Costuming and SCA Garb: 2021 and beyond

My first attempts at medieval attire for us were initiated in July 2021, and then COMPLETELY STALLED due to circumstances beyond my control. It is now June 2022 and I am going to try again. This summer there are no classes, no trips, and no visitors planned. Sewing seasons begins NOW. First: DREAMS I have […]


Today in the Garden (publishing late – actual date enabled for viewing was 8 June)

Yesterday we worked for several hours. Today we were supposed to go to a soccer game (OL Reign) in Seattle, but my darling Tom looked at me and observed that it was a very good day for gardening and we had a lot of plants that needed attention. So we worked in the front/entry garden […]


Today in the Garden (Life with Birds – and Squirrels)

Last Wednesday, while we were out looking for a few last-minute grocery items (eggs, cilantro, etc) we stopped by the local Wild Birds Unlimited (a chain of franchise stores, our local one has been around for a very long time). The people there are always so kind and knowledgeable. Tom had been in a couple […]


Resources for Sewing (November)

Looking up resources and information today on a variety of topics for sewing, here are some good resources: I will eventually add these to the Stidmama Sews pages, but needed to get them up before I forgot¡ Fabrics: Fabric Blog: Link takes you to a page about fabric weights, but there are many other useful […]


A weekend excursion

For the first time in a very long time, Tom and I journeyed forth to see if a trail that was indicated as “accessible” really was. Spoiler alert: not really! While I am definitely more comfortable walking, and choose to stand at my computer most of the time, walking more than two or three hundred […]


Cross-post: Musings when illness interferes with Life.

Cross-posting from facebook. It seemed it might be useful to have this up in an easily-retrieved space. Long post, abundant self-absorbed reflection, and minimal editing. Read at your own risk! Took a “sick day” today from the class I have been enjoying. Drinking LOTS of water and resting in my quiet room and it seems […]


A Lap Quilt for Dad

Some time ago, (autumn-winter 2019-20) I realized my third grade students could use a reason to practice measuring skills, and needed to refine their fine-motor skills as well. So we worked on a quilting project – not alone, I had parent helpers (including my own mother – thanks Mom!), and they were able to create […]


School Year, First Quarter

Already we are in the last week of the first quarter. I have a wonderful group of kiddos this year – curious, energetic, and engaged. Not perfect (what class is?) but so willing to try, to try again, and to bravely keep trying even when they are clearly struggling. They are not struggling though – […]


What’s in the Garden

I haven’t done a post like this in years! Right now I am limited in mobility to areas closest to the house, and only when others are nearby to assist. But Grant is working hard to change this! Here is a small photo essay about what’s going on in the ornamental garden closest to the […]


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