I took last week off because sometimes you’ve just got to accept that nothing is going to get done and try and make the most of it. I had a complete cluster when I booked our spontaneous trip home. I thought the kiddo only had 3 days of school left, turns out he had 8 and then he started school holidays. *faceplam* So instead of me returning home to a week of school holidays I came home to 2 and I was not prepared. It’s resulted in me having 2 weeks off doing anything blog/shop/sewing related. Not such a bad thing at the moment given my head really isn’t in the place to think much past “What am I going to eat today?”.
But, I’ve had a break and it’s been great. We’ve hung out, I vegged, I did some slow stitching and some machine stitching. I’ve been thinking about where the rest of the year is headed and I’ve worked on the big ticket item for 2019. This year has been a complete balls up. I started the year in a funk and then wrote off the first half of the year to waiting out my hysterectomy operation and just dealing with life. Then the loss of hubs job threw a spanner in the works and delayed things for a couple more months before this latest round of medical issues has seen it all delayed again. I’ve been told I can’t do anything until I get my bowel sorted and so it’s looking like my hysterectomy probably won’t happen until 2019 at this rate.
I’d love to say I’ve been a brave little peanut all this time, but I’d be lying. I’m scared of what they’re going to find, I’m scared of what it could all mean for my life and I’m disappointed in myself that I haven’t done more with my life. I can feel some big ticket changes happening mentally for me at the moment and I’m not sure what it’s all going to mean, but I know that life won’t be the same going forward. I need to stop running from things (like my bookkeeping) and start saying no to myself more often so I can achieve the things I want to. I’m not sure how I’m going to make things happen, but I’m positive it’ll happen.
If you’re like me and you’re thinking about the big things in life and wanting to make changes know that you’re not alone. Everyone goes through it – even those who look like they’ve got it all together. Stay strong and keep going. We’re all in this together and if you ever want to talk about things just reply to my email – I’m more than happy to commiserate, motivate and laugh with you. Wishing you a week filled with love, laughter and much fabric fondling!
Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew has made this adorbs baby quilt using her Cascade pattern. Click here to read more.
Samantha from Aqua Paisley Studio is sharing 5 tips to keep you motivated. Click here to read more.
For those of you in Fall the Polka Dot Chair has a great tutorial on how to use fabric to decoupage a pumpkin. Click here to read more.
Amy of at During Quiet Time has this great quilt pattern going for free. Click here to read more.
I’m oddly craving mint at the moment and this peppermint chocolate slice from Bake Play Smile has my name all over it! Click here to read more.
I love to share the cool things that I find during my week of surfing the internet window-shopping and splurging. Here’s my top 4 from this week:
A: I’m buying: Finding a good yellow can be hard when it comes to patchwork cottons so I’m definitely adding this bundle to my collection. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
B: I’m sharing: Kerry from Pennydog Patchwork has a new mini book out and it’s fabulous! Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
C: I’m crushing: What a fabulous way to instantaneously boost your fabric stash. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
D: I’m riding: This halloween print works all year around. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
Please note: Prize drawings for Round We Go, #100Days100Blocks Finishalong and Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt events will be published on Monday 22 October 2018 AEST. I apologise for the delay and appreciate your patience and understanding.
Raylee at Sunflower Stitcheries & Quilting is hosting a Finish-along for those that are looking to turn their completed #100Days100Blocks2019 blocks into a finished quilt. You can find out all the details by clicking here.
Mandy sent me this photo of her finished quilt made with the blocks she made during the #100Days100Blocks2017 event and it’s just perfection. I love seeing the quilts that are made after the events are finished, they all reflect their owners and the adventure they had while participating in the event and that’s pretty special. Thanks Mandy for sending this in and sharing it with me and our amazing community!
I love seeing the quilts and projects that are made during my sew-alongs or from my book and I’ve decided I’m going to start sharing them with you all so that you can see the amazing work being done within this fabulous creative community. If you’d like to have your work shared please reply to this email with 1 photo of your work made during one of my events, from one of my patterns or from my book. Make sure the image is well lit and clearly shows your work so people can truly appreciate your handy work. Include the details of what you’ve made and it could end up on my blog and in one of my newsletters. If you have any questions, reply to this email and we’ll get it sorted together.
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.
- Ellen of Handmade 3D is hosting an #instabee for those looking to connect with other quilters and make some awesome quilts in the process. The Bee will use the book, “Free Spirit Block Party” for the blocks and you can find out more information by clicking here.
- Deborah at Driftwood Quilting is hosting a limited places, Australian Only, Awesome Ocean Block of the Month Club and to celebrate she’s giving you the chance to win the entire BOM program! You have a 1 in 15 chances of winning the entire block of the month package when you sign up. You can find out more details by clicking here.
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