I am spinning you a line today and combining Little M's birthday with a crafty narrative.
At the beginning of September I had a day off. That is not a fleeting statement, I actually went on strike but I didn't tell anybody. I allowed myself a day off! Things had been getting too much on various levels of late and I simply had a day where I sat down, knitted stuff and watched day time TV.
That was the day I bought a new sewing machine. I thought I really deserved one. I had wanted one for ages. One that did automatic button holes, had a top loading bobbin, a free motion foot, embroidery stitches, a needle that rested down when it stopped, a needle threader and all the other things I knew I would enjoy using.
I bought it, then immediately photographed my other two sewing machines which did some of these things but not actually all on the same machine and sold them on ebay to recoup half of the money towards the new one. The new machine is mighty impressive and half price at £300. You may have noticed a spike in my sewing posts of late - I can't stop making things.
We have all had to learn to use it. Big Sis, aged ten, made scrunchies and said, "it is so quiet!"
Little M, now eight, used the alphabet stitching to personalise her party bags for her crafternoon birthday party. She said the machine was: "Amazing!"
Me, I made Megan a Birthday outfit. The Louisa Dress (a pattern I don't like but the end result is always fab)from fabric sent to me by Christina from My Colourful Life. I also knocked up a polo neck in some brown jersey which completed the outfit.
A new machine has been a brilliant decision at a time when other decisions were quite simply out of my control. Sewing does make me happy you know!