Connecting Threads

“We all need somebody to lean on…” ACET staff will be singing that next week, as we always do, at the annual Friends Remembering Friends commemoration in Rialto. And we do: we need folks around us; we need to connect. A small sewing flurry I recently completed was triggered, as I recognised part way through, … Continue reading Connecting Threads

Getting my Ducks in a Row

I often wonder: Why ducks? Do they like to be in a row? Should they even be in rows? There are differing ideas as to the origins of the phrase, including the obvious: ducks do walk in a row – think Mama Duck with her little ones following. Another, for those not much into cutesy… Continue reading Getting my Ducks in a Row

Thoughts and Prayers: Bunting

Despite Hallmark being used as a bit of a sneer, cards can, in fact, be effective in conveying emotion. “Thoughts and prayers” can be meaningful from the right source. The cards I received in the time after my father’s death did bring comfort: the comfort that comes from knowing you are loved and surrounded by… Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers: Bunting

Handmade Smthngs

Around my place, it’s always “make something time” in this season, so my interest was piqued by an email from Greenpeace telling me 2-10 December is Make Smthng Week. So it’s official; it’s not just me! In their words, Make Smthng Week is “an international festival of making, challenging our consumerist culture that has cut quality… Continue reading Handmade Smthngs

Little Bit of Lace

I know all of you, dear readers, have been wondering what to do with your leftover lacy bits. You know, those doilies with a bit of a stain that lemon juice, sunshine, salt, 20 Mule Team Borax or elbow grease just won’t remove, or a small tear that defies even the finest stitching with the… Continue reading Little Bit of Lace

Bits and Piecework

It’s amazing what happens when you find someone else’s unfinished project or stash of fabric or other craft supplies. I’ve been going through my mom’s – she may have a nasty shock when she reads this, but we can deal with that then – and found a few gems. Thrift stores supplied the other parts,… Continue reading Bits and Piecework

Reimagining, a New Way

I like a tidy house, but I hate to throw things out. Okay, I don’t have a problem with used tissues or scraps for my compost bin but the part of my brain wired directly back to my four homesteading, pioneering grandparents looks at things and asks, “What can I do with this?” The easy… Continue reading Reimagining, a New Way