Busier than ever in retirement.

When I retired there were so many projects that I wanted to do. I had visions of leisurely working along getting through my plans as well as the occasional wandering to further flung places to fill my days. One would have thought more than a year of limited local movements and travel I would have well and truly got through many of my planned projects.  Having my daughter and family living our adjacent unit with her working from home and helping care for my granddaughters also added an extra constraint.  I did get lots of sewing done last year which only resulted in a mountain of “scraps”. But too good and to big to throw out. I now have a moratorium on buying new fabric until I have worked through those and the new fabrics I have waiting to tackle.

However instead of just working on my planned projects since the end of last year I have added a new pastime, furniture flipping. Who knew, I always hated painting ie. walls and ceilings but I am really enjoying getting old sad dated pieces of furniture, giving them a new lease of life and finding new homes for them. On top of that the need for styling decor has spawned yet another plethora of ideas for taking smaller op shop ephemera and creating something beautiful with them. Pinterest has been getting a hammering for all sorts of ideas I want to try. One advantage with the small things is that I am beginning to see a whole lot of my craft stash being used which is not a bad thing. I just have to resist buying more. So here on my revamped website I will bring you up to date and enjoy showing off some of the things I have been doing. 

Our creativity evokes memories

While taking some pictures this week and participating in a polymer clay Facebook group too, I was reminded of my darling sister Judy and how much we shared in our creative life.

Elf2

Elf

My work with polymer clay reminded me that I had done a project once before in the early 2000’s when Judy and I attended a workshop where we made this little elf.  This train of thought then took me to some of the other fantasy creations we worked on.

We worked together on a pattern to create Kalemin our wonderful dragon. I can remember spending a day with Jude in the oncology day ward with her hooked up to the chemo lines while we imagined sketched and designed how he would come together. We had great dreams of developing our own little creative business, which sadly did not come to be.

Our pattern went through several iterations before we were happy with it. Every time I saw Jude she would have another little tweak. How I miss her creativity. She had a gift for imagining and translating her vision while I still need a pattern or picture to get me started.  I still have the pattern we developed and spent some time to digitising it with thoughts of offering it for sale.

Kalemin the dragon

Kalemin