It feels like a long time between
drinks posts. I have written several in my head in the last week, so was quite surprised when I logged on to see how long it had been outside my head, in the real world, since I posted! There you go – time flies when you are having fun!
I have been playing with all sort of things in the last couple of weeks. New fabric. New ideas. Old ideas revamped. Housekeeping. Forgetting to clean the house. The usual circus that happens here in the nest! My May newsletter did get out on time (have you subscribed yet? They are full of a wide variety of things, so sign up – its free!)
In celebration of Star Wars day I have made two new bags – which will be listed on Etsy in my shop later today when I have the ‘good’ photos finished. I enjoyed making these – I learnt a bit from using my repurposed denim bag while I was away over Easter, so took a different approach to cutting and joining pieces, taking note of the stretch in different fabrics, and think that the product is much better as a result.
The first bag is a tote so not too much to tinker with there – although I did take a different approach to the base with some extra stitching, while the satchel is where I had a bit more fun. I used the small front pocket from the jeans I was
attacking cutting up to complete a bag panel alongside a back pocket piece, so this bag now has a pen pocket and a full sized pocket under the flap, as well as the usual pocket on the back, and slip pockets inside. I like the new ideas that come from fitting together pieces that have already been used in another form!
I also made the eldest chick a pair of pj pants from left over flannel – she loves them and I have had to peel them off her to wash them as she changes into them when she gets home from school! I bought some new flannel on sale last week, so will be making another pair for her, one for the boy, and one for myself. (The middle chick has about 10 pairs of pjs so doesn’t need more!)
I went on a re-stocking buying trip last week (where I scored the flannel) and stocked up on some printed duck-cloth, and other bits and pieces, and bought this gorgeous fabric at the same time. A friend/customer has requested two bags for her to take as thank you gifts when she travels overseas later in the year. She wanted an Australian flavour. These fabrics (although unfortunately printed off-shore) bear the designs of Indigenous artists from Maningrida, a remote community in the Northern Territory where I have previously spent a little time. I love them! My bag making got stalled when I succumbed to a bug from one of the children, but I intend to finish them in the next day or so, and show you the end results!
I also got a bit adventurous and bought some leather pieces. I have been looking for leather to repurpose for a while, but in the absence of any success there, some pieces from a wholesaler are a good place to start (especially as they were a very reasonable price.) I haven’t cut into them yet but hope to start playing with some new ideas this week, so stand by for photos!
In thinking about my market display I put out a call on Freecycle to see if I could get some boxes to help with my display. Look at the history in these! A beautiful woman passed them on to me – some were ones that her grandfather had acquired through his work, one had been used as a nesting box for chickens – they are all boxes that have had a life, and a lot of history. We shared a bit of our lives with each other which made the meeting even more special. I am so lucky! A bit of cleaning and repairing and I will take some proper photos to share.
It really has been a busy couple of weeks – there is so much more I could share, but I need to leave you with some time for your own life so won’t go on with every detail! One thing I will share though is that my boy had a bad start with the return to school and was struggling again, with acute anxiety episodes, and the behaviour that flows from those. Until I took him to the chiropractor we see, who also offers Neuro Emotional Technique. If you google this practise you get all sorts of criticism of the lack of scientific evidence, blah, blah, blah, but to be honest, after the last couple of years I tend to look at the results for my kids, rather than the reviews. I talked to her about his anxiety and other issues and she offered to check his ‘reflexes’. She did, and then adjusted his “fear paralysis reflex” (some mild clicks in a couple of spots). Wow! He was calmer straight away, went to sleep without needing me to lie down with him that night, (and the next!), and the next day had an amazing day of staying in class and coping with everything! The rest of the week continued well too. Now this is not a ‘cure’ but whatever hocus pocus it is, it has given my beautiful boy, and his very supportive teachers, a break, some respite, and a chance for him to succeed again. Hopefully the effect will last a while. If not, even these few days of calm for him have been a gift.
I am sure some of you are missing my weather updates (Uh-huh). It is cold. Really cold. Snow on the surrounding mountains sort of cold. And the kids started their winter sports season yesterday, in the cold, and the rain. (Luckily they are with their father this weekend so I was tucked up home in bed recovering from a virus while they were suffering.) The middle-chick didn’t cope so well (her father diagnosed frost bite – massive eye roll from me) but the eldest chick, in her first season of hockey on a full pitch, scored a goal, and the boy, in his first season of being allowed to tackle in rugby (and for the Americans reading – this does not involve any padding like your grid iron players wear – they just do full body tackles) and enjoyed it and wasn’t injured. Phew!
My plans this week include working on some business planning, SEWING, and finishing this zpagetti rug I started yesterday while lying on the couch feeling sorry for myself. I hope that you have a great week!