Balance has returned to the nest since my last post. We have been out and about, and while chores were achieved, so were fun activities. More of that later. I have also managed a bit of sewing, and as a bonus, have been able to organise my sewing gear a bit more too! A lovely new box from Spotlight has room for all the ‘things’ I was throwing in a basket – and then digging through every few minutes, creating tangles of hook and loop fastener, thread, offcuts of interfacing, etc.
I received such lovely support following my post – both here and privately. Thank you – your words do make a difference!
On the sewing front I have been beavering away at my ‘to do’ list – making more bags and constantly exploring new ideas. A lovely friend (and one of my best customers so far) asked me to make a bag for her sister – a new Mum, in Ireland, with a 30th birthday. I started thinking about when I was a new mum and finding that balance between being completely focussed on my child but also trying to retain my grown up separate identity, (in a midst of bags covered in ducks and toys etc) and decided that she needed a bag that looked good, but was also useful to carry ‘mum stuff’. So I sat down and designed a new bag! The photos are a bit ordinary due to rain outside meaning flash lighting inside…but you get the general idea. I put a slip pocket on the outside, 6 slip pockets on the inside, and a zipped pocket. I am thinking of it as a Tardis – average on the outside and enormous on the inside! Now to play with different colour combinations! (And different pocket combinations/arrangements.)
It also gave me a chance to play with some new fabric that arrived here on Friday morning! My fabric addiction is well and truly being fed at the moment. The ideas and possibilities that come with new fabric are delightful. The deliciousness of the prints for children have me thinking of skirts, pillowcases, art wallets, bags and more! The prints that aren’t specifically designed for children lend themselves to all of those and more. My brain is ticking away busily, creating and re-creating ideas and combinations. So much fun!
Of course, because, as I have now confessed, I am good at creating my own pressure, I want to be using it all instantly! However I am just remembering to breathe, to enjoy the other aspects of my life, and to enjoy the dreaming, because, lets face it, the dreaming is often better than the reality!!
The children and I have been doing all sorts of things now that the cranky mum has gone away again! We have geocached (and found some nifty hides)
had a trip to the zoo (which we plan to be the first of many),
played board games (‘Carcassonne’ is our current favourite), baked (from great heights!),
spent time with friends, and talked. I have even managed to start the seasonal cupboard clean out!
I am also enjoying doing a bit of researching into camping gear. I have a camping trailer, that I love, and which is now set up just the way I like it, so I don’t need any more gear for it. (I can’t believe I actually said that, but it is true!) However, my mistake for the Easter booking means that my friend K and I can’t take the trailer with us when we travel (sans children) to Bluesfest at Byron Bay. In order to overcome my frustration with myself I am immersing myself in research into the best tent for the best price for us to take instead. (We have been offered tents to borrow, which would be the sensible option, but that isn’t half as much fun as researching accessories for my favourite sort of getaway!) K and I keep having phone calls and text messages where we share our latest find, and then talk ourselves into the sensible borrowing option, and then share the next find! We are as bad as each other! Having been friends since we were 11, it probably makes sense that we operate in a similar way.
While I start to think about getting organised for the return to school and work, and rearranging my work life so that I can continue to provide my children with the level of support that they need at the moment I am trying to continue planning for other fun activities for them. So, with the Royal Canberra Agricultural Show coming up soon, I have asked the girls if they would like to enter the baking competition run for under 12s. They are very excited at the prospect and are already planning their gluten-free entries for the general entry section! They were disappointed that they can’t enter the sewing section as entries closed two months ago, but I pointed out that two months ago neither of them knew how to use a sewing machine, so a bit more practise before next year would stand them in good stead! I love seeing the benefit of having been able to spend all this time at home with them. I am realistic that I can’t financially sustain that as a lifestyle for us long-term (apparently it is the law to clothe, feed and house them) but am certainly working on coming up with a work arrangement that will allow me more time with them after school than we have been able to manage for the last year or so.
While I am itching to be creating, I know that doing all of this other ‘stuff’ is good for me too!
I hope that you are all managing to do the things that make you happy.