Me and O

I try not to bore you with a tale of every article and blog post I write, but I do have to share that while I was at the grocery store on Wednesday evening I came across the January issue of O magazine, and in it is a story written by….ME!

Yup, I’ve been pretty excited about this for some time, now, but had to keep it under my hat. I pitched the article and it was accepted in August. I’d thought for some time that the Days for Girls story I’d written for Stitch and Quilt Country needed to be told to a wider audience, but I just couldn’t decide where. My sister has a subscription to O and when I read the copy she’d left at our cabin this summer I realized it would be the perfect place to tell that story. Turns out it was. They did a lovely job with the layout, headlines, and caption.

As happy as I am to have a clip from O, I’m also thrilled that Days for Girls is getting the publicity that comes with coverage in a magazine whose circulation is 2.7 million (and that’s just the paid readership—think how many people pick it up at the dentist’s office or hair salon). I just love it when my writing does some good for someone or something good!

Days for Girls Sew-In

So sorry that Pearl the Squirrel has been so neglected. Life has been busy…some writing, some sewing, a bit of travel. Today was an event that’s been awhile in the making: our Days for Girls Sew-In at Home Ec.

My neighbors Pam and Molly are the ones who’ve sewn the shields, liners, and bags previously. I made my first one just last night, so their expertise was essential (along with their time, fabric, machine know-how, and general good spirits).

We had a great afternoon with around 15 folks showing up to cut, layer, and sew. We finished around 140 liners, 20 bags, and 25 shields (we have a lot more of these that just need to be top-stitched).

Here are some photos from the afternoon. Thanks to Codi for letting us use Home Ec’s workshop, and to all who stitched with us! We’re hoping to do it again, sometime this winter.