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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My blog....a contemplation.

My blog has been quiet lately. I haven't had a lot to say or show, I have struggled to find my blogging mojo. And I have noticed that this is not peculiar to me, a lot of my fellow bloggers are quiet, not having a lot to say. Why is that?
Well, I can only give my personal version. Once more, my work position is about to change...back to full time, but a position that will stretch my brain, give me more clinical time (which I love) and provide a challenge. It seems to leave little time for sewing, and blogging. Who really wants to hear that someone is busy, after all, we all are with our own lives!
So, to address my own lack of creative time, I have decided that organisation is the key! Hand sewing time is easiest, so if I can get prepped on the weekend, then I should have time to stitch in the evenings...good plan???


At our recent MSG workshop, those clever girls from south of the border (Melbourne!), had lovely hexie bags. Well, I did have a touch of hexie envy, so I decided to make my own. Many years ago I had created one for my mum from a pattern purchased in Mittagong, designer unknown. So I set about making it bucket sized so I could carry all the things I imagine I might sew, but may not actually do!


It is nearly done...just need to add some drawstrings. A bit of fiddling in making the lining fit, but I am happy with it.there are a few versions of it about.


Then I set about making a clamshell cushion to brighten up my lounge. Watch this space!


One nice part of this past week was giving a quilt to dear friends....lovely to see it in a happy home! There are so many quilts in my home, I have decided to gift some to those I love. It felt good. What do we all do with the mountain of quilts we make?


My blog will stay active, it is a good personal journal, how do you find time to do all your busy life entails?


Hope you had a Happy Easter...love from Molly and me!
Cardygirl xxx


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25 comments:

shez said...

Lots of lovely work you have done Cardy,good luck with your full time position.xx

barb's creations said...

Lovely hexie project Cardy, I can only answer for myself and say it gets harder and harder to find time to stitch but like you organisation has been the key for me this year I took time over my Christmas break to do a lot of my prep work and that is how I've been managing to do anything. Blogging is also harder now I'm back at work but I try for at least one post a week if possible but on occasion I too have been quiet on the bloggy front just don't feel you have to blog for blogging's sack but only when you want to and have something you want to share,like stitching blogging should be a happy experience not one of the mouse on the proverbial treadmill. Take care of yourself and be kind to yourself((((HUG)))) :) Barb.

Heather said...

Good luck in your new work position. I do hope you continue to stitch and blog as you can but life comes first!

gracie said...

I hope you find some time to post and I for one will be watching for updates

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

I know you love a challenge....good luck with the new job...your projects are lovey Cardy...your fabric choices are gorgeous...gotta be organized, well sort of, I pretend I am....LOL..


Shay said...

I've been quiet on my blog for weeks. Not much to say I guess- there hasn't been much happening here! Im to tired to do anything when I get home from work except collapse on the couch.

Good Luck with the new job.

I have a quilt cleanout about once a year and give things away to different people. Though usually I make a quilt with someone in mind, so I don't have tons hanging round. I probably have 10 or so in various places round the house.

Love the hexies!

Sue SA said...

I like to make quilts for people so I don't end up with too many in the house, but they still seem to add up!
Glad your job is going in a direction that will give you more satisfaction. I think that considering prep work part of the process you will realise you are still sewing some, but ft work does reduce thread time without a doubt. I think time spent in the company of those you love is the important balance you need now, more sewing time will return eventually....when you retire!

Stacey said...

Ha….I just got on to Blogger to prepare a post after 6 weeks of no blogging….got it to draft…hopefully will finish tonight….life just gets busy some times….now waiting for the pendulum to swing back so I can have more sewing time…love those hexies and clams !!

Susan said...

That's why I hand sew, it's easier to do a few moments here and there, and a bit more sociable for the family. I think blogging and sewing are like lots of our pursuits, sometimes you're on fire with ideas and energy and sometimes you're not. I have found blogging friends to be particularly understanding and forgiving......and always waiting to chat. Good luck in your new position, and hope you still find some creative moments.

Lorraine said...

Good luck with the new position - you will rock at it I am sure! Hand stitching time is easiest to find I think, I have lots of projects prepped and ready to go when I have a few minutes. I always look forward to your blog posts - nice to see what you are doing ....I blog mainly as a journal - nice to look back and see when I weeded the driveway last :)

Lynda said...

Seems like most of us who work full-time try to do the same thing - spend a bit of time every so often organising some hand-stitching. I hope your new position is all you dream it will be. What a lovely gift for your friends. I give away lots of quilts and other goodies too - for me the joy is in making.

suzitee said...

I have to admit, I am one of those that has fallen off the blogging bandwagon this year. I had lots of issues with blogger late last year, then with uploading my photos this year, and life has also been super busy. When I finally do find a little time, I choose to spend it creating rather than blogging lately... and uploading it to Instagram is so easy!Good luck with your new position xx

pandchintz said...

Good thinking 99!! Love the look of your hexie bag - must make me one of those. And that gifted quilt is on my list to do - love it! With best wishes for your new job and hoping the brain strain isn't too much! x

Rachaeldaisy said...

There's no rules about how often we blog. I think there's times we have lots to share and other times we don't. And I think we all understand lives get busy.
Good luck with your new position, sounds as though quiet hand sewing in the evenings will be just the thing, especially when they're such pretty projects!

Anita said...

You may have noticed my blog posts are rather sporadic and randome too lol. But mine is for family overseas as well, not just about my sewing. I wish I was able to do more hand stitching thru the week....would get so much more done....but I zone out after dinner and go a bit brain dead....lol....not good for stitching! Hope your
Enjoy your new job. I will be starting a new position as the Practice Manager in a few months time....so can't see things on the sewing/blogging front getting any better!

Nettyt56 said...

Yes, I agree that it can be difficult working full time and finding time to sew! So glad you will be continuing with your blog. I look forward to your posts and am inspired by your lovely work. Good luck with your new position. Kind regards, Annette

Anthea said...

What an interesting post Cardy... I too have found that my work days & domestic demands don't leave me much time for sewing or stitching, let alone blogging about it. Toss in last week of an emergency with my son, and I am well off the track!

I have always had the mindset that blogging is the bonus to my sewing & stitching... Sometimes I do feel very uninspired about blogging, but I do still love to read them... and when I am really loving what I am making, the desire to blog about it returns!!

good luck in your new position x

Jenny said...

Don't stress over how much you blog.. Do it when you can..I think we all get busy at times..love the hexies and good luck with the clam shells they look great so far. I hope you new job all goes well too. I like to tell myself you sew because you want to not because you have to...

Kevin the Quilter said...

We still love hearing whatever is on your mind Cardygirl! I completely understand! I find it hard to blog all of the time too, but, I found if I only make myself blog once a week, instead of every few days, it makes the posts more interesting.....at least to me! LOL Loving your hand work!

Cheryll said...

It's nice to hear from you whenever you get the chance... and yes that plan sounds like it will work... fingers crossed!
Lovely lot of projects on the go too! :)

Fat Quarter Bird said...

Hello my friend, hope you are not feeling overtaxed...... Remember it's the journey so just do the bits that take your fancy. Your little projects are gorgeous!

Michelle said...

I have had he same thing this year and I find I update Facebook rather than the blog because I can do it from the iPad, I should also be able to do the blog but the photos never come out right and they take ages to load and what's a post without pictures on a quilting blog! I love reading your posts and find your fabrics stretch my colour choices and inspire me to be more daring. I have also read the 3 material obsession books after reading about the classes you've been to there and also met Kathy Dougherty at AQC.

Carole said...

Congrads on you new position! I read you about blog neglect! I don't seem to have much to say. Lovely projects! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

Skyline Spirit said...

pretty nice blog, following :)

Fiona@Dragonfly-Sewing said...

I too don't blog much or find the time to sit and read all my lovely friends blogs.
I find Facebook and Instagram are quicker.
Love catching up with you xx