Hello! Did you miss me? 🙂
Sooooo, I never really intended to take such a long break. A few days turned into a week and a week turned into months. I guess I could just say blame it on 2020 and that would be enough, and I know you would know just exactly what I mean, but it’s been so long since I wrote and suddenly I feel more like putting pen to paper…or should that be fingers to keyboard… so I’ll explain and share a little more in this life update.
So Where Did That Sewjo Go??
I’m guessing I’m not the only one that felt like this but my Sewjo disappeared, running off into the distance and over the horizon. Then a general feeling of stress and low mood took over. I found myself not wanting to make myself any new clothes, feeling as though I had more than enough to get by on. I also stopped blogging as I felt I had nothing that I wanted to share.
Browsing Instagram I started to get the dreaded comparison syndrome when I saw many sewists creating and sharing. Suddenly nothing felt right and I vanished from social media. A rather low spell followed and then I got sick (no, not Covid thankfully).
The time I spent resting while I was poorly for a couple of weeks meant I had time to think and process stuff…which is when I decided to switch over to home makeover mode as a creative outlet. The plans began…
I started off by giving my sewing room a refresh. Firstly it had a fresh coat of paint…white on 2 walls and pale pink on the other two. I bought a new storage unit and some shelves to make better use of space in one corner which was rather scruffy. Then I populated the shelves with smart storage boxes and magazine files to organise all of my patterns and Burda magazines. I also have room for my overlock threads, buttons, books and gadgets. It looks so neat and tidy now!
Two new graphic fashion sketches adorn the wall above my work area and I now have a very cosseted backside in the form of a posh new state-of-the-art office chair. I really love my updated room now and it’s my favourite place to hang out.
Next up was a dining room do-over. We got new dining chairs, a lovely new storage unit and curtains, a freshly upholstered armchair done by yours truly and a fresh coat of paint in a beautiful pale blue-y green colour that I ended up mixing myself (because buying paint online is apparently hit and miss as to whether the colour tuns out as you expected…ugh).
This Pre-Raphaelite painting was added to compliment two that already adorn my walls. I love the quiet serenity of the lady sitting sewing the flag. It’s called ‘Stitching The Standard’ by Edmund Blair Leighton and it’s very apt for the home of a sewist don’t you think? 🙂
Finally, I tackled our bedroom which I painted in a deep plum shade that picked out one of the tones in our tropical print dress curtains. I made all the curtains, bed headboard (not yet attached to the wall in this photo) and bed cover. It feels like a lovely boutique style room now and surprisingly the dark wall colour is not at all overpowering and feels very comforting.
A New Face About The House
At this point I should mention that we have a new member of the household.
You may remember that I mentioned in this post how we had to say goodbye to our beloved cat Bilbo in April. Afterwards, the house just didn’t feel the same. I really missed having some feline company and after a few weeks had passed a series of events led to us adopting a lovely little rescue cat.
Just before lockdown a little grey and white cat was discovered pregnant and hungry in gardens on the outskirts of our local town. Cats Protection took her in and she was fostered by the same people who had been cat sitters for our Bilbo whilst we had holidays. I’d been in touch with them from time to time via Facebook as I follow their page and one day they said that the little cat would be up for adoption when her kittens were old enough and what a sweet nature she had. Well, the rest is history as they say and we officially adopted Molly on June 26th.
Molly has the prettiest face and lovely markings. She’s a small cat but what she lacks in size is more than made up for with her feisty, cheeky and lovely fussy nature. She is 16 months old and had a rough start in life, first as a stray kitten and then having 5 kittens of her own. For the first couple of weeks, she was extremely scared and shy but slowly she’s blossomed. She’s full of fun, loves to play and purrs up a storm when she has some fuss. Molly isn’t a lap sitter yet, but maybe that will come in time. We are smitten and our household feels complete again 🙂
And that brings me up to the here and now. At last, I feel ready to put on my blogging hat once again and to step back into posting on social media. Not sure how long it’ll take me to get back up to speed, but I’m looking forward to reconnecting with you all. And can I just say thank you to those of you on Instagram or via email that contacted me to ask how I was doing. It really was so very kind and thoughtful.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this little life update and I’ll be back again in a couple of days with a special blog post.
In the meantime tell me how you are and what you’ve been up too. Have you found the Summer of 2020 to be an uphill struggle or have you coped ok? Drop me a line in the comments.
Take care and stay safe xxx