Link Love: The Week That Was…

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

Well that week sucked.

The Little Man was sick (thanks Kindy!) and then our wonderfully boisterous beagle passed unexpectedly. Way to finish out 2016! I’m almost afraid to speculate on what the rest of the year will have in store. I’ve cried this week, like really cried. Cried until my eyes hurt. Not because losing a pet is hard (it is, but that’s a given) but because I really needed to get some “stuff” out of my system and the death of George really hit home a few truths that I’ve been avoiding. Do you ever just need to cry to move on?

I used to watch Steel Magnolias when I knew I needed to cry but couldn’t let it out for some reason. The scene where Sally Fields has her break down just gets me every time. I know it’s coming, but I’ll still be sitting there on the couch howling with tears every time. I hadn’t realised just how much I needed a good system purge. It’s like a reboot on the emotional system. I used to see crying as a weakness. I hated it. I’d be in the middle of a heated discussion and just start crying. I hated how small, weak and uncontrolled it made me feel. Now, I welcome a good cry.

There’s something so cathartic about getting rid of all of that emotional energy. I still don’t cry in public (if I can help it), but I’m getting better at no longer resisting and fighting it. So this week I’ve cried. I cried because we lost the dog we had before we had our Little Man. I cried because for the past four years we’ve been such horrible pet owners because we were too selfish to rehome her when we knew that having a baby had taken our focus away from her and I feel so much guilt over that. I cried because she was alone when she passed and I really wanted to tell her how sorry I was and how I loved her despite not showing it as often as I should have. I cried because our Little Man doesn’t understand that she’s not coming back and I really didn’t want him to have to learn about death for a long long time. I cried because I’ve been keeping in all this fear and worry for the past few months over my trip, my job quitting, my responsibilities and my direction in life. I cried because people I care about are hurting, and hurting each other, over politics. I cried because I’m frustrated. And I just cried because that’s what my body wanted to do.

I’d like to say I’m all cried out, but even now as I sit here and type this I’m crying. The tears aren’t bad, they’re just tears. I’m not unhappy or depressed, it’s just life and it’s continued cycle. I’m thankful for all my blessings and that we knew what it was like to be loved by a dog that was as crazy as I am. I’m thankful for those midnight cuddles she gave me and for the sensation of rubbing the little patch of fur where her ear joined her head. I’ll always think of George and she’ll be one of the few regrets I carry with me. Despite the week not going to plan, I’m still happy and hopeful. And when I say the week sucked I do it with laughter.

As they say in the books, onwards and upwards. This week is going to rock, I just know it. Let’s meet back here in seven days and celebrate how smashing this week was. What do you say?

Time to get on with making the most of another trip around the sun. Wishing you a most fabulously creative day!

PS. For those that want to read about my trip to Quilt Market you can do so now by clicking here.

FUN THINGS TO CLICK ON

  • It’s not too early to start baking for Christmas, right? Loving these Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies from Creations by Kara. Click here to get the recipe.
  • Being able to give gifts in handmade wrapping is one of my favourite things. Loving these waxed canvas gift pouches from Sara at Radiant Home Studio. Click here to get the tutorial.
  • I’m addicted to slow stitching at the moment and this “Grateful Thankful Blessed” hoop art from Bev at Flamingo Toes is perfect (all year round). Click here to get the details.
  • Looking for something to listen to while stitching or typing, then check out the Quilt Market Recap episode of Modern Sewciety (and not just because I’m mentioned). Click here to listen.
  • For those living under a rock and don’t know, Season 8 of Gilmore Girls is dropping on Netflix on November 25. I can’t wait, so to keep my hands busy while I have to wait I was thinking of making this Gilmore Girls inspired band from Pip at Meet Me at Mikes. Click here to get the tutorial.
  • It’s summer time here (yay!) and I’m looking forward to doing more outdoor eating. How perfect is this waterproof patchwork picnic blanket from Polka Dot Chair. Click here to get the tutorial.

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COMMUNITY CORK BOARD

  • Amitie Textiles in Melbourne are hosting the ever amazing and fabulous Anna Maria Horner and Carolyn Friedlander. For further information and bookings please call Amitie Textiles on (03) 9596 7225 – There are still spots available in the following Trunks Shows and Classes:
    • Anna Maria Horner Trunk Show evening of Monday November 21
    • Carolyn Friedlander Trunk Show evening of Thursday December 1
    • Carolyn Friedlander Aerial Grove Class Friday December 2
    • Carolyn Friedlander Facing East class Saturday December 3
  • For the first time ever, Jennifer Sampou, is offering an exclusive weekend retreat for quilters wanting an intimate, creative experience. Retreat is being run from March 24-26 2017 in Lafayette, California. Spaces are limited to 12 students. For further information please click here.
  • Have you seen The Quilter’s Planner? The Quilter’s Planner is an 8″x11″ spiral bound book that includes standard planner fare such as weekly and monthly calendar pages, sturdy laminated cover and tabs, and stickers to add flare to your planning pages, but it also includes content created especially for quilters: project planning pages, 14 quilt patterns from top designers, swap organisation pages, project progress pages, weekly block designs, free motion quilting designs, beautiful quilt photography from the coast of Maine, a color chart from Cloud9 Fabrics, and plain and graph paper for recording your quilt ideas. This year, there’s also a small companion book for when you’re on the go. Stephanie has seriously thought of everything! The Quilter’s Planner is the perfect gift for the quilter in your life (especially if that quilter is you!) and can be ordered now by clicking here. Numbers are limited, so be sure to get yours before they’re all gone.
  • Ros at Sew Delicious is currently doing a drive to help supply the NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit) at the Northern Hospital in Melbourne with drawstring bags. The bags are used to help keep all the laundry and clothing in order for babies that are being treated in the Unit. The bags often go home with the baby when they get to go home. The bags are super simple to make and you can get the tutorial and details about where to send them by clicking here.
  • Seven quilt pattern designers have teamed up to create Quilt Theory, releasing a new pattern line printed on small cards. Quilt Theory asks, “Where can your quilt take you?” acknowledging the wide and varied influences brought to the crafting of a quilt. Each pattern is simple enough to fit on the back of a small card or one-page PDF, making the patterns perfect for both beginner and advanced quilters. The cards are sturdy and aesthetically appealing, and at only $3 each, they are perfect for gift giving or collecting. Online download of the Quilt Theory bundle also includes coloring pages for each quilt design. Click here to find out more.

#100DAYS100BLOCKS SPONSOR INFORMATION

Blocks 91 – 100 of the #100Days100Blocks sew-along are brought to you by the ever fabulous The Strawberry Thief.

You can find The Strawberry Thief in the following places: Instagram | Website | Facebook

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Prize: 12 month fat 1/16th subscription to Love Liberty valued at $360 (AU)

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