Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It's Never Too Late

My cousin Deb recently had a milestone birthday.  Deb works at the Texas A&M Library where she carries on the family tradition of librarianship. (Our grandmother and great-grandmother were librarians, and we descend from a long line of bibliophiles.)  But Deb does not fit the Marian the Librarian stereotype.  She's a veteran, an artist, a Chicago Bears fan (Da Bears!), and she LOVES motorcycles!

Deb once had a motorcycle, but she had to sell it to pay major medical bills.  She started a Motorcycle Fund to replace her bike, and it looked like a new bike might be almost within reach, when another surgery zeroed out her Motorcycle Fund --- again!  I knew Deb was on the mend when I logged onto Facebook and saw her new avatar -- a VERY old woman riding a motorcycle with the caption, It's Never Too Late! 

I've had a motorcycle fat quarter in my fabric stash, and when I saw Deb's new avatar, I knew what I needed to do.  I used Keyka Lou's Curvy Clutch pattern, and created a clutch, fully lined with a pocket, where she can stash her cash as she begins to replenish her Motorcycle Fund.  I finished it late last night, and I will mail it off today.

I admire Deb's indomitable spirit, and her tenacity in staying true to her goal to have a motorcycle despite multiple obstacles.
When I am faced with challenges and setbacks, I will try to envision Deb's avatar.  I'll pick myself up, dust myself off, and remind myself, "It's never too late!"

And---it's not too late to enter my giveaway.  You have until midnight on August 27, 2011, to enter (5 ways) for your chance to win your choice of two handbags designed by Ellen Medlock and sewn by me:

FYI:  Keyka Lou has lots of cute patterns, and her instructions are excellent.  You can find them at or on the web at  

LeAnn aka pasqueflower


  1. I love the story about Deb. Sounds like a fun person to be around and that avatar is so cute and perfect.

    Once I hit 50 (this year) I changed the way I see "old." Sitting in a nursing home is old. Being 85 and enjoying life is just simply, enjoying life!

    The little bags are cute. I think Deb would like one of them.

  2. Love it. My mom got her orthopedic surgeon to take her on a spin on his motorcycle when she turned 80. She loved it.

  3. Great post...everyone needs a goal, a reason to get up in the morning!

  4. LOL...Love that sign!
    How sweet of you to make Deb a special clutch :) I sure hope she gets that bike!!!

  5. I really enjoyed hearing about Deb and her motorcycle. . . it's inspiring because I want to own a motorcycle one day, but first I must learn to ride. Thanks for sharing!