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Ahoy there!

Just popping in for a quick update sans pictures.
In the past week I’ve started my contribution to the January itty bits themed sewalong, kinda… I find using the itty bits and scraps a very difficult task! I love creating big big things! But I’m trying!

I’ve made one of the pairs of pants for my lovely aunt, but forgot to photograph the darn things! Will get them in actin when she returns from her tropical holiday (lucky lady!)
I was thinking, and hoping for some advice… I’ve downloaded a Butterick print at home pattern, does anyone have any tips for putting the pages together and not going crazy? I’ve done burdastyle on

es before but they were never 82 page documents! Will.drive.Laken.bonkers!

 

 

Work has upped the ante for the next couple of weeks (hence the Sunday arvo quickie here!) — I’ve gone from being cut to 3 nights (18 hrs)a week to 3 nights off in 2.5 weeks. Insane.shit. Lucky i like my customers!

Training for tough mudder has upped too. That’s fun. I like to see muscle building (but not to extremes, no siree!)

2014 Stashbusting Sewalong and January Curating Challenge

I have had a few thoughts and questions for you all over the past couple of days:

1) Does someone else buying you fabric for stuff for themselves make you instantly fail at the “no new fabrics” side of things?? What if they just buy you fabric for your stash? — My aunt has bought 5 pieces of fabric for me to make up into 2 pairs of genie pants and 3 drapey cover ups, does this fail me?

2) Can I ammend my exceptions rule? I would love to participate in more sewing competitions if I can this year — 2013 I entered the Gridlock Sewing Competition: That’s me! Pre fitness and my first self-drafted pattern 😀

and the 2013 Tessuti Awards:

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So this year I’d love to enter more… but we’ll see what life brings in the meantime, eh?

Now, for January’s Curating Challenge from EmSewCrazy:

Why do you sew? I personally sew for fun, for the soul calming qualities and for general peace of mind. I much prefer to sew in an empty very quiet house, because it’s simply me time. I have made 1 quilt (photos to come), and generally make garments, with the idea of fitting better than RTW and perfectly fitted (or close to) my style, my wacko personality!

What’s on your list? I don’t really like to make lists, but I suppose from the above, I have 2 pairs of genie pants and 3 drapey cover ups up first! Can’t disappoint the Aunty B. I like being able to sew by my heart- whatever I feel like making, that’s the deal for the day. However, I do want to make myself a pair of stretch skinny jeans from a silver foil coated denim from the stash and a cropped moto jacket from a pearl stretch faux leather from the stash. They happen to be my current “wants”…

Why are you stash busting? Pretty much because I have too much, not as much as some out there, only one small suitcase odd full, but sometimes it gets overwhelming. I want to be able to purchase quality fabrics, but not just because they’re on sale or I might make something of it… I feel like my shit is overtaking the place, and want to clear up space… I want to force myself to sew, without forcing, y’know? Like, I love it, and benefit mentally from it, but don’t always do it – if I’m aiming to stashbust, then perhaps my mind will heal quicker, etc… Just the usual reasons I suppose?

Okayy, so I suppose that’s all for now, so keep on keepin’ on, lovelies

~L out.

New Years and all that jazz

Hey there lovelies!

So… blogging for the first time, like, ever… be gentle to me?!

I don’t traditionally do new years resolutions, I don’t think there needs to be a definitive day on which everyone makes promises to themselves, or to the world through the interwebs. I believe there’s no better time than the present to make changes. So you won’t find any new years resolutions here. But…. 2014 will be my year to shine!

However, there are some goals that I have set myself of recent times.

A few months ago I decided to start seeing a personal trainer for health’s sake, this is going so well for me, but I would love it to improve further.  — The elite class my personal trainer runs have entered the March 2014 Phillip Island Tough Mudder, I’m SO excited about this you don’t understand!!

I would love to start using ALL of the sewing / knitting / crochet patterns I have in le stash before buying any more. Similarly, the fabric stash … oh the stash… It would be lovely to churn through it without adding much, if any to it. This being said, I will be participating, in some respect in THE 2014 STASHBUSTING SEWALONG hosted by Tumbleweeds In The Wind and Cation Designs. I’m not sure how I shall go with this, but the desire is there (however strong the desire for pretty new fabrics… delish..). So here goes my pledge “I, Laken of Creative Ventures, commit to shopping from my stash fabric first and foremost in 2014. I also commit to not buying any more fabric / patterns / notions except for that which is required to finish WIPs for the entire year, unless unforeseen special circumstances arise (such as a friend’s wedding in late November). I also commit to using / destashing as much of the ‘to-refashion’ stash as possible, possibly a 1 for 1 deal : 1 refashion, 1 new project, etc…” Phew, this feels like a big challenge for myself, but I think it is needed — there’s no reason to have such pretties lying around and NOT using them… Late last year it took all of my might to cut into some lovely Dolce&Gabbana viscose/elastane (I think) that cost a pretty penny (for this here bargain hunter, at least) but now I have a gorgeous dress (post to come), the joy!

I will endeavour to catalogue my projects of 2013 as much as possible, but have had a fairly disappointing realization — most makes of 2013 don’t find any more, boo!, because of the dedication to fitness… nevertheless, I will post, and hopefully get them shrunked to my current size and be super happy!

Another (fairly major) goal of mine is to find a real job asap, currently I’m working part time at a service station and my hours keep getting cut (phooey), but the dream is to drive trucks for a living! I have my HC licence and am searching high and low for an employer to give a young gal a go! I’m also part way through completing a recreational pilots licence at the local aerodrome, and would love to get back into it — but have you seen the costs? Another reason I need a real job…

I would love to connect with all the amazing craftery bloggers I’ve been following and / or reading for the past few years, and will probably end up confessing my bloggery crushes within a couple months!

Thanks for taking the time to read,

keep on truckin’

L out.