Sunday, 9 December 2018

Greeting Cards

I've been diligently decluttering 'My Design Studio' aka my disaster area. You may wonder why i call it My Design Studio, Until recently i was on the committee of a local Quilting group, during the second year of my two year term, one of the other ladies kept asking (all of us, not just me) what we called our creative space. I always said 'My disaster area' mainly because that's exactly what it generally looks like,  I cannot interrupt the creative process to put things away, sorry! buts that's how it is.... Any way, back to the story, I kept being told that's not a proper named, anyways, one day I decided that I'd humour her and said okay!  it's 'My Design Studio' oohh!! lovely name she said, and never asked me again. Good I thought!!!! A few weeks later, she staggers into a meeting with a Wood turned sign to go over or on the doors of our respective creative area,  you guessed it, mine said 'My Design Studio' it's beautiful, (but I still refer to the room as my disaster area) My Design Studio is reserved for the very rare occasions when its tidy.

After decluttering my creative space, I found an urge to do something I've done very little of this past year, and that's to make some cards. and here they are, well, not all of them some were Christmas Cards and have already gone to their recipients.

I rather enjoyed the process, seems a break does bring back the enthusiasm after all. So maybe I shouldn't have given away all the stuff I did!  ah well, I have plenty more, really, I honestly do which is why a clearing out was desperately needed.

If you're not into card making, I guess you won't understand, but the pleasure gained from turning plain card stock into something meaningful for an occasion is quite therapeutic.  I love it. 

I hope you like my latest creations, I don't mind if you don't, they are what they are.
Thanks for visiting my blog today, 
I probably won't post again before Christmas, so I'll take this opportunity to wish you and yours, a very Happy Christmas, and a Safe and fulfilling New year.


Tuesday, 13 November 2018

It's been some time....

It's been some time since I last posted, I never intended for it to be this long, however, life has a way of circumventing even the best laid plans.

Today I want to talk a bit about 'Stuff', by this I mean Stuff I've been doing, Stuff I've been making and general everyday Stuff.

Over the past year, I have gone from running my own Machine Embroidery Classes to running quilting classes for beginners, and i'm learning just as much from my students as they are from me. I sincerely doubt that anyone can honestly say they know it all. Some may know one heck of a lot, others less so, I'm honestly on the lower end of the scale when it comes to quilting knowledge, but happily share my limited knowledge with rank beginners.

My ladies who started off by having no idea about quilting, no idea of what was required to quilt, no idea how much time and effort you put in, and no idea how many times we unpick (sorry! Reverse Sew) our piecing, have now just completed their very first quilt and to say that they have GROWN, is a gross understatement. They have grown in knowledge, they have grown in confidence, they have grown in skills, they have grown in friendship, they have become very dear friends, and i'm so very proud of each and every one of them. As their quilts are finished, I'll get photo's and with their permission, post them for all to admire.

I have learnt to be better organised, I've learnt to turn someones vague ideas into practical reality, I've learned that I know less than I thought. and yes I've learned to laugh at myself even more than I already did.

Life is a joy, embrace it.

I've also started to do some volunteer work. I have many years of office skills which now i'm retired haven't just gone away, and there are charity organisations which to my surprise, actually need people like me and welcomed me with open arms. I'm loving being able to give back to my community some much needed time and skills.

All in all, I'm not so much retired anymore, as full time busy on a wide variety of projects and interests.

I'm learning to digitize using Hatch, I've had some moderate success with what I've put together so far, but am far from becoming the next big thing in the Machine Embroidery design world, (not that i'm aiming that high) I just want to be able to put together a design I want but can't find already out there in embroidery land within my financial scope.  ( i'm still buying up designs so, commercial designers don't have to worry)

Currently I'm getting stuff ready for a Christmas Trading Market which is rapidly approaching and i'm sure I don't have enough stuff......... ohhhh........ ah well, it is what it is. I can always take orders.

Here are just a few pic's of some of my 'Stuff' This is by no means all I've made, just a small selection.

Well, for the first time in over a year, that's all you get for today. Take care of yourselves, treat yourselves gently and Enjoy each day of your life, cos you never know when it's going to end.