Thank you for visiting my blog! My name is Leah, and I’m a writer and teacher and I split my time between Mumbai and the US with my husband, Mr. Struggle, and my cat, Brother Cadfael.
I enjoy brandy, an Indian rum called Old Monk, Rum, coffee, and mystery novels, I’m extremely close to my family. I love vintage and retro fashions, I love recycling, I hate overpaying. I’m not overly precise , I sew for fun, for me, for my family and friends. I cook all the time. I’m very critical of art. I love my cats.
My grandmother passed away in the summer of 2010. She left me all sorts of things. She was a Russian immigrant who had fled the USSR with her family in the early 20s and found asylum, after some wandering, in Persia, now Iran. She met my grandfather, an American solider, on a train. They married and she came to the United States and they settled in Philadelphia. When my grandmother lived in Iran there were no ready to wear garments, so everything was custom made. This means my grandmother had everything made for her, which is objectively amazing. When she came to the United States she brought fabric, I suppose she assumed it would be the same way. However, the United States was all about the ready to wear garment and she never used the fabric. So recently my mother gave me this box of fabric that my grandmother had brought with here to the United States. A handful of 1940’s rayons, amazing wools, a box from the past, a time capsule of sorts, fabric-wise. I don’t dare touch these fabrics, not yet. But I hope to someday be a good enough sewer so that I can actually make something with these beautiful treasures. Hence, this blog. To document my sewing, my improvement, and my incorporation of my grandmother and my family and friends into this falling-apart-at-the-seams-journey.
My grandfather’s father had been one of the old department store owners here. He had a place called LouSols, so if any of you vintage hounds see that tag, please let me know immediately, I would love to see the label.
I write plays, screenplays, television scripts, and I’m working on a novel. Oh, and I write on this blog, too. So you could say I enjoy writing. I also write on this blog, about my adventures in India.