Welcome to May! Or as I like to call it “Celebration of my Birth Month”. I love my Birthday month, and not because of the obvious reasons. I love it because it reminds me just how lucky I am. I got to complete another orbit around the sun when so many others didn’t. I got another year of time with those I love and adore and I got to do it all while living and working in one of the best places on Earth. Celebration of my Birth Month isn’t about looking inward, it’s about all the amazing things in life. It’s about giving thanks and it’s about stopping and having a look at how far I’ve come since the last celebration.
This month is going be large for a couple of reasons, but the biggest is that I’m heading home for a quick visit. Yay! Myself and the little guy are going to head North for a few days to catch up with my parents, my Nana and my Uncles and Aunts and I can’t wait. It’s been well over a year since I was last home (the longest I’ve gone without going home in my life) and I’m really missing being in the same room with the people I love. And as much as I’m missing them, they’re all missing the boy. It’s going to be a quick trip, but it’ll be so worth it, and I’m so thankful that HUBBY agreed to letting me splurge on the trip.
When we return from our whirlwind holiday I’m taking a month (yep, a whole month) off from the day job. I’m drowning and I’m tired of feeling this way so the time has come to finalise my big ticket commitments, get our lives back in order, get my health back on the road to recovery and spend some time recharging. It’s going to be a hard month as I don’t get paid when I don’t work, but I think the benefits for my health and family will greatly outweigh the lack of funds. I’ve spent the last 8 months spiralling out of control and I need to put and end to that.
It’s an exciting month and I’m really looking forward to getting some mental breathing space back and giving my Dad a hug for the first time in 18 months. (Not so much looking forward to the plane ride!) I am really very very lucky and that’s something I never want to take for granted. In the immortal words of the Simpsons, “Everything’s coming up Milhouse!”
I hope you have a fabulous first week of May! *hugs*
FUN THINGS TO CLICK ON
- I found this initiative for May via Kitty (of Night Quilter) and when I read the post by Lindsey I found her articulating some of the things I’ve been thinking about lately, and so I’m taking the #MayisforMakers pledge. Click here to find out more.
- You know how much I love to Fussy Cut and so when I saw this tutorial by Deborah Fisher on how to fussy cut binding my heart did a big old flip flop. Click here to find out more.
- I love these utensil and napkin holders from Ayda (of Cafenohut) they would be perfect for a wedding or any celebration really! Click here for the tutorial.
- Alyce (of Blossom Heart Quilts) shared this post by Quilt Art News with me this week and it really got me thinking, “Am I about to get off the bus?”. Click here to read.
- I love a good pin cushion and this one from Lisa at Spoonful of Sugar is no exception. Click here for the tutorial.
- I love this easy embroidery project from Sarah Hearts. Click here for the tutorial.
- Don’t forget to check out my latest book review! Click here to read.
COMMUNITY CORK BOARD
- Michele has opened a new Etsy shop and has this to say about it, “Designing and creating quilting pieces is my passion and I love it! I hand quilt pieces with care and attention to detail. Each item is unique and an original, one of a kind piece to be treasured. I think that any of the pieces that I have created would make a very special gift, even for yourself! Please drop in from time to time to see new items in my shop.” Click here to visit Michele’s Etsy Shop.
- Kristal recently signed up as a Jamberry Independent Consultant, check out her website (click here) to see over 300 heat and pressure activated vinyl nail wraps and a range of hand and nail care products. Follow her on Facebook (click here) for tips, tricks and for updates on any specials and to order a free sample
- Canberra Quilters Inc. are celebrating their 40th Anniversary in 2016 and to mark the occasion they’re holding a “Celebrate 40 Challenge”. It’s open to Australian and New Zealand Residents, with 40 quilts (quilts must be 40cm x 100cm) being selected to hang at the 2016 Annual Member’s Exhibition. (You don’t have to be a member to enter!) It’s a great challenge and you can find out more or enter by clicking here.
- If you’re like me and you like to dabble in more than just sewing and quilting creative work then check out these free downloadable papers from Sizzix. Great to use in any graphics work you might be doing (like blog banners)! Click here to get your free papers.
- Fat Quarter Shop have released their new monthly subscription service: Sew Sampler. It looks amazing and I love that unlike other subscriptions this one comes with all the information you need to make a quilt. Each month contains a quilt block recipe card that you can use to make a full 12 block quilt. Genius! You can find out more by clicking here.
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