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Sewing with less stress Front
My newest sewing book

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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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Friday, September 10, 2021

Flypaper thoughts back home version

  • Arrived home a day ago
  • Wonderful, wonderful trip to see my family in California
  • A year and a half way too long
  • Berkeley
  • Do you have vanilla ice cream?
  • No
  • Do you have chocolate ice cream?
  • No
  • Well then
  • What do you recommend?
  • Our cardamon is very popular
  • Good reason
  • Stonemountain and Daughter was closed to the public
  • I did walk down though and stare through the open door
  • While they filled orders 
  • Including mine
  • Saved so much money
  • Because I couldn't get close enough to hear 
  • The bolts calling my name
  • Practised my Spanish on the men on the corners waiting for work
  • So polite they were
  • Except I don't speak Spanish
  • Although that is what I am doing
  • In my first undergraduate university course in 40 years
  • Yup back to school
  • Try getting a exemption/credit
  • Just because it is a course you also once taught
  • In that very same institution
  • Admin offices haven't changed in these decades
  • Nope
  • But I could appeal
  • Like a person who has waited 40 years to go back to school
  • Has time for that?
  • But guess who's getting an A
  • If it kills us all
  • As it probably will
  • Started this week
  • Sharpened my pencils
  • Pro tip
  • Not necessary for online learning
  • Almost three-year-olds are amazing
  • Best afternoons in a long time
  • Sitting in semi-dark rooms telling stories
  • To someone in a very small bed
  • What's the rest Babsie what's the rest
  • It's nice to be back in the nap time story business
  • By popular demand
  • For someone who says
  • But it was a very nice racoon wasn't it?
  • This grandmother gig 
  • Has a lot to commend it
  • Kind of nice to be the person sitting in the backseat
  • After all those years trying to get it right
  • Up front
  • Then you realize maybe you did
  • At least parts that really mattered
  • And now you can sit back there and say
  • Whatever you want is fine with me
  • And discuss silly stuff with the compatriot in the car seat
  • Nu nu head is an underused concept
  • I am pretty sure I have met some
  • They now work in Admissions
  • Airline travel
  • Not that good at it
  • Too shy to ask the poor person
  • Pushing a cart full of old cups up and down the aisle
  • How to fix the movie thing
  • I accidentally turned it to Hebrew
  • And the help menu is in Hebrew too
  • When you are a person just trying to expand your Spanish beyond
  • Loud Holas yelled by someone in a crooked hat and a mask pushing a stroller
  • With a person in it asking if you really know where you are going
  • So I am not quite up to learning Hebrew
  • At the moment
  • At least not before we land
  • It seems to me that being an airline attendant
  • Now is like being a monitor on a school bus
  • Of junior high kids who don't care if you tell their mother 
  • And about that glamorous
  • For Canadians
  • It is worth going to California
  • Just to taste the way the food tastes before
  • It is picked unripe and put on a truck for six weeks
  • Next time I am taking my canning equipment
  • So you have anything to declare?
  • How about forty lids and rings
  • And a pair of forceps
  • Suitable for lifting jars from boiling water
  • Or difficult deliveries
  • As required
  • What I wouldn't do for a few Meyer lemons
  • Here in Nova Scotia
  • Do you know folks there let fruit fall from trees and just let it sit there?
  • Which reminds me
  • Here at home the crabapples are ready
  • Meyer lemons they are not
  • But very popular among folks
  • Who are the kind
  • Who appreciate this
  • And rhubarb jam
  • Which you cannot buy anywhere
  • But every grandmother of a different generation made
  • On toast in the morning while you watch the birds in the backyard
  • And are glad you have a grandmother like that
  • To be so old now that I remember what the Depression did
  • To women like that
  • Half a pancake wrapped up and saved in the fridge
  • Buttons cut off and saved in a jar and passed on like an inheritance
  • Salads with home made mayonnaise
  • And radishes, always the radishes
  • Quilts made with the cut off and saved tops of hand knit men's socks
  • Like sleeping under a sidewalk those were
  • To have come from that
  • To cardamon ice cream
  • Is quite a journey
  • Quite a tale

Quick request


I have many pattern reviews to do and some flypaper thoughts to share. But before I start those I have one request to put out there. For those of you who have bought my new book online, can you leave an honest review on the site where you made that purchase?

My community team, all those who came through and helped this project launch during a pandemic, and I would appreciate it.

Also browsers should have an accurate idea about how this book may or may not be useful to them.

That's it.

Now back to the real business.