Thursday, 6 October 2016

Colette Laurel Top - the muslin


We probably all have a *sewing girl* version of Mount Everest. That seemingly insurmountable feat that we have an on and off, will they/ won't they relationship with. My "I want to, but I'm scared to" in sewing is, oddly enough, making my own clothes!

I say *oddly* because if I was a world quilter extraordinaire, it might seem relevant because garment sewing is a whole different cushion of pins! (kettle of fish doesn't seem right somehow) But I'm not, I'm a baby in the world of patchwork and the thing I have sewn the most of, is clothing. And I'm scared of it. Haha.



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Monday, 3 October 2016

How to Get Organised (When You Aren't!)

I've never been a *typically organised* person. I'm not sure I'd fit into the disorganised category but if there is a grey area between the two, well my house would be on that street! For quite a while, I thought organisation was a talent some people had - the kind of people who spoke spreadsheets, flowcharts and had everything in life scheduled down to the button. I was sure, as I sighed over beautiful blogs, brimming with organisation tips, that it wasn't possible for me.



It wasn't that I hadn't tried - heaven forbid, I even downloaded a couple of apps, but the paper girl in me never really meshed well with the pixels. I got a special planner, the folio kind, thinking that might help. But for some reason or another, I didn't click with it much either, despite the fact I had had high hopes. I discovered that I simply preferred a diary for keeping track of important dates, and recording my doings. I kept a scruffy notepad and scrawled out to to-do lists on days I felt super organised. Mostly I left everything in my head, and if I really wanted to remember something, I'd write it down. The act of writing seemed to commit it to memory somehow. I am sure there is some science-y stuff on that somewhere.

This year, I went searching for a diary/planner that would suit my needs. I needed it to have some space, but I also discovered that I preferred a clean layout. Even though I had tried the sticker and decoration thing, I found when it came to feeling or being organised, it just made me feel as if my life was cluttered, if I had cute stickers and stuff scattered across the page of my weekly agenda. For a colour loving, creative girl, there was a minimalist hiding in there somewhere!

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