This blog began as my effort to document the goings-on in my household. I’m the mother of four young children and a professional homemaker, though I’m not the best at it, and when I’m not cleaning, cooking, or wrangling babies, I’m sewing.  We’re a big city family who recently moved to a smallish Texas town, where we’re learning how to survive in the South.  My children are a thoughtful, imaginative, girley little 5-year-old; a rambunctious 3-year-old boy who loves ball games and wrestling but still looks fabulous in a tutu; a quirky 2-year-old boy who loves trucks almost more than he loves his mommy (and that’s a lot); and our sweet little 1-year-old, messy, mischievous girl.  My husband is a native Texan, turning-liberal, witty, honest man who’s a great lawyer and an even better daddy.  Our house is small and chaotic, but it’s my hope that it will always be full of love, creativity, and peace.

More recently, my blog has followed my efforts to change the way I shop. A few months ago, I watched the documentary “China Blue,” and now I find myself unable to purchase clothes made outside of the United States because of the sweatshop labor that the global garment industry utilizes. This blog documents my efforts to either buy clothes made by workers who are paid a living wage and work in adequate working conditions, to buy clothes used, or to make them myself. I offer links to resources, tutorials on how to make clothes for those who enjoy sewing, and updates on how to contribute to the fight to reform the garment industry in the United States.

Thanks for stopping by; I really appreciate the time you’ve taken to look around on my site, and I’d love any feedback you have to offer!

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4 Responses to “About Us”


  1. 1 Alia May 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Lovely to meet you and your family is beautiful!

  2. 2 Clairellen McLaughlin May 24, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Wow, can I relate!! I also had 4 kids in 5 years, 3 boys and a girl, and they are now grown with children of their own, and I am SO happy they were born so close…they are one another’s dear friends. and communicate nearly daily via phone and email and texting. Back then, I knew that those chaotic days would quickly pass, and my home would someday be quiet and sorta picked up!! but I still believe those early years were the very best years of my life.

    Enjoy them, as I know you are doing…and thanks for sharing your blog…it is beautiful; you really have a wonderful way with words.

  3. 3 Joanne May 26, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Ooops – didn’t mean to put my email up in that last comment. Do you suppose you could delete that one and I’ll post it gain?

  4. 4 Susan timko January 16, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Hello,
    Are u still out there? I recently read an article in Mother Jones on garment workers in India. I know am on a quest to know where fabric is made. I am about 5 yrs behind u! I wanted to kniw if u learned more than whays on yr old blog. I cant imagine hiw busy you are with yr family but if poss would live to hear back fr you. Thank you so much, Susan Timko


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