Thanks for visiting Miss Tweedle!
I started this blog in January 2012 after discovering the blog world while planning my wedding and working as a new teacher. After the storm of busy-ness and wedding chaos subsided, I wanted an outlet for my creativity AND to fill a void - a blog devoted to new, modern, homemakers starting out on their own.
I am an elementary school teacher in British Columbia, Canada. I was married on December 31, 2011 to Mr. Tom Tweedle and we live in a cozy basement suite in Nana Tweedle’s house.
Growing up, my sisters and I learned many valuable lessons from our hard-working parents and grandparents. Although our household was busy, with both parents earning a living and kids involved every minute with sports, friends and homework, I learned to value the art of the HOMEMADE.
I come from a family who is extremely talented and creative with their homemaking efforts. It is untraditional, in that Mama Tweedle doesn’t COOK! She managed to marry two men- my father Papa Tweedle and then my stepfather Heinz Tweedle who are both excellent cooks! However, she sure can clean! She is also a wealth of information when it comes to home decorating.
I may not have a recipe box filled with mom’s recipes or a pincushion handed down over the generations, but I do have a head full of memories of domestic perfection! I also have a group of family members who have their own tips and tricks up their sleeves which I have called upon many times.
I always appreciated a good home-cooked meal by Heinz Tweedle, seeing Mama Tweedle browse fabric stores for her throw pillows, garage saling every Saturday with Nana and Grandpa Tweedle, watching my dad Papa Tweedle use his creative eye to take the perfect snapshot, and seeing Auntie Tweedle turn an outdated outfit into a stylish, vintage-inspired number!
At university I landed myself with a very domestic roommate who wore aprons and always baked dessert. Tweedlebud Holly introduced me to the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, something every well-established homemaker needed. I learned a lot from Holly, who like me, was a bit of a novice in the kitchen, but was eager to learn and prove to herself that she could be a domestic goddess just like her mother and grandmother. The two of us had great fun trying recipes together, decorating (half-assedly) our dorm room apartment and hosting “craft nights”- something that would clear out a room when mentioned!
Catching onto this new found interest in homemaking, Santa brought me a sewing machine for Christmas one year during University. From then on, I sewed every roommate and friend’s Halloween costumes, often making my own patterns and learning different stitches and techniques as I went. I made my first quilt out of tie-dyed pieces of fabric for our couch.
After university, I moved back to my home town and into my own apartment without my faithful homemaking partner, Holly. I began watching the Food Network so often that I did not have a clue what was going on in the world because I never saw the news, let alone The Bachelor or Survivor!
Ina Garten of the Barefoot Contessa, Jamie Oliver, Michael Smith, Rachael Ray, Anna Olson and Nigella Lawson propelled me into the world of cooking and entertaining.
Since then, I have been hooked. Hooked on every aspect of homemaking - I LOVE sewing, cooking, entertaining, home decorating, thrifting, organizing and crafting.
However, in this day and age, I am a strange breed. I have few friends who are as passionate about these things as I am and many of them often poke fun at the “nerdy” qualities I possess. Most of my male and female peers in their 20s are what I call "homemaking-handicapped."
This blog is to help people of both genders and all ages along the path to homemaking. It's challenging- I make mistakes all the time. I broil things when they should have been baked, I find myself ripping out seams I have just sewn and I take chances on recipes or projects that sometimes flop!
But when you finish a project that you have handmade, there is nothing more rewarding!
Being a relatively new homemaker myself, I have a lot to learn, and I welcome your questions, and your suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you, students of homemaking everywhere!