Heidi the Cycling Seamstress


Heidi's Adventures!

What is Solar Punk?

So for about the past 6 months, I have been really interested in a movement called Solar Punk.  It deals with the future, and tends to not be dystopian, but more of a hopeful outlook after and during major climate crisis. I have been reading awesome short stories that have been collected together in several anthologies of Solar Punk genre writing. I have read some great books in the Solar Punk Genre, The first book I read was a story called, "The Fifth Sacred Thing." by Maya Greenwood.  This book is about a future where climate crisis has happened and it has polarized the world. There are groups of people eeking out a living.  The main city is in what was San Francisco and they live very close to nature and all religions are mixed and celebrated and practiced. Paganism is very much alive.

The next Solar Punk book I read was, "Wings of Renewal, A Solarpunk Dragon Anthology." This book is a collection of Solar Punk short stories that introduces us to a lot of crazy awesome authors. Each story has a dragon theme to it, this book is by far my most favorite yet.

I am currently reading another anthology of Solar Punk short stories called,"Ecopunk! Speculative tales of radical futures"  The stories are all over the place. One thing is for sure though, there is lots of tech, Bio tech, renewable energy tech, and stories of people fighting again the the old tech, like fossil fuel and coal industry.  The heroes in these stories can be every day joes or super smart geniuses.  I am enjoying this read as well.

Now onto sewing! I have digitized the Solar Punk symbol and am in the process of embroidering a flag so I can fly it proudly on my bicycle!  Also Solar Punk fashion, layers and natural fabrics.  I take a slightly different approach and use what fabrics I have available or really like. With my ADHD I have some sensory issues so when I find a fabric I like I tend to stick with it. The Solar Punk Emblem looks like this:

Well I have got to go and change over my embroidery to the other side of the flag! Oh yeah, I am setting up my wares with a neighbor in her driveway and we are going to selling stuff! I hope you will stop by as it is this upcoming Saturday!

What about Kids staying home?

I want to begin with saying, "I am very lucky." I had the option of quiting my very low paying, extremely part time job and staying home full time with my kids.  Let me also start with, that my family is very neuro- divergent. My kids like staying home.  I offer you this link about kids that want to stay at home and thrive in that kind of environment

Staying sun safe!

While I do limit my time in the Sun as much as possible, it is a tall order to avoid it all together, especially in Texas.  I tend to wear loose layers, either cotton or sun protective fabrics.  I get my sun protective fabrics at Rocky Woods in Colorado.  For hats, I have a hat that fits around dreads and I also made a conical hat.  The style of the conical hat fits over my dreads and offers great sun protection and does not get super hot. If you are interested in making a simple conical hat to help keep you sun safe check out this youtube video With my conical hats, as in the red one below I cover both the outside and inside with fabric to make it uniquly mine. My conical hat has a 12inch radius, so it is a good size for good shade.  I even made Bee a conical hat.  Hers has unicorn fabric on the outside and flamingo fabric on the inside. For the string of the conical hat I use paracord and a cord lock to snug it down under my chin.

While I am riding on my bicycle I of course wear a helmet, but I have a sun brim that fits on my helmet offer some shade to my head, neck, back, and chest.  For the parts of my body that aren't covered, I wear Neutrogena 100 spf sunscreen.  I don't play around with sun!  Loose layers seem to be the best when dealing with the heat and the sun.  While I do wear tank tops, I tend to cover my pasty white skin when outside.  I have various cowls, and scarves I layer up for sun protection as well.  I know that there are specific sun protective garments that are ready made, gloves, hats etc...  I just tend to make my own.

Lets get off and running!

Welcome what I hope to be my first of many blog posts.  I will cover everything from sewing and bike riding to gaming. Meanwhile you can follow Heidi the Cycling seamstress on Facebook!




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