sew much goodness

Sewing & cooking & painting – oh my!  That jingle is meant to be sung to the tune of lions & tigers & bears – oh my!  Nonsense, right?  Whyever would I be as frightened of domestic activities as Dorothy (Wizard of Oz, of course) is of a haunted forest? The simple answer is that I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing with a needle, a spatula or a paint brush.

Okay, okay, okay – I lie (but only a little bit, promise).  My mom considered the kitchen “her” room, and she called the family to dinner only after she had fully prepared the meal and set the table.  Our home was famous for being consistently stocked with cookies and cakes and whatever else my mom’s latest edition of Food&Wine deemed popular.

I’m digressing too much.  Point is, my mom never taught me or my siblings how to cook.  Cooking was her therapy — something she did to relax – and the skill was never passed on or shared.  When I went to college, I reaped the benefits of a delicious cafeteria until I discovered 100 ways to cook a meal in the microwave.

Everything changed when I met Jon.  My new crush didn’t know any microwave secrets or own any pots&pans.  He preferred eating out for breakfast (Bruegger’s Bagels), lunch (Qdoba or Quiznos) and dinner (a few rotating spots).

The meal routine was fun when we first started dating, but as we began spending more time together, I wanted to have dinners at home (a little just-the-two-of-us time, if you will).  And so, drum roll… I read cookbooks, watched UTube tutorials, became addicted to Pinterest, and, eventually, taught myself to cook.
My high school offered sewing and cooking and pottery and painting, but I figured I would spend four years filling my schedule with traditional things like biology and calculus and English.  Unfortunately for me, the ‘staying away from anything domestic’ trend continued through college.  10 years later, I can write an essay on the topic-of-your-choice-in under-20-minutes but I cannot hem a skirt.  Houston, we have a problem.

My domestic instincts didn’t kick-in until my MA was framed.  Great to have the degree, but what about making this house a home?  Geesh.  It’s a whole new ball game.

Jon came home work a few weeks ago with a hole in his jeans, and I instinctively wanted to fix it.  Hear that? Wanted to. Some sort of ‘let me take care of you’ gene that makes it more reasonable to stitch and sew than head to Nordstrom.  Well, Christmas came and a sewing machine was under the tree and soon ‘seamstress’ will be added to my list of skills.
Are you still reading this? I might just feel like typing because the whole point of this letter is simply to tell you that I’ve finally found patterns and bought fabric and am ready to embark on my stitch&sew career.

I’m a little excited.

That’s all (and that’s enough, right?)

25 thoughts on “sew much goodness

  1. Dollop of love? Love it! My mother isn’t very inclusive in the kitchen either. Now when she’s gone I try to get in there and experiment as much as possible. She watches wondering what I’m doing, but I’ve got to learn somehow! She also doesn’t like the way any of us wash the dishes. Its her domain.

  2. That is so great that you are teaching yourself to sew. I had a home economics class in 7th grade and we sewed a t-shirt and an ugly windsock. For the life I me I can’t remember how to even thread up a machine anymore. Best of luck to you! Someday, hopefully, I will join you in the sewing revolution.

  3. Rock on, girl! I’m definitely making up this whole “domestic wife” thing as I go as well! I’m so impressed by your sewing machine and your motivation! I was recently taught how to knit over the holiday…so I’ve been working on a scarf! It seems like such a puny project, but I’ve got to start somewhere I guess! For now, I’ll leave that whole “cooking” thing to my crockpot! 😉

  4. I never would have guessed that you were self-taught in the art of cooking based upon the amazing creations I have seen as a part of your posts. With your can-do attitude and determination, I am sure those pieces of fabric and patterns are going to evolve into a work of art also. And Jon will get his jeans back 😉

    As a side note, my wife and I have been huge fans of Food & Wine over the years and just discovered a new source, Fine Cooking 😉 Sometimes a little more gourmet, but we have found some keeper recipes within its pages. Keep cooking, sewing, writing, and creating! You are inspiring and motivating for us all 🙂

  5. I’m curious about what shop those yarn and fabric photos are from – somewhere in the Twin Cities? (I’m quite addicted to stitching & sewing already – never really got into being stuck in a kitchen!)

    • Hey Amy! The shop is called Digs and it’s on Grand/38th- Great shop with all sorts of homemade gifts and Etsy inspired items with a Minnesota twist. Where do you currently buy fabric? I think this is going to become quite a hobby for me… or at least something to keep me busy while it’s 10 below?

  6. Yay!! You can do it!!!! I believe!! I’m the opposite, I loved cooking for my parents and friends and have been in front of a stove since I was 8 but I am scared of my sewing machine. Right now I just do basic square/rectangle stuff like table runners, placemats, simple pillows, napkins…..maybe I’ll try another shape soon!? 🙂 If you are looking for a great cookbook I really like Martha Stewart’s Cooking School. It really is perfect for any level of cook- I’m still learning a lot from her!! Can’t wait to see what you make girl! 🙂

  7. I just started sewing again this past year and even opened a modest etsy shop. I am looking to get some of us MN bloggers together for some SEWtastic fun this year. We should plan something together. Get in touch if you’re interested!

    • SEWtastic fun sounds absolutely perfect to me. Let me know how I can help out with organizing 🙂 And I’m heading over to your Etsy shop right.this.minute — need all the inspiration i can get 🙂

  8. You will have to keep us all updated!! My mom is the same way in the kitchen… Anytime I try to get in there to help I immediately get kicked out! I can’t wait to see what kind of projects you make with your new sewing machine!

    • susannah! you’re a blessing. angela mentioned something about this the other day and i couldn’t seem to solve the problem – now i have a blogger profile and i think i’m good to go- thank you!!

  9. Oh my goodness this blog post was hilarious!! I can relate.. I also was not ingrained with a domestic intuition… (andrew does most of the cooking) … my mom also did not teach me how to cook (although she claims I never wanted to learn) but you’re right as we get older I want to cook more, nest more, and be more homey. Which is also probably why I want a new apartment… something that feels more homey than our previous abodes.

  10. I’m with you on not knowing how to be domestic! I never learned any of the basics and have slowly been teaching myself! So excited to see what you make!

  11. Well done on “domesticating” yourself 😉 I miss my sewing machine so much- torn between waiting for somebody to fly over and bring it, or buying one here some time. I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun!

  12. Man, I can’t imagine not cooking while growing up. My Mom…I don’t think she especially loves cooking, so she delegated it to the kids as soon as possible. We tease her that she hasn’t cooked in years, because she’s got plenty of kids to do it for her!! I can’t wait to see what you make! Mostly I just craft or make clothes for myself, but in the last two days I hemmed a pair of Angel’s scrubs that were too long and I fixed a ripped seam in a different pair of his pants so I’m feeling like quite a useful wife! 😛

  13. I have no idea how to sew, but I can cook a mean meal!! Perhaps should I ever have children one day, I will teach myself to sew. For now I’ll stick to other crafty things that don’t require that detail.

  14. So exciting! My grandmother taught me how to sew and I love experimenting to make things… Most recently I’ve made plush turtles for Christmas gifts. It’s so gratifying to make something with your hands- I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it in no time 🙂

  15. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! I always love to hear of another person taking up the delightful pastime of sewing. Can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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