Every April my birthday arrives just as the Spring rains appear. So as I watch the downpour and hear the tapping on my sewing room skylights it is nice to sit with my presents and be grateful for my health and husband and good friends and family who wish me well.
This year Mr. Mole surprised me with a subscription to a magazine I saw in JoAnn’s. It seemed similar to Threads but with many more articles about recycling clothes into new creations. It is called Altered Couture: My first issue will come in May and fingers crossed I will have some time to just sit and flip through the pages and dream! The other present was something I can read and enjoy while riding my exercise bike to build up my knee muscles…nothing to do with fashion but a real treat for the eyes and brain…World Religions:Maybe most folks would be happy just being in their own place of worship and culture but I find all other cultures and practices absolutely fascinating and this book like all DK (Dorling Kindersley) books cover the subject superbly and extensively with the most beautiful photos!
While we are checking out books I will share some recent good reads and presents from others who understand my personality. My daughter gave me this book: While a book on worms seems a strange topic, if you are a gardener on any level or have ever owned and maintained a wormery (I did in England), this book explains the value these absolutely fascinating little creatures have in our world.
Some of you may know that I have been a Kiva member since 2007 and when I found this book about another lender who went on a quest to visit some of his people who were given loans, I just had to read it! It gives you an insight into how we are all connected and how far a small loan of $25 can carry a struggling farmer/seamstress/fish seller in another country. Their success and dignity depends on small loans and you can read about their stories here.
Lastly, if any of you are introverts, swamped in your work or family dynamics by high energy, high volume gregarious people and wonder why you are drained at the end of the day, this book is for you! Reviews on Amazon are amazing and when readers say they cried after finding themselves in the pages…it is true!
Susan Cain understands the frustration with being raised in a loud chaotic world and does a great job of explaining how small strategies at home and at work can get us through the day without feeling like we are lacking in communication skills because we do not force our views on others nor have to be the life of the party or center of attention to get our point across.
Finally, my sewing room got in another bride this week and this time she wanted me to cut off her train…here are photos of the gorgeous Augusta Jones gown:
Yes, I know…it seems as though the train is the best feature but it has to go so nothing touches the ground…more photos later as the chopping begins! Next time close-ups of all the pick-ups…which are huge godets (triangles) attached at all levels of the skirt held in place by covered buttons and loops ala bustles.
Wishing you all sunny Spring weather in the Northern Hemisphere and happy Fall weather for those south of the Equator!