Thursday, February 20, 2014

Seams Unlikely

Seams Unlikely
by Nancy Zieman
$13.43 (paperback)
$ 4.61 (kindle)

About the book:
In an age when hard-working women don't know if we should lean in, lean out, or lean on someone, Nancy Zieman's voice of calm, experienced authority is welcome. The lessons she shares are ones every businesswoman should take to heart.
In Seams Unlikely, Nancy:
  • Shares her life story for the first time
  • Gives details of the onset of Bell's Palsy and how it played a part during school
  • Reveals the intricate involvement of 4-H in her development
  • Tells, step-by-step, how she grew Nancy's Notions from a basement in her home into a multi-million dollar business
  • Includes behind-the-scenes information on the growth of Sewing with Nancy from filming in her living room to a long-term partnership with Wisconsin Public Television
  • Shows pictures of the people, buildings, and places that played key roles along the path of her life 
Reading of the growth of Nancy's family (she is a married mother of two, one son by birth, one by adoption) alongside the growth of her show and business is both familiar and instructive to working moms. Nancy created solutions in both the workplace and at home, to carve a niche uniquely suited to her situation and talents. It's a goal to which many of us aspire. And Nancy Zieman's story gives us key insight. 

My thoughts:
I have been watching Nancy Zieman's show since I was a teenager and throughout much of my early 20's. I always enjoyed seeing the different skills that Nancy was showing us and even today my favorite show (and the one I always think of most) with techniques & ideas that I would LOVE to try I think of the show where she taught Landscape Quilting. Wow!

I was the kid that often asked to spend my study hall time sewing in the classroom and to this day the one class I never got to take (and would still love to take) is fashion design. Now almost 30 years after leaving high school I am sadly without a sewing machine and boy do I miss it!

Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to review Seams Unlikely which is the biography of Nancy Zieman. I learned a lot about Nancy - I didn't know that she was a committed Christian who takes faith and family life as seriously as she does. I loved hearing how she started up her business in her home and the struggle she had to get banks and creditors to take her seriously. It's awesome that she is as close to her husband as she is and still able to work with him full time =) and that she is able to work around a chronic illness. She didn't let it define her, limit her or hold her back. She placed herself and her business in God's hands - and stepped out in faith.

This is a very interesting book and if you know someone who really enjoys watching her show or sewing it would make a great gift.

Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of Seams Unlikely to read and review in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to have a positive review & no $$$ exchanged hands.

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