Time to Experiment

Does your brain ever get stuck? Mine keeps going in the same cycle of indecision and fear. Today I decided to try something new and try Fresh Paint - a Wiindows digital drawing program. I grabbed a branch of white pine that was laying in the trail and attempted to...

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Returning Home

Now that I am living and working on a schedule that is my own time and place I have returned a couple times to my childhood home. My father is 93. He does not see or hear very well. It is good that he can't see me roll my eyes when I repeat what I have said for the...

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Post Turkey Ride

On Thanksgiving we had a marvelous turkey feast at my sister in laws house. She lives in the small town of Shine on the far end of the Hood Canal Bridge.  I suggested we spend the weekend on the peninsula. The weather was marginal but miraculously we did not get...

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The Memorial

This week's ride was wet, wild and full of mishaps. It began with the intent to get into downtown Seattle for a memorial without needing to worry about traffic from the pro football game that was also going on. And to save some $$ And to eliminate a car trip. It was...

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Dad’s Closet

Who would guess at 59 I would still raid my dad's closet. He is 92 and has kept everything he ever owned even though he admits he is overwhelmed by it. He is of the generation that kept everything. Even things his dad had kept and things other people gave him even...

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Shawl collar shirt

I continue to test new ideas and patterns. This shawl collar shirt is my latest. It is my test run for a more flattering bicycle shirt. I love it! I disappointed myself by not adding pockets. At one point I swore everything I made should work for bicycling and have...

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Hike in a skirt?

Each year we hike 100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in an effort to one day complete the trail. Each year it is interesting to see what people are wearing and how they pack. Since we are still in Washington state near the northern terminus and the end of the trail...

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Cutting mats

Last fall I went to the quilt show (even though I don't quilt- quilting seems slower even than garment making) in Puyallup. I had been looking for a new sewing machine and knew there would be several styles there to test. I browsed all the booths and the exhibitors...

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ASG Spring Fling

At first I hesitated. The "spring fling" was the day after we got back from a three week trip. Didn't I need to stay home and catch up? Then I remembered - Catch up for what? I am on a 2 year leave of absence. I can schedule what feel like frivolous things back to...

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Focus

This post was started two hours ago and I am just now starting the first sentence. So not only am I having trouble figuring out what to focus on, I am having trouble focusing on what I choose. Since I started I decided to have lunch, manage my airbnb listing and put...

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Three jackets

This week I went through fabrics I bought last summer and have never gotten around to using. One of them was a reversible mid weight knit with a lovely smooth texture that is perfect for a jacket.  Since it is a reversible fabric I needed a simple pattern where I...

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Londi cardi

As you may know I have been experimenting with making my own patterns. I have been stuck for a while trying to get the pants and bodice I drafted to be perfect (I know perfection isn't always great). It has been draining. So I looked through my fabric stash and...

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Vintage

When I visited my dad in Michigan in January I found myself with not a lot to do. I had seriously injured my hamstring while ice skating and it was snowing so driving wasn't an option. I was starting to get a case of cabin fever so I decided to dig through the drawers...

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The tunic

This fabric had been in my stash since the sewing expo in Puyallup about 4 years ago. I had since determined that black is not a great color on me and had decided to use it as my muslin fabric for a knit tunic pattern I was developing. When I took it to a sewing...

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