Thursday, January 8, 2015

A New Year Dawns

A new year has arrived and with it a promise of a new path for me.  

I begin my University journey next Monday and the past few weeks have been spent preparing the household and our life to enable this to happen.

It is very exciting as well as quite scary.  It's been 30 years since I have studied and having an income less than the tax I used to pay per week is frightening.  

BUT we are up for the challenge.  Frugal is my new go to word and I have been spending lots of time in the kitchen and vegetable garden in an effort to harvest this year's crop to squirrel away for the winter.

I have also been spending some time working on sewing projects.  

My designing will be limited to a few small items per year as I do not want or need any added pressure whilst studying.  I figure I am going to get one shot at this and I want to give it 110%.  BUT sewing is important to me and it is who I am - My life is not complete without it so finally I have given myself permission to work on whatever takes my fancy.  I am SO enjoying it.

This of course will be limited to using what I already have as money is very tight.  

Luckily for me that includes many UFO's and lots of NEW projects not even started yet.  It will also give me the chance to start small "new" projects to help use up some of my extensive stash.

Like this gorgeous "Free" pattern by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs.  Anne will be releasing a Christmas Heart Ornament every month on the 5th for a whole year.  I'll have 12 gorgeous brand new ornaments by Christmas next year and all from my scrap box. I've made a start on the first one.

I've been setting aside some time since Christmas to take the dogs for some exciting walks.  Ruby and Toby love going for a walk with their mumma so we hop into the car and drive to some "doggy" walking areas near our home.

This included a lovely trip to the beach last week.

So that's it from me for today.  I promise to try and get back here to blog a little more often than last year.

I have a trip to the dentist today but before I go I'm going to spend some time making some gorgeous kitchen towels from a tutorial over on my friend Jenny's blog.  The finished kitchen towels will be the start of my 2015 handcrafted gift box.  No gift will be given from me this year that is not handmade so what a perfect addition to begin my stash of handcrafted treasures.

Love and Hugs,

Fee xx


Rosie said...

Look's like good planning has gone into the year ahead. I am making some tea-towels as well.
Best of luck Fiona for your studies.

e said...

Wishing you all the best with the new leg of your journey. As always you are working on some great projects. Minimal funds doesn't mean life can't still be good.

Jo in TAS said...

Let me know if you need anyone to check your assignments, always happy to offer my knowledge from my last uni stint!

Christine M said...

Good luck with your new adventure, Fee. Those tea towels are gorgeous. Are they from a well known store?

Melody said...

So exciting to be back studying. My husband became a nurse in his 40's. He loved the company of his fellow, but younger, students and loves being a nurse. Good luck

Liz said...

From one nurse to another.I am sure you wil enjoy it. And by enjoying it this will help with you assignments. I hope all your plans go well. Plus keep on stitching!

Unknown said...

Hello Fee,I have enjoyed your site sooo much,May God Bless you and enable you to do your nursing course with excellence,He will supply your needs according to his riches ! Hugs Betty

Michelle Ridgway said...

I am so happy for you Fee,to be embarking on this exciting journey to realise your dream. I am sure gorgeous stitching will come from your stash...hugs x

Unknown said...

Hi Fee, good luck with your studies it will be an exciting journey for you. I hope you continue to enjoy your stitching Lizzi xoxo

Sylvia Anderson said...

It was so good to hear from you Fee, and I congratulate you for choosing the path you have chosen to travel. Thankfully you have a large stash, as do most of us quilters, and will be able to pick and choose from your existing fabric. Going back to school won't be easy, but I think you possess the will and determination to give it your all, and will do very well. Happy New Year, and may it be one of joy and happiness. Hugs, and lots of them!

Unknown said...

A happy New Year from France.
Your last resolution is the best you can make.
KInd regards

Karen said...

All the very best as you start this adventure. I too went back to study at the age of 44 and did a teaching degree. It was a wonderful experience challenging the brain and making friends with fellow students of all ages. Enjoy the process as you achieve your dream. All the best.

Joy said...

Hey Fee I made a bag from the two tea-towels on the right ;)!!! Can't wait to see you :D!!!!!
Hugs xxxxx