Hey! It’s been almost a year since my last post, and even longer since I lost the habit of regular updates here. It’s been too long!
I had to step away, blogging became too hard to maintain as I struggled with a physical illness and mental exhaustion. After surgery, I found it difficult to get up and get better. I opted to take my time to let life settle before poking my head back out into the world of blogging and social media. Thanks so much for your words of support during that difficult time, your notes meant more to me than I can express. My family and I faced a lot of changes this year, most of them very good!
The biggest change we made was a move from Brisbane to a quiet house in the country, in northern New South Wales. We were offered a chance to rent/caretake this lovely property and jumped at the opportunity. It’s been a fantastic move for all of us, we really needed a change.
My husband is working on landcare projects, planting gardens and writing papers.
I have a big, quiet sewing room all to myself, and my daughter loves that we’re just down the road from her beloved Nan and Grandpa.
The furriest change we made this year was adopting our first pet! This is Arya, found at the RSPCA on Lila’s birthday. Lila loved her at first sight. Arya turned out to be one of the sweetest kitties I’ve ever known! She creeps into the edges of my sewing pictures and videos, and I’m sure will be a regular around here.
Every day now, I wake up and look out over the trees outside my window and think to myself- Stephanie, now you really are 3 hours past the edge of the world! Get back to blogging! I did start an Instagram account, and it’s been a really fun way to keep in touch and share a little. I keep wanting to blog the way I used to before Cake Patterns took over my life- random thoughts, experiments, little projects, meditations in a quilt, design inspiration and art/fashion history. But I wasn’t sure- can I do that?
Last week, I took Cake on the road and worked the Brisbane Quilt & Craft Show with Kylie from Voodoo Rabbit fabrics. Every day, I talked to people about the sewing and taught hemming, v-neck binding, and buttonholes. I caught up with friends in the bizz and old students, ooh’d and aaah’d over the Cake clothes proudly worn to the show. I forgot how amazing it is to interact that way, the pure magic of putting a nifty technique into someone’s head and fingertips! I missed that. I missed you.
It’s time to blog again. I want to hear how you are, what you’re thinking about, and open up my creative universe like I used to. You are all so inspiring and thought-provoking; your input always encourages me to dig deeper, try harder, and to see things from another perspective. If you’ve been reading for a while, you may find that 2014 changed me, but I hope you find it’s for the better. I’m better.
This is my most recent project! I brought this fabric home with me from the Show, I had to have it in my life. I didn’t do anything special- folded the fabric in half with an invisible zip in one side, stitched the rest of it closed, and made tiny gusseted corners so it sits square. Not too shabby for half an hours’ effort, I reckon.
Well, how are you?! What big things (or small ones) happened in your 2014? What was the last thing you stitched?