A reckoning came for my fabric stash. Full of fabrics for costumes long-completed, I wanted to make physical and emotional room for new fashion sewing projects. During that reckoning, I kept the leftover costume fabric with potential for functional every-day clothes. Spandex was repurposed fun, personalized workout gear. I started with the Seamwork Aires, one … More Make it work, Aires
One weekend. Six garments mended and altered. It is a large accomplishment over minor tasks that have languished on my to-do list and my sewing table since winter. I recently listened to the audiobook of “Get Your Sh*t Together” by Sarah Knight. As self-help books go, it’s a fast and fun read. From overflowing inboxes, … More Getting my sh*t together
I wrote this post a year ago, on January 23, 2018 and never published. I was at work, checking Twitter (like one does) when I saw a friend retweeting a post from neil gaiman about Ursula K. Le Guin’s death. (I wrote passing, but as she’s not one to mince words, why should I?) She … More An Icon.
Marie Kondo inspired me to Tidy Up my sewing room. I think it might actually stick this time! … More Marie Kondo meets my sewing space
I have 38 draft blog posts. I have tried multiple times over the last year to make time to share my thoughts with you. To explain why I was painting and drawing instead of sewing. Each time I started out profound and then got lost in the weeds of what I was trying to say. … More Intermission
Happy Anniversary Shao Jun! The Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China game was released three years ago today. Even if her game is small compared to the sweeping storylines of the main Assassin’s Creed games, I’m grateful that there is a prominent Chinese woman in the Assassin Brotherhood.
Between the personal upheaval of 2016 and the political uneasiness of 2017, it feels like an eternity since I lost myself in a novel. (The last one I devoured was Catacomb the third novel in a trilogy by Madeleine Roux.) Instead of fiction, I’ve been glued to breaking news updates on my phone and introspective … More Surrendering to a story
I frequently parroted this parable as a way to remind or convince (persuade?) myself that I was going the right direction. It served to counter my backwards glances, my fears that I had made the wrong choice somewhere along the line. This perspective assumed that there was a “one true path” for my career/life. I … More An Arrow Only Points One Way
Autumn causes animals to stock up on food. I’m trying to declutter my wardrobe in advance of sewing new pieces. … More Navigating the 2017 Closet Purge
We put our cat to sleep Saturday morning following her battle with lymphocytic leukemia. I’m still in a vague state of disbelief and denial. Every shadow out of the corner of my eye tricks my brain – it might be her. I grew up allergic to cats so Maya was the first cat I ever … More In Memoriam: Sewing with Maya