Encourage the littles in your life to try sewing

Littles can be anyone from preschool to college age.

Start with hand sewing, embroidery or cross-stitch. Embellishing jeans is a great project for tweens & teens. Basic sewing supplies are readily available at big box stores or borrow from a friend/relative.

If their interest in sewing becomes more than a passing curiosity, enroll them in a beginning sewing course or ask around to see if a friend has a machine you can borrow while your “little” explores creating with a sewing machine.

Sewing does require a certain investment in a quality machine and supplies, but no more so than baseball, cheerleading, color guard or other activities.

If you do have a serious, talented sewist on your hands, let your friends and acquaintances know. There are many folks sitting on an abundance of sewing machines, supplies and fabric stash who need to downsize. They would LOVE to support a young person with a serious interest in sewing. All they ask in return is a simple thank you.

Three of my favorite memories are: (1) the reaction of a very deserving SCAD student who was gifted a really nice sewing machine and every tool she could possibly need for her apparel design program and (2) the ongoing pictures posted by my niece of all the clothes she’s made for her kids since receiving her “new” sewing machine and (3) the change in attitude of a surly ‘tween who was struggling in class with her old machine once I moved her to my sewing machine. (That became “her” machine during classes and mom eventually bought her a similar machine of her own.)

School’s out

I’m exhausted. I mean bone-tired and worn slap out. It’s been a doozy of a school year.

Other than the fact I’m still in the library next year, I have no idea what my actual areas of responsibility will be. I don’t even know if I will have a library helper or not. I can’t worry about that right now, though.

I need to recharge my batteries. Sleep for a week. Read a book. Play with Sadie. Work in my garden.

Plus lots of sewing.

Tomorrow evening, I will continue the tradition of kicking off summer break with a sewing project and a glass of wine!

Mask or no mask?

Masks are optional in my classes.

I’m now fully vaccinated. I’ll admit I was leery of taking the vaccine. Two things changed my mind: (1) family physician insisting I get vaccinated due to my day job and my husband’s status as a cancer patient and (2) meeting fellow therapy dog volunteers who’d participated in the local Pfizer vaccine trials at Emory. They were fine. The 2nd Moderna shot did kick my butt, though.

It’s time to get back to living. The CDC has lifted most mask restrictions for folks like me. People have had plenty of opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get the shot(s), too. I am not anti-mask. I will don a mask if a business requires it, but I’m definitely looking to shop businesses where masks are no longer required. Of course, I will gladly mask-up on official therapy dog visits with Sadie if a facility or ATD guidelines mandate such.

That said, you do you. Wear a double mask, gloves and goggles to class, if you must. Chances are, your classmates and instructor will not be similarly attired. For those in high risk groups, stay home and explore virtual classes until the virus risk is at a level with which you are comfortable.

Use common sense and get back out there. It’s way past time!

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