Hi there reindeer! Wow. So. This feels a bit awkward. I know I said I’d call, but you know how it is. Things get in the way. I had to do laundry. I lost my phone. All ten of my fingers were broken in a tragic gardening accident and I’ve been unable to type for four months.

So let’s move on, shall we? No? Ok. Let’s dwell on my extended absence. I have, in fact, been doing nothing. Or rather, no sewing. More on that in a bit.

What I HAVE been doing is working. Working on our house, working on my during-the-day-work, working on the raising of an unruly hound with an unnatural and traitorous affection for my husband and very un-basset hound excess of energy.

Here they are, negating my claims of excess hound energy. Those traitors.


And I’ve been trying to settle into Texas. It’s not been the easiest of moves, ducks. We moved to a very nice subdivision in a very nice suburb with very nice neighbors and no trash on the streets. It’s the garbage I miss most. I miss the city in the worst way!

As for the sewing… not only did I lose my mojo, but a few weekends ago I packed it up in Ikea bins and replaced my sewing room with a new home office. Behold.



I’m sorry if I’ve caused pain in any of your sewing hearts! Ultimately, since I’ve moved the nature of my job has changed and I’ve been traveling more and working longer hours. It’s been months since I’ve sewn and I really needed more space to work in. So I packed up all my fabric in clear plastic bins and organized my machines into a shelf in the corner of my office. They’re still there for if the muse strikes, but in the meantime. More functional space. Also, I see why people seem to start to knit when they have less time! Easier to pull everything out – not that I’ve been knitting, either!

That said, I’ve missed blogging and all of you! So here I am, a drop in to say hi. I appreciate all of the notes folks have sent me, sorry I’ve been such a bad correspondent.

bug3  That’s me, looking guilty.

So. Let’s take this slowly, shall we? I’m really looking for something casual. Sort of a friends with benefits thing. If we both have the time, we can totally hook up, but if you find a blogger out there who can fulfill your needs better than I can, well, I’m just happy to see YOU happy. At the end of the day I’m sort of a loner and it’s just not my nature to stay faithful, I guess.

So what have YOU all been up to, ducks?


  1. Jeri says:

    Glad to see you didn’t completely fall off the edge of the blogging universe. Even if I have missed your daily posts I still like to catch up when the blogging and sewing muse strikes you :-)

  2. Tyrza says:

    Hi Patty,
    I’m another silent reader, and I just wanted to thank you for your blog. Your good humor, style, great sewing tips, and fearlessness with knit fabrics got me back into sewing again after over 20 years, and I’m really enjoying it. I miss your sewing updates, but I’m glad you have such a nice home office to work in, and when the sewing bug hits you again, I’m sure you’ll go back to it.

  3. Amanda says:

    Nice to see you posting again. I moved from Minnesota to Georgia for college, and it was an adjustment. It being the culture, but mostly the heat. Hope to see you sewing (or knitting) soon.
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  4. VictoriaR says:

    Well I’m glad to see this post. I have been periodically checking in on you and wonder what was up. Life gets in the way. I couldn’t keep up with a blog so I can understand you not being able to, but I do miss your posts. Please check in occasionally. Don’t be a stranger.

  5. ListenMaudy says:

    I’m so happy to see a post from you! I love hearing about your house, dogs, the move, all that stuff. I like the sewing too, but I hope you’ll post every once in a while, even if it’s not sewing related at all and 100% casual. :) I hope you’re happy with your during-the-day-work; your home office looks lovely!

  6. Love the last photo! so cute. Settling into a new place can take time…hoping you will resume sewing soon
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  7. firstmute says:

    Aw, I’ve missed you but I’m thrilled you have fulfilling (?) work. I’m in the same boat with work vs. sewing–it’s an ebb and flow, right?
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  8. Darci says:

    Yay! It’s so good to see you! I’ve been wondering what you’ve been up to since the Big Move, so thanks for the update! I totally get that you have NO spare time to sew. I’m in the same boat, actually. Moved and started a new job and lost my mojo, too. Ugh. It comes back, I hear. I’m hoping that’s true. My stash is far too large to waste away.

    So anyway, SO glad to see you! Keep in touch and we can TOTALLY keep it casual. In the meantime, post more pix of your cute house and your sweet poochinis? I’d love that.

  9. Glad to see a post from you. You have such a great sewing sense of style, so I hope we get to see more from you in the future. In the meantime, your house looks great. That’s a lot of work.
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  10. Marnie says:

    So glad you are back – even if spottily! I’m moving to MN in two weeks so I’ll check on the garbage for you. :)

  11. BJ says:

    OMG – yes, 6 months between posts is quite a long time! Missed you! I’m sure the move to Texas has been an adjustment – it was for this “Northerner” too! (Still adjusting….and whatever can you do about those doggone fire ants?!)

    I have no doubt you are a serial sew-er at heart though and you will be back!

  12. Laurwyn says:

    Hello Texas!

    It is very nice to hear from you! While I miss your passionate posts about fit and all the ways you would wear something!
    I am also very happy for you that you found a job that is fulfilling and keeps you busy.
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  13. Tamsinwp says:

    Lovely to see your post – I had been wondering what you were up to. Sorry to hear that you haven’t had the chance to be as creative as you might like. Doing up your house is creative but in a different way and at least you still have all your sewing stuff to hand, should the sewing bug take hold again. Look forward to seeing your posts in the future – when you have the time!

  14. Barbara says:

    Sooo glad to hear from you, even just to say hi! I’m a long time follower and a quiet one, but I wanted to tell ya that you’re not to feel guilty, you’re awesome and I looove your sense of style. Gosh, what a beautiful home you have! If I tried to pack my sewing stuff away it would look like a three ring circus trying to hide under a rug or something similarily ridiculous. I’m quite happy to enjoy whatever level of blog-ness you have time and sanity to share.

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