My new favorite activity is working on sewing this quilt, while listening to JJ Heller. Or, listening to JJ Heller while I cook dinner, and watch the kids, and clean the house.
Sewing it has made me think about why I started sewing, and the people who inspired me along the way.
(Having butter coffee and listening to music while sewing, now that is happy.)
Accompanying this picture of a crooked seam, I want to talk about two sewing books that make me happy, and the one that makes me ... grumpy. Actually, I only have three sewing books in mind. The first two are golden. They are:
Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter
Simple Sewing for Baby by Lotta Jansdotter
These books are fun, classy, and filled crazy-full of inspiration and happy feelings. You will learn a lot, and you will be inspired to start sewing or continue sewing- with vigor. (Trust me!!!)
And a book that I didn't love, because it would have to fall into the "cheesy and filled with lots of unnecessary filler and bad advice" would be
We Love to Sew by Annabel Wrigley
now... the only redeeming thing about this latter book is that she gives the advice in the first chapter to "sew like a snail...."
which would have come in handy on this seam, if I had read it in time. :0)
Also, speaking of books.... although this is a little off-topic for sure. Have you heard of Neil Gaiman?He wrote (and is probably most famous for) Coraline, which- if you saw the Tim Burton film you know- was delightfully creepy - about an intelligent girl who finds an alternate world underground, which is a sinister and idealized version of her own life. Also written by Gaiman is the book I just finished, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. (c. 2013). And it's not super-creepy, upon further reflection. Now you must know that I get creeped out really easily. I can tolerate Tim Burton because he's slightly creepy, but also just so obviously really, really talented and can make strange things weirdly appealing. Gaiman's writing toes the line between real and believable fantasy really well. He mixes monster-like beings with real life happenings almost effortlessly, and somehow you can really relate to the main character, unlike many sci-fi books where it's more about all the robots and how they fight, fight, fight, the end. No connection, sorry. This actually feels like a believable real-life story, and the fantasy elements are first-class; read: they just make it cooler, rather than being distracting. It would make a good beach read (Gaiman would probably shudder, sorry) because it isn't too long or overwhelming, and it draws you in like an absorbing novel should.
Oh, and it isn't archaic. So that's nice.
I have an article over at Real Housekeeping today! Click right here to read it: Tricks and Tips For Beating the Winter Blues As a Stay-At-Home Mom.
Also, if you missed it last week, I did the link-up that didn't exist.... my PHFR Book Talk. :-)
I can't wait to show you the finished product on this quilt! I think you will find it hilarious.
Go see Like Mother, Like Daughter for more pictures of contentment.