If you are like me, you can never have enough storage for bits and bobs. But why have boring old round baskets when you can have cute heart shaped baskets to brighten up your space. These little crochet baskets work up quickly with Zpagetti yarn and make a great gift for yourself or a special friend. Fill them with sweet treats for Valentine’s Day and then keep the basket as an attractive and practical storage solution.
Sometimes you read, hear or watch something that you feel is a message directed straight at you, it is timely and can bring up feelings and emotions that you’ve been suppressing for a while.
Today this video turned me into a blubbering wreck – Why? Because it resonated with me profoundly. Every word made me understand why I’m often dissatisfied with the work I create, why there is that niggling (sometimes overt) feeling that I could or should be better, but scared that I’ll never get there.
The tears come not from sadness but from a sense of relief that I’m not ‘not enough’ and this is just a journey that is part of the creative experience.
The tears are cathartic and will help me let go of the expectations I put on myself, I need to embrace the process more and not be so fixated on outcomes.
In this internet world of ‘fake it till you make it’, faking it too long can make you feel fake inside, not disingenuous but just like something is lacking. I have felt like I’ve been running on a treadmill creatively for so long, but this year I’m really going to put myself out there and see where that goes.
Making safe decisions can protect you from the disappointments of rejection, but I’m now at a stage in my life where rejection doesn’t sting as much as it used to, regret hurts a lot more.
Rejection stings for only a short time, regret hurts forever.
Here’s to a year of doing and embracing The Gap…
I don’t often get a chance to sew for myself, most of the time spent in my sewing room is dedicated to blog projects, repairing garments or making soft furnishings, so when Megan Nielsen asked me if I’d like to review a couple of her patterns I jumped at the chance to make something I could wear. Something for me…doesn’t sound like much of a big deal, but you other mothers out there know that we often put ourselves last on the to do list for everything, so some ‘just for me’ sewing time was quite the special treat.
The survey responses are in and I’ve had fun creating a colourful infographic with a few of the results. As you know, infographics are ‘so hot right now’!
I know I’m meant to be taking a break, but a blogger’s work is never done, and there are some behind the scenes machinations happening here. I’m a bit kerfuffled, one day I want to quit blogging all together, the next I want to start another blog alongside My Poppet! That’s where your thoughts could really help me.
I really want to find out what you like (or not) about My Poppet, so I can make this place even better for you to visit.
To get some insight I’ve put together a survey (and tried to make it a little fun). It’s a bit long, but if you get all the way to the every end and fill your survey out by the 12th Jan I will reward you with a FREE copy of my Felt Owl PDF Pattern.
It’s right here below, just click on START to get started!
Thank You! Responses have been overwhelming and I’ve received very constructive and useful feedback. I’ll be creating an infographic with all the interesting information gathered that I think may interest you.
I’m working on getting the patterns out to everyone as quickly as possible so please be patient if it hasn’t hit your inbox yet.
Just wanted to say thanks for supporting My Poppet this year, it’s been a big one! The blog has had a tremendous growth in readership and I’m very proud off all the hard work I’ve put in. It’s been fun but challenging and now I need a little break to recharge my batteries, so I’ll be taking a blog hiatus for 6-8 weeks.
No big dramas behind the scenes, just some construction work in our house and the ensuing chaos it entails. In fact I haven’t had a kitchen since September, so just the daily routine stuff like feeding the kid and washing the dishes (in the bath tub) has has taken it out of me. Keeping creative has been a challenge as there is noise and dust most of the time and often no power or lights, so sorry if my post quality has slipped of late. I’m looking forward to some time to get my home in order and I’m hoping my energy levels will bounce back once my environment is a little less crazy.
Wishing you all a wonderful and safe Christmas break and a good start to 2014
Instagram is my favourite place ever (well at least virtually!) Where else can creatives from all over the world inspire each other without even having to know another language. It’s true that a picture speaks a thousand multilingual words.
Instagram is how I met Gaia Segattini, Italian fashion designer, craft blogger and author of “Handmade per imbranati-rinnova il tuo guardaroba“, which means “Handmade for dummies-Renew your wardrobe”. (more…)
With all the hub bub of this busy Christmas season, it’s so easy to get caught up in trivialities and forget how lucky we are that our children have the chance of getting a good education. At casa My Poppet we donate to children’s charities throughout the year, and it’s good to know that big companies like IKEA are doing their part too. For the last 10 years, the IKEA foundation has donated funds from their IKEA Soft Toy Campaign to help provide quality education to children living in poverty in developing countries. This year it’s on again. Till January 5th 2014, for every IKEA soft toy or children’s book sold at IKEA, the IKEA Foundation will donate €1 (approx. $1.50 AUD) to children’s education through UNICEF and Save the Children. (more…)