The blog name “Tombazan ” comes from the word “Amantombazana” which is a Zulu word for “an unmarried girl or young maiden” (or sometimes “a wench”!) . I decided on it because most of my sewing projects are for young women. It also reflects my South African heritage and love for Zululand where I grew up. It is said “toh-ma-zan”. I am more of an “umfazi” (older mature married woman).
I am a “recovering” Canadian high school special needs teacher with over 20 years experience, and have a passion for helping adolescents and adults living with ADHD. I love sewing, making jewelery, reading, chatting to my huge SA family via Facebook, gardening and walking. My mother and grandmother taught me to sew, knit and crochet at a very early age, but I was spoiled by my Mum, who sewed everything for me until I was 15 (in spite of having a full time job and 6 children). I was a very cheeky “amatombazana” and too critical of her sewing as her eyesight deteriorated, so she put her foot down and refused to sew for me anymore ….served me right. I taught myself to sew from patterns after I married and left home.
Now that we are “empty nesters” , my hubs and I have just moved into our dream house – an ugly duckling 70’s vintage rancher with an amazing garden, in the most beautiful place imaginable. I am currently unemployed (local school boards are laying off teachers) so when I am not looking for jobs, I am using my time to live as “green’ as possible. I try to reuse and recycle as much as possible, upcycle and make decor items and clothing for myself and my daughter (and her friends) by using thrift store finds. I love to re-purpose vintage clothing, try to spray paint anything that doesn’t move fast enough, grow my own vegetables, tend my garden, love my family, and give my friends time and attention.