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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 10, 2016

Flypaper thoughts, the I should be doing something else edition

  • Before we go any further read this from Tim Gunn
  • If you read it already this week, isn't he right?
  • And this is another reason why we sew
  • Have almost finished making an imitation suede pantsuit
  • Haven't worn a pantsuit since the last century
  • And that's not just me
  • That Jalie pants pattern is the bomb 
  • Cut one size smaller because the fabric stretches
  • Really enjoying my niece in the basement
  • Smell of garlic cooking at 11:00 p.m.
  • Sound of washing machine at 3:00 a.m.
  • Love having a kid in the house again
  • It's the right background noise
  • Miss Heidi's first week at big school
  • "Get me a book"
  • "See I don't know one word, they didn't teach me to read"
  • Her big sister was asked "How was school?"
  • "I went, I am home."
  • She's learning the ropes
  • I am fermenting pickles in the spare room closet
  • They should have taught me to do this in school
  • The front of my house has been attacked by grape vines
  • Think we are moving way past possibly the jelly possibilities
  • On to vineyard scale
  • How do you think Sewing on the Edge would look on a label?
  • I can see small feet crushing grapes in the bathtub
  • Why is it just when you decide to cut out sugar someone brings home a variety pack of squares?
  • Me who can't be left alone in a house with chocolate chips in the cupboard
  • Is there such a thing as grape squares?
  • What tops go with a pant suit?
  • Where do you wear a pant suit?
  • Nice fabric though
  • New idea for career counselling
  • Decide what clothes you want to wear to work and find a job that matches
  • I can hear the loons flying over my house
  • What are they telling me?
  • Maybe that I should go put in the washing
  • And hem those sleeves on my jacket
  • Read that big trees actually send out favourable vibes to their little trees
  • I had suspected as much
  • I am doing that for my sister in my basement
  • Never underestimate the connections

Monday, September 5, 2016

My exercise program and work out gear

I notice that the really good bloggers often post information about their workout routines, usually in response to requests from readers who want to know how they stay in such great shape.

I also note that none of you have asked me that.

But just in case what is holding you back is shyness, here we go.

The sharing of my fitness secrets.

But first the background. As I have mentioned before my niece is now happily resident in the basement floor of my house (not as bad as it sounds it is a walk out basement with full windows.) 

This means that I am now cutting out on a table upstairs. What you see below is my workout routine shot by the resident photo/journalist/cook. 

I am wearing my standard workout outfit which is an apron. I wear an apron all day because I am messy and because it has a pocket in it that I can put my iPhone in which counts my steps. Sort of a improv Fitbit. 

I keep an eye on my steps and when they are running too low (below about 12,000 a day) I go outside and walk up and down the hills of my neighbourhood, go on the exercise bike and watch Netflix or in the summer go for a swim.

Then I get back to sewing.

Enjoy my fitness routine, short but educational.