No matter how you do, or don’t, spent your October 31st…
May you enjoy it!
I watch my favourite Hallowe’en DVD, Christie’s Hallowe’en Party…
And bake ~ this year it’s a new raisin scone recipe.
Summer heat is here ~ time for gentle thinking and reading rather than activity. And so this book has come out of hibernation.
Clambering languidly up on my soap box, herewith a favourite para for your consideration, or not, as you choose. . . 😉
“Like home economics, dressmaking is traditionally a womanly endeavor that can explode gender stereotypes. Scientists say that the average man has a better capacity to imagine a three-dimensional object than the average woman, but how can this be true of the dressmaker starting from scratch? She not only imagines the dress, she also makes a blueprint of the pieces to achieve the shape she wants and figures out the steps to put the whole thing together. Dressmaking is a form of engineering. And in order to make the final product look good from the outside, a dress is put together inside out. Show me a bridge builder who’s been asked to do that.” The Lost Art of Dress:The Women Who Once Made America Stylish, by Linda Przybyszewski, p. 282
“…the American Association of University Women issued a report in 2010 about how to get more women to succeed in fields of study that were traditionally dominated by men: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics–the STEM subjects. One of their recommendations was to teach girls to work with their hands in grade school and junior high. They suggested encouraging them to draw and play with construction toys.” Ibid., pp. 282-3
Then she goes on to write about Mary Brooks Picken, who was weaving and sewing at five, founded a national mail order dressmaking school, authored decades of sewing books, and was the first woman trustee of Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
I decided to check out details and found the report mentioned by Ms. Przybyszewski here.
The sections I felt specifically applicable to the quoted passages are cut & pasted below.
Typical summer heat and humidity, reminiscent of walking through warm treacle, has slowed me down enough to troll through happy memories of my own mechanical tendencies.
And to interesting blog posts written by many of you, Lovely Readers, who hack up patterns or design your own, clean and repair your own old and new machines, and share your experiences on-line with words and pictures.
At $100 or more per service, I sure clean and oil my machines regularly, and have been known to take out screws and clean a few gears.
What about you?
Ever thought about yourself as an engineer? Know anyone you’d consider an engineer!
Hoping to be back online soonest.
Meanwhile, Happy Sewing & Happy Fourth of July weekend!
Perhaps because yours truly started with the old Apple iWeb in ’08, before progressing to WordPress blogging, I discovered early on there’s a little program called iPhoto that comes pre-loaded on Macs.
Its less technical than Photoshop, so a quick and easy way to alter photos before publishing on whatever platform you use. And it sits on your platform, not someone else’s (under someone else’s idea of “security” 😉).
One of the handy-dandy things it can do is reduce the size of your photo file. I went hunting for this because I was a mite concerned about on-line photo theft. Yep. Even way back then.
Smaller photo size means photo quality is also reduced. Not a good thing if you want to print an enlargement, or to re-use a stolen pic in huge highway signage (it’s happened!).
My current WordPress Library capacity = 8%. That’s eight.
Notice any quality issues with my photos? There’s a tiny test up top for you!
I discovered, and continue to use, an easy method for decreasing MB photo files into under 100 KB photo files that look just as nice on-line. And yes, all the huge files of photos are stored off- and/or on-line, depending on age & whether or not I choose to archive them.
[Sorry I can’t recommend a free programme for non-Mac users, but betcha some Lovely Readers can . . . please enlighten us in the Comments – THANK YOU!]
iPhoto basic: get ‘em in, reduce ‘em, get ‘em out
add photos: Either download directly from your camera or use this command string:
File/Import to Library/pop-up screen to choose which & where files to Import are located/click Import.
[In iPhoto there are organisational choices for how you want to organise your photos. Personally, I organise using Events, which I label by years. There are also options for location & facial recognition, which I don’t use.]
export smaller file photos: Click on photo(s) to download, then use this command string: File/Export/window pops up & I use JPG/Medium/Medium Size/Use filename/ click Export/window pops up asking for where you want photos to go/click OK.
And that’s how I don’t fill up my online WordPress Library.
Hope it all makes sense, Lovelies, and you soon have all worries behind you!
Please ask questions or provide answers below. And don’t forget to give a guess as to which of the photos is the larger file!
This post isn’t about sewing, but it’s still important.
Sometime last week, after spending an afternoon running errands, doing a big grocery shop, and working all evening, my refrigerator died.
I discovered it the next day.
After tossing out everything in the freezer and most of what was in the refrigerator I decided to find out what I could/should have saved.
Turns out I did pretty well, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s guidelines.
Avoiding a meltdown: If your model is suddenly freezing your fridge instead of refrigerating it, get it checked right away. It can be a sign that something’s already gone wrong.
Because we’re all apt to experience some sort of electrical (and therefore food storage) problem at some point, thought I‘d share.
After all, if we’re starving we don’t sew well.
(My apologies for everything being in℉ rather than ℃ .)
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