Well, now I've done it. Tilly at http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/ has started a Crafty Christmas Club for those who are making Christmas gifts. So I have added her button to my blog ...well I plan to make some pj's for some not to be mentioned, some house slippers for my son's Japanese piano teacher and maybe a bag for the teacher's present. I'm not going to stress too much or put too much pressure on myself either as I want to enjoy making them and not feel bad if I don't get it all done .... but, if I don't commit somewhere I fear I may not do anything either.
Tafe has finished last Thursday but then my son came down with chicken pox and is home. We haven't gone out since Saturday and he is getting bored. I also had to get two lots of important court documents done and handed into the court and along with my last two weeks of tafe, it has been a very stressful time. Docs in today so I feel better. I also have some curtains to make for a legal friend who, with her husband (higher legal person) have helped me with my legal papers. I'm grateful for their help so one small way to repay a kindness.
I was planning on cleaning up the sewing room (was the computer room but now I've on holidays from tafe, it's the sewing room again!) and as you can see it is greatly needed. I won't be featured in The Blue Gardenia's "My Sewing Space" series anytime soon!
I have pulled out lots of fabric out of the cupboards and sorting out what I will sew with soon and put the rest in plastic tubs under the house. Sorry about the bad quality of the photo, I am still using the computer taking a photo as my camera won't download the photos for some reason.
I have cut out a pattern for togs (that's what we call swimmers or bathing suits here in the state of Queensland) as I plan to resume swimming laps again and I don't want to pay $40-$80 for a new training tog. I have only ever made a small boys pair of togs so it's not like I am experienced but they weren't too bad and I can only get better.
Reading sewing blogs has done two things (well a great number of things but two I want to talk about now).
1.) It has made me realise that I have done some difficult things without knowing it e.g. welt pockets with zips (on a coat that isn't finished from about 12 years ago but I will finish it). There was a bit going on in blog world about them and I went and had a re look at mine and they weren't bad (not great either).
2.) It has made me really just have a go and get into it. If it doesn't work out it doesn't matter as I don't buy expensive fabric, and if I do have expensive fabric, I have bought it really cheap.
So off to cut out the togs and tomorrow tidy the sewing room... I'm interested to hear what people have learned from blog world too...let me know.