Thursday, 25 August 2016

A Beautiful Mess


"It's all about perspective" The words echoed with their double meaning, the reply my photographer sister had given when I had said "I like learning to use the camera, it even makes mess look good!"

Fifteen minutes earlier I had been suffering a bit of overwhelm, we are in the process of getting ready to move. Life seems to hang in the balance at times like this, it's almost like someone has hit the fast forward button AND the pause button at the same time...resulting in a short circuit. The day before, I decided to finally take an Instagram holiday, a good proper one. As much as I like sharing my work on there, I find I feel better when I am away from it, I don't actually really know why exactly. But apparently, some people don't feel great using social media so maybe I am an unexplained anomaly!

I thought taking a decent break would help me decide whether I should make it a permanent change or not. Only time will tell. In the meantime, I opened my fabric shop up on Etsy again, in the hope I could move some stock before we get to the actual moving part. It will be a lot easier, the less I have to pack. And I've put my handmade shop on holiday. Just for the meantime. Keeping my blog going and posting fabric orders is enough to contend with at the present.



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Friday, 19 August 2016

Apple Farm Blog Hop

It's finally here! Well, for me that sentence is relevant because I have been waiting like a child at Christmas for my turn on the Apple Farm Blog Hop... is that crazy or what? I'm going to say 'it's what' because the day the Apple Farm Fabric collection arrived in my mail box, I was excited and overwhelmed all at once. This fabric collection by Elea Lutz is *potentially* (and I say potentially very cautiously because let's face it, everything she designs is Ah-mazing.)  my favourite collection so far. 


Apple Farm is everything you dream a perfect-storybook-Enid-Blyton-wrote-it farm to look like.
It really is! True to Elea style, this line has quite a vintage feel to it, with sweet florals, ginghams and plaids in a beautiful blend of pastel and bright colours! I particularly love the apple print, which I used before the blog hop (sneaky I know!) on this quilt binding. The main prints feature the most adorable little bears, picking apples, eating apples and carrying apples off into the sunset - presumably to make into the most glorious apple pie! I mean, if I could live in a fabric collection, Apple Farm would be a definite candidate!

Prepare your eyes ladies (and any gentlemen!), fetch your tea/cake/apple pie and settle in for a journey to Apple Farm. (this post is loaded with lots of photos....you have been officially warned.)

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Friday, 12 August 2016

How To Manage Instagram (so it doesn't manage you!)

I was so surprised at the response I received on my post the other week, and the fact you really resonated and related to feeling the same way in your relationship with Instagram. I've been meaning to write a post on this for awhile, because I actually love talking about it, and seeing as the topic is fresh in my mind, I thought now might be the right time.

We both know why we love Instagram, the good things we gather from using it, so I don't think I need to waste any extra space on the positive points of social media. Instead, I'd really love to talk and explore with you some of the little niggly things that bother us about so much screen time and simple things I have found really help me to take a step back.

Firstly, I'd just like to briefly cover my story with using social media. In 2010, I opened a facebook account with the help of a friend, to help advertise a charity fundraiser I was holding. This led to me using it for my business at the time and while it had many positive effects business wise, I'd have to say, examining it now, personally it wasn't such a success. I have never used a personal profile, I just noticed the positive impact social media had on my business wasn't actually reflected in my state of mind. As a perfectionist, so many things were aggravated by this new way of life.


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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Sunday Kettles, Quilting and Knitting Conundrums


The whistle of the kettle. Or should I say the sound of someone taking the lid off the electric jug, filling it up with water and the sound it makes when it boils. It's a happy, soothing sound, synonymous with having a relaxing break from work, gathering around to catch up with family and friends and enjoying a favourite cup of tea, perhaps with some craft at hand. I read somewhere once that Tea is a hug in a cup and I'd have to agree. It really is one of the simple things in life that can often turn a gloomy afternoon into an occasion.


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Monday, 1 August 2016

Forest Floor Blog Tour

Hello! Today is my stop on the gorgeous Forest Floor blog tour!

I was so excited to be able to work with this amazing fabric line, designed by Bonnie Christine. With a gorgeous collection of earthy hues and hints of berry and mint, I did indeed feel as if I was wandering along a mossy forest path, lined with fragrant pine needles, tall timbers and sweet spotted mushrooms. A lot of the Australian bushland where I live is far from forest-like, so I do like to escape into the romance of the woods every now and then, even if it is only in my imagination!


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