31/12/2015 § Leave a comment
I’m not going to do a full round up of 2015 – I’ve made quilts, made commission quilts, been out and about to new venues, built a new studio, renovated our home and landscaped the garden! The renovation works are still underway but not for too much longer.
My motto for 2015 ‘Onwards and upwards – I’m heading for the light’ was appropriate for the whole year and I mentally revisited it quite regularly.
I’m yet to decide on 2016’s motto – but I am making a New Year Resolution (which is something I never usually do). Having moved what seems like a ton of fabric and sorted out a ton more …
“I’m not going to buy any fabric for the first 6 months of 2016”
(unless a quilt order specifically requires something that I don’t have)
There … it’s in print so I’ll have to stick to it!
I’m going to start the year with a bloggy photoshoot of the newly renovated rooms (or most of them) and I may start tomorrow with my new studio.
Best wishes to all my family, friends, readers and customers
~~~ Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy 2016 ~~~
01/01/2014 § 9 Comments
in the direction of your dreams
This time last year, 2013, for the first time in my life I adopted a motto for the year. So aptly did I feel inspired by these words of Henry David Thoreau, that I even embroidered and framed them, with the addition of a little duck which made me smile. The thought of Flora striking out in the pond, in the direction of her dreams which undoubtedly would include gobbling up a fat slug or juicy snail, always brought me back to the simplicity of life and the directness of creatures in the way that they exist.
This time last year, I had dreams. I was happy at home and with my family, but felt stressed and uncomfortable in work. Like most people, I was doing ‘too much’ and I needed an escape plan. By the turn of 2012 into 2013, I had a plan but no idea quite how to execute it. I spent many hours in my sewing studio, number crunching on my calculator – could we afford to live comfortably if I didn’t work? My dream was to leave work, chill out and do some sewing.
Events were stressful, Himself wasn’t too good and in March it resulted in me having a bit of a ‘meltdown’. Nothing ever so dramatic or requiring medication or anything – I was simply told by my GP to stop, sit down, look after Himself while he recovered from surgery and take life a bit easy.
I never returned to the classroom. We made a decision at Easter time last year, that I would leave work. We’d manage – and we have! It took me a long time to ‘recover’. In March and April I did stop, I sat down a lot, walked the collies a lot, did some hand-sewing and one day when we jaunted to a local market town, I bought some wool and picked up my crochet hook again. I recovered stitch by stitch, by needle and hook whilst Himself got stronger and life got easier.
Never have I enjoyed an Autumn and Winter as much as last year. I had no idea that my job was causing me such stress, I loved teaching. I kept running around in that hamster wheel of term times, classes, parents evenings, open days, exam revision, analysing results, planning for next lesson, week, term, year – until I stepped off that day in March and felt giddy with joy!
‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams’ was a very fitting motto for my 2013. My dream was to leave work, chill out and do some sewing – I’ve left, I’m feeling chilled and have done LOTS of sewing!
So, what about this new year – 2014? Shall I keep paddling along like Flora, or should I have a new motto? These are almost there …
“Live the life you have imagined” – the end of the ‘Go confidently’ quotation by Henry David Thoreau
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” – Steve Jobs
But I don’t ‘feel’ they’re quite right for me for 2014. I’m going to have to go with my instinct, and just like when I name a quilt I’ll make up my own. My 2014 motto is …
“Living Patchwork Dreams”
Life is like a patchwork, all the pieces come together and the most interesting patchworks have brights and subtles working together in harmony to create something quite different from the individual patches – the whole is so much bigger than the sum of the parts – like life. The quilting stitches bind the layers together and the whole thing is designed to satisfy those basic needs of warmth and security, keeping us warm whilst we sleep and dream.
I dream of creating lots of patchwork quilts in 2014 and drifting off to sleep every night, dreaming in colour about what I’ll be sewing tomorrow.
Happy New Year – live your dreams.
01/01/2013 § 1 Comment
Belle chose the winner in a totally unscientific way and it was much more fun that doing that random number generator thingy on the internet!
She couldn’t read the numbers ‘cos I’d turned over the scraps of paper so it just remains to say …
“Congratulations Joanna – your first win of the year!”
I should pop out right now and buy a lottery ticket – this may be your lucky day!
I’ve send you an email and your calendar will be in the post tomorrow.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and I can’t wait to show you what I made last night – I was so absorbed, that we almost forgot to switch over to see Big Ben strike the magic hour!
23/12/2011 § Leave a comment
the clock is ticking towards that magical stocking-hanging hour…
Flora will hang a little stocking outside her henhouse on Christmas Eve, hoping for a few grapes as a special treat!
She point blank refused to wear a headscarf for a photoshoot in the garden this morning! The bandana thing rather suits her though, don’t you think? What a grumpy duck!
The first mince pies have been baked and gingerbread biscuit sleighs, ponies, snowflakes and a cottage are fresh out of the oven, ready for icing. The ham has been boiling all morning and is now clove-studded and marmalade-glazed, ready for a final roasting.
We spent a magical few days in Bath at the beginning of the week which set me up just perfectly for coming home, doing a day’s blitz on the house and shopping at midnight to avoid all the jostling and queues!
It’s almost a year since I started my blog and it’s been fun to look back through the year and my posts – Flora as a tiny little chick, walks in the New Forest, visits to Wales and so, so many cushions created – quite a few sewing machines used too! Over 4000 visits to Adalizaland you’ve made – I hope you’ve enjoyed them.
Take care and have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.