Friday, January 13, 2012

Oh the Places You'll Go.....

I had a bit of a flashback today. When I graduated from college some years back I received the Dr. Seuss' book "Oh the Places You'll Go" and it was signed by some of the co-workers from the Institute of which I was then an intern and am now employed. If you asked me back then, I wouldn't have thought I'd be taking research trips to Barrow, Alaska---one of the most extreme weather & remote locations I've ever visited. Well today I embarked upon my 4th Research trip and I'm currently spending the night in an Anchorage awaiting my last flight to Barrow in the morning. Life can take you to some pretty unexpected places some times. Oh the places indeed! Just a funny thought.....

Well as an overly-obsessed seamstress, no matter where I go, you know I'm going to be armed with sewing related materials of some sort. For this trip I've decided to take the time to revisit some great resources I have in my library---since I couldn't bring my sewing machine of course! LOL! I have a ton of DVD's and would like to take this time of "forced non-sewing" to learn new techniques and refresh my knowledge of old one's. So here's the resources I packed with me.
 I of course packed my Threads Magazine Archive DVD-ROM containing 146 issues. It is jammed packed with great articles, pattern reviews, and supply suggestions. It's been a while since I browsed this DVD-ROM so it would be nice to get reacquainted.  I also packed the Fit for Real People DVD's since I'll be taking up teaching sewing/fitting classes again upon my return. I'm EXTREMELY excited about giving lessons again! I've gotten pretty good at fitting my body and just want to review the basics for teaching purposes. Also, I do plan to make some pants for myself and also want to refresh myself on the fitting process.So I've got what I need for this trip and look forward to sharing any new discoveries. I'm going to fill like I'm in sewing school for the next couple of weeks. I love learning so that will be quite fun!!!!

On a fun note today I discovered a Super Wal-Mart in Anchorage. I forgot a few items and boy was it a lifesaver. Especially since I will be spending the next 2 weeks in very remote Barrow, AK and would probably have a hard time finding some things.

(It's definitely been a while since I've seen so much snow.)

I never thought I'd ever be so happy to see one! And not to suprisingly, it looks just like all the rest I've seen. Kinda felt like home away from home.

For kicks and giggles I wanted to see if it had a fabric section. And it did! Sigh...the sight of fabric & sewing machines always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside:)

Well I've got a plane to catch in the morning and some quick reading to sneak in. Happy Sewing to you!!!


  1. Why don't any of the metro Atlanta wal marts carry fabric! Arrgh!

  2. You have some great DVD choices with you..I just love Palmer/Pletsch DVD's.. That snow looks banana's lol! Stay warm..

  3. Wow. Atlanta to Barrow. I spent 10 years in Valdez but never made it to the other end of the pipeline. Have a great trip and enjoy your sewing reading and viewing.

  4. Have a great trip and enjoy all the DVDs you packed along.

  5. Good luck on your trip and try to stay warm!!

  6. You have a great arsenal of sewing materials to keep you busy. Stay warm and be safe.

  7. Safe travels! Did you get to fly ERA Alaska?


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