Blink and you miss it...

Friday, February 5, 2016








And in the blink of an eye, January is over and February has well and truely taken over.

It's the last official month of summer now, though we're finally getting some consecutive sunny, warm days, so it better continue into March at the very least.

I accidentally took a mini blogging break during January, oops. It wasn't intentional, but boy have I been productive during it. Having a word for the year has been really kind of amazing. Focus indeed.

I always have lots of things on the go at once, both personal projects and work related things, but in the past, I'd always feel guilty for doing one thing when I had 10 other things to do. So, I'd stop doing the thing that I had just started and would start the next thing, only to feel guilty about not doing something else, so I'd stop and the cycle of not-really-getting-anything-much-done would continue.

During January, with my word firmly in my mind, I would slip into my sewing room as often as possible, pick a project and focus on getting it done. Sometimes I would still feel guilty for not doing other things, but instead of stopping, I'd tell myself to focus and voila, things are finally crossed off my list that have been lingering for an embarrassingly long amount of time.

In terms of personal sewing, I made David a cardigan, I sewed some floral pillow cases and I made some wood basket liners which I had been meaning to do ever since we moved into our wee house nearly two years ago. We put a new wood stove into our living room late last year - the old one is in the kitchen, and we found we were spending more time in there than our cosy living room - but the living room has carpet, and all the little sticks and bits of wood that were falling through the basket cracks were driving me nuts. So, one morning, I sat down and made three of them. It was a great feeling putting those liners on those baskets, and they look so pretty.

In sewing patterny-things, my updated Afternoon Blouse with new shift dress pattern went out to testers two weeks ago, I drafted and have finalised a new pattern piece for The Felicity Dress for a wee expansion pack coming really soon, one new summery blouse pattern has been drafted and is ready for grading and another little autumn-y knit dress & top is nearly finished and should be ready for grading next week sometime.

Add to that my mum being here for close to two weeks, Oscar gaining his first 3 teeth in rapid succession (with 3 more very visibly on their way) and deciding that solid foods aren't all that bad and getting the hang of crawling (although backwards, hehe), and I'd call that a focussed and action packed January. Phew! I'm feeling very pleased with myself don't ya know :)

Now I just have to make some time for some picture taking of all of the above, and we'll be back on this ol' blogging wagon soon enough.

How was your January?

xx
J
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16 comments on "Blink and you miss it..."
  1. What beautiful photos. I love the skirt at the top and the rhubarb pic. I have just moved house and will miss mine terribly. :) Xx

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    1. Thank you so much :) I luuuurve rhubarb and it's so easy to grow, we have a tonne here, it's almost like a weed. I'm sure you'll have some growing in no time, you can't beat rhubarb crumble huh?

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  2. Times flying.your little man is crawling? Wow. Can't wait to read your blogged cardi and pattern changes.

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    1. He is crawling, although backwards. It's so cute but he gets really frustrated when he wants something and it keeps getting further away no matter how hard he tries to get closer, poor wee man. I'll hopefully get some photos next week and will share everything really soon :) xx

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  3. New follower here and I'm really enjoying catching up on all your posts! Do we get to see more pictures of your recent projects? ;-)

    ~Hannah

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    1. Hi Hannah, hello!! Thanks so much for stopping by :) I will most definitely be posting about the projects above really soon, I'll be making time next week to get some photos, so there will be lots of sharing. Lovely to hear from you :) Xx

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  4. Sounds like a very productive month. I am so impressed you manage to get all that done, AND look after Oscar., well done. Looking forward to seeing your new patterns.

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous pics - I love when you post pics!#
    What fun, new patterns! I do hope you will think of publishing your more complex patterns like Felicity in paper form....

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    1. Hi Francesca, Felicity is in the pipeline, but it'll be sometime away sorry :( I totally understand not wanting to piece together a whole dress pattern together too though. I guess, the only thing that might help is that I do break all the pattern pieces up, so, you aren't cutting and taping together one big lump. So, no rearranging of your living room :)

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  6. I'm so excited for your new patterns!

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  7. Every picture here is absolutely stunning. Loved seeing your pictures.

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    1. Awww, thanks Imogen. I've been trying to challenge myself to take better photos this year, and I've been really happy with what I've been doing so far, so, that makes me so happy to see that you like them :)

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  8. What lovely pictures you take. I love when you post photos:)

    And what fun - new patterns! I do wish you'd turn Felicity into a paper pattern - it's all I can handle as a precisenik to work with PDFs for a little top, but dresses - too much to handle.....

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    1. Thanks Francesca! I answered your query about the Felicity dress paper pattern in your comment above. It's in a pipeline, but it's still sometime away yet. But again, I do split the pattern pieces up, so you don't end up with one big lump of pattern all mashed together, which does make it easier :)

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    2. Sorry about the double comment, I sometimes have problems commenting on blogs from my tablet so I thought it hadnt' gone through:).

      Yes - the Bronte top was so much easier to handle than so many other pdf patterns! I love the way you split the pieces up:).

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Jen

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