I'm Debbie Cook and this is my blog. I'm a Work At Home Mom to 2 grown sons still living at home, wife of 23 years to Mike, stepmother to one more son, and adopted mom to 3 very cute and very spoiled pooches. We all live in Florida and put up with the oppressive humidity and ravenous mosquitos as a trade-off for sunshine and warmth nearly every day of the year. (Don't remind me about this past January, OK? Brrrr!)
I love to sew, but I didn't know it until about 9 years ago. My mom and grandmothers sewed my whole life and while I never had real lessons from them, I found out later that I had actually learned a lot just by watching and helping. With these "custom dressmakers" available, I never felt the need to sew for myself or sit in front of my own machine unless I was mending, hemming or sewing on Boy Scout badges.
Fast forward to my late-30s and the sewing bug finally bit and I haven't stopped since. My mom is still in shock, and now she calls me for advice! I've sewn almost everything - home dec, quilting, gifts, lingerie & more, but sewing clothes for myself is what I really love and I sew most of my wardrobe because I have fun doing it and because it fits me better than anything I'd find in a store. Granted, my wardrobe needs aren't too varied since I do work at home and tend to live in jeans/capris, knit tops, and flip-flops, but I do venture out from time to time. I'm mostly self-taught for fitting, although I owe a big Thank You to Belinda for her friendship and private mentoring.
I stash fabric and patterns a LOT, and lately I seem to have started collecting vintage sewing machines too. I use everything though, so it's all good, right?
I like to share what goes on in my sewing room and some of what goes on in my enjoyably-boring life. I've been blogging about it all for almost 4 years now.
I try to answer questions and comments when I can, but I can't promise I'll answer everything. Sometimes my days are so busy and I'd rather walk away from the computer for a while, you know? There are just never enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do!
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