It ended up being a watershed day when I keyed “Nancy Zieman” into the Google search box. The terms “Nancy Zieman face,” “Nancy Zieman stroke,” and “Nancy Zieman smile” instantly popped up. My first reaction was embarrassment. Then I thought, “What—not a mention of sewing or quilting!”
That casual search caused me to pause, think, and realize that all of you watching Sewing With Nancy or paging through a Nancy’s Notions catalog had good reason to wonder why my face is not symmetrical. After all, it’s something I can’t hide!
What happens to us does not define us unless we let it.
Okay, I admit, writing an autobiography might appear like a rather pompous project. But all is not what it seems or seams as in this case!
My reason for writing is this: Each of us faces challenges. Some are larger than others. But what happens to us does not define us unless we let it. If this book can help others gain confidence in the face of challenge, that will bring me great joy.
Read a sample chapter online or view the video
I’ve written a lot of books, but this is the first book without a single sewing or quilting tip or technique. To read a sample chapter, visit SeamsUnlikey.com and click on “The Book”.
Or, view this short video.
I am generally a private person, but . . .
… once deciding to write an autobiography, I had to tell the story. (I liken it to wearing a skimpy swimsuit on a crowded beach when you have no business wearing a bikini. Gulp.) Here are a few images from the book and topics that are covered.
- I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Bell’s palsy hit early, when I was 14 months old.
- 4-H played an important part of my life. That’s me hiding in the back row. Beth, Valerie, Vicki, Peggy, and I were all wearing the jumpers and blouses we made in the second year of 4-H.
- Facial issues were not my only physical challenge. That was a long, hot summer in leg casts.
- I started Nancy’s Notions literally from the kitchen table. (Obviously my outfit that day was less than coordinated!)
- Our first warehouse was once a chicken house!
- As the business grew, more family members became involved. (My father-in-law Earl, and our son Ted, moving into a new warehouse.)
- Eventually, Nancy’s Notions home grew to this!
- Sewing With Nancy had equally humble beginnings. Early TV shows were economically produced. It appears we didn’t use the vacuum cleaner very often. Those are tape spike marks that show the placement for the demonstration table. The studio was so small that we had to reset the studio between videotaping table and sewing machine segments.
- Now its lights, camera, and sewing action!
- As Sewing With Nancy and our business grew, so did our family. This photo was taken on “Gotcha” Day, or the day Tommy, our youngest son, arrived in our lives.
- Our family has grown!
There’s a lot more in the book!
Seams Unlikely is a 300 page book with an extra 16-page section of photos. The book is now available in stores. For a listing of stores/web sites where Seams Unlikely is available, visit SeamsUnlikey.com and click on ”Where to Purchase”.
A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be donated to adoption services.
Read an online article from Book Fun Magazine, see page 52.
Ebooks now available
Seams Unlikely is now available at Amazon for Kindle readers, on Google Play for Android devices, at Barnes and Noble for the Nook and from Apple in iBook formats. Enter search words, “Seams Unlikely”.
Today kicks off the Seams Unlikely Blog Tour. Twenty-eight talented bloggers have been sent an advance copy of Seams Unlikely. Over the next two weeks each blog=ger will share a review of the book at their blog. Mark your calendar to click below each day and read new insights into the book. Here’s the schedule:
February 4 Nancy Zieman http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
February 5 Eileen Roche http://dzgns.com/blog/
February 5 Pat Sloan http://patsloan.typepad.com/
February 6 Melissa Stramel http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com
February 6 The Long Ladies http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/
February 6 Tori Thompson http://totallystitchin.net
February 7 Amy Barickman http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/
February 7 Melissa Mora http://mellysews.com
February 8 Shari Butler http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/
February 8 Vicki Christensen http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/
February 9 Carolina Moore http://alwaysexpectmoore.com
February 9 Kate Mclvor https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com/blog/
February 10 Amy Ellis http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/
February 10 Melissa Mortenson http://www.polkadotchair.com
February 11 Ilene Miller http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/
February 12 Liz Hicks http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
February 11 Rachael Pannepacker http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
February 12 Bill Gardner http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/
February 12 Elizabeth Evans http://www.simplesimonandco.com
February 13 Amy Webb http://www.amylouwhosews.com/
February 13 Lindsay Wilkes http://thecottagemama.com/blog/
February 14 Gertie Hirsch http://www.blogforbettersewing.com
February 14 Veronica Philips http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/
February 15 Jenny Gabriel http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com
February 15 Laura Wasilowski http://artfabrik.com
February 16 Frieda Anderson http://www.friestyle.com
February 16 Rita Farro http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com
February 17 Cindy Cloward http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
February 17 Joan Hawley http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
February 17 Patty Young http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com
February 18 Nancy Zieman http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/
We’re giving away twenty copies of Seams Unlikely. Please leave a comment below to qualify for book giveaways. Twenty random winners will be announced February 18, 2014.
Thought for the day!
Improbable. Doubtful. Unlikely. We often say those words out loud or plant them firmly in the back of our minds, but they don’t have to be true.
Bye for now,