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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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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Flypaper thoughts Boxing day edition

  • Well it's the morning after
  • Now I can start posting some of my project photos for things I made this year
  • Never a production sewist, however this year I made
  • 11 retreat bags (toiletry bag free pattern from Emmaline bags)
  • Four dress shirts (All day shirt from Liesl patterns)
  • One pair of Batman pyjamas (Movie night PJs free for both children and adults if you do a FB sign up)
  • Two Sugarplum night gowns from Peek-a-Boo
  • Two pairs of pyjamas, one for a 3-year-old one for a 36-year-old from Jalie
  • Five slouchy head wraps a free pattern from Patterns for Pirates
  • Three sleep masks for my flyers from a pattern in the top drawer in my sewing room
  • One polar fleece jacket also from Peek-a-Boo
  • There is probably more but this is all I can think of now
  • My biggest urge this morning
  • A bunch of tops for myself
  • Please I don't want you to think I am that kind of productive sexist
  • Doing all of this was an emotional release for me with so many family members all over the place
  • Sometimes I communicate best with sewing
  • And this year I needed to do that
  • The day went well
  • High point was the power going out about an hour before the entire city was ready to sit down for dinner
  • Our meal was fortunately already cooked as we make it here at home and transport it about five minutes away to my daughter's because she has the huge table
  • The meal is one of our gifts
  • Imagine the poor folks who had semi raw turkeys
  • To heat up our food we relied on my husband
  • Who is kind of a sleeper cell waiting to come alive in emergencies
  • With gear no one knew he has stashed in the garage
  • Rigged up a small microwave attached to a car battery
  • Apparently there are two spare microwaves I didn't know about in the garage
  •  No one goes into the garage unescorted
  •  Just in case
  • You need an inverter to run a microwave when the power goes out
  • No one knew what an inverter was or that we had one
  • Ran a series of super long extension cords up two flights of stairs to the kitchen from the van in daughter's garage where it was plugged into the lighter thing
  • We got the broccoli warm
  • I put the potato casserole in front of the wood stove, where it actually cooked
  • And the cabbage on top of the stove where it actually almost burned
  • We lit a collection of candles and tried to keep small children from carrying them around
  • It was very exciting
  • So disappointing when the lights went on after a few hours
  • So we turned them off in the dining room and ate by candlelight
  • We had children roller blading in the kitchen
  • Dogs eating the ornaments
  • A poor and brave daughter-in-law who had a cold
  • And then got reflux because I insisted she drink two tablespoons of Buckleys ("it tastes terrible but it works")
  • Widely popular in Canada because it is made of pine needles and looks like mucus
  • Which are characteristics that matter here
  • "This looks like the stuff I am trying to get out of my body" Maddie said
  • That was before the reflux kicked in as the pine needles went down
  • Her living in California oesophagus undoubtedly gone into shock
  • At this point the mother-in-law of the year decided to lie low on the medical front
  • And not to suggest a mustard plaster
  • Anyone else have mustard plasters applied to their chests as children?
  • Highly sophisticated
  • English mustard and flour mixed with water and the paste smeared on brown paper
  • Then put in a tea towel and applied to small bony chests
  • Works like a charm to cure chest colds 
  • Providing you don't fall asleep with it on
  • In which case you have to investigate home remedies for 3rd degree burns
  • I realize that "my children survived" is not an argument that qualifies me as a medical expert
  • Life in the Canadian winter
  • In two weeks now we will be driving down and out of it
  • Of to points south, Texas and then California
  • To check on the kids who have recently escaped us
  • They might need something
  • A shirt
  • Some advice
  • Or maybe its us who need to see where this family is now
  • At Christmas you remember
  • And one of the things you remember
  • Is the present moment is the one that counts


Ann said...

We had a fabulous first Christmas here in Nova Scotia. Everyone has the cold; some worse than others or maybe those who look better than others aren't complaining as much. Power went out for 30 seconds after we finished eating dinner. Big question was -- Do we buy gas and plug in the generator? Everyone said no. Big let down for us.

Anonymous said...

An inverter SHOULD BE something that turns things upside down. Thank you for sharing your holiday fun - we are having ours in installments as co-celebrators are available. I do miss the roller blading in the house years......we rolled up all the downstairs rugs and let them have at it.



Dawn Christian said...

I love to rad your blog: your sewing revelations and ideas. Your philosophy on life and comments are both useful and hilarious. Thanks.

Diane Kaylor said...

I enjoy your stream of consciousness thoughts. Please continue....

Jessica Walker said...

As always, love your ‘adventures,’ aka life! Unrelated, a quick question about Cleaners Supply: they seem to have great prices on PGM dress forms, and I’m thinking of ordering one. I heard of them in one of your posts I’m pretty sure—you’ve had good experiences with their service?
Enjoy the rest of the holidays! I’m hoping to sew lots over the New Years weekend.

Barbara said...

Jessica Cleaners Supply is a good outfit, great service.

Jessica Walker said...

That’s all the justification I need—thanks!

Elle said...

Always pleasure to read your flypapers! Nothing better than cheerful chaos.

/anne... said...

Here in Australia it's Vicks Vaporub for a chest cold - been working a treat for generations!

Anonymous said...

Will you be coming through LA on the California portion of your trip?

Jen in oz said...

Especially if you put it on the soles of your feet and wear socks overnight. No idea how, but it actually works.