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Wow. It’s been a while hasn’t it? So so much has happened since I last wrote on here. My life seems to be a continual state of flux. I have moved out of the city, back to my parent’s farm and have been exploring a new change of career direction and I am really happy right  now. I feel like I have been in a great routine of sleep and activity. I’ve been volunteering at some local schools and working with Prep an Year 1 classes mostly. I love the kids so much, they are absolutely fascinating. And I have been driving! My goodness, what a change. I really want to get my license before I start uni in July so I have been knuckling down and just doing it. Just this afternoon I drove over two hours to visit an elderly family friend who has been hospitalised for pneumonia. No big dramas driving which is fantastic!

Now for some visual aids to illustrate my life at the moment. I must note though, that I don’t have a high quality camera with me at the moment or a fast enough internet connection to upload them anyway so please excuse the quality of my photos which are either from my phone or the webcam. 

First you need to meet Georgie. She is the cutest pup right now. She’s a kelpie and she is ridiculously intelligent and cheeky. I think she’s a very proud princess of a dog. She refuses to fetch, but she definitely knows what to do when you tell her to. She deliberately places the ball/stick/plastic box just out of your reach and then grabs it when you get to close and she will continue the charade as long as she feels it’s fun for her. Oh and she just loves to swim! Having a water loving dog is beautiful, Georgie just loves to launch herself into the water with a terrific leap to fetch a stick or just for a swim. Anyway, here is a photo of her looking all innocent and lovely. She really is such a character.

And here is my other pet project…my tomato garden bed. Now, my dad has the most amazing vege garden but I really wanted to branch out and grow my own big red juicy tomatoes on my own. I did a little research and we found some Grosse Lisse tomato seedlings and some parsley for a little companion planting and here is the result.

The whole garden, there are seven tomato plants and more parsley. Some of the parsley is thriving and others seem slower to grow. I just mulched it this weekend. (also, I edited these photos on my camera…it’s a little limited, but at least the colours aren’t as washed out as most phone photos tend to be. Pretty cool eh?).


And here is a close up, just because I may be more than a little in love with these plants. It’s healthy, I’m sure. 

And here is my new favourite item of clothing. I bought this fabric ages ago, and last week I came home from school and I decided I wanted a wrap skirt. And to cut a long story short, my mum is brilliant. She is amazing. Mum helped me turn a simple skirt into a work of art, and helped me make it beautifully. I just love this skirt and now I have plans for a few more!

Oooh and on a recent visit to the recycling centre and I found this 1968 dress pattern that I am itching to make. So I will keep you posted!

I miss so many people and I love you all! I plan on keeping you all updated here, even if it is with terrible photos. I want to keep you in my life.

Love to you all!

xoxoxoxoxo

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One of the first birthday presents I ever made for my younger sister was a cute little piece of embroidery my grandma helped me with when I was about 9 or 10. It was a simple little piece with baby ducks and chickens and a few flowers. I remember being fascinated by the tiny little ‘lazy daisy’ stitches and the silky threads. The satisfaction of a finished piece being put into a frame was like no other, I was so proud. My sister still has it.  It was a vintage iron on transfer from my grandma’s collection that I used to pore over. My grandma died when I was about 12 and I don’t know what happened to those embroidery transfers. Now whenever I embroider, I am reminded of my grandma patiently teaching me all the little stitches.

The projects below are from two or so years ago.

Love dino and anatomically correct skull

Now, although I still love vintage embroidery, I am enthralled by the idea of moving embroidery into today’s fashion. It is such a versatile skill and to actually sit down with a needle and thread is almost a meditative process.

The embroidery above are some of my more recent forays into embroidery. The skull came from a desire to treat the needle and thread as a pen on paper. I sketched a skull from my anatomy textbook, simplified it a little, drew on some basic outlines very lightly with a pencil and filled it in carefully. I was very happy with that one. The ‘love dino’ was inspired by some small drawing I vaguely recalled seeing and I wanted to try my hand at filling in an outline with some long stitch. I would love to do this dinosaur on a baby t-shirt for a gift (when I actually have a friend who requires such gifts!)

Embroidered Patches medley

I made these patches to sew onto my handbag. I love buttons and badges and patches sewn on fabric. I don’t want to grow out of it. My mum used to collect little touristy patches in a little box in her sewing cupboard and I always loved the sturdy little embroidered patches. When I found an internet tutorial that quite simply explained how to achieve such results I almost danced for joy! All I did was figure out some simple designs, cut out the shape, embroider and finish off my embroidering a lovely little black border over the edge of the felt. It takes a while, but they really are cute and reusable!
And that is all of my creative adventures for today.

xo