Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Time to Reflect

Well if ever there is a good time to reflect on the year its today!!! I expect this entry will be a little more serious than what you're used to but I'll be back to silly in 2009 I promise.

Honestly, I think that maybe 2008 was the worst year I've ever spent on this planet. I lost ALOT of people I loved for one reason or another and thats sucky above everything else. The most significant of these was my Aunt Sarah. She'd struggled with cancer for 10 months but we all honestly thought she was going to get better but in June they gave her just another 4 weeks. It was about the only thing the hospital got right sadly enough. I miss her every day.

The other people I lost are strictly speaking still alive but I like to think of them a bit like zombies. They look just like the people I loved but they're not those people, they are rotten and horrible and caused me pain. They walk about on the planet but as far as I'm concerned they're dead (see how good the zombie analogy is!). I admit that it sounds a tad melodramatic but I also promise that it is fully deserved. On the whole I'm a super friendly forgiving kind of gal and it takes a lot for me to be this upset with anyone.

Not wanting to be completely negative I couldn't write this entry without mentioning how amazing and supportive all my true friends have been. Putting up with my tears and outbursts at all times day and night. Without them I don't know how I would have made it. I love you guys.

I have big plans for 2009 though. I'm gonna make this year work for me. I'm gonna be the person I want to be. I have set myself little projects and targets which go beyond making a new years resolution to eat less chocolate, yes indeedy!!! From tomorrow I begin two new albums on my flickr account 365 days of Stuff I Made and 365 days of Mini Adventures. The stuff I made one is fairly self explanatory, the mini adventures basically involves me going out of my way every single day to do something that isn't part of my standard routine. Even if it is something small I'm gonna photograph it and share. Its really quite exciting. I also intend to take my business to dizzy new heights, be glamorous all the frikkin time and get shit loads more tattoos. Wahooooooo

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Feel Inspired

Sometimes inspiration comes easy and other times you just can't seem to drag anything out of yourself. Today I found inspiration in a picture from Flickr, who knew!!! I have a craft fair all weekend and I'll be honest, I'm fairly pessimistic about the whole thing because my home town is, well, grey and not particularly craftsy!! But, that said nothing ventured, nothing gained soooooo I have a panties and hairclips itinery. I have six feet under on because somehow I seemed to miss the whole phenomenon and I'm glad I found it because I'm enjoying it. I just have to mind that i don't get more swept up in the tv than the crafting. I wish I was a working robot. I should be more like the lovely Jinx at MTCoffinz, I bet she never gets distracted by TV. I bet she just does the job in hand. Pah, I guess we are who we are. Anyway, here is the piccie that gave me my inspiration today, maybe it could inspire you.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Little Bit About Me

Well, its a historic day. The first black President of the United States. I tried to explain this to my little girl Erin (she's six) but I think the enormity of it was lost on her and trying to explain exactly why it was such an important thing just made it more confusing.

Anyway, thats not what todays blog is about so if its a hearty political debate you are after then you might want to scoot over to a different blog that is less pink and fluffy. Today my blog is a little bit about getting to know me. So here are ten things about me:

1 - I have a phobia of clowns.
2 - I am a cat rather than a dog person (I have three kitties).
3 - My alcoholic drink of choice (if you ever see me at the bar) is Jack Daniels and Diet Coke.
4 - The reason it is diet coke is because I have a caffeine allergy.
5 - My first musical love was Aerosmith.
6 - I'm useless at almost all computer games apart from Guitar Hero.
7 - I love love love cake and cheese.
8 - I prefer bubbly baths over showers.
9 - I'm addicted to Greys Anatomy.
10 - I can't swim.

Sooooo, there you go. A bit more about the gal behind the blog. I shall be back with pictures and some actual sewing news in the very very near future. xx

Friday, 31 October 2008

Happy Halloween

This year Erin and I decided to avoid the usual mess we get in when trying to carve out a pumpkin head and opted instead for stick in facial features ala Mr Potato Head.

I am particularly fond of Frankenstein!!!!

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Wooooo Hooooo

I finished a crochet project at last.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Oh dear, not a very good start

Well, slapped wrists for me. I've been a slack blog keeper. In fact I haven't been a very good crafter either. I haven't finished those half completed projects yet. I did make a corset and two new pairs of pants though.

These barbie pants are sold already. Selling things before you blog about them is probably a little bit backwards. Still the other pants I made haven't gone anywhere yet. I guess the panty buying public aren't as fond of Dexter as I am.

Surely this Frankensteins Monster corset won't stick around for long though. i cunningly made it in a size slightly too big for me so that I wouldn't be tempted to steal it.

I feel like I'm getting a cold but there is no time for being poorly sick sick. I'm getting a new tattoo on Friday and will be away for the weekend so I need to make some serious casharoo. I have stocked up on energy sweets. It's going to be a long night.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

I wish I was a "doer"

Sooooooo I spent all of yesterday making some custom pieces including this red leopard shirt with a big ol fold over collar. It made me say many swear words but luckily it turned out pretty good in the end and the customer is pleased with it. Thank God!!!!

In my quest to become more organised I am trying to finish off all my half done projects. I'm sure I can't be the only one with a pile of things that I started in a frenzy of excitement and then discarded when something didn't go exactly to plan or I discovered that I didn't have all the materials I needed. These things need either to be finished or thrown out. See how I am becoming more efficient before your very eyes!!! Sooooo, there are two necklaces and a crochet scarf that I am giving myself to the end of the week to get finalised and listed on Etsy. If you don't see pictures in the next four days feel free to hurl abuse at me (really I need a kick in the ass!!!).

My problem is I spend way too much time making "to do" lists and not nearly enough time completing the things on them. I wish I was a "doer". You know, one of those people that just gets up (probably at 6 am) and does everything they need to do in the day. I bet "doers" don't press the refresh button on their inbox every five minutes "just in case" or decide that watching Greys Anatomy on dvd will inspire them to be creative!! My target for the day was to complete and list two corsets and two pairs of pants, go to the post office and do some serious work towards finishing those half done projects. Hmmmm lets see how that works out for me. Time to stop blogging and start doing me thinks.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

New beginnings

Life is complicated. It never works out the way that you want and it is very rarely fair. In the last six months there have been lots of occasions when I could quite easily have reverted back to being five years old and jumped up and down and screamed and shouted at the horrible injustice of it all or simply cried for my mum. The problem is that when you're thirty this behaviour is pretty much frowned upon!!!

I'm not going to start this blog by talking about all the reasons why I am now trying to pick up the pieces of my life and make a big ol change for the better. All you need to do is come with me on the journey and be around to listen to the occasional temper tantrum.

This blog is mainly about sewing. It is mainly about my shop Cherry Pie Punk. I'm gonna show you the new things I've been making and what I've been doing to promote the hell out of what I do but it's also gonna be a little bit about me too. About how (hopefully) a person can make things better by doing something they love!!!