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Distraction Technique

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Because of the upset in my life at the moment I find myself indulging in an interesting distraction technique. Distracting myself from what is actually going on and indulging in fantasy. My “dream” of choice at the moment is dreaming of buying a narrow boat! Now this is amazing as I don’t want one, can’t afford one and don’t know anything about one! Or do I? 

My distraction involves searching the Internet at length for shabby chic, beautifully restored, small canal boats. Here are a few courtesy of Pinterest.

Please don’t tell Damnvan1 as I wouldn’t like her to think that I might sell her! Anyhow no time to waste I’ve got narrowboat interiors to drool over!

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During. the last few days I have been sitting with my Mum.

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Mum is 90 in a few days. Last night I looked after my Grandson. GRANDSON IS 9 years old.

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Mum is dying Grandson has his life to come.
I have been overwhelmed with it all and life feels like a great big beautiful rainbow. Grandchildren at one end and Mum at the other end.
What a rainbow Mum has travelled over! Just a few achievemets in her rainbow:
She was the 7th child of the 7th child. The luckiest place to be.
She has had 3 children
She was married to a wonderful man.
She only had the one lover – my Dad.
She road a tandem bike.
She worked in a psychiatric hospital.
She sang a lot.
She was stubborn.
She got into trouble at school because she couldn’t spell Egypt.
She could sing the Welsh National anthem in Welsh (but hardly ever went to Wales)
She taught me to knit and stitch.
She looked after me even as an adult.
Mum road a bike to work for 20+ years.
She travelled extensively. Even asking yesterday could she go to Blackpool.
She wove willow baskets to protect glass carbouys as her part of the second World War effort.
Mum loved life.
Mums rainbow was her rainbow. The secret of life seems to be enjoy your rainbow.

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I love to Blog!

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I love to blog!

I love to craft!

I Love to love!

I found a recently written list of my UFOs ( unfinished objects). It made me smile as this list has not ( or hardly) altered. OK I’ve ticked off a few, but at the same time I’ve added a few. It is only with considerable effort that I have not added more UFOs (or WIP works in progress). Actually if these PhDs (Projects half done) were a visible mind map of my brain activity it would look more complicated than a pile of unravelled yarn. I constantly look, imagine, desire, seek inspiration for more projects whether sewing, knitting,crochet, fabric art, decorated journals, etc etc

Ive got all these thoughts going round in my head and what am I doing? BLOGGING! Well the blogging does help me to focus. Apart from inspiring, me these multiple craft blogs help me to channel my ideas. The BIG problem is that I am constantly demoralised by how prolific these fellow bloggers are. They churn out multiple finished garments, up cycled items and cleverly altered crochet. Or do they??

Another thing that I constantly do is make lists! That brings me back to the original paragraph in this blog.

My Current UFO List:

1) Gorgeous green sweater using Rowan Mohair Haze.

2)Hexipuff quilt -Bee keepers Quilt

3) Christmas Scarf for DD

4) Hexigon cotton quilt.

5) Nearly completed Village Quilt

6) patchwork quilt which only need binding.

7)  up cycled jewellery roll

8) Skirt to be sewn

9) Nepal sweater

10) Felt appliqué tool bag

On the subject of lists I was interested to read a blog Dream big,Dream often by Daniel Ray. He has published a post titled “Wealthy habits vs Poor habits-statistical data”. Within this blog it states that:

“81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs 19% of poor”

Now I’ve got my multiple lists so where is the wealthy?

Failure to plan is planning to fail!

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Failure to plan is planning to fail!

I spend far too much time thinking, dreaming and planning all of the dozens of projects that I am definitely going to create and make. If I am honest I do not spend much time actually doing so I am going to adopt the J F D I philosophy.(Just F**** ing Do It)
Now I’m not really prevaricating, but on this road trip I don’t have my sewing machine with me as we are in a campervan. I have knit one, yes one mini hexipuff-see earlier blog-which is nothing in the scheme of life plans so I bought a magazine. I know! This is back to the dreaming,inspiration and going to do! I AM going to sew myself a summer dress when we get home. This also gives me the excuse to search out some glorious fabric. The magazine contained a simple dress pattern which is hopefully, my way back to dress making. I have done lots in the past including wedding dress, evening dresses and child clothes, but I am a bit rusty.
My confidence has been somewhat restored by reading sewing blogs,watching TV programmes ie Great British Sewing Bee and You Tube. Where else can you learn to insert an invisible zip or apply a neat collar? Oh and by the way the magazine in question is Prima.
So watch this space and maybe I won’t only day dream!
PS Here are some of my favourite sewing blogs
💃Thornberry
🙋Did you make that?
😃The Rengade Seamstress
👍Go To Patterns and Co
🐝Tilly and the buttons
🐘Pillows A-LA-MODE

I’ve won the Premium Bonds!

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Pinterest pictureI've won the Premium Bonds!

Yipeeeeee! I’ve won the Premium Bonds! OK just £25 but any money is good money! Next time it may/will have a couple of noughts on the end. WHEN I do win big style I will buy my dream vehicle and tear drop caravan as pictured. I really think that dreams are so important. If you dare to dream you will achieve something of that dream. No dream=no ambition=nothing. Mind you I might make mine a red van and caravan with white flowers.

Today I cut out a pair of cushion covers to cheer up my campervan known as Damnvan1 (or even Darling van!) . The brown cotton in the photograph is my tacking thread. It is at least 50 years old. My Mum bought it for some project when I was very small so I am certain of its age. Isn’t it amazing that after half a century I am using it in a project for myself. I enjoy that sense of continuity. I will report back on the cushions when I have rescued the bobble trim from the dog and worked out how to attach it to the cushions.

A Favourite Blog for the Day

PILLOWS A-LA-MODE

Written by Katherine who is an imaginative seamstress and a wife,Mum and Grandmother rather like myself.
I’d like to add that I am also a sister,step mum, daughter and friend! Girl power!