Ahhh yes, I know, it’s been a long time between posts. The thing is that I’m finding life gets in the way of my blogging these days. In fact, life is getting in the way of my crafting too. I seem to spend all my time doing little chores rather than being creative. There was a great article in the Sun Herald Life supplement on the weekend about our daily lives being so filled with little chores – like email – that when we’re supposed to be working nothing meaningful gets done. It seems that the real work, and the best creativity, happen in stolen moments, when we least expect it. And that, my friends, is exactly what happened with me this weekend.

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I’m off to Sew It Together in March and the Snailblazer swap that I’ve signed up for and the name badge swap have provided me with a crafty purpose and a deadline. I’m one of those people who works best under pressure.  While I have dreams of being the chilled out yoga babe who takes life in her stride and is supremely organised, I am in fact a queen of chaos, creativity,  and adrenalin. I’m sure those who know me have known this forever but having kids  has highlighted my need for playing, making, exploring new things, raving about it like a lunatic to anyone who’ll listen and above all else deadlines.

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In the spirit of all this I’ve started my SIT name badge. I could whip this up in a couple of hours out of felt but I’ve been dying to try out ponoko, a making system where you upload designs and they make them in 2D/3D for you. The fact that there are 3D printers out there really blows my mind… you can design something, like a vinyl toy,  in 3D and it comes out of a printer. Incredible. So for the badge I’m designing a bamboo bird brooch to hold a little cross-stitched name sign. Originally I had designed a little owl but, to be honest, I’m a bit tired of owls. I’m feeling quite inspired by the 60s at the moment and I wanted something a bit more… um… flippant? Anyway, the beauty of this is that after SIT, the new owner can remove the name and just use it as a brooch (if she even remotely likes it).

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Here’s where the designs are so far…

P.S. Sorry about the raving, once I started writing this post I realised how much I’ve missed blogging. Note to self that I must blog more often to avoid extended navel gazing and rambling tendencies.

 

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