Saturday, August 18, 2012

Weight loss update!

I know I said a while back that I wasn't going to make my poor excuse for a sewing blog into a weight loss blog, but this week I made a significant milestone. Twenty point three pounds! Yup 20.3 pounds. Since June 8.  An average of two pounds a week. Needless to say I am pleased.

I am at least a size smaller and so many clothes I haven't worn in a while have made their way back into rotation. There are also clothes that are unwearable. I destroyed three pairs of pants this week, turning them into rags. Why would I not take them to a thrift store you ask. They were so worn that even homeless people wouldn't want them, besides it was cathartic. It is a little disconcerting (in a good way) when every time you wear something it fits differently than the last time.

Oh, by the way, food does so taste better than thin feels.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Once again, Offshore Labour

For some reason people haven't been able to access this radio program. I don't know why, I know the CBC allows international listeners,

It really is worth listening to, so let us try this again.

1. go to

2. Do a search for Offshore Labour, you should get a page that looks like this:

3. Click on the first link, it works for me and I am hoping that it will work for you too.

Please let me know if it works.

I won Vogue 8756!

I won a giveaway from the incredibly talented and prolific sewist and blogger Carolyn, I received The pattern in the mail this morning. Some time ago, I did my first giveaway and Carolyn was the recipient of one of the items. It took months to get to her. Months. I think Canada Post put it in a row boat and had someone row it across the Pacific. Australia Post was much much better. It was stamped the 16th of July and it got here today. Way to go Australia Post!

What is it about winning a pattern that makes me (maybe you too) feel I have to make it as soon as possible?  Unfortunately I can't because it won't fit the size I am now, but it will fit the soon to be thin as a supermodel me.

I love the jacket and the pants are a nice traditional cut. Very nice pattern.

In other news, the comments issue on my blog have been resolved. Rubber duck PJ friend who loves a challenge, managed to fix it. Should this happen to you, reset everything to default and it should straighten it all out.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Offshore Labour

I love lavender.  There is no purpose for this photo, except for the rule that
all blog posts must have a photo. Hey, I don't make the rules.
Taken with a Lensbaby Composer.

Today Robin of A Little Sewing wrote a post about cheap clothes made in other countries, and other things. I am not good at splaining things right now as I have a mild concussion* and thinking is harder than usual. Read her blog. 8-D

Some background on this. I am a CBC Radio addict, for those of you who are not fortunate enough to live in Canada, CBC is our national radio station. It plays some music, but my unnatural love for CBC is because of the really good arts programming (Q with Jian Ghomeshi), current affairs programming (The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti) and independently produced documentaries, along with many other great programs. I am sure my IQ goes up when I listen to CBC regularly. Good news for everyone, you can listen online.

Recently while listening to CBC there was a really good program on, and I thought some of you might find it interesting.This is the description of the program, directly from the website.

Offshore Labour
In this episode, we ask an economist, an activist, and a former sweatshop worker a question: as consumers, can we help improve the lives of sweatshop workers by boycotting sweatshop goods? You'll hear their answers in Episode Six.

This program really changed the way I think about buying cheap clothes. I am not going to tell you how, have a listen (it is 27 minutes long). Enjoy, and I would love to know what you think.

Off shore Labour

*I hit my head on a cupboard door in the laundry room. Hard. Real hard. There was blood and everything. The cupboard doors have been removed and will be replaced with adorable curtains when I feel I am capable of using a tape measure and a rotary cutter.

**Edited August 12, I am having difficulty getting Disqus off my blog. 8-(((. Once again I thought it had worked but now the ability to comment has disappeared. Insert scream of frustration here. Please bear with me.