15 May 2010

things i learned this week . . . life lessons if you will . . .

Greetings all,
Helping research Alligator Snapping Turtles, The History of The Guiness Book of World Records & all you need to know about Crocodile Jaws for my 3 daughters' compulsory speech competitions (i'm no pushy stage mother) . . . enough said, loads of new information from the factual & interesting to the bizarre & the ridiculous!!
I have learned that i love walking to work (at Shop Handmade), no iPod, no puppy, no children, just me & my thoughts.  How's the serenity??
  I have learned that dealing with irrational people who make no sense, you can't put sense into them & have a rational discussion so just walk away & avoid.
I have learned being uber organised leads to the calmest way of managing a family.  Previously i was just hyper organised & children were leaving homework at home.  I had to increase the skill set & list of "do you have . . ." guessing game each morning to be just that extra bit thorough.  Yes i have them pack their bags the night before, then they take things out again??!! 
I have learned that i am ace at creating patterns from a design in my head, no draft, just lay out the fabric with a ruler & scissors, away i go.  I'll make lots of bags using this design in my upholstery fabric collections of Cath Kidston, Amy Butler, Kristen Doran, Thea & Sami, PippiJoe.  Simple & classic, no lining or pockets, just let the quality of the fabric & simple open plan design do it's job.  Turned edges, overlocked seams over-sewn into place for added strength with pinched double sided handles.  This is the medium, i'll also do a narrow version & a deeper/ longer one with longer handles too.  'twas a fun adventure & 3 affordable price points.
Sewing is a great way to distact myself from yet another weekend without my husband, who i miss dearly & if i think too much about it, just makes me so very sad.  So instead, i sew, it's one super productive distraction & the very reason i taught myself to sew as a young Army wife.Have happy weekends everyone!!  I actually have 4 children spread from Queanbeyan to Murrumbateman (each side of the ACT/NSW boarder from south to north) & a few hours to sew home alone tomorrow.  This is rare, i shall use it wisely . . . like making prototypes of my submissions for Handmade Living & stock to refill my space at Shop Handmade, prepare a plan of attack for Handmade Market (gulp only 3 weeks away) & fit in customer orders, wholesale orders & two lovely collaborations, plus quilts for a magazine shoot.  Should i set an alarm to remind me to collect the children??  Perhaps an alarm to remind me i have children!!  Love Posie

13 comments:

Amy said...

Hello,

Coming over from Kathie's place. That is so neat you have a grandmother named Alice. That is how I named my little one.. I hope you have an amazing weekend..

Great post about learning today..

Gifts Created said...

OMG you are one busy women...Hope your hubby comes home soon. Heads up snails in post today...Can't wait to see what you have instore for us in handmade living.Ahhh 3 wks thanks for the reminder.

bee said...

Ah Jennie I love reading your posts so much! You busy, busy bee - you are such an inspiration! Happy sewing :)

moose and bird said...

Have a happy weekend Posie! Enjoy your time sewing without any distraction tomorrow.....it sounds like you have alot to get done!
xo

Brenda said...

You are going to be one busy lady this weekend.....so much to do and not much time to do it in!

I have started my submissions for Handmade Living I just need a few days at home without kids to get crackin' on a few alternatives....just in case!

Even though you are going to be super busy this weekend I hope you enjoy your rare child free day.

Little Ted Canvas said...

Well you certainly have your work cut out for you this weekend! Don't forget to take a moment of that child-free time to sit back with a cuppa &, yes, enjoy the 'serenity'...x

yardage girl said...

Another lovely post from a lovely mum and crafter/sewer. Enjoy you few hours of sewing today! Nic

Stacey said...

I bet you're going to have the best day, filled with sewing and no littleys to distract you.
Enjoy it! I have only one child until tomorrow morning and even that seems like a holiday.

Mad Quilter said...

I do have an alarm set on my iPhone to remind me to pick up the kids rofl

Michelle said...

Enjoy your child free time. I am making the most of mine to use the machine so I can settle in with some handsewing tonight. Time is fast running out though - the big girl has to be at a dancing dress rehearsal in an hour with hair and make up done.

The Handmaden said...

Have a great and productive weekend (no sad thoughts for you!)

cheeky textiles said...

Thinking of you and in awe of the fabulous job you do to keep it all together.. love love Staceyxxx
ps love reading your posts..

Sarah said...

You are truly remarkable and an inspiration to us all! I admire how you fill your unwanted time alone with such creative craftiness and beautiful productivity. Here's to some speedy stitch filled time until hubby returns. x