About Me

My name is Leslie, I am a professional geologist and amateur seamstress. I recently moved to Corvallis, OR from the SF Bay Area, and I grew up in New Jersey. I learned to sew as a kid from my mom, who is an amazing quilter, and started sewing again in 2012 when a Project Runway marathon prompted me to ask for a sewing machine for Christmas! And Santa delivered, a Brother cs6000i with more stitches than I know what to do with. I've been re-teaching myself since, with lots of help from the online sewing community.   I've learned a lot from other blogs, and find it really helpful to see another person's experience with a pattern, so I thought I'd share some of my own! With the occasional photos of rocks, or maybe cats. I'm not super into blogging and not a professional photographer -- I only have so many hours in the day, and I'd rather be sewing - but I'm trying!
Casual me.

Fancy furry me.

The name of my blog was inspired by our old apartment.  Rents in the Bay Area are pricey, and I shared a 1-bedroom apartment with my husband Tim and our two cats, Ringo and Pierre. My "sewing studio" was the kitchen table, hence the title of the blog. And by kitchen table I mean the small patio furniture we used as a kitchen table! I converted the butcher block to a sewing supply table, and once I burned a banana because my iron was a little too close to our countertop fruit bowl. But I made it work!  The kitchen also served as our graduate student office, home-brewed beer bottling station, and the cat dining hall.

Ringo at the serger.
Since moving to Oregon, where the beer and rents are cheaper, I have my own sewing room! But you never know, and I think the blog title is a good reminder of what you can accomplish in a less-than-ideal space, and I'm keeping it.
New sewing room. Huge fabric stash, little cat.

Two Brothers and a Pierre.

Kitchen no longer for sewing!

I mostly sew for myself and for Tim, but I do some sewing for family members when they ask, and sometimes when they don't.  Unfortunately I didn't inherit my Mom's flair for quilting, most of my sewing is apparel.  In the past year, I've overcome my fit-related fear of sewing jeans and pants and made my own wedding dress.  I like to sew a mix of challenging projects that require learning new skills and instant gratification TNTs.  My dream was to move from California to a place with real winters so I can sew a wool coat for each day of the week - and it's winter here for sure!!

When I'm not sewing, I enjoy hiking, camping, rock collecting, spending time with my cats, dabbling in screen printing, watching football, having silly string fights with my nephews, adding to my tattoo collection, and exploring new places to eat/drink/laugh.


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