Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Before's and the Afters!

I'm back with some studio photo's! As you know we decided to kick our cars out of the garage and set it up for me and my quilting stuff to move in! We gave it over to a lovely builder and his team to make the garage habitable and well lit, and I found some great secondhand carpet squares for the floor. So here are the photo's....

Before back wall...


After back wall...


Before side wall...


After side wall...(loving that new door!)


Before window wall...


After window wall...(check out those wonderful fabric shelves!)


So once that was all done (and I'd killed my shoulders helping hubby painting it!) I was ready to move in. It is more difficult to take good photo's now I have moved in and filled up the room entirely, but you get some idea from these pics.

Back wall...including humbling-ly large fabric stash and huge design wall.


Side wall...pressing board, cutting table, pinning table area and hand stitching chair!


Window wall...the sewing, office and book storage area.


Front door wall...


I'm actually enjoying working in here with the front door open, I think it will be lovely especially through the summer evenings.


So there it is. I am incredibly grateful, humbled and thankful for this AMAZING space I can now get to work in. I am still pinching myself that I have been able to move from an incredibly small room to this roomy studio. I have loved filling this place with tables and items from op shops and ebay to keep costs down and to give it a lived in look. I will show a few of my favourite pieces in another post, as well as a few pics on how I made my pressing board. See you soon. xo

Monday, September 9, 2013

AWOL for Two Great Reasons

Those who may read here regularly (and I'm so thrilled that you do!), may have noticed my sewing and creating has been a little quiet recently. There are two reasons for this....

Firstly, for the past year or so I have found myself at a crossroads (wow, how long does it take for me to cross the road?!). For many, many years I have had an out of control addiction to food, particularly junk food! I came to my crossroads when my doctor told me I was pre-diabetic and if things didn't change I would become diabetic type 2. Of course I have tried many different diets, plans, counselling, etc to try and knock my addiction on the head, but with no long lasting results. 


Anyway, I don't want to go on and bore you all to death with the detail, so to cut a long story short, and inspired incredibly by my younger brother (Steve) I have begun to change my life around. Steve also struggled with food and weight for many years and a year ago he joined an online course that changed his world. He has now lost around 56 kgs, has bucket loads of energy and has totally supported me to do the same. So 8 weeks ago I joined the online course, run by a motivational New Zealander Jason Shon Bennett. Since then, I have allowed myself to take the time to learn this new way of eating.


Essentially I have given up sugar, meat, dairy, gluten and processed foods. Wow, you say, what food is left? We (hubby is doing it alongside me and loving it) are living on heaps of green leafy vegs, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, healthy oils etc. It took me about a month to get used to the different way of thinking about food, and initially it was expensive to set up a new pantry, but for me, the proof is in the 'pudding'!! After only two months my energy levels have soared, my skin has cleared up including a chronic skin infection which has now gone, I walk almost everyday (unthinkable 2 months ago) and am starting to love it, I am sleeping better, I have dropped 10 kgs so far and the best for me, my out of control cravings have all but gone! Mmm, definitely worth the effort.


Now that I am in a rhythm with my new lifestyle, I feel it will enhance my sewing and blogging in the future to no end. However there is a second great reason why I am creating less at the moment....

I am getting a studio....woohoo!!! A little while ago we decided to move the cars out of the garage, and move me and all my quilting paraphernalia in! To do that we have spent much time firstly clearing out the garage, then getting in a builder to line it and fix up bits and pieces, and next up it will be my job to paint it!! 


This is a before photo, hopefully in a couple of weeks I will be back with the after photo's! I can report there will be lots of shelving for fabric, and I picked up a beautiful cutting table from ebay that will be perfect for the new room (no table photo yet, here's a pic of my cherry tree in shadow instead!!).


So, I do apologize for my lack of sewing and quilting, I do hope you will forgive me and I promise to be back in full force very soon! I am glad I crossed the road to a healthier path, and I plan to come back fully inspired and with energy to spare! xo