For the longest time, DIY Christmas gifts has been the norm in our family. For birthdays, we buy each other presents. But for Christmas, there’s something extra festive about creating homemade gifts for friends and family.
It’s just hit one year since we left San Francisco to move our little family back to Australia. We had a newborn baby, Dave started his own software company and we moved to a coastal town I’d never set foot in before. So it’s safe to say the past year has been a bit of a whirlwind. Now that Umi is weaned and turning into Little Miss Independent, I’ve decided knuckle down and focus on a long term goal of mine; to start my own sewing patterns business.
Do you have a strong sense of personal style? I’m been feeling like I’m almost there. This shirt dress made from dark blue linen has been a key piece in helping to define my relaxed and understated way of dressing.
A weekend at a spa or a beach getaway aren’t bad, but I’ve just experienced the ULTIMATE weekend away. Jamboree South Coast was a 3 day event, jam-packed with craft classes, delicious meals, yummy treats and soulful music. I totally immersed myself in learning new crafts and making friends with fellow sewing nerds. I never realised until now, how energising it is to dedicate a weekend solely to creativity. For creative souls like you and me, it’s so important (and healing) to nurture our need to make things.
I’ve always been curious to try Stylearc patterns. My favourite style of cardigan is a long, open front cardigan. When I saw Stylearc’s Simone cardigan, with its drapey pockets and longer back, I had to give it a go!