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SwanDiamondRose: journal

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don’t ask to explain! though i probably will. but i am now back on the west coast. my life is emphatically and unexpectedly about sock garters these days and i had to do whatever i could to take care of SWANclothing as best i could. so here i am. there are some other rather annoying reasons why i am back on the west coast but at the moment all i see is blue sky and sushi!

my temporary view… suburbs you say? not quite but almost!

some random nearby niceties…

soon i’ll have a new yet old victorian pad. i look forward to that. i sort of feel like a sewing hobo. my situation is so mobile that sometimes i wonder if i should just keep going. hmmm.

i also wanted to say a huge thank you to the clients who waited extra time for their orders while i moved back here. the sweetness of you all out there continues to blow me away. and if i don’t answer all your kind notes that come in with your orders {i try to!} i just wanted to say thank you amazing people you make me so very happy!!!

i have some new designs coming and as promised totes….. orders always do come first but i really want to share these new designs with you.

ok, much {big!} xo to you all. sorry for lack of blogging, apart from endless sock garterizms, i’ll be around a bit more now.

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My computer Pink was 9 years old. I think one of the first generation of Mac titanium PowerBook G4 laptops. Bought in 2001, when I still lived in NYC. Pink had lost her spacebar a few years ago and I built a new one with a little bubble of plastic and some clear tape. Yup. Then her hard drive blew, and I bought her a new one, flew her across the country to have her software re-installed by my computer-saver-hero friend Henry and flew her back. And she bravely trundled on and on. But this week- fizt! Game over. I was really sad as I wrapped her up in a pair of my pale grey vintage Levis cords, she never needed a special carrying case, she was no princess, and put her in my knapsack for her final trip. Henry cleared out Pink’s memory in her last hour of life, and was obviously extremely horrified by her unkempt appearance! He even took photos. Pink was a proud little warrior, and had the battle scars. So funny to have such a messed up machine help me make such pretty pictures.

So say hello to Petit Four, like the desserts, and like the 4 sides that a computer has, and also like a particular Roman battle formation. She’s my new MacBook Pro. And on we go…

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i knew it would happen, real pain from sewing too much that i have to take seriously. so i did! and had a seriously incredible lavender epsom salt bath. i had NO idea it would make me feel so amazing. i feel human again. my neck, wrists, fingers, shoulders are better. even my hips from sitting too much and lower spine feel great. yey!

i read up on epsom salts, aka magnesium sulfate and did you know they make sound in the ocean travel more slowly. that’s a beautiful little scientific fact i think. i’d like to be moving slowly in the ocean.

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presently experimenting with new magnetic closures for spring bags. presently very frustrated. seriously considering velcro! items coming soon…

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i’m closing the SWANclothing for a week starting this Monday… in preparation for spring and to make sure all your present orders will get out in time. it’s been an exciting time lately. and a challenge to keep up with the orders. i have some simple, hopefully beautiful ideas for spring. and have collected some fabrics i am also very excited about. it’s been quite a mission, through blowing snow often. though i do love the snow, here’s to spring!

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I have resisted buying an iPhone. But broke my cell phone on my recent trip here. Now I can’t close it?! Hard to deny the fact, that an iPhone would allow me to reload sales if I am out and about. Damn. The analog me, keeps getting fainter.

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your modem is not your sewing machine pedal. so stop stepping on it with your fancy shoes!

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ok so my furniture hasn’t arrived. but i traveled with my sewing machine of course. a suitcase full of cables, powerbars, 2 hard drives, laptop, speakers, awesome cds by Jim, tripod, scanner, cameras. 3 bags of sock garter elastic [i’m here for you people]. wow. and 1 change of clothes.

so the SWANclothing sewing hint #1 for sewing in the big city, with no furniture, is- don’t wear tight jeans while using your sewing machine sitting on the floor. yup. challenging.

xo

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