I Cannot Count My Day Complete, Till Needle, Thread and Fabric Meet

Clean Teen ReadsThe title of this blog is both humorous and antiquated. But this anonymous quote at one time would have been spoken by many a wife and mother. In fact, the homemaker who didn’t know how to sew would have been lacking clothes, not to mention decorative items such as curtains, tablecloths, tea towels, and throw pillows. Add to that the fact that many of their clothes would not have been patched and mended.

Poor Marcy

In my novel, Tiger Beetle at Kendallwood, the cheer squad decides they’ll sew their own cheer outfits – much to the chagrin of our main character, Marcy. Not because she doesn’t know how to sew (she certainly does), but because her schedule is already bursting at the seams. (Pun intended.) LOL

Poor Marcy – her stress level is shooting through the roof.

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When did the art of sewing fall by the wayside? It may have been partly due to the 1970s “feminist movement” that claimed women were being chained to their homes and needed to be liberated.

Whether or not that’s true, sewing is definitely back in vogue. Try Googling something like: “Sewing projects on Pinterest.” Wow! Thousands of results! (Photo on the left: http://www.sewlab.net/)

Sewing a Big Part of My Life

I grew up around sewing; the sewing machine was always in use at our house. From my toddler years throughout elementary school years, my mother sewed every dress my sister and I ever wore. And they were cute and ruffled. It followed that my sister and I would sew as well; learning mostly through 4-H projects. (See this post about 4-H)

What I loved most about sewing was that I could design most anything and whip it up in no time. It satisfied my desire for creativity.

Change of Priorities

Later, as a mom myself, I was still sewing, but the passion for writing knocked sewing right off the priority list. I quickly discovered I could not do both! Writing won out!

Clean Teen ReadsMy daughter (wife and mother of three) loves to sew – when she has time. And my granddaughter, Elisabeth, loves to crochet. (She’s 13.)

Does sewing (or needlework) have a place in your life? Does anyone in your family sew? Perhaps quilting? Or knitting? Chime in by leaving your comments below.

Free First Chapter!

If you haven’t done so – get your free first chapter of Tiger Beetle at Kendallwood right here.

Meanwhile, keep on reading…

Norma Jean

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PS: If you haven’t received your FREE copy of Flower in the Hillsyou can get it right HERE!

PPS: Tiger Beetle at Kendallwood is title #2 in the Norma Jean Lutz Classic Collection. Read all of Chapter 1 for FREE. Click HERE!

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Teens on the Scene — Teenager Named Bill Gates

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Many well-known people got their start as a “teen on the scene.” Bill Gates was one of them.

The Microsoft founder spent his early teen year attending the prestigious Lakeside prep school in Seattle. While there, Gates discovered his love of computers by writing a computer code for a version of the game of tic-tac-toe.

Gates and friend, Paul Allen, his Microsoft cofounder, went into business together for the first time while they were still in high school. When Gates was 15, the duo created Traf-O-Data, a tool for tracking traffic flow in the area.

After high school, Gates attended Harvard University but dropped out in 1975 to work full-time on Microsoft, which ultimately made him the world’s richest self-made billionaire.

If you’re fascinated with people like Gates, why not find a biography, read it, and learn more? Check with your local library — or browse Amazon.com!

Meanwhile, keep on reading!

Norma Jean

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PS: If you haven’t received your FREE copy of Flower in the Hillsyou can get it right HERE!

PPS: Tiger Beetle at Kendallwood is title #2 in the Norma Jean Lutz Classic Collection. Read all of Chapter 1 for FREE. Click HERE!

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