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Welcome to the first issue of the HomeSewingPlace blog, aka The Home Sewing Place Home.

If you’re wondering why you’re receiving this email, perhaps my procrastination article rings bell. You signed up for it when you were on the website. It may have been yesterday, or it may have been so long ago you’ve forgotten the article. Or, you have the article tucked away in a folder to read tomorrow because, well . . . you’ve been procrastinating.

Since I’ve been saying I’m going to start a blog on this site for some time now, if you’ve been putting off reading about procrastination, your secret is safe with me. And if you can’t find the article and would like to refresh your memory about how to stay ahead of your craft projects, you can pick it up here and read it again.

But I’m not writing to nag you about getting things done or keeping on top of your to do list, or even, if you’re reading this with a skeptical eye, to sell you anything. I just want to tell you about our new blog.

If you’ve been paying attention lately, you can’t help but notice we live in pretty chaotic times, no matter what part of the world you call home. It’s hard not to let the negativity out there infect our homes. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about; some days there just doesn’t seem to be any good news.

And as I’ve been working to keep myself on an even keel, I decided that it was time for me to start my HomeSewingPlace blog. It’s my way to inject some peace, some beauty, some connectedness in our online lives. A respite from the storms around us, a smile or two, maybe even a cat video or two, just some harmony and focus on the things we love, even if it’s just for the time it takes to read a short blog post.

The site is a perfect place for my venture. All of us are drawn here because of our interest in the needle arts and crafts, but it is the home part of our name that interests me. We all need a home, whether it’s the one we build for our family, a solitary nest, or a safe, comfy corner of the world to share with those we have chosen to be family even though we may not share DNA.

People who love the needle arts tend to like the decorative arts, the domestic arts, in fact all things artistic and beautiful, all things that replenish our home, our world, our lives and our spirits. To me that means we all love food, books, health and exercise, beautiful fabrics and yarn, DIY projects, our animals, our gardens, and, of course, moments of inspiration that lift us up when the world around us seems intent on pulling us down. This is the world of the Home Sewing Place Home.

In that spirit, I’m dedicating this blog to the beautiful and positive in life. Five times a week I will post my Five x Five x Fave Five. These will be five links to places on the web that you can peruse in five minutes. They will be entertaining, surprising, useful, funny, thoughtful, and beautiful. You will meet some of my online friends, some people who inspire me with their creativity, and some surprising moments captured in videos and photographs that you might not find elsewhere.

I’m going to start today with a sampling of what you can expect. I hope you’ll find something that catches your eye and brings a smile to your face, or makes a light bulb go off in your head. Let me know what you think in the comments below and I’ll be sure to answer you.

And to start things off here are today’s Fave Fives. With the exception of no. 5, I don’t know any of these bloggers, they just light up my day a little. No. 5 lights up my whole darn life!

1. I fell in love with the baking site Butter and Brioche the first time I read it over a year ago. I am an avid fan, though I confess I haven’t made any of Thalia’s confections yet. But they are so beautiful, so artfully presented and sensitively described—she has the soul of a poet as well as a baker, that I feed my soul with her creations several times a month. This pink champagne cake is a jawdropper. Let me know if you make it.

2. A little story about why I’m posting this article. A friend of mine was hit by a car while on vacation and injured her shoulder. She received medical care and flew home the next day. She had turned off her landline before she left home and so was surprised when, a week later she got a registered letter from the hospital saying the x-ray also showed a spot on her lung and she should seek medical consultation. Phone was turned off, right. No message. Long story short, the tumor was caught so early and it is so very small, that treatment is relatively easy and a full recovery is expected. She must have a lucky charm hidden away. Anyway, I found this article about lung cancer and she wants everyone to read it. It’s not a downer. So here it is, in Nina’s name.

3. Quill & Quire Because books happen around the world, this excellent Canadian site will help the book lover keep up with the literary world, literally . . . around the world. Fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, cookbooks, awards. They have it all. A must read, as we say in the book biz.

4. Okay, here comes the cat video. But first, I am neither a Buddhist nor a cat owner so I’m not trying to sell you on anything here. I have, however been to China and visited many temples. The cats escaped my notice, but not this terrific photographer’s.

5. As Long As I Can Still Buy Shoes … And last but not least, keeping it all in the family, my daughter’s shoe, cat, dog, ice cream, travel and life blog … in often very funny 25 words or less, with pictures.

So there they are, the First Five Faves. Feel free to follow these yourself, or not. I don’t get a kickback!!! In any case, enjoy and let me know what you think.

Helen at The HomeSewingPlace Home

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