To inspire people to follow their dreams through the sharing of my passion for being creative, seeing the brighter (and funnier) side of life and answering the age old question “How hard can it be?”
I started GnomeAngel.com in 2008 and while the topics that I’ve covered have been in constant evolution the one thing that hasn’t changed is my passion for sharing, inspiring and creating. I love writing about the things that are captivating me, intriguing me and just causing me to run around the house like a lunatic.
The greatest compliment I can ever be paid is when someone tells me I’ve inspired them and given them the courage to try something they’ve been dreaming of doing. Life’s too short to die wondering… and besides what’s the worse thing that could happen?
Want to know where else you can find me?
You can stalk me all over the internet, but here’s some of my favourite haunts:
If you’d like to drop me a line, I’d love to hear from you. You can contact me via my contact page.
Who Am I?
In the immortal words of philosopher Trainor: “Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two… But I can shake it, shake it… Like I’m supposed to do”
My name is Angie and I’m a 1977 baby. I live in the capital of Australia (no, not Sydney), Canberra. I am proudly Australian (I’m just worried about where our country is heading…).
I’m part of what Bridget Jones would have called a smug married couple. I married the boy who sat in the cubicle next to mine and it’s the best decision I ever made. (Just don’t tell him that!)
I consider the 6 years of infertility treatment we went through to have our son in 2012 one of the best things that ever happened to me; it taught me to appreciate how great my life is, that I’m stronger than I will ever truly understand and miracles occur every day.
I have Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and Endometriosis. In 2009 I had an ovarian cyst removed that was the size of an American football and weighed 2.5kg. It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever grown! But I’m hoping that I’ll be able to top that with a pumpkin from our veggie patch one day.
I’m a backsliding Presbyterian who constantly thinks of her faith but does nothing to nourish it. I have a killer appetite for anything highly preserved, enhanced with additives and bound to make me diabetic just by looking at it. My weight became such an issue in my life that I opted to have 80% of my stomach removed to try and extend my life. It’s the second best decision I’ve ever made.
I’m a total clutz. If you can trip over it, fall down it, break it or be impaled on it – I’ll do it. I think exercise is a form of taxation. I constantly prove that Newton’s Three Laws of Motion are based in sound proven fact. A lot of my time is spent trying to remember where I got that mystery bruise from.
I’m a born again Quilter. I’ve always lusted after quilts when I’ve seen them in movies, television or other people’s homes but I flunked out of Home Economics in High School so the thought of making a quilt scared me witless. (Who knew you could get -3 out of 100 on a sewing exam!) My Nana gifted me her sewing machine and it made me think that maybe I should make a quilt. In 2010 I made my first patchwork quilt top.
My Nana saw what I’d done and requested one of her own. I made her one because she’s wonderful and a quilt is the least I could do for the woman that made me mismatched panel shorts for my teenage years! So in 2011 I made my Nana a quilt. The experience made me think that maybe I should take a Beginner’s Quilt Course if I didn’t want to sew my fingers together.
In July 2011 I started something that would change my life in ways that I never would have imagined; I did a beginners quilting course. (When people ask me the secret to my IVF success I tell them 2 things: pineapple juice and taking a beginners quilt class! Our little miracle was conceived via IVF at the same time I was taking my beginners quilt course – obviously not IN the class, but I attribute my relaxed and laid back attitude during the treatment to the fact I was learning to be a quilter.)
In 2012 I made a decision to enter the Canberra Quilters Annual Quilt Exhibition and it was the catalyst for awaking a passion in me that I have never had about anything (other than chocolate, trashy television and baking) in my life. In 2013 I made a commitment to make a quilt top a month and it was the best thing I could have done – now I’m obsessed with fabrics, growing a massive to-do list of quilt patterns and meeting some of the most wonderful, inspiring and creative people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. You can see my Sew & Tell by clicking here.
That time I made a YouTube video…
No, not that kind of video! I’ll leave that to Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. I made this video as my audition into Sewvivor and it’s probably the closest thing to getting a glimpse into how my mind works. Enjoy the crazy!