Back in the olden days, I used to sew. This little pin cushion brought back those memories — we all had one of these! Very cool, eh?

I made a lot of my daughters’ clothing. Now that I think of it, my children were so fortunate to have me as a Mom. I actually used to be pretty good at it. I worked with patterns, pins, a cutting table and my very own sewing machine; the whole nine yards! Ha!

Not only did I make clothing for the family, but also what I like to refer to as “decorator items“. One year, I actually made a cover for the couch, matching throw pillows AND curtains for the living room window. Wow! Bright, bold, turquoise blue floral print. Now that was something to see. Talk about flower power! This was all accented nicely with a huge Boston fern hanging in my handmade macrame plant hanger! Of course, if you suffered with migraines, you would probably want to pass on visiting our home during the “blue” period.

And yes, I made one other thing: Rover. This was definitely one of the highlights of my sewing career. I made Rover for my first born. I wanted her to have something precious. Something she would cherish for the rest of her life.  Something she could share proudly with her children some day.

I carefully selected just the right, soft, fuzzy, flannel material. The big black buttons for his eyes. Red felt for the tongue. I found the perfect pattern. A beagle, I think. This was a “pro” project. An “every-day sewer” couldn’t have handled this puppy.

Oh all right — his legs are on backwards. Fine. I get it.

But the fact that my 40-something baby still has it, says something, right?

About susansplace

Widowed in 2012, I am a mother and grandmother. Born in San Francisco, I now live in the town I grew up in: Mill Valley, California. I love nature photography. Just an amateur but that's OK! My goal: world peace. Got any ideas?
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12 Responses to Homespun

  1. Laura says:

    Oh my gosh, Rover has been with me through thick and thin, through college and then on a plane to the East Coast. He made it through an apartment and two houses and the most impressive thing of all….he has avoided the stuffed animal loving jaws of my real dog, Reina! I could tell you that I plan to pass him on to my daughter, or son, but honestly, nobody else will give Rover the respect he deserves, so he is staying put, by my side.

  2. “But the fact that my 40-something baby still has it, says something, right?”…It says volumes…

    Be encouraged!

    • susansplace says:

      Thanks, Stephen! Hope all is going well in your corner!

      • Not bad…but don’t let anyone ever tell you writing a book is easy…OMG it will certainly increase your prayer life…but wait!…maybe that isn’t such a bad thing…lol.

        BTW…Rover is a cutie.

        Be encouraged!

      • susansplace says:

        I just witnessed my daughter write and publish her first book. This was a huge endeavor. I can’t even imagine. But the sense of accomplishment and the excitement, as she is receiving some reviews on it, has made it all very worthwhile. We agreed, in her case, it wasn’t about the money — that isn’t why she wrote it — and it has been a wonderful experience, all in all!

        While my lawyer has been diligent in every aspect of negotiating the book deal…you are right it has nothing to do with money. My book is about what I experienced during my 3,160 mile run across the United States. Those experiences have thoroughly convinced me we are all capable of so far more than what we believe. Not just with the physical, but in our every corner of our being.

        BTW…your blog is an excellent reminder of that…please keep writing…we need you.

        Be encouraged!

  3. Laura says:

    Hi Stephen!
    I would love to read your book. I couldn’t find a website or a title on your little picture link. Would you pass your info on to me please?
    Thanks very much – I look forward to reading your story!

    • Gee thanks for the interest…I do deeply appreciate it. The book isn’t published yet, in fact I’m still polishing, writing, re-writing, re-re-writing, and re-re-re-writing…you get the idea. We are currently looking at a mid-October release date.

      You are welcome to send prayers, beer, and money my way as enticement to speed up the process…lol

      Be encouraged!

  4. susansplace says:

    Stephen, I think that my daughter and I figured if she kept saying, “It’s not about the money”, a WHOLE BUNCH OF MONEY will appear. We’re applying the “Murphy’s Law” technique. LOL!

    • You know I keep learning new stuff every day…it’s not about the money…it’s not about the money…it’s not about the money…it’s not about the money…it’s not about the money…how long do I have to keep this up?…:)

      Be encouraged!

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