I feel like I've been neglecting this poor little blog of mine and most of all my sewing machine! I'm so flipping exhausted when I get home that I just need to have a little sit down like a Nanna before starting dinner.
It's all totally self-inflicted, you see. I had this marvellous idea (not really) to go to the gym after work each day, and then come home and make dinner. But work being the way it is, means I finish later than intended, go to the gym and end up catching the all slow services home.
And then I keep picking the most complicated things to make for dinner when really my dear boy is just happy with having chicken wings and rice! Bless him.
And then there's the pile of laundry that's sat un-ironed for the past 4 weeks! Oh yes 4 weeks. We keep picking things out every morning to iron and wear and it gets progressively smaller, and then a new load of washing is done and we start the merry-go-round again!
|How I feel every time I look at the ironing pile from here|
Two of these things I somewhat enjoy so I need to manage my time a little better, but as for the ironing, well that will get done when I'm good and ready gosh darn it!
No one is making me do these things really, it's all for the betterment of myself or my boyfriend’s tummy, which makes me wonder why I fret about these things so much when I have chosen to do them!
So time management - that's an interesting topic. How do you manage your sewing or hobby time around work or chores? Do you sew whenever you can or have a dedicated time slot every Sunday afternoon? Do you run to the machine once the kiddies are down for their nap or do you do a little bit before work each morning?
I normally will sew after work and on the weekends, but sometimes I think I have ADD and once I've finished a line of stitching I'll get up and go read a blog or do something else! Perhaps the projects I'm working on aren't engaging enough?
Hopefully this new project will engage me enough to finish is quite quickly.
Because I mean, look at that illustration!! Don't these 3 ladies look so chic in their lovely pinafores and little haircuts?
Miss Green on the left there is looking every bit the art director’s assistant in her chic tweed and (let’s pretend) film handling gloves, and red looks ready to take her class on a field trip to the natural history museum.
Yellow I think is just taking of her belt so she can pop down comfortably to play with her kiddies on the rag rug she made last week. She also has a set of jacks in her pocket
Is it weird that I want to make up my version and then go hang out with them discussing design, nature and the best way to do puzzles with kids?
I think I'll cut this pattern out tonight while watching Love Child. We're having left overs tonight so I don't have to cook! Yay!
I also decided I'm going to be a little fancy with the tweed pinny and do some Hong Kong seams.
The pinny isn't lined, and it's a wrap style, so you’re more likely to see the seams, hence the need for a nice finish.
Other than moping around the house this weekend starring at the ironing pile, I managed to get a fair bit of gardening done yesterday – apparently autumn is a good time to plant things so that the roots have a chance to develop over winter or something. I planted Rosemary, thyme and Chrysanthemum plants as well as nasturtium, marigold, mint, sunflower and snapdragon seeds. My balcony gets full sun for about 8 hours in winter and 10 or more in summer, so I should ideally be able to plant anything other than rainforest-y type plants.
Here I am, post planting and sweeping ready to water my new babies! And yes gumboots are totally necessary on my balcony. There are quite few redback spiders (similar to black widows) on my balcony and when I move the pots they try to run away, sometimes at me! Plus gumboots are just easier instead of mucking up my trainers
I also visited the church fete down the road and found these three – a sugar bowl from Figgjo Norway with a design called ‘Market’ by Turi Gramstad Oliver. I found the same one on eBay for $89 so I'm pretty dang happy I spent that $1!
The jug and sugar bowl - a dollar for the pair, aren’t so grand, but just as pretty – they are by Pontesa, Castillion Collection
Well thanks for reading this far! What did you get up to on the weekend? Any sewing or other hobbies?