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I’m Claire, Scottish, but currently living in Seattle, Washington. I moved here in 2015 with my baby boy and husband, and we love it here. I was a managing editor in the videogame industry in my pre-baby life, but for now I am at home, looking after the wee one, and have taken up apparel sewing to keep me writing, doing something creative, using my brain a little in a non-baby way and hopefully meeting some likeminded souls! I’m still a beginner, but I love this craft so far – even tasks I normally hate (eg. ironing) have a certain charm when you’re making clothes! I’m hoping to get better and better and read many other blogs which give me tons of inspiration.
In my non-baby, non-sewing life, I love to go to the movies with my husband, socialize with my newly-found Seattle friends (which may or may not often include imbibing some local wine), watch a little telly, read some contemporary fiction or a good biography, and generally check out the beautiful state in which we have chosen to live.
In the interests of interest, here are a few fun* facts about me:
- I’ve moved a lot: I was brought up in Brunei, Qatar and Scotland as a child, but have also lived in many other places in the UK (including, but not limited to, London, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Falmouth) as well as Frankfurt, Germany and Seattle, USA.
- I have never owned a car at 42 years old. I say this mostly for my American friends who seem to find this impossible to believe. I had a driving license in the UK, but have never used it.
- I’ve had a few different career changes: from an industrial journalist to energy market analyst working in West Africa to a videogame writer and then editor, but none of them were as tiring as being a mother. Some had more stressful moments for sure (especially cerebrally), but none were as relentless. It’s true what they say though – it is worth it.
- I make a very good Moscow Mule.
I’d love to hear from you via email at firstname.lastname@example.org – whether it’s about sewing, my site collapsing or anything else! 🙂
If you’d like to keep up with my sewing (mis)adventures, you can do so here!
11 thoughts on “About me”
Hi Claire, I love your picture with this shark. Is it a white shark? I’m obsessed by sharks. I really adore these species. Is this picture taken in Seattle? Your self-made garments are really nice.
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Hello Elke! For some reason I didn’t get a notification of your comment – I’m sorry for not replying! 🙂 I am also fairly obsessed by sharks! This is actually at Universal Studios in LA and the area was the scene from Jaws, so this is the shark they caught before they realized how big the “real Jaws” was, haha. It’s fairly big! I used to work in Africa a bit and got the chance, a few years ago, to go out to Hoek Bay with a conservation company and see Great White Sharks in the wild. There were a lot of them and it was an awesome sight. Have you ever done that? Regards, Claire
I follow you via email & really have enjoyed your blogs/posts. I was especially interested in your Stretch n Sew make & would love to get some of these patterns. Would you happen to have a link or know anyone who wants to share or sell them? Thank you. Marti
Hello Marti! Thanks so much for your message. I’m happy to hear you enjoy reading some of my ramblings. 🙂 I’m not sure where you’re based, but you can find them fairly frequently and cheaply second-hand in thrift stores or similar. More reliably, you can find them on ebay, Etsy and I saw them on Amazon too actually (if you check the “new and used” section of the pattern entries, they seem to be only a few dollars, which is nice. The price varies, but I reckon about $5-$8 would be the average – perhaps more if it’s a highly sought-after pattern. Here are some links I found to get you started:
Hope that helps! Happy Easter!
Thank you so much for taking the time to not only answer my question but provide me some great links! I’m in the Sacramento, Roseville area so will definitely check out the second hand stores. Thanks again and happy sewing.
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You’re most welcome! 🙂 Happy hunting (when we can!)
Hi I already follow in bloglovin. I read you blog. Good work. I like. You can’t use car. You have license but can’t use. That’s a good. Good interest. Iam so happy.
I visit you site. I read some you bolg. I much like. I see your photos. So beautiful. Good post. I am so happy. I will much enjoyed. You work is very good. Your very sensitive, good cooperating.
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Hello Joan, I’m afraid I don’t know what you mean. You don’t pay anything at all to receive emails. Did you hit a link to join WordPress maybe? Have you been charged money?
I also just checked and don’t see you as a subscriber on my list, so not sure exactly what happened, but you didn’t subscribe to the blog. 🙂