Claire and Cherry Pie

Author Archive: Claire and Cherry Pie

Milliner, amateur seamstress, mid-century vintage addict, craftoholic, singer, nerd and fancy dress fanatic who loves (most) animals great and small. Living a creative life with Dysautonomia and other chronic illnesses.

Big Pharma is my friend

Wow you take a lot of meds! Why don't you stop taking your medication and see if it actually does anything? Why do you need to take so many? Do you know if they actually do anything? Have you tried natural alternatives? If your drugs have those side-effects why don't you stop taking them? Big Pharma doesn't create cures, they create consumers. To all the anti-Big Pharma people out there, if you want to attack something spend your energy attacking stress, smoking, traffic accidents, alcohol and substance abuse - they are far more responsible (and proven to be so) for adversely affecting the lives of Australians.

Friendships through chronic illness

From the moment we are born, interactions that we have and friendships that we make help shape the people we become. It's not just the positive things but the negative and adverse as well and the more life experience we have the more rounded a person we become. By life experience I don't necessarily mean going out and seeing the world, but having experiences that are diverse, that change the way you view things and open your eyes, things that help you really know who you are as a person and how you see the world around you.

End to Endo

So March was Endometriosis awareness month, yes I know it's now April but I did write this in March and then couldn't decide when it was finished (I'm pretty sure it is now!). Having an awareness month is good because Endo is not something that is talked about that often, despite the fact that it affects around 10% of women in Australia - I'm guessing this is because it's women's stuff and rather personal.

Sew City – Sew Country! Project 1: Pinterest Challenge

Let me introduce you to the first edition of a new monthly project I am undertaking with my lovely friend Stacey from The Little Taylor. A little while ago Stace was telling me about Sew Weekly, where the authors and anyone who wants to join in make a garment each week according to their chosen theme. We both loved this idea, but for Stacey, working and having her own projects meant that a project a week was a little too much and for me, well, I ended up making only 4 garments last year thanks to an incredibly crappy health run, so we settled on one project a month. Stacey and I have worked together for photo shoots, catwalk shows and market stalls for a number of years now but the distance between our living locations can make it difficult: I am in the heart of Melbourne and she is in the country town Shepparton, 190km away. And thus Sew City - Sew Country was born! I hope you join us for the ride!

New year = fresh slate

Oh hai 2016, welcome! I am very pleased to meet you. I love the promise of a new year, it's like a fresh start, a physical line drawn between one time and another where everything that happened over the previous 365 days can magically (theoretically) be forgotten, if you so wish. Last year was tough, I'm not going to lie and my blog posts became few and few between. But it also had some very high points sprinkled through that toughness to break it up a bit, a bit of glitter in the pile of poo that was 2015.