Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sewing and Reading

I made a bunch of these headbands the other day. These are really easy and super cute. There is a free pattern here. It occurred to me today that according to my blog, it really must seem like all I do is sew and read, but I promise that's not true! I sew when the kids are napping or down for the night and I only read at bedtime--one chapter a day, really and that's only possible because Casey leaves for work at 9pm and I go to bed early, by myself. So, for those of you who have been asking me how I get all this sewing and reading in, here's the short answer: I sacrifice couch time for the things I love to do!

So, speaking of reading :) I started a book last night called, Animal Vegetable, Miracle. It's by a family who moved from Tuscon to Southern Appalachia and committed to living on only what they could grow or raise or buy locally. So far it's a GREAT book and pretty eye-opening too. Here is a good quote from chapter one:

"Consider how Americans might respond to a proposal that agriculture was to become a mandatory subject in all schools, alongside reading and mathematics. A fair number of parents would get hot under the collar to see their kids' attention being pulled away from the essentials of grammar, the all-important trigonometry, to make room for down-on-the-farm stuff. The baby boom psyche embraces a powerful presumption that education is a key to moving away from manual labor and dirt-two undeniable ingredients of farming. It's good enough for us that somebody, somewhere, knows food production well enough to serve the rest of us with all we need to eat, each day of our lives." (p. 9)

I could go on and just quote the whole chapter, but I won't :) Basically, she is making a case for knowing and teaching our children where our food actually comes from. Maybe if we were better educated about these things, we would care more what we are actually feeding ourselves and stop wondering where our obesity problems are coming from. Anyway, just food for thought. Pun intended, hehehe.

And, one more thing, there is a great fabric giveaway going on here. This lovely blogger just opened a fabric shop on Etsy and is having a grand opening giveaway. You have until Thursday to enter, I believe, so hop on over there if you want!


  1. Thanks so much for the link to the new shop and the giveaway! As for your post...imagine the life...sewing, reading, sewing, reading...maybe a bit of eating here and there!

  2. Hi....thanks for the giveaway link. I can relate to the book you are reading. We farm and ranch here in West Texas. Our crops we raise are corn, wheat, sorgham, cotton and cattle. We also always have a really nice garden in our backyard with everything you can imagine in it! We don't have to go to the grocery store for much during garden time, which is nice. Sometimes my hubby gets on his soap box about how people seem so out of touch about where our food and clothes come from and about how much hard work goes into it to get it to you. I didn't have a clue until I married him. I lived in town, my dad was an accountant...5 days a week..weekends off and 2 weeks vacation in the summer. Well, it's a little different for me now! Enough of me soap boxing. I love your blog. Your the reason I started a wonky house quilt. Sooo much fun to make, it's still a work in progress. Anyway, thanks for sharing, your a very talented young lady.