Paradigm Learning At Work Week ….

It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it 😍

My wonderful employer who I’ve been with for nearly 3 months now and truly have never been happier are a pretty forward thinking innovative organisation. Whilst being very focused on excellent customer service delivery they also put their colleague experience right up there. Revolutionary huh!? Happy workforce equals low staff turnover, lower sickness and folk who will happily go the extra mile.

This is why I was more than happy to share my love of sewing during LAW week. The idea being for us to share ‘stuff’ we know and do with our colleagues in short workshops. One colleague shared her vast experience in floristry with some colleagues making some fantastic floral displays. Another used their experience to share skills in self marketing, how to become an excellent communicator, mentor, advocate and such likes. I know this too was a cracking success as an immediate colleague attended and the following day she was actively employing her new skills and genuinely loving how positively is impacted her that day.

Me…. Well dear reader you know me well enough…. The creative in me has a leaning toward near madness sometimes, but as a creative yourself you will understand this all too well..

How to enthuse 2 lovely ladies so they want to go home and sew????

I threw myself in with some of my vast fabric stash and the idea that a kaftan for the beach (my up and coming Carribean adventure) was a plan. Having made plenty before it was a good plan BUT what I really should have done is check the width of the fabric I was using….. I didn’t and had to deal with the potential for disaster with an audience. What do they say, fail to prepare, prepare to fail ….. Ha! But I a the Queen of bringing it back from the brink of disaster!

So armed with my enormously wide chiffon from Walthamstow, sewing machine, one hour and 2 gorgeous ladies I set about proving that you can just throw yourself at a sewing project, no pattern, little in the way of a plan and still get a result.

No iron to make my seams look lovely (time was tight …. Did I say that already)? Cut, pin, hem raw edges and throw a very nervous Charlotte at the fabric with scissors …… Just cut a gentle curve from here to here I said …… Hesitation and BINGO by Jove I think she’s got it, the one bit of shaping required was done perfectly 😃

Whizzed it through the machine and as I was turning through to put on I had that thought that flashes through your brain …. I hadn’t brought a belt with me to tie the kaftan …. So first imagines I look remarkably like a deflated parachute, then my tape measure caught my eye PERFECT, a belt. As you can see I demonstrated with a belt of sorts. TBH had I chosed a less wide fabric and a non sloppy fabric I know for certain the result would have been awesome BUT I know Charlotte and Faye enjoyed the hour and it gave them a taster.

To get them hands on I had bought 4 tea towels from Sue Ryder for £2.29. Gave them 2 each and using the kaftan principal had them sew the towels….. Hey presto beach doobrie for little ones. Perfect for toddlers straight out of the ocean, get them warm and dry, cozzie off without public display of bottoms and they can cuddle up in it until dry personally I think they turned out brilliantly.

So all on all a wonderful hour sharing my love albeit in a CURAZEE sort of way.

Huge thanks to my lovely ladies for being so welcoming and appreciative, get sewing…. Anything, even if only a couple of time a year, you get to say I made that!

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Pinky Promise …..

I have squeezed some sewing in.

It’s silly o’clock right now rather than stupid o’clock. What’s the difference . Well Stupid o’clock is when I really should be asleep, Silly o’clock is early, should be getting ready for work but REALLY wanting to go back to bed 😉

I’m popping up a few pics proof of recent sewing activity …. Bank Holiday this weekend and this is the weekend I should be getting the garden going but the forecast is a rotter, near sub Arctic temps!!!! Well maybe I exaggerate a bit but blooming cold considering it is May now!

Upside to this is I can sew. Not sure what yet. I do like my tunicesque tops for work. Comfy, smart casual and hide a multitude of sins so this is a distinct possibility. This said dear reader you know us creatives, change of direction and temperature in our creative moods happens in a heartbeat, a bit like the British weather. X

It’s Been Hit ‘n’ Miss …..

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But I have managed to do some creating whilst finding my groove with the new job.

Have found making time a bit challenging what with all the learning I am doing at work I find myself pretty darn tired by the time I get home. It is getting a bit easier.😴

Made a promise to myself on Bank Holiday Monday to do some sewing and it went well. A kimono, a kaftan and a little summer number for our lovely little new family addition.

The cake is the result of a sweet tooth that couldn’t be satisfied given neither HH nor I were prepared to actually go out to the shops so hey presto quick fix recipe from the good old tinterweb. It genuinely took 1 hour beginning to end 😍

I have another 2 kimonos cut out awaiting the machine, hopefully tomorrow. Having daughters and lots of nieces is a wonderful thing BUT I really want to make something for myself very soon ……

A Strange Time …..

I’m pretty sure we all go through times in our life when we feel clueless about life no matter how experienced we thought we were. My personal roller coaster has been being out of work following a life changing experience, many ups and downs with some days being horribly dark (you know the type)  have culminated in my starting a new job last week wth a company who have been on my radar for many years and for all the right reasons. To be honest I would have choked on my cuppa had I been drinking one when Jane my new boss called me the day after my interview to say I’d got the job and how excited they were to have me coming on board. ME, silly, crazy, (apparently funny), quirky I’m an artist don’t you know darling me!!!!

No warmer welcome could have waited me and now 2 weeks in my roller coaster is on the rise. I am working with my most favourite client group lovely reader.  I am a pretty highly qualified support worker for vulnerable people but my specific group now is Older People.  I LOVE LOVE the group. They are funny, talented, rude, intolerant and just gawjus!  If that weren’t enough for me my ladies will sit and talk all things crafty till the cows come home HOORAH!

This group of people in our society are so over looked time and time again in the UK.  The wealth of knowledge sitting inside their heads just waiting to be shared with any one of us who cares to ask leave me humbled.

In just 2 weeks I have seen works of art made by their very own hands, some many years ago and some only last week. I have noticed the ones who have art in their life, be it sewing, knitting, gardening, baking or the likes are the ones whose emotions sit closest to the surface but also have the most life about them.

Maybe us young pretenders with our strange roller coaster lives have that to look forward to.  Being the ones who are more ‘with it’, ready to share, love and laugh.

For me in summary, being a creative has what I thought was its cross to bear – being an emotion pendulum but now I know it’s that very cross, that funny type of madness we share that will ensure our future will be wonderfully colourful, vibrate, textured and just down right FUN!

Even when I’m in ‘mad’ phase I can squeeze out some creativity. For beautiful Amelia the newest addition and first of the next generation in our clan, Great Neice an Auntie Samantha blanket 😍

Dreadnought School of Fashion ….

What a funny name for a fashion school BUT just look at these beauties found in a local charity shop. I paid pennies for them and although I’m not convinced I will ever use them they were just waaaay too fantastic to let go begging and in such top condition too!

Harking back to the days when almost all ladies knew how to sew, actually not just sew but design and create fantastically crafted garments.

truly wonderful find me thinks 😍

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Suffering For My Art ….. Final Countdown

Now I did actually crack on and do my sewing and jolly happy I am too with the performance of my overlocker, made the jersey an absolute breeze.

This said I am going to change the neckline a tad, not happy with how it sits on me. I have rather broad shoulders and shall we say NOT a swan like neck, therefore if a neckline is too round it makes me look like I have no neck at all, not flattering. Other than that I am really happy with this make and am certain the top will get plenty of varied use.

Finding the sewjo to get this minor adjustment sorted will be the trick. Within hours of almost finishing I was hit with one of those super winter virus things which means yesterday was my first day up and dressed. Currently sporting the panda look that is the usual for me after illness ( why do people like to point out how poorly I look when actually I feel loads better)? Am still a bit wobblie on the old legs and pretty weak and feeble hence the lack of sewjo.

Anticipate this weekend may offer a window of feeling not so sorry for myself to get that last adjustment made :)

Hope you are all well and warm brrrrr snow trying to sneak into South England ;) and may the sewjo force be with you. X

Suffering For My Art …. Part 2 Pending

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I should call it a premonition or maybe more likely an educated guess …. The whole sprawling on the floor thing yesterday took its toll and today I can barely move …. that’ll learn ya I hear you shout!

So Part 2 pending and pending any further stupid decisions on my part THE top will be completed tomorrow and I hope to have pictures of my triumph :)

Take care all in Blighty given the threat of coldest night in 3 years. If you have an elderly neighbour, can you spare a couple of minutes to check they are warm and have eaten? Please do if you can xx

Suffering For My Art ….. Part 1

After a lovely pot of tea with an even lovelier Amy (LA) at The Priory in Dunstable


yesterday I resolved to make a start on an old favourite. Met LA at one of my sewing workshops some time ago, she is an accomplished creative herself who suffers ‘writers block’ just like me! It was this tea and chat that made me decide to pull my finger out and try to find a jersey fabric that would suit the proposed batwing top.

Mission accomplished, a very light and fluid jersey that will suit many seasons I have set to the prep part. After what felt like a lifetime of trying to get the said fluid fabric to rest on my kitchen worktop otherwise known as my cutting out room, it became quite obvious the attractive fluidity of the fabric was now becoming a distinct pain in the backside :/

After several moments of employing the breathe and centre approach I had a full on tantrum which worked wonders. Merlin Moss the Monsterous pup was quivering in the wake of many expletives, this felt like the perfect time to evict him from the kitchen and hit the floor.

For those more able bodied than myself this may not seem so radical but for me and my titanium hip it’s living on the edge. Sprawling around on the floor knees paining something rotten I finally got the fabric under control, shame the same can’t be said for my body :)

Pinning and cutting completed just the wee task of getting back up. Thank goodness I have work surfaces both sides, with a bit of a pinball action I was upright again. Sore, stiff and satisfied …… I simply won’t be beaten by a piece of fabric EVER!

Assuming I can actually get out of bed tomorrow the make will commence and I hope to have part 2 ready to offer for your perusal.

Have a super Saturday evening dear reader and may you too be triumphant with any creative capers this weekend. Xx

Oh Come All Ye Faithful …. Creatives

We’re artists you know dahling! (Dahling should be said the Edina from Ab Fab way).

How on Gods green earth did I ever live without an over locker!!!???

DD1 has a new to her sofa that is a distinctly uninteresting colour but most functional. She requested some scatter cushions, to which I agreed and then promptly did nothing about :)

Whilst visiting this weekend past I allowed DD1 the honour of choosing some fabric from my vintage stash …… Uh Ha I am a toptatstic Mum sometimes. My eldest also an Artist Dahling, chose a vintage Laura Ashley and a French barkcloth. The latter is a bit delicate being at least 60 years old but hey oh let’s see how it lasts.

She did also choose an even older poppy fabric but for some reason I just couldn’t make myself take my scissors to it …. Bad Mum now ;)

Anyways, 4 varying sized feather cushions also from stash are now fashionably dressed in vintage ready for relocation to Northamptonshire. With the advent of my wonderful overlocker the task took a whole hour. Pretty darn chuffed.

As for the Oh Come All Ye Faithful title ….. Seemed seasonably appropriate and that’s the long and short of it but as you too are an Artist Dahling I know you will understand the meanderings and frivolities of a creative mind :)

Higgeldy Piggeldy….

Due to the distinct lack of sewing I have decided to post a couple of things that have made me smile recently, really to stay in the loop with blog land :)

Winter starts in a couple of days and it has been unseasonably mild in Blighty but we have enjoyed some awesome sunrises, here’s one captured just a few days ago.

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DD1 is an Art and Design Teacher (think I’ve mentioned this once or fifty times) she was at a lose end one evening last week and made me this wonderful picture. There are so many beautiful things going on in it, I can stand and look at it for ages. Lucky me :)

Simon and Garfunkel are quoted in here ...

Simon and Garfunkel are quoted in here …

Darling Dellis at curlsnskirls sent me a fantastic package, in there was an owl fabric that I HAD to use immediately it is so sweet and luckily enough I was putting up the Christmas decorations so it was put to use as a table cloth and it’s perfect for the job alongside the girls Christmas stockings ….. They are 20 and 24 but still apparently need their stockings. In fact it works rather well as they are happy to forego a big pressie this year so long as they get their stockings ;). Dead handy given we are tightening our belts a bit in readiness for our Silver Wedding in February and my 50th in June. Eeeeek 50!

Well they do say you’re as old as you feel or the man you’re feeling, and my man is younger YEEEEEHA!

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Happy Christmas everyone xxx

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