Thursday, 13 August 2015

Deep Breath and off we Go

A cry of help from me on Instagram and it was heard almost immediately. 
Techie advice given on how to link my Samsung to the Mac and we are officially up and running. 
Oh yes indeedy.

So news in brief shall follow from May to now. Still it's quite a long one I'll warn you now.

The Do You Mind If I Knit Blanket raffle in memory of Vanessa Cabban closed with a fabulous 258 donations raising £2084.71 for The Mental Health Foundation.

At the end of May I took the girls on their first posh trip to London with my mum to celebrate her birthday. Harvey Nicks, Harrods, lunch at Jamie's in Covent Garden to watch the performers (and just missed bumping into Ellie @jellyjamellie) before drinks at Browns and the train home.

The house sale trundled along and our home no longer felt ours. We were desperately ready to get out and move on. 

I sewed and sewed as I was between jobs and so I made the most of the time before my life was packed away for who knows how long.

Dresses and skirts all finished and worn with joy since. The Eva dress above in 1950's fabric is my favourite so far.

A friend convinced me to give weight watchers a try to keep her company. I've never dieted in my life. never needed to, but I thought what the heck. After one week I put on weight as it made me so focused on not eating any blinking food or drinking alcohol that that was all I could think about. 
Weightwatchers brought out the rebel in me. I went back for a second week and was offered the leaders phone number in hushed tones and a slipped note. I clearly was a desperate case in need of help. I was out of there, never to be seen again. 

Now somehow, me being me, there's a stash of fabrics and patterns building again.

There's a dress that needs shortening and hemming before the summer truly runs away. 

There's these new beauties that I'm undecided on. Dresses or tops? They'll let me know what they want to become when I drape them over me. 

My creative space has always sustained me, kept my head in a good place. Funnily enough I'm doing ok without it at the moment. I don't have the physical space or time right now to get immersed in it. I've packed parts of myself away in a box as well to be unpacked at a future date. 

In reality this is a period of change. Life is always about change, about moving forward and accepting that change as gracefully as you can.  Our house sale went through in the middle of July.

At the moment we're in flux, living at my mother's house, I'm applying for jobs and once I have one we can properly look for a home of our own. 
Then I will be able to unpack parts of the old me to add to the new me. Exciting times really. 

A great part of that change was saying goodbye to so much that we held dear. I bubbled over with tears every time Bluebell and Olive chatted to me and hunkered down for a cuddle and I knew we had to give them up. All of this is and so much more has been neatly packaged up and put away. 

In reality I feel the most alive I have done for years. I'm laughing and happy again. The girls are in a better place emotionally. The sun shines now and again and we have adventures.

The first adventure once we moved was to buy a shiny new car as I had and have plans for lots of trips. With lots of help from this lovely man I know we found the perfect car. 

A few days later I took the car on a long journey up to Flamborough Head to stay with him and his family. 

Then after a day back home I headed South with the girls Dorset bound.

Our first evening was spent in a hotel in Weymouth. We promenaded along the stunning seafront that evening taking in all the vibrant life it had to offer before ending up at The Stables in the harbour for pizza at the recommendation of Ellie.

The following day we headed to Lulworth Cove where we met Ellie and her girls for the first time ever. Ellie and I have chatted for years after meeting as bloggers, but this was our first ever face to face meet up. 

We spent a glorious day together exploring and walking from Lulworth over to Durdle Door. 
Then it was time to head off to discover our holiday home Little Croft.

A Tots Tv home that was a pure delight to stay in for a week. 

Our first holiday as a gang of three. It was exactly what we needed to blow the cobwebs away just as I'd hoped it would.

I've visited Dorset many times but hadn't been for years. This time we also had friends to see made through blogging and instagram. On our second day we visited Bridport. After a mention on Instagram we were given lunch and shopping ideas, as well as my plan to visit Caroline's shop Zeitgeist. 

Bridport was fabulous, I need to go back to visit everything else that we just didn't have time to see. 

On Sunday morning Ellie texted to let me know the car boot was on in Dorchester. I threw some clothes on and managed to find 2m of French cloth and a pretty roses tin. 

The rest of the day was spent visiting Portland Bill before heading off to Lyme Regis where we chilled sipping drinks on a lawn above the Cob. All very Agatha Christie.

Frome was another destination on my hit list. Probably just as well that Monday was closing day for many shops as there was a lot to tempt and delight in St Catherine's hill.

I was a lady on a mission to Deadly is the Female in the hope they had a certain green frock in stock. They did. It fitted like a dream,  so I was naughty and bought it. That photo wouldn't upload mind you so not all technology is working just yet.

Bit of a stop off for culchur at Stourhead House on the way back.

Then we let the cultured visitors mask drop and had a hoot in the grounds.

We spent a wonderful day where I met up with Ash of Lazy Daisy Jones for morning coffee at Carluccio's. We chatted for England and then Ash gave me this beautiful tin filled with lovely gifts. 

After a mooch around Dorchester we headed to Ellie's for lunch. Ellie asked me to choose one of her beautiful bags as a gift. That photo failed too. After a tip off to visit Dorchester's vintage store once we left, we headed off for a good rummage and scored a few goodies.

A few more days of visiting places and eating and then it was time to pack ourselves up and head up the country once more.

Now it's time for serious job hunting and future planning. Well maybe just thinking about the next few years anyways. 

That's us caught up to speed. See you sometime soon.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Waving not Drowning!


Well - a far longer blog absence than I'd anticipated.

Yes, there's been a lot of real life stuff happening. I'll fill you in on the more interesting edited bits of that another day. The main reason I've not been able to blog is my daft decision to change phones. 
Many months later and I still can't work out how to download the photos to my pooter. 
I'm on it, so fingers crossed. 

Oh and yes that is me up top. Not a lookie likey. I wanted a hairchop last year, but to avoid all that crass new life new hair stuff I waited. Who the hell wants to be predictable. Certainly not me. 

In a quick roundup, if you've not been following our adventures over on Instagram, then the girls and I have moved house to an in-between home; new wheels have been bought and we've been on a few travels in it already where we met a few blogger friends; job and house searching is happening, plus plans for getting proper creative again (not as easy when your life is in storage, but I'll find a way) oh and there is a man in my life too. 
Just thought I'd sneak that one in at the end. 

So - whilst my life might not have the exact shapes I want it to have just yet, I'm happy, the girls are happy and we can wait because it will all come to us in the end. 

Not long after we moved we popped down to Dorset for a weeks holiday. 
A girly affair which did us all very good. 

Either they've grown, or I've shrunk since I last posted.

Hopefully I'll have the photos downloaded before we all have grey hair.

Back very soon I hope. 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Listening & learning


I've been musing and mulling over ideas of late.

Taking time to listen, think and notice what's around me.

A friend recently shared the Dalai Lama's words with me and they hit me with their simplicity.

"When we talk, we are only repeating what we already know. But if we listen, we may learn something new."

Window gazing.

Walking from here to there I happened upon this little mouse practising her juggling skills.

I spotted the most exquisite dress in a vintage shop.

Gathering my thoughts together while I look about.

Despite the heavy bank holiday rain the dealers came out to trade and so I went off to see what fabrics and trims might be about.
Slim pickings of some beautiful barkcloth, but great to meet up with friends and chat to other inspiring artisans. More about that on my next post.
The rest of the bank holiday was spent trying out ideas for workshops which involved running up a couple of new tops.
A Red Riding Hood from Burda 7203 found on Treefall blog.
Then followed by this Pussy Bow Blouse in some beautiful lightweight 1940's cotton.
There wasn't enough for sleeves so I carefully bound the armholes.

All in an a day. With a bit of cursing too.

I've also been busy gathering fabrics to offer more Happy Shoppers for sale. These have both arrived with their new owners .

Last week a friend texted me to say Milk & Moss Coffee were searching for makers to run creative workshops in their cafe. Rather than think about it I messaged Sophie the owner of the cafe straight away. Usually following your instinct is the best way.
We met up, chatted ideas and that's how I will be running a Felt Floral Brooch workshop there on Thursday 21st between 7 to 9pm. For £30 you'll have one to one tuition, all the materials you'll need plus a hot drink and slice of cake.
Spaces are limited so please get in touch here, by email or via my Instagram page if you fancy coming along. It would be lovely to meet you.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Life in all it's finery

I've a whole of stuff to share with you today. Good lord how ever did I find the time to go to work? Whilst I do need to find a job very soon, for now I'm making the most of this unexpected break.
I've been busy catching up with friends, following leads for work with people I know. It's who you know they say, not what you know after all. But then, wouldn't they find out you didn't know much if that was really true? Ideas have been mulled, things are being made and big changes are afoot.
Now before I get going telling you all my news, I have to say your responses to my post about Vanessa were very touching. I'm going to go and put a reply to each of them next promise. If I say here how I really feel it risks sounding gushy, I'm not gushy, but I'm honest so thankyou for your kind words and for stopping by to visit as you do.

Right off we go.
Somehow, with all this extra time off I've had plenty of fabric, plenty of plan, but little time for stitching. I have cut out and started the Elizabeth dress from the Burda vintage book. I plan to make a colourful net to wear underneath too.

One thing that took a bit if time was putting our home up for sale the week after Easter. Lots of tidying and sprucing to look less like we live here! In a week and a half we had lots of viewings and then last Friday a lovely couple looked around and then two hours later offered the full asking price.

Our Millie is a believer in Christianity, plus touches of Buddhism. I tend more towards my own spirituality, but we've always encouraged our girls to have faith in their own beliefs. She told me later that in Christian Union club at school on Friday they were asked to say a prayer for something important to them. Millie told me yesterday she'd prayed our house would sell. She was a bit shocked when it happened.

This helps me worry a bit less about her. My eldest Rosey just wants to move on and start our new life, for all her strength she's sensitive underneath, very like her mum. Millie is the more genuinely kind one of us all. The empathetic girl who always responds to and thinks of others needs before her own. I've worried that she might become hardened by all of this, but perhaps it's just growing up that does that anyway. She hasn't wanted to leave our magical home where so many memories are stored. Neither do I, but sometimes you just have to be realistic and face facts don't you. Her prayer reassured me a bit that she's doing ok.

These are from the agents details of our home. I thought you might like a quick look round. I also want to store our memories away in the right boxes so we can return if we wish.

Right enough of that emotional stuff and on to the next thing.
Last week I made my first ever carrot cake. Now isn't that news indeed. Millie's been asking me for ages to bake one. Well I assumed they were a whole lot of faff. Turns out it wasn't. The faff was that it got eaten in less than two days so a bigger ones needed next time.

Other discoveries have been a double crochet blanket in Oxfam, plus a very interesting book with writing exercises.

I found out that by mixing the blue bottle with the pink bottle I had a very drinkable drink.

A new little friend has been coming to bed with me this week too. It doesn't snore or insist on absolute darkness either.

In bed of an evening I've been stitching together the squares for my quarter of the Do You Mind if I Knit Blanket.

I've also got distracted by more fabric, more blinking ideas.
How could I resist?

As I'm typing this I've just had a text asking me to go out for the evening. Let's get glammed up I was told . Seems I might need this sassy dress soon after all.
I'm moving from being wife and mum to younger girls, to having teenage daughters who are growing into very wonderful young ladies and being Lisa. It's all very exciting really when you ignore the scary bits.

I also came across this on Facebook, it describes me perfectly.
Rules have always driven me insane.
I've been ignoring them most of my life when I can. I intend to carry on doing so.
Number 4 on the list sums up how I always listen to my instincts first. Thank heavens I did when I gave no time for thought about starting the Do You Mind if I Knit? Blanket project. I just got on with the doing.
On Tuesday evening I opened the doors to the Just Giving page for tickets to take part in the raffle to win the blanket. They're £2 each and it's open to everyone around the world to take part. You have until midnight on June 1st to buy some and please tell as many people as you can to take a look. All monies raised go straight to The Mental Health Foundation, as asked for by Vanessa's family as this is a charity which helped Vanessa with their Mindfullness programme.
When I last looked this morning we had nearly hit the £200 mark already.
Please follow the link straight to the page by clicking on the badge at the top of my page.
Well that's me done for another day for now. Back again soon.