Welcome 2014!

Happy New Year!! I hope your Christmas was merry and bright and full of good things.

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Rufus Reindeer… he deserves his own post at some point

2014 then: another year, another set of resolutions to be set and then achieved, partially achieved, or missed entirely and swept under the rug never to be mentioned again. 2013 was a good year for me in terms of progressing my sewing skills. I made a few actual real-life garments (hurray!) and they fitted me and I liked them and I wore them (double hurray!!)

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Blogging, on the other hand, was decidedly patchy. So once again I am resolving to try and post more regularly. I have a whole host of other resolutions, which are ambitiously chalked on our kitchen chalk board. Some of them are to do with work, some to do with home.

A couple of resolutions are about trying to show people in my life how much I appreciate them, however hectic life gets. One resolution is to be better at remembering birthdays, especially family ones. I have a calendar which I’ve diligently written them all in and I’m going to try hard to send real cards. I’m hoping to find time to make a batch early in the year so I’ll at least be armed and ready!

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The calendar

A second resolution relates to this blog, and the woman who inspired it – my Granny Marjorie. I wear the clothes she has made for me pretty much every day. I get comments on them often and love proudly telling people “oh this? Actually my Granny made this. Yes really. Yes she’s amazing.” But it occurred to me over the holidays that I never share those moments with her (you Granny), and that’s such a shame and I’m sorry for it. So this year, I’m going to try out a different kind of post – Made by Marjorie – sharing what I’ve been wearing, and why I love it. I might even try and dig through my mum’s photo albums and do some retrospectives. Of all my resolutions, I’m determined not to let this one go.

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Granny and Me
– photo by fabulous friend and photographer Katherine Leedale (katherineleedale.com)

Siobhan xx

New Goals for the New Year

Happy New Year!

After a fun-but-packed Christmas, it was nice to get back to our little flat and take a breath. Since the start of the year had bustled by in a flurry of family and logistics, I declared last night the proper start of our 2013. We sat down with glasses of fizz and talked resolutions, goals and dreams for the year ahead. Continue reading

The Challenge – 12 projects for 2012

The truth is I have never been a very dedicated crafter.

I tend to start things that are far too complicated, get frustrated and give up – either hiding them in the bottom of my wardrobe to be quietly disposed of later or handing them over to my incredibly gifted grandmother to salvage/finish.

However I can say honestly, hand on heart, that I had a thoroughly crafty Christmas 2011. Several threads came together: Firstly 2011 was the year I became entirely and hopelessly addicted to beautiful blogs such as http://www.makeit-loveit.com/, http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/ and http://www.lovemaegan.com/, where superwomen turn out immaculately-photographed, beautifully-executed projects with frightening regularity. Secondly, I found myself at the start of November in a state of borderline financial crisis (I am attempting to pursue an impossible career dream – a long story for a later post) with a daunting number of loved ones who would be justly anticipating gifts for Christmas (not to mention a couple of birthdays).

So I raided my granny’s fabric scrap bags, flicked back to my favourite inspiration blog posts from 2011, cranked up the sewing machine and began to cut, sew, stick, craft and wrap. In total I made:

1 x quilted ipad cover
1 x decorated laptop backpack
2 x mason jar pin cushions
8 x 1950’s hostess aprons (including a matching mum/toddler
daughter set!)
10 x pairs of earrings, on printed presentation cards
20 x hand-stitched + printed Christmas cards

(There were also some boxes of handmade truffles and bags of cookies for the boys!!)

There were a few late nights, and more than a few wonky seams here and there that had to be unpicked. But they got done, everyone loved their gifts and it felt brilliant to have made so many things with my very own hands.

So my resolution/challenge for 2012 is this: just.keep.sewing. 12 months, with at least 1 manageable project per month. Let’s see how we go…