Ahoy me hearties!

Just at the moment it is a bit of a struggle fitting everything in to the day. All things I enjoy, but I am being pulled in so many different directions….having to ration cups of tea with friends at the moment as I just don’t have time. If that means you, I am really sorry!

Anyway, I am trying to organise my days so I can fit in a wee bit of sewing first thing, followed by paperwork and by lunch time make sure I am stripping wallpaper in the front bedroom.

There are some achievements from my efforts, for example my very organised fabric stash (I won’t show you my haberdashery and art supplies drawers, as a lady should not post photos of her drawers!)

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workroom/dining room all tidied up

I have cleared out a load of craft books and magazines I am hoping the WI ladies will take away with them at the next Crafty Night In and made some shelf space. However, there is one spot I am going to have to leave empty for Max the cat!

cat on a shelf
cat on a shelf

In addition, yesterday I had one of those wonderful days when you get to realise a project you had only ever seen in your mind. I popped in to the¬†Plush Addict website to get some more linen look cotton (great for book bags) and stumbled across some fabric with a newspaper print. It called to me…“Sue, Sue, buy me and turn me in to a paper boat made from fabric..!”. Yesterday I did just that.

I made a paper version first to get the right size rectangle to start with and used it as a pattern (plus seam allowance) to cut two pieces of the fabric and one of interfacing. Ironed the interfacing to one of the fabric pieces then sewed the two fabric pieces right sides together, turned it inside out, ironed it and top stitched around the outside. Then I just made up the paper boat, ironing at every stage and hand sewing a few stages to help it keep it’s shape. I know I should be modest, but I confess I am a wee bit chuffed at how it turned out!

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‘paper’ boat
paper boat and bugs - 10
ship ahoy!

In addition, last week I had a short telephone interview about crafting and well-being; the way having something to create and to focus on helps deal with anxiety and depression. It is all the more pertinent with the sad news of Robin Williams’ suicide. I am very fortunate and haven’t had much trouble at all with anxiety or depression over the last couple of years, but I am aware of how it lurks in the shadows looking for an opportunity to creep back. One of the reasons I wanted to do the interview is that I believe we should talk about how we feel. Anxiety and depression are not signs of failure, just of being human, and talking about it helps us know we are not alone and that there is always the choice to keep on living…the darkness will pass. It is so sad that the world has lost someone who brought so much to people’s lives through his work.

As the interview was by telephone I had to provide a photo...a selfie of me and my sewing machine.
As the interview was by telephone I had to provide a photo…a selfie of me and my sewing machine.

bring on the fabric!

Mark and I spent last week at our little flat in Dorset (loads of photos in DeereDiary)

West Bay, Dorset
West Bay, Dorset

Back home, and the sewing was never far from my thoughts. My ideas notebook continued to fill (oilcloth Christmas stocking welles!!) and we did pop in to a couple of fabric shops. I hear there are women whose husbands/partners do not appreciate their women’s fabric habits, but I am happy to say I am not one of them. Mark is a football-loving blokey sort of a fellow, but he really knows me. Half the fabric I bought was stuff he unearthed because he knows what I am going to like.

It has been a while since I popped in to Livingstone Textiles in Bridport and they have extended their range and have such lovely things! Really nice staff – attentive without being pushy. Each of these pieces was picked for a particular project and it was only when I got home I realised how lovely they look as a group.

fabric and ribbons from Livingstone Textiles
fabric and ribbons from Livingstone Textiles

Our route to and from Dorset goes almost past Midsomer Quilting, so it would have been rude not to pop in! I did resist the free coffee and chocolate biscuits and was delighted when the owner pointed out the new room of extra fabric. A nice little mixture of festive and floral.

fabric from Midsomer Quilting
fabric from Midsomer Quilting

This week I am going to concentrate on getting all my custom orders finished and in the post before I start on the fun Christmas stuff.