Head and Shoulders, Knees and…Elbows? Searching for ergonomic solutions in small writing spaces

Dear Vi, I hate to be a complainer, but I just have to tell you: Too much hand quilting, knitting, typing, and gripping heavy weights at the gym have given me tennis elbow in both arms and caused the arthritis in my hands to flare up. It’s my own fault. I let it go too… Continue reading Head and Shoulders, Knees and…Elbows? Searching for ergonomic solutions in small writing spaces

A letter to my grade 8 Home Economics teacher

Dear Mrs. Rudd, I hope this letter finds you well and still sewing. You won’t remember me, but I was one of the fourteen-year-olds in your eight grade home economics class at Keithley Junior High in the fall of 1974. That was the year after girls were first allowed to wear dress slacks and pant… Continue reading A letter to my grade 8 Home Economics teacher

Indy sewing patterns…and King Cobra for the letter K

I’ve been spending my allowance on sewing patterns this last month, and they’ve been arriving like hotcakes! Is there anything better than getting presents in the mail? Not much, let me tell ya!   These pajamas are going to be so awesome¬† –¬† I can’t wait to make a set or three. This is an… Continue reading Indy sewing patterns…and King Cobra for the letter K

Mending…and Janusirasana for the Letter J

Hello! Today’s letter is a very short one. Also kind of boring, actually. Sorry. Here goes: the other day Mr. C asked me to mend his jeans. I knew that my little Janome 2030 wouldn’t have enough jam to sew over the heavy denim seams that the repair required, so I pulled out my antique… Continue reading Mending…and Janusirasana for the Letter J

DIY: a thrifty alternative to the screen door.

I love screen doors, but I hate having to open and close them all day long, every time a cat or a dog wants in. Or out. Or in again. Years ago I devised a solution…curtains instead of screens! Dogs, cats & people go in and out as they please, all day long. Okay, a… Continue reading DIY: a thrifty alternative to the screen door.