Eliza is my name and I abide in the Southern Hemisphere.
Born into a world at war, and a mother making do with what's best.
Education gained in early life from patient teachers in two Primary Schools and encouraging tutors in Secondary School. My favorite subjects were English, (always in strife for rhyming in essays), Art, Fashion, History and Dressmaking.
School was 'my safe place'.
I also learnt how to dance.
Migrated to Australia on the ocean liner, P&O Orion, 1961 and then onto the train (200miles) to Bendigo, in Northern Victoria.
I learnt fast that my future was here!
I needed a job.
Not much choice in a country town!
Found a job in Melbourne.
I learned more skills that living instills.
I met someone special; became wife, and as a mother as family grew that meant another plan in my life.
1973: Adelaide South Australia:
I incorporated my fashion design skills and history learning with my knowledge of Garment construction. I opened my own business of Threadneedle Fashions: Couturier. Bridal Gowns and Historical Costumers.
I became Threadneedle and spent 25years in the rag trade creating extravagant bridal gowns, Historical reproductions and costumes, designing, and producing for stage for theatre (including ballet and Pantomimes) and Festivals. Poetry and illustrating for the advertising copy with newspaper and TV unexpectedly drew on old skills. After wielding hundreds of fine needles and thousands of seed beads onto yards of fabrics, my unwilling fingers and hands caused a re-think of our future.
With my husband, a Master Turner of beautiful wood, to encourage me I went back to the books:
Open Uni and campus studies for a teaching certificate. Employed by the schools to teach Dressmaking, Art and Stage Costuming.
Further Studies followed:
Open Uni for Professional Writing and Editing
This was when my rhyming habits were encouraged. Words I wrote were not always meant to rhyme they came out that way.
My children tell me it's always around, they're used to it.
More Study to learn how to format pages and publish books. That sounds simple, and it's not hard it just takes persistence to reach perfect.
I am always striving to get there.
My published books
<a href="http://www.lulu.com/commerce/index.php?fBuyContent=12844885"><img src="http://static.lulu.com/images/services/buy_now_buttons/us/book_blue.gif?20120508120931" border="0" alt="Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu."></a>I now offer my services in this field to others over the internet or through mail.
It took me a while but I found that I enjoy the rhyming; that its like dancing, sometimes life's a tango at other times it's a waltz. When the kids were little life was a Jive.
And now...? It is a Saunter or Slow Foxtrot.
You are welcome on my dance floor: