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Being part of a community.

It is so easy to become a lone figure in your sewing room when you become engrossed in whatever you are working on. When you do something that you love, you tend to get lost in it and time just whizzes by. Hours, days, weeks go by and all of sudden you realise that you haven’t spoken to your friends or family in what feels like forever because every waking moment is consumed by your craft. I felt a bit like that. I also felt that all the other things I had to do, like go to work and do washing and housework, were encroaching on my valuable craft time and at the end of the weekend or day I would have very little time left to do what I truly loved, which is so very frustrating.

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A home for my threads.

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I went to the Toodyay Fibre Festival a couple of weekends ago and I bought this book by Natalie Bird called “Cottage-Style Charm”. I bought it from The Quirky Stitch, an online store who had a stall at the festival. There are so many great projects to do in this book. I can’t wait to start some of them. However, as you know, I’m not starting any new projects until I’ve either finished all my unfinished projects or next year (whichever comes first).

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Housekeeping · Quilting · sewing · Stitching

Sew, sew happy

I am usually happiest when I am at my sewing machine or sitting with stitching in my lap, but sometimes I must stop sewing and do some housekeeping. Now I don’t mean cleaning the toilet or vacuuming the floor (although that does need to be done too). I’m talking about putting the finishing touches to my quilts and sorting through the myriad of patterns and papers I have collected over the years.

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Fun at the Perth Craft & Quilt Fair!

Well, I have had an amazing day at the Craft & Quilt Fair. If you’re in Perth and you love craft then you should definitely check it out but make sure you have your wallet because you’re definitely going to want to spend some money. I have been saving for a few months now so I could go wild and I came home with some fabulous stuff. Now bear in mind that I have promised I will not be starting any new projects until my UFPs have gone, so I spent my money on mostly tools and some materials to use for projects that are in situ.

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Somewhere under the sea…

Good evening everyone. My, it has been a busy week! My niece’s 4th birthday has finally been and I excitedly gave her the present that I had been working on for weeks. I was so happy to see that she loved it. In fact, she hopped into it straight away and started waving her legs around like she was swimming (so much for the staged photo of her lounging on the couch…). She even took it to bed with her but since it is not quiet cold enough for bulky winter blankets I did hear her ask her Mum if it was okay to get out of it. God bless her.

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For a day at the beach…

Here in Australia we are getting ready for winter and yesterday I had my fire going. But today is a gloriously warm day, and just happens to coincide with me finishing another project. This gorgeous bag from Aunties Two (www.auntiestwo.com) is perfect for a day in the sun. I bought the pattern as part of a kit at Carols of Midland, so I can’t take credit for the colour choices, which is what drew me to the kit. It is such a vibrant, fun bag. The pattern calls for handmade handles but I love the Studio Mio leather handles and picked some up at the last Quilt & Craft Fair here in Perth. Speaking of which is only about two and a half weeks away…very excited.

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Creative Space

A place to create.

I thought I would be able to show you another project finished but I’ve had a very busy weekend this week being favourite Aunty to some of my nieces and nephews, so I haven’t had much time to be creative. So, I thought today that I would show you where I do most of my craft. There is a little room just off my kitchen that has plenty of natural light and lots of cupboards & shelves. It’s only small but I like it that way. It encourages me to be neat and tidy…and I can spill over into the lounge room if I need to.

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Christmas has come early…

Well, I must say, starting this blog has inspired me to really get going on my UFPs and already I have completed two.

These were some stitchings I did late last year. Because I haven’t had my sewing room for the last 9 months, I took back up stitching, which I haven’t done in years. The stress of dealing with a family member with cancer, was taking its toll on my mental health and I read somewhere that craft was very meditative and soothing and best of all kept you anchored in the present. So, I went out and bought a couple of stitching magazines and got stitching. And I must admit, it was one of the best things I did to deal with what was happening in my family. I could take it into the hospital. It kept my mind busy and stopped me from being melancholy and from thinking about the future without my Stepdad. And it has also now inspired me to start designing my own stitching patterns (more on that later).

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