With just 4 days away from Christmas, it has been fairly busy in our household. The Christmas tree with new fairy lights are up, presents bought and wrapped (yippie!) and Christmas menu all set! However, I’m still trying to get some Christmas sewing done, tasks at the office cleared before the year ends and tons of little things here and there.
There are days where I feel like my soul has left the body and all I’m doing is on auto-pilot. I get tired and unmotivated in general. And when I hit such rut, I know I am uninspired. Sometimes I feel like my creative mojo has left me and leaving me beaten and sad. Well, it does happens and happens to all of us from time to time, so it’s all about knowing when and how we should pick ourselves up and uplift our mood.
Travelling on a plane with a toddler while having its challenges was not as daunting as I’ve expected it to be. I’ve heard or even witnessed horror stories of how toddler couldn’t stop crying or was constantly screaming that made me worried about taking that first flight out. But of course the wanderlust got the better of me and we braved our souls for what may come – being judged or not.
I had a successful October by giving myself a realistic goal and meeting it, and it has no doubt given me confidence and motivation to do the same for November. This systematic way of identifying my sewing plans and slowly conquering it means I keep my eye on the goal (not distracted by the gazillion projects I have in my mind) and enjoy the fruits of it later on.
Back in October, we spent a week in Hong Kong (long I know). We wanted it to be a leisure trip where we could do a lot more sight-seeing and we did exactly that by slowing our pace down. The possibly unfortunate thing was having Junior come down with a fever where we spent a day in the hotel room just for him to recover – not that I minded actually. Despite that, we managed to spend a day in Hong Kong Disneyland.
I am extremely pleased to share that I’ve kept to plan and sewed up the knit skirt and sleeved shift dress like what I have intended to. In-fact, I did more than what I’ve bargained for.
I managed to make time to sew amid a very busy 2 weeks at the end of October with us celebrating both Junior and my birthday. It was a very intimate birthday celebration this year and I am truly glad to be surrounded by family.
Last year when I chanced upon the Day in a Life series by Justina of Mum in the Making, I remembered I thoroughly enjoyed what I was reading. At that time, I was going through a phase where I was trying to balance between being a full time working mum and looking after the family. Through the stories of fellow mums, I found great respite and energised to know that I am not alone.
I was a Knid Blyton kind of girl. I like the fairies and gnomes and getting lost in a world of make believe. I grew up loving to read, kudos to my mum who never fails to bring me to the library every 2 or odd weeks to refresh my books. I guess that stuck with me right till this day, I still enjoy a good book every now and then whenever I have time.
My mum who was my sewing teacher in the initial days before I decided to enrol into a dressmaking class was all about self-drafted patterns. Often she finds her inspirations from Japanese sewing magazines or relied on some of these patterns inserts that came with the magazines. When it came to commercial patterns in the likes of Simplicity or Vogue, she simply was not a fan. The main reason for her was the fitting issues and modifications needed for it to work for her.