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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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Monday, March 26, 2018

Flypaper thoughts, well it's tonight edition


  • Last week in the Bay area then wind our way home
  • So beautiful here, so green, so almost excessively gorgeous
  • Makes me wonder if folks here know this 
  • I can think of a few places that could use some of this beauty 
  • Seems as if California has some to spare
  • Kids bought a house in Berkley
  • First house and they are so happy
  • Across the street is a house with a sewing machine in the front window
  • Looked across at that and it brought tears to my eyes
  • My son will be far away but not so far
  • When I go home I am leaving happy kids here and in Austin
  • And going back to my grandchildren and daughter
  • Miss Scarlett wrote me an email
  • "It's kind of boring around here without you"
  • Going to drive that rv steady in that direction
  • Well actually I don't drive
  • I knit
  • Well
  • I wish Daisy was that right now
  • Seems to have put her back out again
  • She's too tough and the idea she is in pain is too much for me
  • Off to the vet in the morning
  • She is always an episode away from surgery and it's a long way home
  • My baby girl
  • Patience and rest healed it last time
  • Not much else to do those thousands of miles
  • It has been a great trip
  • I found out that a landscape without anything in it is just as beautiful
  • Rocks in the desert express silence
  • I found out that Stonemountain and daughter is the best fabric store in the world
  • And 43 minutes on foot from the kids' new house
  • Do you know there is a converted garage in their back yard?
  • A granny flat
  • Wonder what that woman across the street sews
  • Think she is serious, serger thread on a spool holder feeding into that Janome
  • I found out my husband is talented
  • He has designed a fabric print pattern of windmills to have made up for ties for one son
  • Needs seven for a convention and I will sew them
  • I found out that I can sew cork handbags
  • Will post pictures soon
  • Not hard to sew 
  • But interesting to do something that didn't have armholes
  • Found out that the world is smaller than you think
  • And that this is a relief
  • Found out that one thing I have to do when I get home is teach little girls to sew
  • Miss Scarlett has friends
  • Found out that every window in Berkley has a bumper sticker in it
  • Found out that when you get older your kids can give you happy tears as much as they used to give you sad ones
  • Remember teenagers
  • Still catching up on my sleep
  • Found out that the nicest things some people say to you are not in words
  • Like my daughter-in-law letting me destroy her kitchen making kumquat chutney
  • And load her dishwasher
  • Found out that the more you travel the more you are comfortable outside of your zone
  • Either that or your zone gets bigger
  • And now includes more rocks
  • And cacti twice as tall as me
  • And campground neighbours who are underwater medics