Sunday, 8 March 2015

I'm back...

I'm creeping back into the bloggosphere.

The last six month were exhausting. After I started my new job in September, I moved to Cambridge. The flat I rented was very small - too small for Lescha and me - and I hated it. Why did we rent it? Because we thought we can live there for 6 month, find a better place and town to live and then move on.

View from my sewing table. 


But as it happened, we were wrong. Being confined to a small space and being unhappy about the situation, my inspiration went zero. I didn't knit, I didn't sew. I read books instead (which is not bad).

Then before Christmas we started to look for a flat in Hertfordshire, aiming to live somewhere in the middle between Cambridge and London (our working places). We succeeded and moved into our new flat mid February. It is a lovely two bedroom house. So plenty of space.

L-shaped tables with cutting mat and sewing machines. The iron is also close by!


The new location means that I have to drive to work. Just the thought to drive on the left and on busy streets scarred me like crazy - I'm still scarred after having made my way to work for 3 weeks. I keep telling myself that I will be fine soon.

Our new flat feels like a home already. One of the first things I did was to get my sewing machines out and organise the sewing room study. Since then I made one dress, one slip and finished a quilt top. My Sewjo is back! I have started to read blogs again :)

Shelves full of fabric, sewing patterns, sewing books, notions... and my mannequin.
Which is about time because I have to start working on my wedding dress. I bought some lavender chiffon for the shell fabric and I'm planing to get my hands on a cream colored silk lining.

So tell me, did your sewjo ever go down because you were unhappy? I really expected the sewing to pull me back to happiness, but it didn't. Have you made similar experiences?

There is sleeping couch covered in one of my quilts as well. So if guest are staying - no sewing for me.

18 comments:

  1. Good to see you back! I can't imagine living in a really small place - house prices and rent near London are ridiculous!! Don't worry about driving on a different side of the road you'll get there!!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! I wouldn't have thought that living in a small space would affect me that much, but it did. Just no space for creativity!

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  2. Welcome back! Glad you are sewing again, and you have a nicer place to live :) I just spent 18 days driving around the UK, so I feel your pain. I am used to driving on the left, but I found it a much more scary experience than driving in Australia. Looking forward to seeing your wedding dress progress as well. And, by the way, I love the quilt in the last photo

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling intimidated by the traffic/driving in the UK. I'm going fabric shopping tomorrow in the hope to get the lining fabric for my wedding dress :)

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  3. Welcome back!! It is nice to see you sewing again. When I get stressed out I can't sew either; I just can't focus. Good luck with the driving :D

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    1. Thanks Kristin. It really feels great to be back on sewing machine.

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  4. Welcome back! Sorry to hear that you had a bad time in your old flat - I've had the same problem with feeling bad meaning that I didn't feel like sewing, so I know what it feels like. Glad that you've found a nice new home and sewing space so you can get making again! And I hope the driving gets less scary soon!

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    1. Thanks for your support Ruth. I guess its normal that if we are unhappy we can't be creative and thus don't sew. Otherwise, when I'm stressed sewing helps me to calm down and think about something else.

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  5. Welcome back! I enjoy watching what you make!

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  6. Good to hear from you again and glad that things are going better. Sewing, at least when you're doing it as a hobby,is very much related to creativity and inspiration. difficult to have any of these two factors when you're unhappy. I understand how you feel about driving, it happens I'm in UK these days and it is so confusing even being a pedestrian and having to cross the street, let alone drive!

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    1. You are so right Ida. The moment we moved and I had set up my sewing space I got my inspiration back and Lescha even mentioned that it was the first time in 6 month that I talked about fabrics :) I hope you had a great time in the UK!

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  7. Good to see you back! Your sewing space looks great, and I'll look forward to seeing what you make there.

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    1. Thank you Lynne. I love my sewing space :)

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  8. Yay! You're back. I'm glad that you have managed to find a happier space for you. I couldn't imagine living somewhere so small it makes you very unhappy. No wonder you lost your sewjo. Looking forward to seeing your makes.

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  9. I'm glad you're back to happiness and sewing! I always stop sewing when I feel stressed, I read instead. :) Good luck with driving on the left side of the road!

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  10. I'm glad you're back to happiness and sewing! I always stop sewing when I feel stressed, I read instead. :) Good luck with driving on the left side of the road!

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  11. I'm glad your sewjo is back! I completely understand - mine disappeared for a while recently as well, I'm so happy it's finally come back! I'm glad you've managed to find a suitable place to live now - being in somewhere too small is no fun! I hope the job (and the driving!) are going well!

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