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Week Twelve: 52 Weeks Of Creativity

I knew that I’d learn a great deal setting myself the challenge of making something, anything (!) for every week of 2016 – what I didn’t expect to discover is that I am seriously shonky at time keeping. Or maybe perhaps it’s my lack awareness of just how long things take – If you invite me out for dinner i’m never the late one…so I’m going with this observation, not least because it also makes me feel less like a complete looser.

So on with my tale; If you follow me over on Instagram you will have spotted that a few days back I posted up this picture with the caption ‘Going big for week 12’  and if you scroll down you will see that this picture does not correlate with the piece I am now presenting as week twelves make <cough>2 days late<cough>

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Well like all yarns (pun intended!) I have a good excuse…and no it isn’t the dog ate my homework. It was the above revelation of piss poor planning! A couple of last minute Easter orders (hurrah and a BIG thank you to those who chose handmade over supermarket bought Easter eggs – my husband received the latter!) and time spent driving around the country meant that my personal stitching got sidelined, no way I could complete the above for this week. Maybe if I combined the weeks, but I decided that would be compromising and I didn’t want to do that..not so early on anyhow! So I shall come back to this idea a little later.

So today I sat at my machine and worked on another little idea I’ve had percolating, since I spotted the quote “An arrow can only be shot by dragging it backwards. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming”

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It resonated with me when I first read it as we, hubby & I,  are renovating a c.1800 stone cottage and have hit a few bumps recently that have really tested us; both our resolve and financially. However somewhat ironically the stitching of this also had it’s own trials and tribulations. The first being the silver thread coupled with my choice of stitch, totally freaked my poor Singer sewing machine out, making a simple 10 minute job last well over an hour and to say it’s bodged would be putting it politely.

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I then had a complete mental fail when stitching the two pieces together in that I didn’t leave a big enough gap to stuff the cushion inset through so I ended up seam ripping a bigger hole and i’ve just pinned the opening for these snaps. Like I said – total bodgyness maximus!

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It’s safe to say that this particular make will be staying at MrsM HQ as a prototype, however, to end on a positive note I am pleased with the direction that this is going in so will continue to tweak and finesse until i’m happy for it to hit the shop.

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