I run, I craft, I write, and I make your favorite clothes.

I have written books about sewing for children and adults and I'm the indie designer’s patternmaking secret weapon. I've taught video and in-person classes to anyone who would listen since 2008. I believe that sewing clothes is a radical act of self-love that increases your sense of self-worth. I'm basically your sewing fairy godmother.

Maker Faire (and Personal Compromises)

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makerFaireDetroitBadge Saturday and Sunday I’ll be giving a little demo at Maker Faire Detroit at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI.

I will be on at noon each day, demonstrating the Let’s Go Fishing Hat from my book, Sewing for Boys, and giving out the pattern for FREE!

I’m excited and pretty nervous.  I get so flustered when speaking in public!  Thank goodness it’s a laid-back atmosphere.  Please stop by and visit the demo area if you’re at Maker Faire this weekend.

…and now for the Personal Compromise part… As thrilled as I am to participate in Maker Faire, this means that I am not running the San Francisco Half Marathon this weekend.  It was an excruciating decision to make, but I just haven’t come far enough in my training.  I’m a little sick about that, actually. It’s painful to give up on my first big race – announced in public – already paid for – and yet I have not been able to keep it together enough to train consistently; what with injuries, kids out of school, fewer babysitting days per week for the little one, and not least of all my moto crash.

I have been running. I missed 4 weeks in May/June, but I’m back to it consistently: 3-4 times a week (a solid 9-12 miles each week) and I now have a solid foundation to build upon for the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon this October. I feel like October 16 is a more realistic timeline for me.  Ella’s going to Kindergarten this fall, J is in start-up mode, and all the kids will be on a schedule I can live with.  It’s difficult not to feel like a complete failure at this running thing.  I have to remind myself that I started this because I love it, and I committed to do it because I feel great about myself when I’m done each time I run.

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