Thursday, January 15, 2015

~PHFR~ Let's Talk About Sewing + An Article at RH


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.

She wore her hair in this up-do high ponytail the other day, and a random young mother asked if she could pick her up when they were playing at the Mall Play Area. She was like, "She is just so cute, can I pick her up?!" And I was like, "Um... uh....Lady, I don't even know you!" not so many words. ;) I think I just said, "Well...." and scooped her up and hurriedly walked the other direction. But she didn't mind; she followed me and told me how cute she was a few more times. Oh the joys and wonders of stranger interaction + children.  What would you do in that situation?

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.


Stephanie said...

The fabric you are using is so happy and colorful. I want to learn to sew but unfortunately have not a clue where to start. I have a sewing machine that I was given two Christmas ago and I have yet to learn to use it. Thank you for the book recommendations. About the strange lady...I would have probably done a "That is so very kind of you. I'm not sure how she would do with you holding her and she is so happy so I'm going to let her be." I feel like the read between the lines is "NO" ha...but I also like your make a dash for it! God Bless!

Tacy said...

Yes, that sounds very wise.