Joyful Monday ~ 23 October

What I dream of is an art of balance, or purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter.

~ Henri Matisse

I’ve been absent because I’ve allowed myself to be mired down in a morass of worry and concern. But today I’m letting my shoulders relax and I’m focusing more on what I dream of than on anxiety.

Even in its rain, today was a beautiful day.


I believe in having fun first, and along the way, if you teach people, if you influence people, well and good.

– Ray Bradbury, writer



Each Monday in 2017 I am going to post one quote as motivation for a great week for me and for anyone who follows. My focus is “Joy”!

Though it may feel otherwise, enjoying life is no more dangerous than apprehending it with continuous anxiety and gloom.

Alain de Botton, writer

And a link to a Ted Talk featuring Alain de Botton.


Each Monday in 2017 I am going to post one quote as motivation for a great week for me and for anyone who follows. My focus is “Joy”!


I’m transitioning my Sewing posts to another site. If you’re interested in sewing, please also follow my other blog.

Janine Sews

I belong to the Atlanta chapter of the American Sewing Guild. The annual meeting was this past weekend, and the guest speaker was Sarah Gunn.


Sarah is well known in sewing circles as the blogger behind Goodbye Valentino. I’m paraphrasing her story, but about five years ago she got tired of spending huge dollars on garments that she could sew herself. Hasn’t every sewist thought the same thing? So she put herself on a Ready to Wear fast for one year, and she sewed instead of buying. She blogged about her experiences over the past five years, and the journey that her RTW fast and blog has taken her. It’s a great story!

A couple of things struck me as I listened to her presentation:

First, she made beautiful clothing in gorgeous fabrics. She didn’t make yoga pants or t-shirts (well, maybe she did, but if she did she didn’t…

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Perfect Summer Place: Chastain Park Amphitheater

Sunday night we went to Chastain Park Amphitheater for a Steely Dan concert, featuring Elvis Costello & the Attractions as opening act. G was beyond excited when this concert was announced because this is like his dream concert line-up from his days in engineering school. I was excited because I got to go to Chastain.

Chastain is an outdoor amphitheater which opened in 1944 in Buckhead. The park itself has a public golf course, running paths, softball fields, and a horse barn, and it’s all nestled amongst gorgeou$ homes on huge lots. I’d live within walking distance of that park if we won the lottery.

Picnic Pack including important things like wine, wine glasses, corkscrew and candle. Who needs food!
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Why Sewing is (Mostly) Better Than Buying

This put my thoughts into words far better than I could!

Eclectic Threads

HaberdasheryNo one will ever be wearing the same outfit as you. The odds of another sewist choosing the exact same fabric and pattern as you, and making it in exactly the same way, are slim to none, so your me-made clothes will always be unique to you. There’s also the added bonus of the feeling of satisfaction you get when proudly stating ‘I made it myself’ when someone compliments your outfit. #Nailedit.

It can be cheaper than buying ready-to-wear. Not always, granted (see below), but sewing can often be better value than buying RTW. I managed to make a dress to wear to a Christmas party for under £10 last year, which is a lot less than the usual cost of a party frock!

Choosing versatile patterns you love and will want to make again and again – and tracing them, rather than ripping them to shreds with pins – is…

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