Author Archives: Helen

Cutting Out


I’m doing reasonably well, at least there is a lot more doing going on at my house than previously. Sadly, a lot of the doing is lawn mowing due to all the rain we’ve had. I can’t complain though. It’s nice to have a lawn to mow, and its good exercise for someone who doesn’t get anywhere near enough.

I did get round to doing some cutting out on the weekend. The blocks for a new quilt. Just the blocks. I’m still contemplating what to do with the setting. I want to make it entirely from fabric I already have, which is going to make it a slightly different quilt from what it would be if I were to go to the shops and buy a whole lot more fabric. That’s not necessarily a bad thing either though. There is a long weekend coming up too, which means I’m ready to go even if I don’t get to it before then.



Making things


Ok, I’m not being too inventive but I am making things. I finished this journal cover yesterday.



New bag


After weeks of avoiding my sewing room, I finally finished my new bag. Of course as soon as it was finished I remembered that I was going to make a flap for a button. Determined not to let it dampen my spirits though. The bag will work perfectly fine without it and it just gives me an excuse to make another, especially since it was made from scraps from other projects and I still have plenty left.


Not staying on plan


I think I lasted about 3 days before the wheels fell off the current organisational drive. Not that I can complain, because I still have more energy and am getting more done than I was 3 months ago. Maybe I need to go back and re-read my plan every time I am starting to falter to get myself back in the swing of things. Perhaps not forever, but at least to keep me on track for long enough to build some new habits, or until the plan is so firmly entrenched in my mind that I don’t need to read it to know what I’m meant to be doing and why I’m doing it.

So what have I been doing? I had a good go at mowing the lawn last week, doing a little bit each evening between getting home from work and it getting dark. Massive storms and a tonne of rain over the weekend put a stop to the mowing and after about two days all the grass had grown back again. Most of the weekend was spent doing chores, a little bit of sewing without finishing anything, planting some seeds in pots on the back porch, reading and knitting. I am really enjoying my current knitting project. It is a fairly simple pattern, but looks complicated (and way more delicate and lacy than it looks in the photo).




I know more than I think I do


I had a couple of moments last week when I read a self help book or article that was supposed to be the new and enlightened approach, only to think – is that it, but I’ve been doing that for years. I guess I know more than I think I do, and some days I think I might actually have some fairly reasonable coping skills. The only problem is, when you just fall into these things naturally you never think to tell anyone because you just assume everyone knows.

I started my new job last week, and managed to survive not knowing anything or anyone, with only a mild amount of panic. Plus, over the weekend I did a bit of planning, re-evaluated some priorities and came up with a new schedule and I managed to start a new sewing project as well. So I am feeling reasonably on track. Hopefully will have a photo for you next week of how it turns out.

One goal down


Here’s me thinking I was having a slow start to the year goal wise, and in the first month I managed to tick off one of the big ones. I now have a new job which I start in a few weeks. Doing a bit of an internal happy dance. It’s nothing super exciting, but it’s a bit more money and work that I will probably like more, in what looks like a great team. But, also celebrating the fact that I can now focus on some other stuff for the rest of the year. Putting together an application can take a whole weekend if you are doing it properly, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for other things. Plus, I really hate applying for jobs. I suppose like a lot of people, I struggle to sell my skills and don’t get me started on interviews. So, its nice to think I don’t have to worry about it for a little while at least.

I have been feeling a little bit more energetic and have managed to fit in a fair bit of sewing, reading and baking over the weekend. So, the freezer is restocked and I managed to finish making an advent calendar for a lady at work.



How early is too early to mow the lawn?


I need to mow my lawn today. Which is probably a good thing because it is good exercise and I haven’t been doing nearly as much of that as my new year’s resolutions require. I have a big lawn and I can lose a couple of kilos after a weekend of lawn mowing. But today is meant to be hot. Really hot. So I want to start early, and get it over and done with before the worst heat hits. But how early is too early to start mowing your lawn? I’m an up at 5 am kind of person in the summer, and would be quite happy to go out and start mowing but not sure my neighbours would agree.

Normally I hold off until 8 am, which is still kind of early for a weekend but I have a battery mower and it’s not as noisy as a petrol one so I figure I can get away with it. The council says you can start using power tools from 7.30 am, so I might go a bit early today.

I told myself I would spend the time between when I woke up this morning and when I could start mowing doing some writing, so of course I have done everything but. Unless you count writing this blog. At least my rates bill is now paid, and that cooking show wasn’t going to watch itself, and I still have half an hour to go til 7.30. I might still get round to it.