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I admit it—I’m “Entertainment Challenged.” When conversation turns to a new movie or escapades of Hollywood Stars, I’m generally clueless. Over the past year, I’ve only seen two movies. So if you’re wondering why I’m bringing up movies in a sewing/quilting blog, there’s a slight connection. And, ahem, a possible new idea for Hollywood!

One of the two movies that I saw was Eat—Pray—Love, starring Julia Roberts. I enjoy watching Julia in movies, but her usual light-up–a-room smile was somewhat wasted on a depressed character. Instead traveling halfway around the world to find happiness, I kept thinking, “This character needed a hobby—people who create are some of the happiest people I know!”

If Julia’s character learned, let’s say, how to sew, a totally different movie could have been filmed. How about Sew—Cook—Laugh! In fact, Mary Mulari and I wrote what could become the screenplay inspiration. (I certainly hope someone in Hollywood reads my blog.)

During the past three years, Mary and I have presented our little comedy routine, guaranteed to get rid of the “blues” to sold-out audiences at major sewing/quilting events. We call it Kick It Up a Stitch.

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At the last performance—and I use this term loosely—the antics were videotaped as a Public TV pledge special. Perhaps some of you saw the hour and a half special on your local PBS channel. If not, you can order and watch us—slightly out of character—making a whole lot of silly! The Kick It Up a Stitch DVD is available exclusively online with proceeds supporting Public TV.

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As a summary, Mary and I do a little sewing. Then, we “kick it up”, showing the same project in a much more, ahem, glamorous way. Then, we add a little cooking to the mix.

It all starts with a menu—five sewing techniques, then five recipes. Hmm, maybe there’s a new TV series on the horizon. Are you wondering what’s the “Egg-cellent Table Topping” is all about? (You’ll just have to watch the TV special or the DVD to find out!)

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Here are a few of the program highlights:

•            Learn valuable techniques such as printing your own vegetable-inspired fabric pieces. You’ll never look at celery the same way again after viewing this DVD!

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•            See how a rotary cutter and mat have equally as many uses in the kitchen as the sewing room.

•            Plus, be entertained by the Sewing With Nancy band. Who ever thought I’d have my very own band!

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We hate to toot our own horn, yet there’s no way you’ll feel blue after watching Kick It Up a Stitch.

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Recently a TV broadcaster in Oklahoma sent me an email:

You guys knocked it outta the park with the cooking show! Great production, excellent audience reactions, wonderful pace and funny. Congratulations to you, Mary and all the cast (the band) and crew for a job well done!

So, if you’d like to watch the Lucy/Ethel version of sewing and cooking, order the Kick It Up a Stitch DVD, the dollars go to Public TV.

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Just in case Hollywood calls, I’m making a list of who might play me. Hmm, what about Meryl Streep?

Bye for now,

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  • Sue
    April 5, 2011

    This is great, I would love to see you doing it ..looks so funny!!

  • Patti
    April 5, 2011

    Looks like fun!

  • Mardell Grayhek
    April 6, 2011

    Great idea…I can’t wait to see it.

  • Diana L
    April 6, 2011

    I saw you in Puyallup 2 years ago when you did this.  It was great! My granddaughter (9 at the time) was with me – and she enjoyed it as much as I did.  We laughed SO much!

  • Susan S
    April 11, 2011

    This DVD just came in the mail and I can’t stop laughing!  Thanks for another great show and hints and shortcuts too.

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