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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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Friday, December 30, 2016

Flypaper thoughts day before New Year's Eve edition

  • I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas
  • Know that not all are spectacular and that not all folks like the holidays
  • But I do, assembling as much of the family as we can and making the dishes we always make marks the years for me
  • With the poignancy that brings
  • High point was seeing Miss Heidi fast asleep in a fluffy eyeshade
  • I will remember that
  • I will forget the part where the new dog decided to mark the corners of an unfamiliar room by lifting his leg
  • Back to high points
  • My formerly cynical youngest son had decorated lit candles around the place and a fridge full of drinks when we arrived
  • Candles
  • My son
  • My husband had an idea of filming us all inside the house with a drone
  • We put a stop to that plan
  • Note to new couples
  • Pay close attention to your first Christmas menus
  • Once the kids get used to it you are making the same thing year after year
  • I made mistake with a little number called Potatoes Romanoff
  • Sour cream, potatoes, cheese casserole etc.
  • Fine dining for sure
  • Everyone still wants it but modern eaters just pick at it
  • Heaven forbid that it isn't on the table though
  • Now onto New Year's
  • Sister and brother-in-law here for the week
  • Dinner and a movie
  • Men want documentaries
  • Not often I am speechless
  • Thinking about sewn items I wore most this year
  • Turns out my own eyeshade
  • Highly recommend for deep sleeping
  • Heidi gets this
  • Also a frumpy polar fleece sweater thing with good pockets
  • Wore it about 10,000 times more often than my careful blazer
  • Note to self
  • Remember you have an ordinary life
  • Had the neighbours in
  • Man across the street won the lotto and quit work years ago
  • Full time job now is monitoring the street
  • Most informative guest
  • Picks things up when he dog sits and snow shovels
  • Takes out my garbage when my husband travels
  • Won the lotto and takes out my garbage
  • Not the only one around here who feels the pull of the ordinary life I guess
  • Good neighbours are good things
  • Did some baking before my company arrived
  • Then ate it all before they did
  • This is actually true
  • No shortage of new year's resolutions to make around here