Saturday, May 18, 2013

Grand Re-Opening!

You may notice it's been a while since I blogged here, if when you say "a while," you really mean almost two years and not, say, two weeks. It's not as though I've been holding out on you; other than a very few cases of garments in dire need of repair, my sewing machine has been sitting idle the entire time.

A couple of reasons for this. First, we've acquired two big, rambunctious dogs; their crates nearly fill the floor space in my small sewing room and they have a distressing tendency to demand my undivided attention. Sometimes I feel like they are more trouble than a human infant!

I had also gained "a few" pounds, if when you say "a few," you really mean over 60 pounds and not, say, five pounds. So, yeah, I'm not posting a picture of that. I found I wouldn't sew for myself at that weight...or buy new clothes, either, for that matter, until forced by desperate necessity, like the hole in the inner thigh of my jeans was just too big to patch if I still wanted to be able to wear them in public. It was as though by sewing or buying clothes in a larger size, I was accepting that I was, indeed, a fat person and had given up all hope of ever being a normal weight again.

Now that I've lost some weight, I feel the sewing fever coming on strong!

So here I am! And, hopefully, here you are, still reading, because I'm just getting to the important part. To celebrate my grand re-opening, I'm giving away a copy of Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified by Cal Patch. Through a long Series of Unfortunate Events, I acquired duplicate copies of this book, so I'm spreading the design love around!

There are three ways to enter:
  1. Link to this post on your blog, then come back here comment with the link to your blog post.
  2. Like my page on Facebook.
  3. Follow me on Twitter.
Isn't that easy? Why, yes.  Yes, it is. So get on it right now, because you only have until next Saturday, May 25th to enter!


goodworks1 said...

SOOOO glad to see you back! Hugs to you!

Paula Gardner said...
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Paula Gardner said...

Thank you! Hugs right back at you!

lakaribane said...

Just want you to know that you aren't the only one absent online, LOL! I've only recently started sewing regularly again and I have a backlog of posts and reviews to write.

Also, liked your FB page for the giveaway.

Happy Sewing!

Nothy Lane said...

I just found your blog and it looks really good. Don't enter me in the contest though - I have a copy of Cal's book already.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Welcome back! You're going to be so happy to sit at your machine. I will link to you in my next post and come back and let you know.

Shannon said...

Glad you're back! I'm adding you to the Favorites list again.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Done! You can see the post here,

Marita said...

Hello Paula, great to "see" you again:) I've dropped by your blog every now and then in case you have published something. I love German shepherds, they are the most intelligent dogs there are. I know the weight thing is kind of making one reluctant to sew but don't let it drag you down. Have a great early summer.

Paula Gardner said...

Slapdash, Shannon and Marita, thanks for the welcome back! Slapdash, you were feels awesome to be back at the sewing machine!