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blog -bagby Susan Carlisle

I know I’ve shared my sew sagas before but I have another one, or two or three…

My daughter in law asked me to sew up a bag for her. No problem. I can read the directions. Maybe. I put the zipper in the wrong place. Had to cut it out and buy another one. As you can see by the picture the pocket is more under the bag and unusable than being in the right position on the side. I had to remove it and put it in the correct place.

I made the flower girl dress for my son’s wedding in May. Cute dress, cute kid wearing it but I put the sleeves in wrong. Left on the right, right on the left. I had to take them out and put them in again.

Today I’m starting my ninth book for Harlequin. I have to admit I’m worry that I may not know what I’m doing with it either?blog dress

Do you ever have times that it just seems like you have no clue despite having done something forever?



Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - March 3, 2014 - 12:21 am

I think sometimes we have so much going on that we can’t fully concentrate on the task at hand, and that causes us to make mistakes with things we could otherwise do in our sleep.

I know for a fact you have a lot going on every day. Good luck with the new book. I look forward to reading it.

Marilyn Baron - March 3, 2014 - 5:55 am

Starting your 9th book for Harlequin. That’s great.I’ve made spaghetti carbonara more times than I can count and one time it just didn’t taste right but I couldn’t figure out why and then I realized I had left out two key ingredients. Onions and butter. You’re way ahead of me. I can’t even sew.

Pam Asberry - March 3, 2014 - 8:18 am

I think Carol is right. Multi-tasking isn’t ideal. I screw up on a regular basis. Most of the time I am able to laugh at myself. Sometimes, I have a good cry and get back to work. Life in the fast lane!

Connie Gillam - March 3, 2014 - 9:03 am

Starting your ninth book! I’m impressed. Time has really flown.

I agree with Carol. Sometimes when you have so much on your plate, your focus is not on the task at hand, but all the other things that need to be done. At least, that’s how it is for me.

Walt Mussell - March 3, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Susan, I think when you’ve gotten to your ninth book, you’re doing something right.

As for me, I also have a cooking story. I make this tart that my wife and kids love, but seemed to having problems with it a couple of years ago (this after many successful tarts). It seemed like the tart was exploding.

I now know what can happens when you use self-rising flour in a recipe that calls for “all-purpose.”

Susan Carlisle - March 3, 2014 - 4:40 pm

I think you might be right but it also wouldn’t hurt me to read the directions more carefully.

Susan Carlisle - March 3, 2014 - 4:41 pm


Isn’t it funny how we miss something sometimes. I just have to laugh at myself–that is after I cry.

Susan Carlisle - March 3, 2014 - 4:42 pm


I would like to get thing perfect the first time but it slmost never happens.

Susan Carlisle - March 3, 2014 - 4:43 pm

I’m always having to mulitask. Somedays it works out and other days it doesn’t but it has to be done.

Susan Carlisle - March 3, 2014 - 4:45 pm

You made me laugh. I too, had done the self raising and all purpose flour bit. They are not interchangable!

Maxine - March 3, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Susan, I do sew – or used to is more like it. I have redone so many things, I can’t remember them all. just the other night I was starting another baby afghan and thought I would knit it. I cast on 4 times, some of them looking at How To on You Tube. Finally, I gave up, got out my directions and am crocheting it. But I still had to look at how many to cast on though I’ve made “many.” Good luck. And that 9th book – who cares whether you can sew or not!! I am so proud of you and for you!!!

Susan Carlisle - March 3, 2014 - 9:24 pm


You Tube has gotten to me my go to place to find things out. I was there just the other day with something I was making. I would really like to be good at both writing books and sewing.

MaxinE - March 4, 2014 - 9:49 am

Looks like you made it on both counts!

Sia Huff - March 4, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Susan, I can’t sew, so I’m impressed. But, I agree with Carol – multi-tasking can get in the way of remembering things we should. I used to get upset. Now, I figure out a different way to do things. Whatever works at the time.
I’m sure your 9th book will be great.

Sandy Elzie - March 4, 2014 - 2:24 pm

I love how you tell tales on yourself and can just laugh about them. I’ve made so many sewing and knitting mistakes that I could fill a book. And cooking? Well, start another book…because I love to cook and I’ve got horror stories of hard biscuits and lopsided cakes to compete with the best of them.

Congrats on #9!!!!

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