New digs

As a newly single lady I thought I’d share some pics of my new home. It’s a one bedroom apartment in the lower half of an old house. And it’s perfect! There is heaps of room for all my stuff and I have oodles of space for sewing and craft. You will see there are three main rooms: sewing/dining, living/study, bedroom nook. I love it!

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In recent times this blog has been a place to lay down goals that never get achieved. This stops now. I have the following projects planned:

  • Having a go at making my own workout leggings. I picked up some great practice fabric for $4 at a Lifeline opshop. If it goes well I’m ordering Harry Potter fabric off Spoon Flower :D
  • Making new curtains to replace the threadbare ones that came with my house. They divide off the bedroom from the living room so it’s a big job.
  • Making small curtains for kitchen because blinds don’t close properly and the street can see my dirty dishes.
  • Making a new workout bag…because I can’t have too many of those!
  • Trying out resin jewellery. If it goes well: Etsy store!
  • When I can afford Annie Sloan paint: picking a colour scheme for my home and doing up a bunch of furniture

The Coasters of Catan

It’s taken me a while to post this one. Firstly I had to wait until I had given the gift to the recipient, then I finally did and just straight up forgot to post about it. Woops.

My boyfriend and I regularly go to a friends to play board games and video games.  We’ve often said our friend needs some coasters to protect his furniture and we should probably be the ones to give them to him since we so regularly invade his home. I decided I should make him some nerdy coasters to suit our nerdy nights and went looking for suitable fabric. It was then that I managed to find The Settlers of Catan inspired fabric on Spoonflower.

The Settlers of Catan is a great board game that was pretty much the beginning of our regular board game nights. We love it! Click the link and take a look, you can also play it electronically through a number of media :)

The board in The Settlers of Catan is made of of numerous individual hexagonal pieces and the game revolves around earning, trading for and using resources.  The design contributor on Spoonflower combines these two elements, and the result is a pattern of hexes, each representing a basic motif version of a resource (brick, wood, wool, grain or ore).

The fabric came with both small hexes and larger hexes and I was really pleased to discover that the large hexes were pretty much precisely coaster sized!

This is the result:

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And I also knocked together a cute little box for them too

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Nerds just wanna have fun!

Fabrice found here

Creative actions

There is alot happening in my life at the moment.

My partner is struggling with an anxiety condition, I am finally settling into my new job 6 months into it, we are planning a trip to Europe, and I am now staring down the barrel of 6 months with my migraine condition under control and the reality that there is now nothing in the way of my dreams except my own self control.

It’s all a bit overwhelming, and the buzzing in my brain and tiredness in my body has been stifling my creative side. But I think I am progressing well. Even though I haven’t been physically creating anything (craft-wise OR writing-wise) I am still thinking and living creatively and my passion for creativity is showing in different ways.

I’m painting my nails more often.

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Fuzzy coat for winter warmth!

I’m buying creative books.

A cute button project book that I can’t wait to play with. Includes a chart to help identify buttons!

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I think my sewing room needs this lamp…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ll be writing a full post about this awesome book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m nurturing my nerd side.

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Yes, Ron and Hermione are making out instead of helping Harry face Voldemort…what of it? :P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m chasing projects I will be passionate about at work.

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And I am encouraging creativity in my man, who is currently relishing in the collection of David Bowie vinyl he bought at an antique fair over the weekend, as well as planning a craft project of his own :)

The pile of unused Colette patterns will eventually become creations and the resin kit will eventually be opened to trial a new jewellery making venture. We are healing from years of turbulence and I am taking time to do so slowly.

The happenings…

I am making my way back to blog world. The night I finally do this, the internet goes down. Yay! So I’m drafting this in Word with the Back to the Future bonus material playing in another window, because I’m obsessed with that at the moment. It’s a nerding good time.

What has been happening creatively? Well, I turned myself into a Goomba for a video game themed birthday party:

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Which I sewed with beer in hand:

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I bought a cute owl that I’m thinking might house spare cottons or embroidery floss:

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And I’ve made a pact with myself to not buy any more patterns until I’ve used at least 2 of the ones I already have:

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Buying the blueprints for pretties apparently requires the addition of effort if said pretties are to eventuate…

So that’s what’s been happening! I won’t go into the lengthy reasons behind my absence from blogging, or my absence from sewing. I’ll just dive right back in here and get on with things :)

Ch ch ch changes…

Just a quick note! I realised my creative interests were expanding a little beyond sewing, as you will have noticed from my most recent posts which have covered jewellery making, crochet and terrariums!

I don’t need yet another blog to document non-sewing interests, so have made a few tweaks to this blog to cover both. No name change even necessary as no matter what I am creating I will always have some cotton handy! :)

More crafty goodness soon!

xo