I have been sewing like a mad woman to get my Etsy store stocked and ready for promotion.  This weekend was going to be it! I woke up early yesterday to finish two quilts and what did I find?


The line to my sewing machine foot pedal was no longer connected to its owner.  Probably by one of the cute furry creatures that haunt this old home (feline, to be clear).


I have a Bernina sewing machine, which I love.  Swiss and strong, the thing is a solid piece of machinery, but it is also annoying proprietary in its philosophy, meaning that of the several pedals I have from other machines, none will work.  And, alas, it is the only machine in my house that will quilt.  (Let me tell you, my obsession with the one stitch wonder that is the Juki 2010 is only being fed more at this point.)

So the plan now is to cut. Cut everything!  My premade baby quilts that I am selling are all ready to be quilted, no cutting or sewing left, but I have several bespoke orders that are in the queue. Also, I will feature my baby clothes quilt process so that those of you interested in buying that service can see how it's done!

So for now, fun plans and the promise not to fret too much before my replacement pedal comes in on Monday.

That's 4 days.

I can do this.



Friday Night's Alright for [podcasts]

Sewing is a satisfying, creative, addictive skill, worthy of learning and perfecting over the years.  It can also be tedious, lonesome work, filled with long periods of concentration and frustration.

To combat the negativity, I like to fill my ears with podcasts.  Here are some of my favorites:

Best friends for life

Ann and Amina and Heben and Tracy.  Basically the girls I want to be my best friends forever ever. 

Other podcasts to make you feel like you're hanging with your besties: Mashed Up Americans,, The Mortified Podcast, Awesome Etiquette (no, really!)

pop culture junkies unite

Oh the Gilmore Guys.  They talk forever and ever and go all over the place, but I love them so.  They get me and my Gilmore obsession.  They've enabled it all along.  Season 7, here we come!

More Pop Culture gems: Pop Culture Happy Hour (I always listen to this one first!), The West Wing Weekly, Switched on Pop

Let's learn some things!

For me, it was 99% Invisible that started the whole thing.  PRX was a station on my radio that often played 99%, and Mr. Mars would mention from time to time the wonderful world of podcasts.  I am always learning something new and fascinating on 99% (including new podcasts) and it never gets old even after all these years.

Other mind-growing lovelies: The Broad Experience (Feminism!), Freakonomics Radio (Economics!), The Infinite Monkey Cage (Science!), The Allusionist (Words!), FiveThirtyEight Elections (Politics!), NPR Politics (More Politics!), Friday Night Comedy from Radio 4 (British Politics!), On the Media (Talking about the people who talk about politics), Stuff You Should Know


This is truly a case of saving the best for last.   I am a Gravy disciple.  If I must forsake all other podcasts for one it would be Gravy.  So much wonderful, so much truth wrapped up in the unpretentious deliciousness of Southern cooking.  If I could, when introducing myself, I would shove a iPod full of Gravy episodes into the hands of my new acquaintance and say, "Here, this is me."

More truly great storytellers: Lore (spooky wonderfulness), Strangers (Yes, exactly), This America Life (Ira Glass, duh), Criminal (stories from the American justice system), The Memory Palace (Beautiful bits)

Tiny Music and Tinyier Letters

Do you see the banner at the top of the page? It's for Tiny Letter, which is like a really small and not annoying at all newsletter.  You should subscribe to it.  It will be full of nothing, full of something, full of wonderful.  I promise.  

When you do, you'll receive from me a tiny thank you in the form of a tiny playlist filled of wonderful little songs that make me happy.  Just like you have for subscribing to me and my tiny letter.

And for your viewing pleasure, here's a tiny preview of a song on that tiny playlist that I am currently nurturing a not so tiny obsession with: