sewing & sea

Ursula Dean


hi :>

i'll be adding some new blouses to the shop over the weekend, each one made to order.  i especially like the layered cotton in plum / fuchsia.  pair with jeans, voila.  the last 2 images are from last weekend's camping trip to the coast.  we went with assorted cousins, the teens and tweens outnumbering the adults.  i am always happy to ride bikes with these kids.  it's effortless right?  if you can keep up you're golden.  fortunately they spend more time laughing and talking at a leisurely pace than actually clocking their miles.  we cooked a lot.  i ate a LOT.  my sister-in-law came back with fresh fish from the local market and we fried that up.  i made chilie, cornbread .. i'm always hungry lately.  also reading a lot lately and then finding myself so curious about these writers.  i finished camille bordas' How to Behave in a Crowd after coming across this article about her.  then went on to read claire fuller's Our Endless Numbered Days.  coincidentally both books are written from the perspective of a child.  both were great and i can't wait to lose myself in another book .. any suggestions?  the library awaits:>  the book i really want to read is julian barnes' new one, The Only Story but i don't think it's quite out yet.


  • Jen I just saw this ! Thanks for the recommendations. Like a treasure chest. I want to find another book by Rachel cusk soon. xo


  • I love the new blouses and am happy to see your beautiful camping photos!

    I’ve been making more time to read, and have been loving everything by Samantha Hunt; Sam Irby; Jenny Lawson; and Rachel Cusk, as well as these:

    You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness by Heather Sellers
    The Wrong Way to Save Your Life: Essays by Megan Stielstra
    Homegoing: A novel, by Yaa Gyasi
    The Floating World: A Novel, by C. Morgan Babst
    They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, by Abdurraqib, Hanif

    I have not-Kindle copies of some of these and would happily send them your way if you’re interested! xo


  • So happy for you that you got away to the beauty of the northern CA coast! Absolutely gorgeous blouses, as usual, Ursula. Also, I’m taking your book recommendations. I don’t typically ready fiction, but definitely could use a break from the UK travel books ; ) I bought the last J. Barnes book you recommended, but haven’t started it yet.


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