Fessing up

It’s confession time: I have no sewing to report, or finished item images to share with you and I might not for a few more weekends.

So it’s time to fess up.

Our rental got put on the market at the end of January and nerdy hubby and I are being put through Open Home mayhem every Sunday with viewings “by appointment” mid-week as well. This means we have to be super tidy ALL. THE. TIME. (because I am NOT getting blamed for it not selling due to anything we’ve done) and we must be absent during the time when a potential buyer may come through.

This is frustrating to put it mildly (you can insert an alliteration appropriate swear word in front of that term if you want, I did, inside my head).

I told myself I wasn’t going to let it stress me out or interrupt my me-time, namely my sewing-time, but the truth is that it is impossible to be a creative person when you are also paranoid about strangers coming through your house.

So I have hidden packed a lot of things away and pretty much not touched my machines in the last three weeks.

It appears that, along with my expensive scissors and other small pocket-able items, I accidentally packed away my sewing mojo and I’m not sure which box it went into.

I did sit down at my machines on Saturday and managed to partially sew up the side seam of my vest but I made a hash of it and it is hanging all wrong. I am grumpily blaming the instructions which I shouldn’t have bothered to follow so I’ll be unpicking it and doing it my way when I next feel inspired.

Why are we sticking around? I hear you ask. Well, this is not the first time we’ve been in this situation but we have decided it will be the last and have begun the fun (and scary) task of looking for our first house home together. So right now it suits us since we can give notice as soon as we find a place of our own and (for now) not have to sign into another rental contract that we’ll have to see out.

So our Saturdays are now full of drive-by house hunting and on Sundays we troupe through other people’s houses while they troupe through ours.

It is physically and emotionally draining.


The fantasy of finally being able to do as I want with my very own dream sewing room in my very own home is all that is keeping me going right now…that and fabric shopping…and new magazines…and reading all your amazing blogs…and possibly finally getting a kitten or a puppy 😉

I have new magazines to share with you later this week but for now, because I don’t like posts with no images in them let’s finish up with some pretty fabrics, my latest acquisitions from The Fabric Warehouse Pop-up Store.

Fabric makes me feel happy and if you haven’t been down there yet chop chop, they finish up on Wednesday…if there is anything left:

I can’t wait to make some amazing new pieces with these pretties in my dream sewing room sometime in the near future.

Please stick around, I promise I’ll be back to my old (sewing) self soon…


19 thoughts on “Fessing up

  1. Oh man that is very frustrating! Though exciting to be looking for your own home. I know when I had to move my sewing machines out of my apartment due to noise complaints (they now live at my parents house), I lost the sewing mojo for a while, because the flow of my process had been totally interrupted. Now I have to do pattern prep and fabric cutting at my school apartment, and drive home on the weekends to sew (and see my family, and do others things). It isn’t really as convenient as having everything all in one place, but I am making it work. I am sure when you find your new home, and get your sewing space all set up, the mojo will return and you will be making beautiful things once again. Until then, pretty fabric does help to soften the pain 😉

    • I’m just glad you have found a way to keep sewing, it almost sounds like sewing for you is a fabulous holiday! 🙂 I may have just added some more pretty fabric to my queue for when the mojo returns, but shhh! Don’t tell my hubby 😉

  2. Good luck with getting your own place, and your own dedicated sewing space. We were going to put our house on the market last year, and I couldn’t bear to think about how long I may have had to pack everything away for, because again, sewing is not a neat process for me either! All the best, and looking forward to seeing what you make with those fab fabrics.

    • Oh the packing and unpacking is just as painful isn’t it? I am desperately hoping this is our last big move for a while! 🙂 Thank you for the positive thoughts xx

  3. Eich, I understand. I’ve had to do this before as a renter. It’s painful. At least there’s light at the end of the tunnel – a fabulous sewing room that is all yours!! 🙂

  4. I feel for you. The house I rent was up for sale last year and I had 3 months of home opens and drop ins so I totally understand what you mean. I didn’t sew much during that time either. How exciting looking for a house. I hope you find something soon and get back your sewing mojo. Can’t wait to see your new creations with the fabric you bought.

  5. I feel for you, having gone through trying to sell our place last year. Something about letting a lot of strangers look at the place (no matter how nice some are) is exhausting. Fingers crossed you find somewhere lovely to move to!

    • I’ve been thinking all though this that I guess we’ll have to go through it all again when the tables are turned and we are selling our own house in the future, it is exhausting! Positive thoughts gratefully received, thank you xx 🙂

  6. Very exciting. The house hunting and additional visits to the fabric store, that is not the no sewing mojo etc. Good luck with finding a good pad and letting the mojo loose again.

    PS I’ve been to the pop up store twice and am forcing myself to not go again. Looking forward to see how you get on with sewing up your goodies.

    • I have to admit, the fabric shopping is keeping the sewing fairies happy and I admit that may have gone back again today and found two more beautiful pieces…shhh! Don’t tell my hubby! 😉

  7. Good luck with the house hunting, what a great time to buy with prices lower and mortgage rates being low too. My sewing room is also my office and I am always in a mess and have run out of room.

  8. Best of luck in finding your own house, and here’s hoping that your rental home selling turns out to be your lucky break! It will be nice to have a sewing room, but I love sewing in the lounge with the rest of the family too!

    • I agree, sewing is nice when others are around you so I told my hubby we needed a big rumpus so we could share a nerdy room (as opposed to us being in two separate rooms as we are now) but he thinks I’m too noisy 😉 and when he says “me” he really means my overlocker, hehe

  9. I feel your plight! I can’t sew without making a ‘mess’ (if mess is the word used to describe having necessary things strewn about the place) and would feel crushed at the thought of having to put my sewing on hold for some extra-onerous life event. That said – it definitely seems like the right time to make some bricks and mortar your own – I’m ever-envious of the idea of having a dedicated sewing space to daydream about!

    • I love that when I said “mess” you knew I mean’t just the normal sewing process 😉 Thanks for the support, I knew that once we get a place of our own I’ll be right back into it and happy as a clam. I’m looking forward to you seeing your Lace Dress to keep me inspired xx

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