Link Love: Back to Reality

A highlight reel of what's going on in my life and a collection of useful links and information for the creatives amongst us - Angie Wilson at www.gnomeangel.com

My holiday has come to an end and today I’m back in the office and back on the clock. It’s both a blessing and a curse. I could so easily just spend the next few months doing as little as possible while I spend time with the people I love, but alas that’s not how the world works. In the immortal words of LunchMoney Lewis “I got bills I got to pay, so I’m gonna work, work, work everyday” (click here to see music video). On the upside, I love my job so it’s not that big a burden to carry. *wink*

I had the best time away. I love going home because it gives me a chance to hide from the world, and that’s exactly what I do. I go home and I don’t see anyone. I try really hard not to have anything to do with social media (thank you scheduling), emails or the internet in general. I go into hibernation and just enjoy being back in the family fold. It’s great. This was the biggest holiday I’ve had in a long time and I so needed it. I wish I could regale you with tales of holiday adventures, but seriously it was all just hanging at my parents place and spending time celebrating birthdays. There were days where I found myself wandering around my parent’s house looking for my sewing machine. I realised that sewing and the internet is my go to when I’m at loose end (which is better than the fridge!).

While I was off hiding HUBBY was home getting my birthday present installed: doors! Yep, exciting times when you turn 40! We have a combined lounge room and formal dining room that used to be separated with an arch way – not anymore baby! We got doors! We had double doors installed to close off the formal dining room so I could turn it into a combine office and sewing room (which I’m now referring to as The Studio and HUBBY is mocking me for). I’ve spent the last week combing, cleaning, culling and setting up my new space and I confess I’m a little bit excited about it. It’s going to be so amazing to be able to be “at work” but still with the boys and then come 5pm on Friday I’m clocking off and closing the doors until 9am Monday. Living the dream, baby. Living the dream.

I’m on a mission to go through our whole house and cull. We have so much stuff in this house and we don’t use any of it. I want it all gone; donated, gifted, repurposed and recycled. It’s all gotta go. If I can’t get my sewing and office into one space then I have too much stuff and I’m not working as efficiently as I could be. The same with our personal life. I think I have tinned corn from the 90s still in our pantry. It’s all gotta go! We’re coming up to the middle of the year and I want to make the most of the rest of the year.

I must confess I love how mundane my life is at the moment. I’m really excited about pairing back, focusing on one thing at a time instead of trying to juggle everything and getting my weekends back. I’ve been talking about it for so long and not taking my own advice, but not any more. I started shutting down on weekends before I went away and it was so reinvigorating – I actually sewed just for myself and I’d forgotten how much I missed it. But enough about my boring life, I hope you’re having a fabulous day. Wishing you a super fabulous week filled with love, laughter and fabric fondling!

PS. The latest issue of Make Modern Magazine is now available and it’s jam packed full of awesomeness. Because we’re besties I’ve got a special discount code so that you can secure your very own copy for AUD$5 by using code “gnomenews16” at checkout. Code is valid until 1 June. Click here to purchase.



The team at Quilt Theory have released their second collection of patterns and it’s amazeballs. I am seriously crushing on the work of these talented ladies Click here to shop.

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I’m so excited for Keera Job as she’s releasing her first (of what I’m sure will be many) fabric collection and it’s really sweet. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of it over the coming month. But for now you can get a sneak peak and find out the inspiration behind it by clicking here.

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I love these three tips for self care from Kitty at Night Quilter. Makes me almost wish I was a tea drinker. Get all the details by clicking here.

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Did you happen to catch my thoughts about how comparison can steal your sewjo. (It’s good… just saying!) Get all the details by clicking here.

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It’s my birthday month so maybe I need to bake myself another birthday cake… Oh hello! rainbow cake from Studio DIY! Get all the details by clicking here.

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I’ve been working on getting patterns done and available for purchase and I was so lucky to have Bec from One Wee Bird test a disaster of a pattern for me. She managed to make sunshine out of my grey skies and it’s brilliant. Get all the details by clicking here.
Have you got an event, a charity drive, a pattern release, a class schedule or something else that you think my community would be interested in hearing about? Why not drop me a line and let me know – I’d love to share it with my readers. Click here to email me.

  • Raylee and Barbara at Sunflower Stitcheries are hosting a Cottage Garden Threads Collectors Club which is kicking off in June. It’s a great way to add some fabulous threads to your collection (or start a collection) if you love to embroider. Over the year you’ll use the threads to make a beautiful table piece. You can find out more by clicking here.

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