All that preparation to begin sewing when the chicks returned to school has delivered very little. I did get a good start on a project that I have been commissioned to prepare for a magazine, but of course, all I can show you of that are the fabrics I am using!
I have continued to enjoy cutting up old denim jeans and repurposing the fabric into other items – it is quite interesting identifying the useful pieces of fabric in a worn out pair of trousers! I also found a great spot to donate my de-cluttered clothes, including those fabulous pink sparkly shoes – a charity shop that targets the trendy vintage and hipster market, and uses the proceeds to support a national help line.
Why did I not get more done? Ah yes. Life. The reality of life as a parent of a child with a disability was thrust upon me. This week has seen some big changes in the nest as a result. The boy has changed schools, from a private Catholic school to attend our local public school. The middle chick was so impressed with the facilities at the new school and so unimpressed with her new teacher that she started a campaign to move schools too. Torn between teaching her about facing up to adversity and finding strategies to address it, and the knowledge that the public school offers a program that could have been purpose designed for her, we gave in and agreed to move her, and she started today with much joy. In the space of a week we have gone from three children in one school, to only having the eldest chick there. Lots of change. I think that the outcome will be a good one overall, and the boy has certainly had a better experience in the last two days than he had in his first two days at his original school earlier in the week (or in fact the whole last
year term at the original school). And so we change, find even more new strategies, and keep moving forward. Different schools, different teachers, different resources, different approaches. Hopefully this one will be a better fit.
I was meant to post my list of DIY ideas for tween gifts tonight. I promised it in my newsletter. And while I am half way through preparing the list I am exhausted and have decided to be upfront about the fact that it is not ready, apologise and publish it tomorrow after I have had a decent night’s sleep. I am sure that you will all understand!
I hope that your week has not been full of life changing events and that your weekend holds delightful things in store for you.