With Gratitude
Look Up



This week is turning out to be a bit moody-broody, weather-wise . . . 


But, hey!  It's Friday!  (And look how green our grass is. . . Now.  In November.)  Let's TGIF, shall we?


T - Thinking About 

I've been thinking a lot about sewing lately.  Although I rarely blog about it (mostly because I just don't do it much these days), I know my way around a sewing machine.  There was a time when I sewed most all of my own clothes; when I pored over fashion magazines and copied what I liked for myself; when I sewed curtains and cushions and even bedspreads; when I sewed costumes and Easter dresses and matching Christmas jammies for my kids.  Heck . . . once I even sewed Tom a custom fishing vest!  Now, most of my sewing is done by hand -- when I indulge in some slow stitching à la Alabama Chanin.

I've been thinking about sewing - and Alabama Chanin - lately . . . because (oh.my.goodness. I can't even believe I'm going to type these words) I'll be headed down to Florence, AL next week.  To go to a 3-day Alabama Chanin workshop.  Right there at The Factory.  And . . . (this is the best part) . . . I'll be going with Vicki!!!  (We've had this planned for well over a year now, but we haven't dared blog about it.  Because so far off.  And pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming.)

But here we are.  We leave next week on Tuesday (make that Wednesday)  (Thanks, Vicki!).  And I am THINKING about it . . . all. the. time.  (So much so that I can't even keep track of my own travel plans apparently!)


G - Grateful For

I am so grateful that, when I was 5, my Great-Grandma Strom pulled me (the oldest of the grandchildren) aside from all the cousins at some family gathering and asked me, "Would you like to learn to sew?"  YES!  YES!  I was so eager!  She patiently showed me how to thread a needle and make careful running stitches that spelled out my name.  She didn't even get irritated when we discovered I had stitched my work right to my skirt!  She just cut it off, and helped me start again.  That first lesson turned me into a life-long stitcher, and I will be forever grateful.


I - Inspired By (or maybe we should say Intimidated By. . . )

Okay.  So visions-of-sugarplums are dancing in my head about this whole Alabama Chanin thing.  I am so inspired!  But also . . . so intimidated!  Holy cow. . . Alabama Chanin.  It's like my stitching mecca.  We get to try on all the things.  We get to choose a thing to make.  They will coach us and teach us and show us and inspire us.  It's like getting a back stage pass . . . to meet the Rock Stars of the stitching world.  (I hope I don't throw up.)


F - Fun

Right.  I think THAT will be a given!

TGIF, everyone.


Don't forget to check back over the weekend.  NaBloPoMo means never having a day off!