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Anniversary Flowers

April 11, 2016

Beloved, thou hast brought me many flowers
Plucked in the garden, all the summer through ~Elizabeth Barrett BrowningimageOn April 11th, my husband and I celebrated 7 years of marriage and he brought me these beautiful flowers. I especially loved these two peonies which were so lush and beautiful.imageEach day over the last week, I noticed that the flowers were slowly changing color. They were just as beautiful but each day they took on new dimensions. Day 3 below. These pictures are untouched and this is what the flowers really looked like. I have never experienced this before, a flower slowly changing color.imageFrom deep red-pink to pink to peach.imageAs the days and went by, the colors faded and the petals took on a range of shades that gave even more depth to their beauty. Day 4 above and below.imageAs they became more pale and fragile, they became even more beautiful because the light was now able to shine through the petals. Day 6 below:imageAs the end of the week neared, the petals became a bit more ruffled giving the flower the  appearance of turning inward. Day 7:imageJust before it started to lose its petals, the second more full peony appeared to reach upward.imageEven after its petals began to fall it was still beautiful, looking like one of the flower fairy illustrations from one of my children’s picture books.imageI so enjoyed watching their evolution this week and will miss them. I think they taught me something about aging and beauty because they were no less beautiful at the end of the week than the beginning. Time revealed so many different aspects of their beauty that wasn’t apparent on day 1.imageI perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ~Claude Monet

May we all embrace how beautiful we are becoming. Happy Anniversary Sweetie!

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Nursebean Unplugged: A Visit to the Old Neighborhood Part 2, The Slope

The funny thing about my spontaneous trip to Brooklyn is that despite at least 10 years having passed since I last went to the neighborhood and more than 21 years since I moved away to the suburbs, the trip on the subway from midtown  felt as though I had done it yesterday. It felt as though I was coming home as I did so many days for so many years.imageThis route was so imprinted on me, it felt as though no time had passed at all. imageI actually went into labor with my first child walking up these stairs.  It was 1986, October, the 3rd game of the World Series, and the Mets were playing the Red Sox. I worked on Wall Street at the time and some of my co-workers were listening to the beginning of the game on the radio so I got home a little late. He ended up being born just after the game ended. The Mets had won and went on the win the series. I always said he brought them good luck.imageHe was three weeks early and I think that the all the walking one does as a New Yorker probably helped that happen. We didn’t own a car for most of the time we lived here.imageWhen I came up out the subway, I instinctively walked down the street and turned right onto Lincoln Place past the Montauk Club.imageOur first apartment was on the garden level of a brownstone, #180, on 8th Avenue between Garfield Place and 1st Street. I used to walk down 8th Avenue every day going home. This was the apartment we brought our first child home to almost 30 years ago. imageWhen I lived in the Slope, one of my favorite things was to walk. I would get home from work, get out the the stroller and out we would go. Every street is beautiful. imageAfter three years on 8th Avenue, we moved to 6th Avenue to a second floor apartment. This turned out to be a great move because on the floor above us lived a couple with a child the age of our son. They have turned out to be lifelong friends. We lived at #183 for two and a half years.imageOur landlords were a couple who had two children, one the age of our son, so we had built in playmates. Many happy times were spent on this stoop and chasing our son Steve as he tore around the block on his big wheel trike (shades of coming attractions). Most of his childhood, my main goal was to keep him from seriously injuring himself. It was an ongoing battle. He lived life at top speed most of the time and still does (he is now a bike messenger in Boston and does alley cat races.)imageA wonderful thing about the apartment on 6th Avenue was the proximity to this bakery which is still there. I fueled my second pregnancy on chocolate croissants that I got here on my way to the subway. And then took my second child there for regular brunch dates once she was old enough. The bakery has just a couple of tables and some are right next to the open kitchen where the huge mixers bring to mind Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen. Happy happy memories of this place. Needless to say I gained quite a bit of weight with pregnancy #2.imageBoth of my older children attended a private school in the neighborhood. I walked my son to school every day before getting on the subway. On cold windy days it was quite a walk from our apartment because by that time we had moved to Prospect Park West between 5th and 6th Street. I remember some bitterly cold winter mornings and walking in the rain. We had no car and he just had to walk. Sometimes we would duck into a deli halfway to school to warm up.imageMy daughter did the walk twice a day because her preschool day ended at noon and then she walked back with our Nanny to get Steve at 3. My kids never had sleeping problems. Between all the walking and playing in the park every day after school, they were tired! I managed to have time to sew most evenings and was a member of a quilting group. Happy times. Evenings in the summer time often found us here. I stopped and got a cone on my walk to celebrate the first real springlike day around these parts.imageWe would vary our evening walking routes and I never got tired of the architecture. How could you?imageSpringtime brought gardens and flowers and during the winter, Christmas tree lights would shine through the front bay windows of many of the brownstones.imageEverywhere you look there are little interesting details. Particularly when you look up!imageLooking at the cars in the picture above reminds me of the three years when a bank reorganization meant I had to commute to White Plains. From Brooklyn. I got so good at parallel parking in tiny spaces because if I passed it by, it might be another 20 minutes before I found another and my babysitter’s meter was running. image6th Avenue near President Street above. imageThe year we moved was, ironically considering real estate prices now, a tough time to sell a coop apartment in Park Slope and imagine, it was a garden duplex on the Park! #102 belowimageWhen we got our one offer, we jumped on it but decided to rent for the spring so the kids could finish the school year with their friends. I was at the time 9 months pregnant. 3 weeks after she was born, we moved all of our things into storage and moved our three kids and ourselves into this brownstone  (below) on 1st Street between 7th and 8th Avenue. A professor was spending a semester as a visiting professor in Boston so it worked out for both of us. I am not sure how we did it. It was also right after Christmas. She was born December 23rd. I went back to work when she was 6 weeks old so that we would be approved for the mortgage on the new house in Connecticut and then stopped working two and a half months later. The two months that I spent in the Slope being a stay at home mom were very happy. I had always been a little sad that I couldn’t pick my kids up from school. Living in the city had meant me working full time. Trade-offs! It was really nice to have that time. It made it even harder to leave. That spring our 8 year old son wanted to walk to school alone. It terrified me but it was really only a couple of blocks down the main drag of 7th Avenue. I gave him a quarter each day and he had to call when he got there. Cell phones didn’t exist. He loved the independence. Our older kids had their own rooms for the first time in this house. They had always shared a room and had bunk beds. They missed each other but Stephen’s room was on the third floor and he had a view out the back of the house of lights and cars from 7th Avenue which was new for him. We had always had apartments where the windows faced into the deep middle part of the block since our other houses were all on the Avenues in the middle of the block. This made the rooms much quieter, something I hadn’t appreciated until we rented this house much closer to the commercial area. He liked looking out his window at the lights.imageIt was fun to see that some of the stores we used to go to are still there. Many $$ were spent here.imageWe loved the local book store. This was before the days of Barnes and Noble and Amazon.imageHere is what they are reading in Brooklyn. I was surprised to see a book that I am currently reading: Lab Girl. Quite good so far. imageThe Clay Pot was where the kids would go with their dad to pick out birthday or mother’s day gifts for me. Great earrings! Everything there is beautiful and one of a kind.imageI was telling a friend at work about my day and she wondered aloud if it had been really emotional for me. Surprisingly it didn’t make me sad. I loved that I had so many happy memories of this place and those times and it made me realize that it really isn’t that far or hard to go to. I just need to have an afternoon and subway fare. Til the next time!image

 

 

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Nursebean Unplugged: A Visit to the Old Neighborhood Part 1, the Park and the Garden

imageToday I found myself with free time on a beautiful day in NYC after getting a clean bill of health from my cardiologist. First I went to Mood, a well-known fabric store near the doctor’s office, where I looked at zippers. After deciding that I was not up for spending $14 on a zipper, even a really pretty zipper, I thought for a moment about going to a museum but then, because it was a beautiful spring day and because I had enough leftover credit on a Metrocard to get me there and back on the subway, I hopped on a number 2 train and went back to my old neighborhood, the place where all of my kids came home as new babies (after being born in hospitals in Manhattan) and where I lived for 11 years as a newly married wife, a new mom, a full time banker and a runner, reader, quilter and sewer. This is the first place I really chose as a home and it was home in my heart and mind for many years after leaving to move to the suburbs. It was a beautiful unplugged day. (3rd street walking toward the park, above and below)imageSo much of my life is planned and scheduled. I work two jobs and teach on the side so most weeks I am at work six days a week. What I have found with my unplugged Sunday project is that I don’t even realize the extent to which the spontaneous part of me has been damped down by my work until I have some free time with no obligations. I forget how much I love to walk without a destination, just taking in the beauty. I walked down streets that were so familiar to me but which I hadn’t walked down in probably ten years. I have lost track. There is a reason why I loved living here.imageOur last apartment-a co-op apartment that we owned-was in this building right on the park. We had a duplex that faced into the back with a little garden which we made the most of. It was amazingly quiet and peaceful for city living. My older two children played in a sandbox and baby pool for many happy hours and I grew whatever flowers thrived in shade (lots of impatiens.) Our backyard was the site for many birthday parties and cookouts. It is amazing how much use a city dweller can make of a tiny patch of green. Below, the building from across the street.imageNote the new bike lane! My son, who lived in this neighborhood until age 8 is a biker and would appreciate this.imageWe spent so many hours in this park. Right across the street from our building was a playground where I pushed all three children in bucket swings and spent many happy hours watching my kids play with whomever they met that day in the sandbox. We usually brought toys and ended up sharing them widely. One day, we started to round them up and I wasn’t able to find all of the plastic dinosaurs we had brought.  I asked some of the other kids to help look for them. Ten children started eagerly digging. It turned into a game. One mom asked me if we really had lost one. She thought I had made it up to keep the kids occupied.  Every time we went to the park, we made friends. That was the kind of neighborhood it was. I walked on through the park.image

imageThe field in the park where I would take my very active toddler and let him run around. imageMost weekends, we would start in the park and walk through the park to the library and the botanic gardens stopping on the way back at Grand Army Plaza to go to the farmer’s market that would be there each Saturday. I would have a child in a snuggli or a stroller or both. It never got old.imageAnd on to Grand Army Plaza.imageThen to the library.imageOr swimming lessons which took place in a pool on one of the top floors of this building (note the big windows).  Two of my children learned to swim here.imageThen, most weekends, we went to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. There was always something new in bloom and it was just the right size for small children. It was beautiful today. Everything is budding and green and on the verge of blooming. image

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imageRose garden sleeping. In June it will all be in bloom.imageCherry Esplanade. It will be blooming in two weeks and will be crowded with people but quiet today. I remember chasing children along a field of pink petals.imageThe pond and Japanese garden.image

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imageThe Oaks.imageRose garden waking up.imageI loved all the crazy new growth at the base of this tree. #metaphorimageAnd this one looks like a ballerina with arms raised.image

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imageSo much beauty. After walking though the gardens, I went back through my old neighborhood and walked by the other buildings we lived in and visited some of our old haunts. To be continued.

 

 

 

 

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Nursebean Unplugged Winter 2016: Live your life on purpose

“Do what you love to do, and do it with both seriousness and lightness.” from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert imageI started my unplugged Sundays the second Sunday in January because on the first weekend of the year, I was driving my daughter back to school in Maine. But what a beautiful place to start the new year.imageView of Somes Sound, Mt Desert Island, January 3, 2016

This year, inspired by an unexpected  and wonderful Sunday off on the first Sunday in Advent, 2015, I resolved to stop working Sundays and return to many things I missed during the years when work and school filled my weekends. I have loved returning to my regular pew at church (3rd row from the back on the the left side of the center aisle) and having a regular weekly dose of beautiful music, inspiring sermons and friendship. I have loved taking spontaneous walks in my neighborhood and along the water. I have loved having time to sew, having the energy to make a nice meal and most of all having quiet early mornings to read. I have made great progress hand quilting a quilt I started many years ago and which up until this year,  I despaired of ever having time or energy to finish. I am now three quarters of the way done . A miracle!  I have taken a yoga class. I have walked the dog. I have done some writing. It has all been very low key, unplanned and really wonderful. I have generally not made any plans and have just done what the spirit moves me to do or not do that day. Most weeks, a thought for the week has come to me in church and I have found echos of that thought in my daily life the rest of the week.  A key component of this practice has been unplugging from social media. Each week I try to take one photo that symbolizes that day. The first week of my unplugged Sundays, the title of the sermon at church was: “Live your life on purpose.” This weekly practice is helping me to be more open to ideas and to discovering what my purpose is evolving to be.  I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings. Some glimpses of my unplugged Sundays below.

Week 3: the beauty of the snow as seen from my sewing room window.imageChurch on week 4; a sunny day for youth Sunday in all its noisy, loving chaos.imageSunset, week 5. Thought for the week: Your life is your message.imageWeek 6.  Sunrise through the living room window. Reading in the early  morning is a weekly treat.imageWeek 7 thought for the week: you are the light of the world.imageNew Growth week 8. Thought for the week: What is the song of your life?imageStill Life with Feather, Burying Hill Beach Week 9. Thought for the week: Exodus 20:  “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”imageWeek 10. Taking time to sit on the rocks and watch the birds swimming near the beach.imageimage

 

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Sewversary and Goals for 2016

imageThe view out the window of my sewing room on a recent unplugged Sunday.

One year ago on February 7th a freak snowstorm gave me an unexpected day off and I started on a journey of sewing garments that has brought me so much fun (and a whole new me-made wardrobe) over the past year. I had sewn some children’s clothes when my kids were little and had been a quilter for many years but work and life kept me too busy for hobbies for many years and it was just this last year when life calmed down a bit that I was able to think about sewing again. And this year, for the first time, I made clothes for myself. Specifically, I made 8 Washi dresses, 5 Bianca dresses and 1 Bianca blouse, 6 Beatrix blouses: 2 of them sleeveless and one of them in a tunic length, a Pearl Shift flannel dress, 4 Ruby dresses, 1 Ruby blouse, 3 Voila blouses and 2 Pocket Skirts and a New Look 6095 Shift Dress. Three of the garments were for my daughter  and I made one pair of PJ’s for another daughter but the rest I have been wearing and enjoying all year. I have basically replaced my entire work wardrobe-slacks excluded although I don’t wear slacks very often- with garments I have sewn. Some favorites below:

When I started sewing again, I didn’t set out with any specific numbers or goals in mind. I made a Washi dress, a Ruby blouse and a Voila blouse and then it was May and I was so inspired by the posts on Instagram for Me Made May that I sewed several garments that month to be able to join in- which I did about half way through the month. I  had set up an Instagram account in April because I wanted to have a place to keep track of my sewing life. I had no idea that there was such an amazing sewing community there. It has been wonderful to have experienced sewers give me advice and comment on my projects. It was totally unexpected and a wonderful surprise. One thing I did this year that I hope to do again is to rent a cabin in Maine and bring my sewing machine. I didn’t go just to sew. I went for a couple of days of R and R when I dropped my daughter off at college but how nice to have my sewing machine on the rainy day and have some unstructured time to work on some projects in a beautiful setting.imageI also made 3 dresses that were fails- all of which were for other people. I find it a challenge to sew for people other than myself and  the one daughter who is close to my size. Two of my fails were made of knit fabric-I need to work on my sewing with knits skills- and one dress made of a somewhat stiff satiny party dress material that is hard to work with. I also sewed 2 felted wool sweater quilts that were not fails! These were inspired by a beautiful blanket I purchased over ten years ago in the Berkshires from Crispina. I followed the very clear tutorial by Catherine Newman and I was happy with the results.image

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imageI finished these two early this week so technically first garments of the new year! They have already been worn to work. I bought some heavy cotton flannel on sale at Joanne’s before Christmas. I am so happy with my first Pearl and I know these will get worn all the time too. Great for those snowy cold days with leggings or skinny jeans and boots. imageSo all in all 35 successful garments, 3 learning experiences and the 2 afghans. I am going to be honest and say that I am not sure how I did this but many of the suggestions that Christine Haynes makes in her blog post on finding time to sew are true for me. I sew in little bits of time interspersed with one long afternoon or evening a week. I actually work 2 jobs as a nurse and many weeks this year I worked 7 days a week, so I can’t stay up late to sew-it is just not possible. Other than when I had the deadline for a gift such as the afghans for Christmas, I only sew when I have the energy so it doesn’t feel pressured or like a chore. I don’t watch TV ever. I don’t exercise enough. So other than work and reading, sewing is the way I spend my downtime. On an average week I can generally sew one garment but I tend to sew them in pairs. It ends up being more efficient to cut out two of the same thing. More than two doesn’t work so well though. I still have several unfinished Ruby blouses that just need a bit of time to finish but doing more than two at a time ended up being overwhelming.

In the coming year, I will probably do more of the same. More Washi’s, a couple more Voila blouses and Pocket Skirts since they are great basics. Definitely will be finishing the Ruby blouses! Some more Pjs for my daughter and I would like to try to make a pair of cropped linen pants to wear with the blouses I have made. I am thinking of trying the new Cali Faye Hampshire Trouser. I also have another couple of Beatrix blouses, one in a tunic length planned. I am also hoping to make the Emery Dress and the Anna Maria Horner Painted Portrait dress. I am thinking about trying the Pearl Shift in a chambray or linen. I am also hand quilting a long time project and slowly making progress. I am hoping to quilt with friends so that goes a bit quicker. This year, my New Year’s resolution was to not work Sundays at all, something I haven’t been able to do in years due to jobs, finances etc. It has already made a difference knowing that I have that day off every week to look forward to. I have been able to go back to church regularly, something I haven’t been able to do in ten years-yikes! I also made a resolution to keep Sundays unplugged. I am not a TV watcher but I can lose a lot of time on the computer, phone, on Facebook and Instagram and while I value the community so much, I am definitely benefiting from that once a week 24 hour break from screens. I read more and I enjoy the peace.  I am so grateful for my sewing year and I am excited to see what the new year brings! Wishing you happy sewing, beautiful unplugged moments and peace in 2016!

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Washi Madness

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Almost one year ago on February 7, 2015, a snowstorm hit my town and clinic was cancelled at the hospital where I work. I had an unexpected snow day. I had gotten a new sewing machine for Christmas, I had set up my sewing room in my new house and I had bought a pattern that got rave reviews on the sewing blogs I follow and on this day, I ended up sewing my first garment. I used some fabric from a box in the attic to make a “wearable”  muslin and followed the very clear directions and at the end of the day, I had a dress.

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I was so excited that I insisted that my husband take this picture. A feature of the Washi pattern is that there is shirring in the back that is created using elastic thread. The directions for how to achieve this effect are very clear and it feels like magic when it works just as it is supposed to.

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The next day I bought some fabric to add a border strip and add length and the dress was finished. Amazingly although it was my first garment and it was full of little mistakes, it was cute and wearable and I wear it all the time.

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I call the Washi my Gateway Pattern because it showed me that I could sew cute, flattering dresses and since that first Washi, I have sewn 7 more. I tend to make them in pairs because cutting out two is not  much more work than cutting out one.

I am tall (5’9″) so I add three inches in length to the summer versions and have been making winter versions to wear with tights or leggings and boots that I make a little shorter.  One thing I do all the time now is to face the hem with a contrasting fabric. It adds a little something to have the cute facings and I get a more even hem line. I machine sew all my hems which makes them go quickly. I line all the bodices using the techniques explained by Rae Hoekstra in her great videos which can be found linked to her Made By Rae website. I can make a Washi in an afternoon. It is a great feeling to conceive of a dress one day and be able to wear it to work a day or two later.

I have been making my dresses from quilting cotton but have a double gauze version in the works. Most of my fabric is from the Cotton and Steel line which is hefty but soft and works well for garments. I have also used many Art Gallery cottons which have a really nice feel to them. I love that all my handmade garments can be machine washed saving on dry cleaning expense. I see many more Washi dresses in my future. It is great to make something that you know will fit and that you know you will love!

Here are my 2015 Washi pairs and my first make of 2016 which is a version with sleeves.

I made these two with black cotton from my stash and used scaps of fabric leftover from a quilting project to add contrasting borders and lining. When I sewed the black and white version the lining was slightly too big and I found that it had shifted up and created the effect of piping so I left it that way. The pink, polka dot version was for my daughter. Sarah likes to wear belts so she has styled it hers a couple different ways.

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Details of black Washi dresses.

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Styled with belts:

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Feeling confident after sewing my first three Washi’s from fabric in my stash, I bought fabric for two more. One was a light blue Lizzy House pearl bracelets version, inspired by Rae’s aqua washi made of the same fabric. The second I made with a beautiful Art Gallery fabric called Brooklyn Bridge.

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I loved this fabric because Brooklyn was my home for 13 years. It is where I lived when my children were born. I used to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to go to work in lower Manhattan and I crossed the bridge countless times over the years and on the way to the hospital in Manhattan to have each of my children so it has special meaning for me. I love the way the fabric is sort of stripey feeling without being too geometric. A special magic happened when I did the shirring and the bridge image popped out. I wore both of these all summer long. Great work dresses.

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This fall I decided to sew some Washi dresses to wear with boots and leggings. I added 2 inches instead of 3 to the pattern length and made these two from some of my favorite fabrics.

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The blue fabric is from Cotton and Steel and the pink is by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery. Love them both and wear them ALL the time. I lined the blue dress with mustang fabric left over from a Beatrix blouse.

My most recent Washi was made just yesterday from April Rhodes Bound collection fabric that I purchased when visiting my son in Austin. I was lucky enough to get to stop by The Cloth Pocket which packs more great fabric into a small space than any store I have ever been to. I bought several great future dresses. I added sleeves to this Washi. I used the sleeve pattern that you can print from the madebyrae website but I narrowed it and shortened it slightly. I didn’t use elastic because the sleeve was a little narrower. I am really happy with the fit. I lined the bodice with a lightweight batiste and did hem and sleeve facings with a pink fabric from my stash. Very cute with tights and boots.

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I added bra straps to this one using snaps on a thin piece of ribbon.

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I am in the process of finishing another sleeved version with double gauze also from the Cloth Pocket. I cut this a little bigger to allow for french seams. I love wearing double gauze but I find it tricky to sew with. It stretches and frays. So this one is taking a bit longer but I know it will be great when it is finished.

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In celebration of my year of sewing, I plan to post on each of the patterns I have made this year: the Washi, Bianca, Ruby and Beatrix patterns from MadeByRae, the Voila blouse and Pocket Skirt from Cali Fae and the Pearl Shirt pattern from Green Bee patterns. Next up, the Bianca!

 

 

 

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Sewing between shifts

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I am an oncology nurse practitioner at an outpatient clinic where I take care of Veterans during the week and I work weekends as a bedside oncology nurse in a busy academic medical center.  I started sewing 25 years ago after my second child was born when a wonderful sewing store opened in my Brooklyn neighborhood and I was able to take classes and learn from talented and creative women. Sewing has gotten me through some very challenging times in my life. The process of hand quilting using tiny stitches or hand piecing fabric shapes together and seeing a pattern emerge is very calming and  becomes an almost meditative process for me and taking the time to sew has helped me de-stress during tough times. I have also been lucky enough to participate in four different quilting groups over the years and those friendships and sharing of ideas and projects has been wonderful. This past winter I came back to sewing after a very long break during which I was raising kids, going back to school etc.  I have not only rediscovered sewing but I have found so many new independent pattern makers and online resources: tutorials, pictures of so many wonderful versions of great dresses, blogs. It is a new world for this quilter and I have been having so much fun making sewing a part of my life. One of the main reasons I am able to carve out time to sew despite my busy schedule is that the house we moved to two years ago when my youngest child graduated from high school had a small room that I have claimed as my sewing room. I didn’t start using it right away because I was waiting for the opportunity and funds to  repair the patches on the wall and paint the room. But life being what it is, time and money weren’t available. Last fall after 6 months in the house, I decided to just move my things in and start using the room. I covered the walls with all of my pictures and special photos. After that, the old paint was barely noticeable. I moved my daughter’s old desk and bookcase in, I found some inexpensive patterned floor mats and purchased a new ironing board which I put right in front of the window and I was in business. In the corner where a former linen cabinet had been and where the walls were still unfinished, I put up my black and white family photos, thinking that they would harmonize with the patches of plaster. And you know what? They actually do. My husband gave me an inexpensive new non-computerized sewing machine for Christmas (my preference) and I was actually set up to sew. So later that winter, when a huge snowstorm hit and I had an unexpected snow day, I searched through the attic for some fabric and plunged in. I made a dress that day and then made several more clothing items in May spurred on by all of the creativity I saw on the MeMadeMay posts on facebook and instagram.

This blog is a place for me to write about my sewing projects. I write for fun. All of the opinions are my own. Welcome!

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