Link Love: Navel Gazing & Revelations

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

I’m feeling decidedly smug with myself at the moment. I’ve been sewing up a storm for what feels like the first time in ages. I feel like my creative spark is coming back and I’m making stuff that I love. On top of that I splurged some of my earnings and bought myself a quilt cupboard. A display cupboard devoted solely to my quilty creations. I built it yesterday and promptly rounded up all the quilts from around the house that weren’t in service and put them in there and I’m in love. As I stood there looking at the cupboard two things struck me; 1. I don’t have nearly as many quilts as I thought I did and B. I do love a good dose of colour. (Oh and a third thing: I need to make more!)

I’ve spent a bit of time this week thinking about the lessons I’ve learned over the past months and years of pursuing my own goals and it’s been illuminating and a little overwhelming. I’m not the person I was 12 months ago. Things are not what they were when I embarked on this adventure. So much has changed and so much needs to change if I want to get where I’m going. I’ve been really kicked around this year and it’s been tough and crap and just horrible, but at the same time it’s been a real gift. I’m learning things about my own resilience, what I will and won’t accept from life and what makes me unique and capable. I know that this year will be a foundational one, and I’ll be grateful for it when it’s helped me evolve to the next level in my creative and personal journey, but right now I’d like a little respite.

I think when I look back on this year I will see that it’s been about teaching me to accept who I am and work within those parameters. I used to think that I could rally against my nature and force change, but I’m coming to realise that I need to be on board with change. I need to want to change. If I’m struggling to make changes then I need to assess whether it’s just natural change related pains or whether it’s because deep down I don’t actually want to change. Acceptance is becoming a strong theme. I’m also being taught that accepting something and resigning myself to something, or making excuses for something, are not the same thing. If I accept something that means I can formulate plans for using it as a strength or finding a way to counteract it instead of spending all this energy fighting against it. Acceptance does not equal weakness.

Dang, that’s all a bit heavy for a Monday morning. I think I need to go fondle some fabric, answer some emails and make sure all my ducks are in a row for kicking off the Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt Sew-along and the Jen Kingwell Gypsy Wife Quilt Sew-along this week. Two big events at the same time – it’s going to be interesting to see how it all goes. I’m nervous and a little excited by it all. Are you? Wishing you a super fabulous week filled with love, laughter and fabric fondling!


If you’re like me and you love a good snoop in someone else’s creative space then you have to click on this link. It’s a round up of 50 of the most amazing craft rooms over on A Girl and a Glue Gun. Click here to read more.

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What do you get when you combine a churn dash with your scrap bucket? You get this scrappy churn dash cushion tutorial from Samelia’s Mum. Click here to read more.

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I love a good cross-body bag and this tutorial from Sew Can She is for a great version. I feel like I’m getting old because I saw it and thought “A teenage girl would love these.” I don’t even know any teenage girls, let-a-lone what a teenage girl would be into these days! Click here to read more.

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I’m currently obsessed with dyeing fabric – not so obsessed that I’ve tried it, but I am thinking a lot about it. Check out this tutorial on Mollie Makes for how to hand dye napkins using natural dyes. Click here to read more.

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I love a great sized tote and this free pattern for the Riverside Tote from Amy of Nana Company is perfect for carrying around all that fabric you just purchased. Click here to read more.
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  • Kerry (of Kid Giddy) and Sue (of Moss and Lotus) are running a Christmas in July Mug Club Sew-along at the moment over on Instagram. Last week I shared my kitten themed mug and you can do the same to win some great prizes. Click here to find out more. You can buy the Mug Club Set 1 patterns by clicking here and the Mug Club Set 2 patterns by clicking here.
  • Raylee and Barbara (of Sunflower Stitcheries) have kicked off a Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner Sew-along on July 30. The project includes a number of techniques from embroidery, sewing and quilting – a great skills builder. You can find out more by clicking here.

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