not house hunting

modflowers: thrifted house & handmade bearYou know how it is…

You avoid the charity shops, telling yourself that you have no need of anything they have to offer.

You pass by with barely a glance at the window displays, reminding yourself that you really should have a clear-out at home.

You make things using materials already in your possession, feeling worthy and smug  – happy that you are saving money and actually utilising your (not inconsiderable) stash.

This continues for quite some time.

And then, one morning, you run out of bin bags and have to go to the shops. And all of a sudden, that urge comes upon you and you just can’t stay away any longer. You pop in  – “just for a look”.

You arrive home the new owner of a little battered wooden house, which cost you the princely sum of one pound.

It’s like you’ve never been away. It is perfect. It was meant to be.

Even if you did forget all about the bin bags. ♥

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handmade dolls deadline day

modflowers: handmade dolls finished!Making dolls is a pleasure.

Normally I meander through the process a bit. It’s just how I tend to work… I sort of multitask consecutively, if that makes any sense.

I sit down and do a bit of sewing, a bit of social media-ing, a spot of housework, have a cup of tea.

modflowers: handmade dolls in Liberty fabric - in progressThen I sort of start the process again, interrupting myself with lunch (maybe browsing a bit of Pinterest at the same time), sewing again, doing the washing, more tea, sewing, making dinner, another cup of tea, finishing off the sewing for the day, then tidying up the kitchen in time for the family to eat.

It’s not necessarily the most efficient way to work perhaps, but it does mean that I get done the things I need to do besides sewing.

modflowers: handmade doll in Liberty print fabricBut sometimes things have to be a bit more focused on the sewing front.

Like when you have a deadline moved forward inadvertently, by a thoughtful partner booking a holiday to coincide with your birthday.

So for the past few days I have been sewing like a demon to get the current batch of Liberty handmade dolls done and dusted before we head off to Cornwall.

modflowers: handmade dolls in progressAnd I’ve done it! Pat on the back from me, to me!

modflowers: handmade dolls - Liberty girls in a line I’m quite pleased with how they turned out. They all have their own personalities, which is just as it should be.

Just one thing that couldn’t be done on a Sunday…

We’ll have to stop and find a post office en route to Cornwall, to send the Liberty girls off on their merry way.

Because there’s no point meeting a deadline if you don’t manage to get the resulting creations off to where they are meant to go, by the time they are meant to be there. ♥

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turned out nice – eventually

modflowers: twirly girly corsagesIt is a good feeling indeed to finish off jobs that need finishing off.

I have never been a particularly good finisher-off-er. I’m the sort that gets all enthused by a project and gets stuck in, only to then get all enthused by another project, and then another, until the available enthusiasm gets spread a bit thin across them all and… well, you can guess the rest.

As a grown-up I’ve learned to organise myself a bit to curb this tendency. But sometimes, just sometimes, projects fall off the list altogether for a while and I end up not doing what I should have done. For which I feel awful, because it can mean that I have let someone down.

These little ladies started out as twirly fairies. But unfortunately, due to being rushed off my feet before Christmas, and events with the dog, they missed their opportunity for festive twirling.

So once I got back on track (and stopped being “stuck“) they got their skirts shortened a little. And now, they have become something else entirely – pretty petite pins, to grace a garment, adorn your lapel, or even decorate your Easter bonnet.

They are available to buy from Sarah Campbell’s shop.

Thankfully, that “stuck” feeling has dissipated with the move towards springtime.

The flowers are pushing up through the still-cold earth and unfurling leaves and petals – and so, it seems, am I.

I think perhaps it is natural to have a dormant, fallow period before spring bursts forth, after all the rushing about up to Christmas.

I can’t say I like it much though – and I, for one, am pretty glad it’s over. ♥dots