Kate: Bobble Purse

Look! I made a thing! A pretty thing! Head on over to sew make believe to read about it.

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In a shocking turn of events, I managed to a) make it to our latest sew make believe meeting and b) (even more surprising) make something!

That something was this gorgeous bobble purse. It was made from a kit which Zoë bought me for my birthday from the wonderful Berylune. I managed to make the whole purse in an evening, making the perfect kind of craft for me to do. The kit had everything needed (apart from scissors, needle and pins) to make the purse and the instructions were clear and easy to follow. All in all, I was very impressed with the kit and very, very happy to have made something.

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Book Club: Perks of Being a Wallflower

I loved this book very much and probably exactly equal to the amount I loved the film. I rooted for the protagonist Charlie throughout the book and the reveal about what had happened to him might not have had the same impact as the corresponding moment in the film but was crushing nonetheless.
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On Wednesday night, we gathered at Berylune for our book club chat. Overall, the group enjoyed the book although some more than others. A coming of age story of a troubled teen in 1990s America, the book takes you through a year in the life of Charlie.

I had seen the film (written by the book’s author Chbosky) and had loved that and the book didn’t disappoint. Other comments from our members:

‘I’m wondering if I will feel more for the characters after I’ve seen the film.’

‘I really enjoyed this book. It took me back to the 90s and reminded me of My So-Called Life.’

‘I really liked the references to other books. Having read lots of them, it added a new dimension to reading the story and understanding the characters.’

Our next book club meeting will be online only. Our next book is Celia Rees’s This is Not…

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Dreaming of June

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It feels like my life is on hold until June. The workload for the course is barely manageable and I have already started dreaming of all the things I can do come the summer when I have finished my course:

  • Catch up with friends – if you haven’t heard from me for a while, it’s not because I don’t care about you. I promise.
  • Take Lina to Thomasland and on other fun days out
  • Sew a quilt
  • Go on a fortnightly date with my husband
  • Write a story
  • Write regularly for my blog and sew make believe
  • Go on a day trip to London to browse sewing shops
  • Catch up with Community and some other TV shows I have had to give up
  • Go to the cinema
  • Go on two holidays (these are already booked!)

Bird for the Soul

Made tonight. Now back to marking books…

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When time is so precious and work is talking over, it is very easy to stop doing the things that you love but that are not essential to your day-to-day life. For me, crafting has always been something that I love but not something that I need. So it has been something I have stopped doing at home almost completely.

On Wednesday, I went along to the sew make believe fabric bird workshop knowing I wanted to be there but thinking I ought to be marking or lesson planning. I did not go because I needed to craft but because I needed to give my support to Zoe and because I wanted to see some friendly crafter faces.

I spent an hour and a half making this bright fabric bird, using gorgeous Moda fabrics, and when I was finished, I had such a sense of calm. I felt I had actually achieved something, a feeling all to elusive at the moment as I grind my way through my course and a failed interview. I felt content and at peace. I realised I need craft.

So thank you to my sew make believe friends, thank you particularly to Zoë for all that she has done to keep this club going while I am busy trying to become a teacher and Cie is busy with her two baby boys. And thank you to craft for making me feel good despite of everything.

Losing my Crafting Mojo

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With all that I have on my plate at the moment, something has had to give. It makes me sad that this something is crafting. The last thing I crafted was the embroidery I sewed for our sew make believe lucky dip present and that was only because I had to (although I was so glad to have an actual deadline to make something).

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At our first sew make believe sit ‘n’ sew of the new year, I didn’t have anything to bring with no hand sewing projects on the go. I brought a few books along to try to get inspired. Everything Alice is a book I have had a while but I had not actually read properly. It certainly helped to pique my interest but there is not getting away from the fact that at the moment, the thought of getting my sewing (or crochet) out feels like a chore rather than the relaxing past-time that it actually is. I am not sure if I need to just wait for my teaching course to be over or whether I can try to get back some crafting time. I am sure I could use some of my (admittedly limited) relaxation/TV time to do some sewing or crochet but I just need to get past the lack of enthusiasm.

It is at times like this that I am so pleased that I have sew make believe to go to – and I want to try to make it to more meetings this term since it will give me at least two hours a fortnight when I can concentrate on my King Size sampler quilt or my huge granny square crochet blanket and hopefully I will find my crafting mojo somewhere along the way.