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

labour of love

modflowers: labour of loveSometimes, making things comes easy. And sometimes they are a labour of love.

It’s all about that “flow” that comes upon you, the feeling that the right thing is right there; that every piece of fabric you pick up is the right bit of fabric for what you need it for; that stuff just falls into place and the right thing results.

And sometimes… it doesn’t.

I sometimes think I suffer from a disproportionate amount of the latter. I’m not quite sure why.

I’m also a terrble procrastinator.

I put this down to when you spend much of your day sitting alone in your kitchen stitching, it becomes too, too easy to get sucked far too far into social media.

Even though it does sometimes make me feel like a minority of one in my thoughts, tastes and opinions, most of the time it beats not having anyone to talk to.

Well, it’s either that, or I have no self-discipline. Ahem.

modflowers: labour of loveThis little rodent was made in between projects for other people, as a bit of creative light relief.

Not that the other projects are heavy or difficult, but they are other people’s visions. I find I like to have something on the go that is entirely my own to work on – it helps to keep the creative muse fed, don’t you know.

Anyway, although I love making stuff up, without any rules, this time even this wasn’t an easy process. Everything mouse is wearing is the end result of several discarded previous choices: the frock, the hat, the scarf – all of it.

The rejects are currently sitting in my “work in progress” box (and will no doubt re-emerge to adorn some another small creature at some point in the future.)

Anyway, at least I love how she turned out in the end. She really is a proper labour of love.

Sometimes things don’t just flow. But it still pays to push things along and keep them moving, because that’s how the dam gets worn down and the blockage, eventually, gets washed away. ♥

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