A Citizen Mandate Letter

Ann is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me on the internet. We met online in the early days of our mom blogging adventures, about (OMG) fifteen years ago. Over the years we’ve participated in panels together, Frances and I have spent wonderful weekends at her cottage, we’ve met up for dinnerContinue reading “A Citizen Mandate Letter”

A cozy travelling duo: Simplicity 5271 and Butterick 5934

I know, another sewing post! Don’t faint. Today we have a double post: pajamas and a duffel bag. (Both of which were made for a trip, although both were needed too. The pajamas because I haven’t had a proper pair of new winter pjs for decades; and the duffel bag because the last one IContinue reading “A cozy travelling duo: Simplicity 5271 and Butterick 5934”

Burda 10/2018 Pants #114: Every work wardrobe needs a pair of bright pink pants

Holy cow, a sewing post! I have been sewing–slowly–but not many new patterns, and I’m not someone who likes to review patterns I’ve already reviewed unless I did something substantially different. And there’s not a whole lot of gaps in my wardrobe to fill right now, so not much need to sew. One thing IContinue reading “Burda 10/2018 Pants #114: Every work wardrobe needs a pair of bright pink pants”

The Outrage Economy

It just so happened that two books I put on hold at the library ages ago (Team Human and How To Do Nothing) became available at the same time and were about mostly the same thing: the attention economy, why it is very bad for us, and how we need to reconnect with each otherContinue reading “The Outrage Economy”

Crafters for Climate

I’ve done something a bit mad, and I’ll talk about why I’ve done this to myself more in another post, but for today I’ll just tell you what it is: I’ve committed to creating, hosting or participating in one public Climate Change event connected to each of my hobbies, ideally before the Canadian election inContinue reading “Crafters for Climate”

Democracy is a Learned Skill

We’re getting close to a federal election here in Canada (election season here only lasts for a couple of months, so we’ll be all done by the end of October, American friends–whereas you’re already in the thick of it and still have a year to go, which is just mind-boggling to me). It’s the perfectContinue reading “Democracy is a Learned Skill”

(Don’t) Panic: A hitchhiker’s guide to climate anxiety

In late March, I gave a presentation on fear and hope and helplessness in climate communications at a local Climate Change summit. There was supposed to be a video at some point, but I’ve (temporarily) given up on ever seeing it; but here’s what I said, with a picture of me saying it, in aContinue reading “(Don’t) Panic: A hitchhiker’s guide to climate anxiety”

MeMadeMay 2019 Recap, Holy Cow

I did it. Thirty-one days of me-mades, no repeat outfits. The hardest part was that Frances had uptillion doctor’s visits (more on that in another post), and on those days I worked from home, and I just don’t have as many homemade casual clothes as I do clothes for work. But I still did it!Continue reading “MeMadeMay 2019 Recap, Holy Cow”

Political Will is a Quilting Bee

Why progressive politicians with majority mandates don’t pursue more aggressive climate policy is one of the great mysteries of our time. Apparently. Or not. Because to me it makes perfect sense. This conundrum comes from a complete misunderstanding of what political will is and where it comes from. Political will is not like iron ore.Continue reading “Political Will is a Quilting Bee”

OMG, it’s Me Made May! Again.

It seems like it’s Me Made May all the time–like, at least once a year. Holy cow. Regardless, here we go again! A month to celebrate making and wearing clothes, and then, in June, a few days to celebrate not having to talk about or taking pictures of ourselves making and wearing clothes. It’s theContinue reading “OMG, it’s Me Made May! Again.”