Friday, 19 September 2014

All Change

Fabric drawers emptied onto living room floor! Big sort out coming on!

See that pile up there? That's the contents of my fabric stash drawers. It was all neatly-ish folded in the drawers. Pretty crammed and all that, but still folded. So you can be forgiven for wondering why on earth I dumped it all out onto the living room floor this afternoon.

Well, the plan is to relocate the drawers into the adjoining dining/sewing room and sorting it all out so that it becomes a proper dining-cum-sewing room. Rather than a place where I sew at my machine, whilst surrounded by detritus. I'm rarely able to eat at the dining room table and I'd like to say that was because creative stuff was happening. In reality the room is just a dumping ground for anything crafty and stuff that doesn't have a home else where.

The chest is now relocated and drawers back to their crammed state. I said I'd never destash because the moment fabric is gone I'll wish I hadn't. Really there is some fabric I'll never use. The question is would anyone else want it either? 

I am going to have to be ruthless. Once upon a time the said chest of drawers actually held paper and card making materials. All that has been decanted into a big plastic box under the area where I cut for some time. I need to go through it and destash lots of other craft materials I'll be unlikely to use again. I haven't ventured into the craft tubs under the cutting area for months - years maybe. I really feel it needs to be a case of use it or lose it.

So wish me luck. This is going to be a hard one.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Opps I'm a bit late with this. As despite dragging myself out of my sick bed at the weekend to start on it I haven't been back online to post it! Sorry! 

I've been tagged by the lovely Lynz in the Around the World Blog Hop (and I've dragged myself out of my sick bed to play along. So excuse any rubbish I may type - over and above normal that is.)

So for those of you that don't know me and are checking in because of the blog hop I'll tell you a bit about myself.

Quilting/sewing is just one of my passions. I also love to read, spend time out doors and if I can combine photography with any of the others so much the better. I live in Oxfordshire, England and my other half: Chief is in the army. (For the time being at least.)

Onto the questions:

1. What am I working on

Ok, I'll be completely honest but I've not done a single stitch on my sewing machine since before my holiday in August. It's not so much lack of motivation, but lack of time as two weeks after that holiday I had another week off which involved some more travelling. Now I'm getting back to normal I have a lurgy. But the project I most want to get back to is this:

Bank Holiday Monday
This epp wafers pattern is by Nellies Niceties and is destined to become a cushion.

Before I get back to much sewing though I plan on a huge declutter/clear up which might just see at the end of it my dining room become my proper sewing room. I've also bought 6 cushion pads so I do need to get on with making some more cushions.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Umm it doesn't really. I am not a trend setter and am not entirely convinced that many of the trendsetters out there are doing anything that original either.  My tastes are pretty eclectic. Often driven by nothing more than the love of different fabrics and colours. 

3. Why do I create/write what I do?

Really I could have gone in any number of directions. I've certainly tried a variety of crafts over the years: jewellery making, embroidery, print making, lace making, card making - you name it I may well have tried it. I've always been drawn to textiles and by luck about four years ago I found this wonderfully creative community over on flickr and that got me started on blogging and firmly placed me in the quilting/sewing world. Sometimes I long to get back to the more art textiles, but as it doesn't seem to sit with what I do here, I never have taken the lid off of those storage boxes and got on with fulfilling that urge. Maybe one day! What I am sure is that I'm driven by a need to make things. Anything. Just as long as I'm creating I'm happy.

finished my hexie quilt! (Piecing the top at least)
This is the hexie quilt I made after finding a QAL on flickr. It's what started me off
blogging and quilting/patchworking again.

4. How does my writing/creative process work?

I'm often drawn and influenced to the wonderful array of fabrics out there. My other biggest influence has to be my cottage garden and the countryside around me. I work my colour process by what works in my garden and to be fair in a cottage garden everything works colour wise. Of course I'm also influenced by what I see going on in this online community.

Front Garden

I hope that's given you a little insight into my creative process. I'm now tagging three two blogging friends:

First up is Rachel who blogs at Mammafairy Sews I got to know her when we were both in the hipbee's round one. I was also fortunate enough to get to met her for real when we were both at the 2013 Fat Quarterly Retreat.

Secondly is Janet who blogs over here.  I have been following Janet's blog for some time and there is a lovely mix of  creative stuff and general life. I especially enjoy seeing a countryside and way of life that is so different to mine over in England.

Now I didn't hear back from the third person I'd hoped to tag and as I'm already late with this I'll just stick with the two.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Three Happy Things

I had a whole week off work to spend with Chief last week. It was the most time we'd spent in one go together in the last 7 years. The only thing to take the shine off our time together was illness - mine at the start of the week and his at the end; when he was totally exhausted from all the driving. But we made the most of out time together and the hardest part is finding the words and limiting the pictures to blog about it. So I'm restricting myself to just 3 happy things to share with you. (Although there are loads more pictures over on flickr.)

So here in no particular order are three happy things from our three day trip to Yorkshire.

1. Bempton Cliffs - No break away with Chief is going to be complete without some birds. He has two passions in life - his football team and birds. If he plans any trip it will have to include birds. I'd never been to Bempton Cliffs or seen the gannets. It wasn't the best time of year to go as birds like Puffins, Razor bills and Kittiwakes are long gone. But the gannets were pretty amazing.

Gannet at Bempton Cliffs

2. Seals at Greatham Creek, Seal Sands. Whenever Chief has been to see the seals I always comment on how I've never seen seals in the wild. So on Tuesday when we checked out he told me to get my camera ready because we'd not be making the four hour journey home quite yet. He detoured to see if the tide was out and the seals were basking. That detour also took in lots of other local highlights so that I got the most out of our trip north.

Seals at Seal Sands

3. Bird Island - We both had tombola birthday's this year (ones that end in a 0 or 5) and to my mind this is a cause for celebration. Although to be fair I can use anything as an excuse for a celebration! So when a special hotel up North happened to have two luxury rooms available and one of them was called Bird Island it was a no brainer that we'd blow our trip budget on one fabulous night. Not disappointed. Our own in room sauna and private hot tub.

Bird Island
The bed was so comfy I wanted to take it home. Especially the peacock

Private Sauna
In room sauna just for us.

Bird Island Private Hot Tub
Our own private hot tub. It got a lot of use and was really
rather romantic being in this at night looking for stars.

But now normal life returns and I'm trying to find time and inclination to get on with some sewing. 

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