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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.

Camperdown Cruise 2015 – with a little help from my friends!

I have a confession to make... I have serious FOMO (fear of missing out). It can be all-consuming and anxiety-inducing. My dog has it too, although I like to think I manage mine better than he does 😉 The fact that my calendar seems to be quiet for a while and then have 3 things on the same time that I want to go to, like last weekend certainly doesn't help! I hear this phenomenon isn't exclusive to the chronically ill but sometimes I do think the calendar Gods are against me! Then the added element of having to miss out and cancel on a lot of things due to fatigue or not being able to get there and back under my own steam really doesn't help the situation.

An open letter for understanding

Something we hear time and time again in the chronic illness community are stories of interactions with friends and relatives that go badly. Stories of broken friendships and family arguments because some people seem to be unable to understand and see the world through the eyes of another person in a situation that is so very different to their own. We know that it is impossible to comprehend exactly what living with chronic illness is unless you are living it but we appreciate the efforts of those who try more then we can say.

Taking Stock

Last Monday I started a blog course, Blog with Pip, run by Pip Lincolne from Meet me at Mike's. It was recommended to me by my dear friend Rachel who writes a fantastic blog about life with Dysautonomia called The Chronic Ills of Rach. I am thoroughly enjoying the course because not only do we get to learn about the ins and outs of blogging, we also get to discover a whole host of new, awesome blogs that the other course participants are writing! Our assignment this week is to write a post about 'taking stock'.