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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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Sunday, April 22, 2018

And here I am: flypaper thoughts

  • Home a week now 
  • Three months away require some catching up
  • Time to reconcile the fact your body is in the cold and grey and your head is still in the desert
  • Takes time to unload an rv
  • And remember where you are
  • Daisy has her spring back in her step
  • Been over to see Moose
  • Her Bernese Mountain dog boyfriend
  • He has been waiting in his front yard for her
  • She ran around him in circles and then pranced home
  • Leaving him whimpering
  • He might want to rethink
  • Have taught the kids to play monopoly and noted that they are all taller
  • They are all coming over for a sleep-over next weekend
  • Up for discussion who will sleep where
  • Trying to get dibs on sleeping with Babsie
  • Alternate arrangements are being made
  • Wondering how old a child needs to be before it's safe to let them make the coffee
  • Talked to my niece who is now living with my son-in-law's lovely nephew
  • Yes you read that right
  • About reclaiming my entire lower level of my house as one giant sewing room
  • The space she has been living in before she found true love
  • Moved her remaining stuff into the bedroom to do it
  • Pictures of one corner at the bottom of the post
  • Now tell me
  • Why was most of my inner life only in one room?
  • Time to move it all over
  • All over
  • Think I will have some of the kids friends' over for impromptu sewing lessons this summer
  • Good friend of mine set up her large house with one project in each room after she became a widow
  • Walked around depending on her mood and did a little work here and there
  • Most interesting house to visit ever
  • Been working on several things
  • DIL is pregnant and doing an early maternity pencil skirt with knit band
  • And a nice dress for myself I will show soon
  • BTW
  • The mice moved back in when I was gone
  • Damn idiots
  • Ate my dad's baby quilt that I had in a drawer
  • This means war
  • Refilled that drawer with zippers
  • Take that
  • And the drawer below with buttons
  • Try nesting in that
  • Keep it up and I am going to pull out the interfacing
  • The mouse catching preventing service I pay for let me down
  • Hell has no fury
  • Like a woman who has had to clean up 90 year old batting
  • Meet me at my house for the big Confront tomorrow a.m.
  • Bring your seam ripper
  • Found the minutes of my grandmother's sewing group
  • They met for 60 years and kept minutes
  • Might share some with you
  • They are hilarious
  • Warning to send out
  • Going to sew my brains out all week
  • Need to get myself resituated
  • Only way to do it
  • Now I am going downstairs
  • To this
  • Note took these shots last night
  • Big windows on the other side don't show
  • Thought you should know that
  • Take what you see here and times it by three
  • Not your designer sewing space
  • But mine


Deborah Glosek said...

Am jealous of all the sewing space you have. Love your flypaper thoughts, been reading your blog for awhile now.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Love, love, love all of the shelving! And your home should reflect your interests and not just be a place to shelter furniture you don't use.

SilverMom said...

Glad you had a great trip, and loving having your flypaper thoughts back.

When my son left home for college, I waited a year before gently inquiring if it would be OK with him if I moved my sewing studio out of its small basement home into his upstairs bedroom (nice windows, and its own little deck overlooking the backyard). Why did I wait a year?

BECAUSE, when I went off to college, my mother moved out of her kitchen pantry sewing space into my bedroom The. Next. Day. Ever after that, when I came home to visit (or even, for a few months, to live), I slept on the living couch. Not a fold-out bed/couch, either.

Now that I am older and wiser, I realize, of course, that Mom had her priorities EXACTLY right. Have fun with your new sewing space!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yay for acting on love, of SIL nephews, Bernese or sewing!


sallygardens said...

Looks wonderful to me! So happy to see new flypaper thoughts. I discovered your blog recently, I’m a beginning sewer who finally decided to learn so I could sew for my first grandchild, and yours has quickly become my fav irate blog. Thank you so much for writing.

Sydney Brown said...

Oh, what fun you will have taking over your huge sewing space!

garnet128 said...

Nice of you to share with the niece for a while but good for you claiming that basement space as yours now. I started out with a small corner in the family room (25 x 15 foot room) and now occupy the whole space. LOVE IT! And I love what your friend did upon becoming a widow. I have often thought that if I lived alone would I utilize my home the same way as now. I don't think so. But I hope I don't find out any time soon.

So glad your trip was 'epic'. Don't know if I could leave home for 3 months. Hubby retires in 2 weeks and wants to do just that...RV it around the country. I am a home body. Yikes!

Janet said...

I know your new book will be published soon. I can hardly wait!
Will there be any way groupies like myself can get an autographed copy? Just asking!!

Barbara said...

Janet I would be happy to sign a copy, not sure how to organize it. Know I am going to be signing some books for retailers at the end of May but not sure how those will be made available. Where are you, maybe can figure something out,

Barbara said...

Garnet the secret to traveling in an rv, and why I do it, is to turn it into your house. All your own stuff, it’s like you travel in the days and get to go home to your own bed every night, it’s got so I hate hotels. I travel with my sewing room with me.

SuzieB said...

Love that magnificent sewing space! and cannot wait to see what you’re making for yourself-
Congrats on upcoming new grandchild. That’s exciting-
And, trust me on this, very very young children can be taught to make coffee! (I mean it’s a really repetitive task, right?)

/anne... said...

I can recommend the Tessuti Frankie top for breastfeeding - I made it out of a rayon/lycra grey marle for my daughter. It would probably work for most of a pregnancy, too, particularly if you get the length right.

It's got a nice flare, but not so big that it's tent-like. It's also great for the postmenopause lack of waist too :-)

Kansas Sky said...

YAYYYYYYY! Glad to have you back in your regular groove! And so glad you've had a great winter of adventure. Enjoyed your travel posts very much.

Summer Flies said...

Congrats on the new grandchild to be. My son makes his own coffee and he's 14 tomorrow. He probably could have done it at 10...8, 6.. it's just training. Good to get the sewing room back... looks a great space.

Laceflower said...

We are in the last stages of converting my DH's shop into my new studio. It used to be a double garage. It has been a huge undertaking and we are doing the reno ourselves, we are seniors! My old studio is going to be my Withdrawing Room and I'm as excited about this as I am about my new studio. Enjoy your new sewing space.

Ms. Russell said...

I had a mouse infestation--I later found out that it was the dog food that attracted them. I tried a lot of different things but the solution turned out to be getting a cat. Mice don't like the smell of cat urine and will stay away. I haven't seen a mouse, mouse droppings, or chewed up clothing since. I had a damaged sweater knit cardigan and some socks that needed repairing due to their nesting.

Since you have dogs, look in nooks and crannies for stashed away dog food. I found about 5 pounds stashed behind a couple false walls that I had in my kitchen cabinets. The stashed away food had attracted a baby opossum. I was stunned because I had no clue the dog food was there until the opossum was back there eating something. Good luck in getting rid of them.

marciaelaine said...

Congratulations of the wonderful news of a new grandbaby on the way! very happy for you.
Look forward to reading excerpts from the sewing club minutes - maybe your next book project...?
So glad you are home - really love all your thoughts and the interesting projects you share with us.

Debbie said...

Love the sewing space. My husband has given his blessing to me taking over the rec room for my sewing space. We'll see.

Jane M said...

Space, space, space....spread out and enjoy! Congrats on the new grand baby and a safe arrival home. It takes me quite a while to get back into the home routine after living fancy free for two months. And darn mice;-( So now I am off to my own sewing space to try to clear some working space from sewing retreat projects and some new purchases that must be put away. Thanks for the update.

Janet said...

I live in Florida but during summer I stay with my daughter in Massachusettes. Will you do book signings in Ma?

Marge M. said...

I hope you share some of your Grandmother's sewing notes with us. Marge M.

Natalia said...

I would love to read your grandma's sewing group minutes. Please, please share!!!