Thursday, February 18, 2010

Life is like a box of chocolates...

My new boss presented me with a gift to day - a celebration of me joining the company. I have never ever in all my working life been presented with a welcome gift. It was a box of chocolates. I am really touched. How sweet is that? A beautiful, simple gesture - it made me feel really warm and fuzzy and special Rembering the line from Forest Gump - life is like a bunch of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get... my new boss has told me everyday of my first week how well I'm doing. Contrast that to my last horror boss at Scoop Publishing who in 5 months was never able to say an encouraging word. Yes I believe I'm in the right place. So many decisions in life are a leap of faith - the outcome completely unpredictable - but I feel very reassured today that I have made a good decision and a positive step in my working life and can put the horror of the psycho boss down to experience.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Takes one odd molly to know one odd molly!

I would love to design fabric and clothes and perhaps one day I will. I'm often reminded of my secret dream when I'm out shopping and everything seems the same and I'm confronted by chain store after chain store. The clothes are the same, the layout of the shop is the same, same, same same. Is there a secret society to clone the world? I'm so over it. I want originality/uniqueness/individuality/attention to detail. (I have one exception to chain stores - anthropolgie - But I've never been to one in a mall. Do they do that? I hope not.) Shopping malls are soul-less places. I much prefer strip shopping precincts - walking in and out of fresh air, stopping for coffees, meandering into side alleyways. Anyway I recently found a shop in Subiaco Perth, called Emporia, that has lots of different stuff. Before Christmas I bought a dress - the label Odd Molly - I love it. I googled the label and found the website and oooh and aaahed over everything. I'm going to seek it out when I need something new, now I know where to head. The dress pictured is another one I'd love to get my hands on..... And Odd Molly makes crochet garments look oh so tres chic!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Quilt #3 - Flea Market Fancy

Here is quilt top number 3 - I used a fat quarter pack I bought eons ago in the Flea Market Fancy range of which I am a great fan. The pattern is from Material Obsession Book 1

which is inspiring. I'm backing it in the flea market fancy decor weight range fabric...yummm...which I just need to get around to. Yes the UFO pile towers over the FO's wonderful having so many options.. On another note I don't think my photos do their subjects justice, so many blogs have such beautiful images....not mine ...yet?!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Start

Today I begin a new job. I posted 11 months ago of my job loss. It has been an interesting time for me. I have explored a few different lines of employment - the steadiest was cashier at a local fruit/veg/continental supermarket. It offered great flexibility with hours which I really appreciated after years of 9-5 and I've loved my customers - they're with you for a minute and then gone! Only return when they need something else. Any problems I simply rang my bell and passed them over whilst I kept the line moving! Joy after years and years of troubleshooting for troublesome clients. The compromise for a role like this one though is cash flow - nothing like what I'm used to earning, and mind numbing repetitive work (again another plus after years of mental exhaustion). New year, new beginings I started looking for a new role to add to my list of life experiences and the universe has not let me down. Perfect school friendly hours 4 days a week back in the promotional products trade that I lived in for 9 years. I'm exciting to be doing something with new people, improving the cash flow and (hopefully) becoming a valued team member in a new environment. Interestingly I found my experience of last year had hurt me more than I'd admitted, but a new beginning like this one may be the healing experience I need. But then no expectations and an open mind is the best way to approach my new role. Wish me luck....

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Black and white crazy nine patch

Ages ago I was inspired to make a black and white quilt, so I started collecting the fabrics. I decided to make it in a crazy nine patch with the centre fabric having one contrasting colour - aqua. It is going to be an incredibly busy quilt me thinks. The visual effect reminds me of Bridget Riley's work - a lot of it makes your eyes go funny! It's so fun putting it together (isn't every quilt, that's why I'm addicted!)

And on another note - today I wished I lived in London again...why - look at this upcoming exhibition at the V&A

Friday, February 05, 2010

Wavy Crochet Love

I've been absent from blogland during the renovation, but now I have a working camera (yeehaa) and a designated creative space (yeehaa, yeehaa) with working computer ( 3 x yeehaa) there is no stopping me. It is so so thrilling to walk up the stairs to MY PLACE. It is a truly beautiful area (photos to come). I'm transported to a wonderful, wonderful place every time I arrive. Whilst absent from blogging I haven't been absent from creative bits and pieces. Here is my latest crochet project. I'm just finishing the edges. It's a totally random colourway, I just let the yarn jump in where it wanted to. It was mega fun to make, snippets of joy time every moment I have spent on it - a wonderful distraction from the horrors of renovating. I've nearly used up all the bits on the random frill around the edge - which means a trip to my LYS for more stash building..can you feel me skipping?!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Quilt #2

This is my second ever quilt top. I was inspired by our recycled brick feature fence/wall so I used Amy Butler's free Brick Path Quilt pattern from her website. I have gone for a bolder, wilder look using Kaffe Fassett and Philip Jacobs fabric which I love, love love. I feel so so happy everytime I look at this quilt top. I'm wandering through a beautiful, inspiring garden every time I look at it. I have a cottage in the garden which will be used to house visitors when the renovation is complete and I think this will find a home there looking out at my garden. I'm having it professionally quilted, even though I am practising my free motion quilting - I'm not confident enough yet to embark on a quilt top. The backing is an Anna Maria Horner fabric, - binding not yet decided. I'm finishing it more traditionally than Amy's pattern outlines as I want the soft pouffy feel when I wrap myself in it.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Inspiration from blogs

I find other blogs truly inspiring - it is wonderful to see other people's creativeness. It is food for my soul. I love the photos, the visual feast blogs provide me. Some bloggers seem so prolific, I can't imagine how they fit it all in, when my own time for indulging my creativeness seems so limited but it fills me with hope that there will come a time in my life where I can devote more time to the things that make my heart sing. This morning I came across comfort stitching and her girl on a swing quilt. Looking at it takes me straight to a childhood memory of playing on swings - I love swings - the wooshing, the reaching for the sky looking up to the blue blue sky and treetops, swinging feels so free. Such a good feeling - I can hold that feeling with me all day and one day I might make my own girl on a swing quilt.