Link Love: It’s Never Too Late To Make a Change

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

You know that old adage that everyday is a new day, well it’s true. Every day is a new opportunity to make the changes you need to make to get where you want to go. Somewhere along the line, towards the end of 2015 I got off track. I know it doesn’t look like it, but I did. In 2015 I’d looked inward and been honest with myself about what I need in my life to achieve the things I wanted to and I’d worked hard to put those things in place. But then I got my first lick of success on my “I want to achieve” list and I got caught up in making stuff happen. I lost sight of the processes that had helped me get to that point.

It wasn’t an overnight thing, it was a slow letting go of the things that were helping me succeed and replacing them with a manic stopping to deal with every dog that barked type of thing. I was wasting precious time on the things that were yelling at me and not focusing on the quiet work of building my foundation. Things have slowly been escalating as the wheels have spun faster and faster and it’s brought me to a point in March where the wheels completely came off. Our family went through something major that shook it to it’s core and sent a message that things needed to change. It also made me stop and take stock of how I was spending my time, what I was focused on and why I just wasn’t loving it. It’s been a hard five months. A really hard five months. But these past five months have been filled with some of the greatest learning of my life and that’s been a true gift.

Now, looking on you might not have seen much difference. Sure I talk about life on Monday’s but I don’t share much of what’s going on with my family because I’ve set some pretty firm boundaries in relation to my family. But I’ve hinted that things haven’t been great. (They’re much better now and moving towards being better than they’ve ever been before.) My business has kept chugging along, but it’s been taking a toll on me and I can see looking at the things that I’m doing that my usual spark has been fading. (That spark is back and starting to burn brighter again!) I’ve been looking inward and being honest with myself and making changes – some big and some small. I’m moving back in the right direction. I’m sharing this with you today not because I think it’ll all be obvious and you need an explanation, I’m sharing it because I want you to know a couple of things:

  1. You never know what’s happening behind-the-scenes so don’t compare your life to anyone else – your life is special, unique and as worthy as anyone else.
  2. If you want to change you can – you have to decide to change and then be dog headed in going after it.
  3. Every moment of every day you’re choosing who you are and you have complete control over your attitude.

I’ll share more of the changes I’ve made and am making over the coming months so if you’re wanting to make changes too you can see what works for me and take from it what you can use and disregard the rest. For now however know that I’m wishing you the most amazing week filled with love, laughter and fabric fondling!


I shared this post by Hunter Design Studio’s called “Why Pattern Stealing is Like Killing the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg” on my Facebook page but it deserves sharing here as well because it’s so relevant, so well written and such a timely message. Click here to read more.

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Heidi at Fabric Mutt is at it again with the cute quilt pattern and this time she’s sharing this free pattern for the Storefront Quilt. Click here to read more.

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Peta at She Quilts A Lot has put together this great tutorial on how to make Halloween treat bags (but let’s be real here they can be used for any kind of treat bag). Click here to read more.

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Love a tote that delivers a big punch of colour? Me too! Check out this free tutorial on making a colour block tote on We All Sew. Click here to read more.

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I saw these triangle pouches on The Long Thread which lead to this triangle pouch tutorial on Kokka Fabrics. Love them! (It also lead to me signing up for a new newsletter and spending a good hour looking around The Long Thread!)
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.

Workshops with Denyse Schmidt at The Creative Retreat

  • 17 September: Free-Wheeling Single Girl One Day Workshop: Spend a day with Denyse making your own version of her best-selling (and beloved) Single Girl pattern. Learn how to bypass the repetitive (and let’s face it – tedious) tracing and cutting of hundreds of pattern pieces and transform the patchwork process into an in-the-moment creative flow. This simple technique will have you stitching up Single Girl blocks quickly and change your perspective about any quilt pattern!
  • 15 & 16 September : Advanced Improv, Two Day Workshop: Join Denyse Schmidt for an exclusive two day quilting retreat in Canberra. Using Denyse’s Advanced Improv techniques and with her expert guidance, you will design your own quilt! Gain insight into the design process this incredibly talented quilter goes through and have individual attention to see your idea come to life! This workshop is exclusive in Australia to The Creative Retreat and is limited in number and run for extended hours, allowing you to immerse yourself in your work and receive the time and attention we know is so important to furthering your creativity.
  • 14 September : Hills ‘n’ Hollers, One Day Workshop: Spend a day with Denyse making your own version of this charming and sophisticated take on traditional appliqué. Hills’n’ Hollers brings beauty and comfort and the class is exceptional as no machines are required so there will be plenty of opportunity for wonderful conversation.

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5 Comments

  1. Andrea H August 8, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I’ve learned life is always changing, so it’s always good to do some self-reflection every few months. It has done wonders for me. Glad you’re feeling like things are getting back on track. I look forward to seeing what you’ve been working on and towards. Have a great week! Andrea

  2. Susan August 7, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Oh, Angie, sometimes life can be hard, but we are learning the whole of our life, whether it be about the world around us or ourselves. You have a wonderful insight for someone so young & make me think about what I want to achieve now that I’m older. I admire you being able to speak openly about your hardships & look forward to reading how you move on. Thank you, have a lovely week & take care.

  3. Jane Sprague August 7, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Follow the path that calls to you, Angie. We’re all here cheering you on to whatever success looks like in your life. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, and your life, with us. Big hug!

  4. Gigi August 7, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Beautifully written about the process of life ~

  5. Mary moore August 7, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I did the same a 8 years ago and have never regretted it. I am following my passions now.