I have been blessed with three boys…this is James, my eldest. He is 14 going on 40, well he has always been 40, he is one of those kids who is way too grown up before his time and was never really a child, he is a quirky young man, interested in computers, and like most his age spends too much time on one, but he loves using his hands, building and tinkering in his shed, and loves to look after our garden, this photo was taken after spending the morning in the garden, after purchasing a new brush cutter, our old one died after 13 years of intense work. He is the most helpful person around our house, out of all of us!!I am so proud of him and love him so…teenage years are hard, so many decisions, so many ideas and possibilities…but you are trapped in a body that grows too quickly and mind that can’t settle…💕
I have cleaned toilets, poured beers in outback towns and cities, served meals, made beds, taken tickets at a theme park, played reception, been a bank teller, even picked award winning grapes! So many different jobs, in so many different locations. I have always worked, never having ambition or direction, just living….but now I have drive and passion, creativity and motivation, I look forward to each day filled with new ideas and fun! Wait for it! For sometimes life finds you xx I know it is cliché but – “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”
Each and everyone of my pinnys takes a piece of my heart with them when they head off to their new little owners. I don’t just buy a bunch of fabrics and power sew them in production line style. No, I sew them individually, each piece of fabric, in which ever way it makes its way to me, is loved and cherished. The first time I see it online or if I am lucky enough to recuse it from an op shop basket or when someone donates unwanted fabrics to me, my heart melts. The excitement of new pre loved or reclaimed fabric is so much fun! Then to put it all together, to mix and match, searching for that one piece you know you have, that will go perfectly with another piece. Then to see it come together so wonderfully. Like this one, different fabrics from so many different places, all joined together now, it’s magic! Can you feel the passion, the love, oh I adore them so!
What makes your heart sing? Do you get time to do the things you love. What would you do if you had a couple of uninterrupted hours? What are you passionate about? If I had to pick just one, for there are so many, for me at this very moment, today, it’s sewing! I am itching to start sewing, to cut into that cute tea towel, pillowcase, sheeting fabric, to place patterns and colours together, to find their perfect match, to sew them together, to iron, to pin, to trim and hem, picking the right buttons and then to dream of the sweet little people who will get to wear something unique and special. At this stage of my life sewing completes me, and to sew for others and to make little ones so happy….my heart sings!
Look at this little sweetie in her Holly Hobbie pinny and her just too adorable hat! This makes my heart sing! Thank you so much for sharing x Thank you all for sharing your little ones in their dream a little pinnys. This is why I create, to make little people happy, if they are happy I’m happy. But it’s just not the kids it’s the mum’s, I get all warm and fuzzy feelings when someone tells me about a fabric I just used and how it reminds them of when they were a kid, or of their parents or grandparents. My pinnys are not just gorgeous to look at but magical to invoke on memories long forgotten, of a happy time, of laughter and joy. This is what my creative journey is all about, it’s not for money or likes or insights, though the money does help to purchase more fabrics, it’s about memories, love, happiness, joy, it’s about sharing those feelings with your little one through fabrics and pictures. Everyone of my creations holds a story, a memory, a song and most of all love!
I often wonder how growing up on dairy farms has shaped the way I am now. When I was younger, I was a little bit of a princess, not the girly type that loves dresses and pink frilly things, I hated dresses and pink, still do – funny that I create them – but the type of princess that hates to get dirty and do some hard work! But my parents worked hard, and as any farmer knows that’s what you have to do. They often had to work other jobs as well as the farm, which would mean we would help out in the dairy shed, not very often. But we did, my brother and I, and we most likely complained the whole time! But I do remember the satisfaction when it was all finished, that job satisfaction you get is a good feeling. And that feeling has been with me throughout every single job I have done, and I have done some pretty shitty jobs! From scrubbing toilets to pouring beers, serving in banks to serving meals, so many jobs, all unskilled and easy to move from one to the next or hold three types of jobs at one time. But now the best is creating little dresses and my job satisfaction has turn to love, the love I feel when creating each dress makes me so happy! Life is unpredictable, but it is your attitude towards it that makes all the difference, do you have job satisfaction or has it turned to love!
My fifteen minutes today will be about my little business and those of you who also have a little home craft business. All I wanted to say today is that as your business grows and you find yourself getting custom orders and people loving your creations that they want you to make them something the same but different, just remember to take a step back and think, is this something I really want to do, will this take me away from those creations in my mind that I really want to get out, will making this order give me joy? There is nothing worse than not enjoying your work time, you have worked hard to build your business up, you love your creations, but you don’t want them to be come a burden. I myself have made lovely items, once, to see what is was like to create them and then had people want to order them, but I could not say yes because I did not have it in my heart to make that creation again, sure I have missed out on making some money, but if it is not going to make me happy, or if it feels like a chore to do, then I will always say no. Money is not happiness, we all need to be happy, to have that passion to create, to have the joy of finishing an item and feeling proud.
A little custom order today I was very happy to say yes to!