild
  • Hear he waits by the door for her all afternoon
  • Then again she dresses well
  • Red jacket and red boots
  • Sorry if you aren't an animal person
  • But the sewing is top secret
  • And at least I don't keep bats
  • Yet


Anonymous said...

Have so missed your posts but can well understand the holiday urgency that reorders priorities. I think bats suffer from bad PR -- they eat their weight in mosquitoes on a daily basis -- we have to salute them for that. If we don't save them, just more pesticide to deal with.
Good luck on all your projects!

MakeitAnyWear said...

This was worth waiting for.

Anonymous said...

Hoping for a picture of fully styled Daisy and her beau in the new year.

Meanwhile congrats on the evolution of your creative plans.


kim nath said...

Bats are extremely important in the environment, they eat lots of pesky bugs. They are dying at an alarming rate from a
fungal disease so it is probably a good cause.

Karen Lyon said...

Barbara, Megabattie is my facourite youtube subscription. Vet Ranch is next. If there are no rspca shelters near them, gibe the sites to your jokester. All Animals (and people too) could use a little hekp. I love that your mother in law has rewritten family history. I have a few I would not mind using the scissors on.
I am glad Miss Daisy is doing so well. It is only where animals can relax that they allow their personalities to show. And why shouldn't she have a boyfriend?
Take care and good luck with the Christmas presents.

SuzieB said...

Love the MIL story- so funny! Good for her-
Bats are interesting and very cool to look at up close (since they're sleepy during the day when you're likely to encounter them while cleaning the rafters in the garage, etc)
Glad you're posting again- Hope you finish all the Christmas projects- I once didn't finish & gave IOU's- Figured, Christmas gift, New Years gift, what's the difference?

Leigh Wheeler said...

I'm not a churchgoer, and so I have to say I was more than a little mystified going to a couple church funerals over the last year or two. Preacher yammered on about sinners and jesus and more sinning the whole 90 minutes when we weren't singing. There was only a tiny bit at the end when a couple people said something. I'm like, what about Nameof Deceased? Isn't this funeral about a PERSON?

Bats ARE valuable. We'd be overrun with mosquitoes etc. if not for them.

Daisy is ADORABLE in her outfit!

birdmommy said...

Another advocate to save the bats here! Not only are they wonderful consumers of nasty bugs, but they are so cute - little balls of fluff with wings. Even their angry squeaks and chirps are super cute.

(I may be biased - I spent many a childhood summer assisting in bat banding projects).