Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tutus on Tour

Tonight we all went to the ballet.  The Royal New Zealand Ballet right here in our small wet town.

It was magic.  I felt so very lucky that we could afford tickets - if it was the only thing we did for the Christmas spending season, it would be the best choice.

I just want to record the magic, even if I don't stay up long enough to try and recreate it in words here.

Monday, November 18, 2013


I had banned myself from sewing.  I have deadlines spilling out every corner of my life and the only way to get the book chapter done was to ban myself from reading novels or sewing.  Or so I figured.  But this weekend my superwoman cape fell off.  It lay in a puddle somewhere near me for most of the weekend while I worked out how to manage without it.

I've written to the editor of the book my chapter is for and explained just how much extra responsibility I have taken on at work since we were last in contact.  I can get the chapter done close to the end of November, I explained, but not by the end of November as originally agreed.  He was fantastic.  I don't like the extension of deadline route as everything has to be done some time and more deadlines stockpile behind the first very easily until everything is out of control.  But paid work has to take priority over unpaid writing.

Handling the line between home life and work life has been quite challenging and I'm sure there are more challenges ahead.  Yesterday I decided that for my own sanity, I needed to make something entirely unrelated to any deadline.  I can report that I'm pleased with both the experience and the finished product.

I had made a muslin for the Cake Patterns Red Velvet dress (good dress, but I need to make alterations in the bodice) and while I will make a 'pure' Red Velvet one day, for this time I wanted to make something which would go together easily and which had a non-round neckline. So I went half way and made a Tiramisu bodice and a Red Velvet midriff and skirt.

Not hemmed yet - that's tonight's project. 

I'm still blogging my sewing projects, but the wider reflection on life via this blog is on hold for the forseeable future.