I love learning about people. Their history, what motivates them, and what inspires them. I think that is why I love doing my radio show.. to have a chance to talk to so many creative people.
Nancy Zieman has written her autobiography and asked me if I'd like to read it and join her book tour.. yes please I said! Unlike many of you, I didn't grow up sewing with Nancy. I discovered her later.. after I'd been quilting awhile. Although I sure wish I'd had her shows when I was sewing clothing!
I've interviewed Nancy for my radio show.. take a listen by Clicking here and scroll on the player to listen to Nov 7, 2011 and July 22, 2013
I knew a little of her story, but there is so much more. From her TV show that has been in production over 30 yrs (only David Letterman has had a show running longer!), to how she has gracefully lived with Bell's Palsy almost her entire life, to learning about her supportive and amazing family.
Nancy wrote her book with editor Marjorie L. Russell and they are an incredible writing team! The book starts with the day her mom gave birth. I thought that was pretty cool, I am going to ask my mom what that was like for her, the day I was born.... have you ever asked your mom?
She also has incredible quotes from friends and family through out the book. This is the part I really like... page after page I had an insight that only others can give to a person they know and love. This makes the book extra special.
Of course many sewed!
Nancy shares her thoughts about her career and the amazing team that she works with. She wrote this that I really like
"I often describe myself as the Betty Crocker of Nancy's Notions and Sewing with Nancy. I'm the face-the public persona. Although I'm the one people see, I am definitely not the whole story. Behind the 'face' is a body of people who support what I do".
Loads of photos of her studios, on tv, early days and current days. I adore photos, look at the sewing machines.. sweatshop style in the basement.
Photos take the richness of a story and give unity.. When we can 'see' the basement workroom like this we can relate so well (at least I can!)
If you have ever watched a Sewing with Nancy show.. get this book and read it!
You will enjoy every minute of it
I have TWO book giveaway opportunities for you!
FIRST is to go to Nancy's post and leave a comment CLICK HERE (more great photos, videos.. a great post to read)
SECOND leave me a comment here to win a copy of her book from me.... tell me
What was your 'FIRST Sewing Project'
Book winners will be selected Feb 19.. can't wait?
Sally H. who told me "I remember making a troll dress very much in the style of Wilma Flintstone at perhaps age 4 or 5. I thought the knot was to keep the thread in the needle."
and Linda P. who said "I've always admired and adored Nancy!! Although I remember standing next to my Grandma, I did not actually sew until 7th grade. I made a tomato red A-line skirt, and as I keep so many things, I'll betcha I still have the pattern - LOL! Mrs. Floyd was my Home Ec teacher, and I thought she was just the smartest lady. I have sewn ever since, non stop."
And here is the tour.. I am really looking forward to reading everyone's reviews!
- February 4 Nancy Zieman
- February 5 Eileen Roche
- February 5 Pat Sloan
- February 6 Melissa Stramel
- February 6 The Long Ladies
- February 6 Tori Thompson
- February 7 Amy Barickman
- February 7 Melissa Mora
- February 8 Shari Butler
- February 8 Vicki Christensen
- February 9 Carolina Moore
- February 9 Kate Mclvor
- February 10 Amy Ellis http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/
- February 10 Melissa Mortenson
- February 11 Ilene Miller
- February 11 Liz Hicks
- February 11 Rachael Pannepacker
- February 12 Bill Gardner
- February 12 Elizabeth Evans
- February 13 Amy Webb
- February 13 Lindsay Wilkes http://thecottagemama.com/blog/
- February 14 Gertie Hirsch
- February 14 Veronica Philips
- February 15 Jenny Gabriel
- February 15 Laura Wasilowski
- February 16 Frieda Anderson
- February 16 Rita Farro
- February 17 Cindy Cloward
- February 17 Joan Hawley http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
- February 17 Patty Young
- February 18 Nancy Zieman
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