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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, March 18, 2017

Flypaper thoughts over and underestimated things in life

  • Only two and a half more weeks then we are home
  • Should be back to my real life and posting real sewing then too
  • I have been thinking about the title topics of this post
  • Here we go
  • Staystitching is underestimated
  • It keeps things from stretching so so much
  • Like 2" in a scooped neckline
  • That's why the facing doesn't fit
  • From wide to narrow, down to up
  • Stay stitching really works
  • Best thing I bought all year was 
  • A dog stroller
  • Miss Daisy likes to walk only in one direction
  • But with short legs she doesn't get that this means she has to walk the same distance back
  • Dog strollers are a genius idea for the beach
  • She goes as long as she wants and then I pop her in
  • She loves it, lies and watches the waves and the people
  • Never underestimate the usefulness of really nerdy and embarrassing things
  • My daughter says though if she sees that thing in the neighbourhood she will be mortified
  • Never underestimate the freedom of being at the certain age when you don't give a shit
  • Never underestimate the soothing effect of spending time with your dad's old friend
  • When your own dad died before the internet was invented
  • Do you have any idea how great it feels to sit and talk to someone who knew him and is still exactly like him?
  • Like a quiet gift giving me some time with him back
  • Friendships transcend anything
  • This week my best friend from home made me a sample and sent me pictures the same day I asked
  • We all need pinch hitters
  • And the no questions asked people
  • Remember when you were a kid and life was a cashless environment
  • When your best friend was everything?
  • Well that hasn't changed
  • Only you did for a while
  • But you can get it back at any time
  • I am now friends with my dad's best friend's daughter too
  • Never underestimate the power of a nice hand stitch to go where no machine dares to
  • Wish Jill Scott made more movies
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series was amazing
  • She had these cool cotton dresses too
  • Never underestimate the value of a man who brings you coffee in bed before you get up
  • As a matter of fact that should be a pre-nuptial test question
  • Got to get to San Francisco to see where the kid is living and working
  • Right now I feel I don't know where he is
  • Got to have a picture in my head
  • Like to see where they buy groceries, where he catches the bus
  • That's what matters
  • Those are the picture I want
  • More possessions than you can fit in an rv is probably overestimated
  • Only thing I have missed is...
  • OK can't remember what that is
  • Where we are I see flamingos flying in the inland waterway
  • All pink with dangling long legs
  • With all these gifts there are no things to miss
  • Only people


sewingkm said...

Love your flypaper thoughts especially - being of a certain age and not caring what others think! Safe travels as you go home. Karen

Janine said...

Absolutely lol to the dog stroller but I need the opposite. Let my dog walk as far as he wants and then he can push me back !

Anonymous said...

I have seen people in airports with dog strollers.....looks quite practical except that I would be annoyed to be pushing it along when the dog felt like walking; perhaps you can invent a backpack type sling for that leg of the journey? As it is we are sometimes carrying our little dog for the "tired" part of the walk, or on hikes she can ride in my husband's back pack for a while....I worry THAT isn't good for her back.

I envy you the flying flamingos, would love to see that, and the upcoming San Francisco experience; I hope it has warmed up by the time you get home; we had a sprinkle of snow here in the DC metro area last night, sigh.


Victoria said...

Love your comment about Daisy's dog stroller. I have a friend who does Parkrun every week with her bichon Trevor, and she runs while pushing him in the dog stroller - it's the only way she can complete her run because he's too heavy for her to carry round the course. Just love reading your blog. Greetings from Melbourne Australia, regards Victoria

SuzieB said...

So funny re: daughter's reaction to dog stroller! I see them often in my neighborhood, usually with an older dog riding & younger dog walking. I also sometimes see a kid's wagon used the same way.

Kathleen Meadows said...

I was moved especially reading about your dad's best friend! We went last summer to meet up with my dad (my dad is now 83 and his friend was 81) at his best friend's place. I hadn't seen his friend in almost 25 years. A month after our visit my dad's friend died. I was so glad we had made that trip into the interior of BC! Now we have that lovely memory to ponder and treasure.

AJW said...

Your blog is a gift to sewers and others.
I have a friend who has a stroller to take her "inside cats" outside in the spring and summer. She calls it her "crazy cat-lady" stroller and she doesn't give a shit, either!
Safe travels to you as you continue the journey.

Carol Marquez said...

It's amazing how your flypaper thoughts can be so relatable. You don't need a lot of words to paint a picture and bring a smile. I recently lost my father who was a larger than life character. I don't think I'll ever meet anyone like him, but I would give my right arm to be able to talk with someone that could give me the "is it a necessity or luxury" speech like he could. In the case of sewing, sewing machines and material's a necessity. Some people exercise to relieve stress. I sew. Thank you for your insightful thoughts...sewing related and otherwise.

Anonymous said...

I so enjoyed reading that.


Kathleen said...

Dear Barb, I don't think you want to come back to NS yet - we had nasty wet snow last night & it's freezing rain now. Given my druthers, I'd stay with the pink birds! We have a new ASG location when you do come back (it's not cold). Cheers, Kathleen

Credit Crunch Couture said...

Devoted San Francisco fan here, please let me know if you wan to meet one of your readers

Marianne said...

Oh, I identified with so much of what you said. I made a dog Snugli to carry my little dog who couldn't jump across the Georgian bay rocks as we could. Spent some wonderful moments with my dad's cousin who had so many of his mannerisms. I thought the same about possessions when we lived for 7 months in a travel trailer while building our house. I also need to see where my kids live, how they get to work, where they buy their groceries. Thanks for writing; your words always make me smile.