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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, March 26, 2017

Flypaper thoughts last week here edition

  • If sewing in an r.v. were an Olympic event
  • There would be a gold medal for Canada
  • Older man stopped by and watched me serge on the picnic table
  • My mother died when I was young but I remember her sewing for all us kids, he said
  • Seeing you there brought her back
  • I like doing something that makes older men remember their mothers
  • Told the husband that when the draft goes out he is taking me for a mojito
  • Not much for drinks but like ones that taste like something else
  • Do you know what not once in my life have I ever gone into a bar by myself?
  • As likely to do that as apply lipstick in public
  • Some things date me
  • Taken time to adapt to these things
  • Jackets and coats that are shorter than what's under them
  • Bra straps that show under racerback tanks or dresses
  • Shoes and purses that don't match
  • Why bare veinly legs are better than having nylons over them
  • Calling panty hose nylons
  • Some things don't date me
  • Don't date most women
  • When was the last time you heard a woman say she was a meat and potatoes kind of person?
  • I think fashion and children keep us flexible
  • Think of all the styles we have talked ourselves into
  • Cold shouldered tops this year
  • Thong underwear
  • Coats with only one button at the top
  • Midcalf skirts
  • Hope I haven't offended anyone here
  • Shoes we can't walk in
  • All this sewing has reminded me how energizing it is to go all in on what you are working on
  • I enjoy working hard
  • Forget telling myself that the dusting and hand made pasta are things that I would do if I had more time
  • I would have the time if I really wanted to do them
  • Would just rather sew
  • Golf game much improved
  • Husband double checking my score
  • No date stamp on learning
  • Remember that
  • Have an idea for a new project
  • Response to my friend who flags the "10 minute recipe"
  • List of things sewers can cook so they don't waste sewing time
  • Criteria is that it can be made in 10 minutes
  • Doesn't poison you
  • And has some category of healthy
  • So fish sticks and frozen French fries are not eligible
  • Besides I can already do that
  • You in?


Jodie said...

I miss your regular posts and am glad that things are going well. I like the 10 minute idea - perhaps the next book?!

annie said...

I look every day for a new post from you. And devour them to the end when they arrive. Only to discover that I have read them too quickly and the fun is over. Ready for ten-minute meals. Also, a Duchess of Cambridge admirer, solely because she wears some kind of stockings, call them what you will!

Anonymous said...

As usual, a home run of flypaper thoughts. Things that date are like rings on a tree trunk. Sara, Pittsburgh, Dewit's, contemplative of retirement.

Sheila said...

Love your posts-missed you. Crockpots/slow cooking in oven are great as 10 mins prep earns you 2 hours cooking/sewing time.

Esther said...

Oh, I can feel myself identifying with you in many things!!
Would love to hear more about the 10-minute healthy food recipes, I do need them in order to save sewing time!

Carolyn F. said...

Totally agree on the pantyhose/nylons - just took mine off now that I'm home from church. I see a lot of ladies who would look better from the back, anyway, with a control top panty hose under some of the knit dresses. For me, house cleaning is a good time for thinking through a project or making a decision about how to do a technique. House cleaning only comes before sewing in the dictionary. Love your flypaper posts.

bbarna said...

I have been fascinated with Jamie Oliver's fifteen minute meals. I worked for 30 years, 15 of them with a home business doing longarm quilting. Raised 3 kids. I have a repertoire of quick meals- not too many take 10 minutes but do like perogies, smokies and sauerkraut, and anything with pasta that you can throw together a quick sauce while it boils. I almost always cook big batches so I have great freezer meals ready. Looney spoons cookbook has lots of healthy meals that I double and freeze.

garnet128 said...

Doesn't poison you...I'm out! Just kidding. I'm another vote for a crockpot. Just rediscovered it a couple of months ago and am loving it. I hate cooking for the most part but you can only eat out so often before you are sick of it as well. Never thought I'd say that. Glad all is going well for you.

EH said...

Agree completely on the uncomfortable shoes and cold-shoulder tops!

Bernice said...

I always enjoy your blog! So much I can relate to. I do still prefer panty hose...looks so much nicer.
10 minute meals sound great...I'm all out of ideas and enthusiasm after all these years. Still can pull off the big occasion meals but the day to day is no fun at all.

Leigh said...

Don't forget leggings worn as pants. That's as bad as putting on lipstick in public in my opinion. :)

Prociutto, pesto, ravioli, and a scoop of the veggies you sauteed on the weekend. Onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, and what ever else. We have a little steamer for the microwave, so carrots, peas, broccoli, asparagus can all be steamed quickly, a bit of cold water run over them, and they're ready to go.
Grate a bit of parmesan over the top and you're practically in a restaurant.

Kansas Sky said...

You are so right about all these!!!! I fail to get why anyone thinks stockings/nylons/panty hose are old-fashioned. Even if a grown woman has perfect legs, being cold has got to be uncomfortable. I see women wearing sandals when it's below freezing outside. I'll never stop wearing panty hose. They trim the whole leg line and highlight great shoes. THANKS for your blogging efforts, and the time you take. Like some of the previous comments, I've got to say I read your flypaper posts as soon as I see them, with excitement. Good luck with your book. Put me down for a copy!

Angela said...

LOL, I will NEVER like that look of showing bra straps under your racer-backs, etc. Ugh. I just do NOT want to see a woman's undergarments in any form, to me it looks trashy even if it is supposed to be acceptable. There are quite a few things that some people deem acceptable and I politely disagree. And, what I am about to say will completely shock people - but I have been in a bar onyl one time, friends dragged me in, I hated it and have never been back. Certainly, I've never been by myself. Staying home reading or sewing has sounded better since I was in college many, many years ago. And shoes we can't walk in... never happened. I'll admit - being tall (same height as hubby) I've never been one for high heels. And I worked in a hospital so I wore sneakers all the time.

Your posts always hit home, have fun sewing!

Marianne said...

Yes, I'm in for 10 minute meals....won't happen in this house since we moved completely away from pre-processed foods and convenience meals, but I still try to be as efficient as possible in my cooking. Lots of one pot meals for 2 or 3 days of eating. My husband is pretty great but unfortunately he doesn't care to cook either. Sometimes it feels a bit dull, but there just isn't enough time in the day to be creative in all things so we must make choices.