Saturday, 28 December 2013

Going back to college :-)

Well I took the plunge back in November and finally decided to go back to college, :-), I have decided to re-train as a Plumber :-)

It may not make sense to some people but for me it was an obvious choice.

I love sewing and jewellery making and I aim to continue indulging my creative self, but without the pressure of having to earn a living from it. I thought that doing something I loved and making money at the same time would be bliss but sadly it turned out to be the opposite. But I have learnt a lot about myself, both good and bad, which is always a good thing :-),and I can now build on that.

The next question is why plumbing ? 

Well to be honest it started a few years back, I was always on to my husband to train as a plumber, he is already a fully trained carpenter sub-contractor, I thought adding plumbing to his repertoire would be very useful, but due to work commitments he was never able to attend college during the day and there are no evening courses available for pluming around here.

He then turned the tables round on me, "Why don't you go and train as a Plumber" he said, "You'll love it", well it got me thinking, and for a couple of years now the thought has been floating round my mind.

I had been finding it difficult to make an income from my creativity, hindered by overly committing and under valuing myself, Yep as in the words of Alice in Wonderland, "I give myself very good advice but I very seldom take it". I became disillusioned at work for lots of reasons which prompted me to re-assess my life and direction.

That was it !!!!!, I rang the college got myself an interview and was offered a place and started the course on 4th November 2013, and I glad I did :-)

For me my work persona and my creative persona need to be separate parts of my whole so to speak, very philosophical I know :-) I need a job I love and allows me to use my brain but I also need my creative space to be my expressive escape.

So time will tell but I will keep you updated on my progress.

As for the classes, I will be unable to run the sewing groups at Superior Sewing Centre and Greystone Community Centre, but I will still offer one to one tuition at my home, details of which I will upload soon.

I will still continue to Sew & make Jewellery and sell my creations on my Etsy shop and I will also share tips and creations on my blog, which has been sadly lacking this year :-( but 2014 is a New Year for a New Start Yeah :-)

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Sewing Class Up-Date

I am looking to start classes at;
Map of Greystone Community Centre in Carlisle 

Close Street, 
The classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6pm till 8pm starting September 2013

Please contact me for details

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Winter Wedding Coat

As promised the Wedding Coat I designed for Tracey who got married 28th December 2011

Idea for Design Brief
The brief was a Victorian Riding Jacket with a hood and that would also keep her warm. We were not sure what the weather would be like on the day, December isn't known for it's scorching sunshine up north in the UK :-), after 3 design developments here is my creation,

Photography by Picture U, Carlisle

Back Pleat

Side with Hood Up
Side View

I used diamonte shell clasps on the rear pleat detail and for the side closure which were purchased from Josy Rose Haberdashery, they are beautiful and really work with the deep Bordeuax Red Velvet,

The fur trim used were purchased scarf's and though not ideal I had great difficulty sourcing the right colour fur trim and these worked really well for colour match.

I am so happy how the overall design worked and very proud of the finished garment.

Creations like this are what makes all the hard work worth while :-

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Harley Quinn Costume

Last summer a lady enquired if I knew someone who made costumes, being an adventurous sort I put my name forward ;-),

As it turned out she was going to be involved in a Flash Mob Dance in the centre of Carlisle and required a Harley Quinn Costume for the event.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, I accepted the mission to complete the said costume from a roughly dissected then hand stitched pair of lycra onesies, 1 black 1 red and 1 metre of white lycra.

I did my research, good old Google images, and set to work.

All in all when I completed the outfit I was fairly chuffed with my creation :-), picture below is the finished garment

Thank You Natasha for giving me the opportunity to create the costume for you.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy 2013

2012 has been quite a busy year all round.

I've spent more time on my blog,
I hope to publish more of my achievements during 2013

I've been a very busy grandma, spending time with my very cute grand-daughter Ella, she's now 15 months old and coming along in leaps & bounds,
 and spent time with my wonderful family, Danielle my beautiful daughter & Scott my wonderful hubby, pictured below at Ella's 1st Birthday

Ella , Danielle & Scott, on Ella's 1st Birthday
I've began to put more thought into my creative idea's & skills,
I'm learning new skills constantly
while simultaneously nurturing and perfecting the skills I already possess,

Yes 2012 has been a wonderful year filled with achievements, happiness and Bliss
I hope to continue my Bliss in 2013

I would like to wish everyone a Blissfully Happy 2013 

filled with Happiness and Success