Seven Facts about Me

Alyssa at Vintage or Bust and Susannah over at Cargo Cult Craft Kreativ Blogger'd me, so here are seven facts about me that you might not know.

  1. DSC_1810When I was a thirteen, I became obsessed with Gone With the Wind and collected all sorts of memorabilia related to the movie — even the Franklin Mint plates. I actually still have all the stuff in our garage. A little over a year ago, I finally got to go all out in 1860s apparel at our local Dickens Faire. Although I didn't make the dress, I made my bonnet and Penelope's dress. The collar and sleeve cuffs were vintage, however. Thankfully one of my good friends dressed up and with me or I would have had to be a costume dork alone. My husband, alas, doesn't do the costume thing (Gatsby was an exception).
  2. I was on the cover of Fortune magazine— along with a few others (including my husband, Ben. He's on the bottom row). That's part of my other — non-sewing — life
  3. image from www.sixapart.comI got a hood dryer for Christmas but just can't figure out how to make it work with my hair. I usually opt to wear foam curlers to bed overnight. If anyone has a tip on using a bonnet dryer, I'm all ears.
  4. In addition to my sewing new year's resolution, I also resolved to exercise. So far, I've been true to that goal and go to spinning class about four times a week.
  5. My big dream is to one day open a vintage boutique with the speciality being textiles, sewing notions, patterns and other sort of domestic items.
  6. I'm a terrible slob and my sewing room is an absolute mess. Thankfully, it's our guest bedroom down in the basement level so my husband and daughter can avoid it. When it's clean, I love it. 
  7. My husband and I once flew to New York City just to see Justin Timberlake play the Roseland ballroom.

And now I have to "award" seven other bloggers and pass the torch to write seven things about themselves on their blogs. It's a bit like chain-mail so if you don't I understand.


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. O.k. what’s not to like…. it’s a hood dryer… and you don’t have to use the floor vent from the forced air heating! What you need to do… at least it’s what my gramma used to do to me… (she was a stylist in the 60’s/70’s) was after she put me into curlers… she put a a wrap around hair net on me the kind you tie…. this holds all the curlers tight and keeps them from flopping around whiles’t drying! Hope you can figure it out.
    Take care…. Jean

  2. I feel a teensy bit inadequate.
    My nanny growing up trained as a beautician in the late 40s/early 50s. She had a hood dryer and used it in combination with those hard hollow rollers you skewer with a plastic pin (better air flow, I guess). With a square chiffon scarf tied over top to keep everything in place.
    Top tip from her: a satin pillowcase keeps your set soignee for longer.

  3. *Jaw drops* You and your husband are behind Six Apart and Typepad?
    AND you sew amazingly cute vintage inspired clothing?!
    You are a goddess. Just sayin…

  4. Totally blown away by the realization that you are so multi talented and entrepeneur extraordinaire.!

  5. wow, very cool facts. as a fellow slob, i am awed by your ability to turn out such neatly sewn apparel. and no wonder your blog is so beautiful–you’re an expert. i was happy i successfully posted a picture. =) thanks for sharing!

  6. OMG you are such a high achiever in both your sewing and non-sewing lives! I’m seriously in awe of you. Oh and thanks for the award :)

  7. I love the Gone with the Wind dress! Oh if you open a boutique one day let us know so we can come visit :)

  8. Very interesting! You really do seem to be able to “carry” many different time-period looks in an authentic way. I bet you look as fab in jeans and a sweater as you do in 1940’s garb as you do in that GWTW outfit!