New Things...

Monday, March 7, 2011
Sorry for the break everyone, lots of things have been happening around here. First up, I have some fantastic news - I have a new job (after a long long search...)! In publishing! Sort of...

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I get to play with books all day and talk about said books with their authors. There is a bit of a commute involved, but nothing a few books-on-tape (or books-on-iPod in my case) can't fix and it's such an amazing opportunity for me to learn about the business. I also don't have to worry about that stuffy semi-corporate dress anymore - I'm free to wear what I wish which is very exciting!

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Speaking of exciting, it's Autumn here finally and we have had some delightfully chilly days, perfect for sewing (which is what I spent all this weekend doing. Come to think of it, I didn't actually leave the house). I love those weekends where you have no committments and you can spend the entire time in your pyjamas (clean and showered of course) sewing and watching Poirot.

I spent Saturday on my swing dress, and at the end of the day decided it was really unflattering on me. I think I will revisit it at some point, as I think it's worth trying to save (I did, after all, spend a whole day on it) but I'm putting it away for now. That meant on Sunday I was free to start a new project I had been eyeing up, a 40's skirt and blouse ensemble. I'm itching to get it finished and hopefully will this coming weekend.

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And this is that circle skirt I've been going on about for a while - the first finished garment made with my new machine. It's a pattern I made and is constructed from a vintage wool blend fabric (from my stash bought over from NZ) and lined with a red gingham cotton from Spotlight.

And not so lucky last, poor Mocha somehow managed to rip out a claw in her back foot (imagine ripping off a whole nail and you'll get an idea of just how painful that might be). Off to the vet she went where she was dosed up on antibiotics and pain medication. We have been washing her foot with salty water and she has been stuck inside for a week now. Mocha loves to be outside so she has been doing very well being an indoor cat, one more week to go and she will be free to roam as per usual.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend,

XX Jen
23 comments on "New Things..."
  1. Poor Mocha how painful. Your red skirt is gorgeous I love how you matched it with the polka dot top.

  2. Congratulations on the job! You look so nice, I love your skirt, and can't wait to see the rest of your projects. Also, poor kitty! Hope she feels better soon!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  3. Congratulations on your new job and hooray for being able to wear what you like! :) I love your outfit today. It's so pretty!

    Poor, poor Mocha! Give her a big kitty hug from me.

  4. congratulations!this seems a great job! + no corporate clothes that's the perfect !!!

    your skirt is beautiful, love this red colour! here in france it'll be soon spring! i'm so impatient to wear some colourful vintage dresses!

  5. You look so adorable! I always love black white & red together.

    Congrats on the job!

  6. Congratulations on your new job thats fantastic! I love your circle skirt! xx

  7. Congrats on the new job! Hope your kitty is feeling better soon, that must have been painful!

  8. Glad to hear your sewing machine is going so well! Red really suits you, the skirt is lovely <3


  9. I love the spots and the red together. I think you have inspired me for tomorrow. Hope Mocha gets well soon.

  10. Found you through Sew Retro. Love the skirt and EVERYTHING before it too! You make beautiful clothes!

  11. Congratulations about the new job, loe the red skirt!

  12. Congratulations about the new job, loe the red skirt!

  13. Ooh, love the skirt and congrats on your new job! sounds wonderful :)

  14. this skirt is wonderful.
    congrats on the job

  15. Hi! Just found you via wardrobe remix - very cute blog & outfit! (that skirt is amazing! I really need to learn how to sew clothes!)
    Congrats on the new job, & hope poor little Mocha starts feeling better soon x

  16. Oh Jen that is fantastic news!! About bloody time too!! YAY! Can't wait to hear more about it.

    Send Mocha sympathy and love from me - poor dear!

  17. Congratulations on the job :) Lovely skirt, I am envious of your sewing skills.
    Sorry about your kitty's paw, hope that it heals up quickly!

  18. Your poor little cat!! Hope Mocha gets better soon :)

    Love your full red skirt. This outfit is lovely :)

  19. I love this skirt! I just love the red-black combination with the belt! :)
    I found you through sew retro :)

  20. may i steal this skirt from you? it is pretty darn awesome.

  21. This is a gorgeous outfit. I made a circle skirt for my sister in law for christmas but when I tried it on I decided it was really unflattering so I turned it into another style. But this is lovely! Maybe it's the length or the fabric or the top but you look great x


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