Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Time for a Come Back


It's only 9 Sleeps until my friend Alison and I head off to Nundle for the 2014 Girls Day in the Country with Guest Tutor Lynette Anderson.
I am really looking forward to catching up with all the old crew and meeting a few new ones as well.
I just hope I remember which end of the needle to thread on the day.
Sewing and Blogging has most definitely been on the back burner for me over that last 12 months or so.
Reading Blogs has even been a luxury.
Not everyone knows that my 21 year marriage ended in June 2012 and prior to that my blog was my escape from reality.
Kind of a saving grace really, I moved to a rental townhouse in July 2012 where I lived for 8 months.
Last year on the 1st of March I moved into my very own new little home.
 It is a 1920 double brick bungalow on Peisley Street ORANGE NSW.
I have decided to blog about my projects at home as I am not sewing much at the moment and I hope you all enjoy sharing my journey.
It has great bones but just needed/needs a bit of love to make it a home.
That's one thing I have lots of so that has been my project for the last 12 months and probably the next 20 years for that matter. I never really grew out of having a cubby house so this is perfect therapy for me.
 My family and my home have always been my whole world and when it all gets taken away from you it is definitely a long road to recovery.
 My daughter Molly is 19 and has just moved to Newcastle for Uni  and definitely does not need me as much as she used to.
My son Jack is 17 and in Year 12 and lives between his Fathers and my house and is also needing his Mum less and less these days.
I really hate being a part time mum but I just have to deal with it as best I can.
I now work full time at my job at the School Fees Office and in July last year "Pickled on Peisley" was born.
My little home based market stall business that any profits I make go to my renovation fund for my little home.
In the 8 months since starting I have cooked over 1200 jars/bottle and made around 30 "Cookies in a Jar Mixes" Not a great hourly rate when all broken down and expenses taken out of but I can do it from home and it does give me pleasure sending out little jars of homemade goodness with a little bit of love thrown in.
Most nights at my stitching group I am cutting circles to go on top of my jars so I am still working with fabric and am fussy as to make sure the tops co-ordinate with the contents. Not at all obsessive compulsive....ha ha!

My little Bernina did make an appearance on the kitchen table last year when I sewed 4 lots of Power Puff Girls costumes for Jack and his friends for a school disco where they won first place....The boys tell me they were really the Power BUFF Girls...Ha ha....Jack is the one in the blue dress. 

I hope this will be the start of many more blog posts for me in 2014.
I really miss getting all those lovely comments from you all.

Until next time, happy stitching or whatever it is that makes you Happy

Kate

32 comments:

Lyn said...

Hi Kate...have a fabulous time in Nundle..your 'Pickled on Peisley' jars look rather enticing there on the shelf..welcome back to blogging and all the best with the work you want to do on your house...by the way does your verandah wrap around to the side as well..like so many did..I would love one of them..

Daisy Jayne said...

Kate welcome back and good for you as I always say when life sends you lemons forget the lemonade and make cocktails

shez said...

oh Kate it is so good to have you back and i am so pleased that i will finally get to meet you soon,i have missed my visits with you,take care .xx

Christine M said...

Hi Kate. It's lovely to have you back. From what I can see, your new house looks lovely. Enjoy Nundle. Have fun with my lovely friend Shez and all the other girls.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Welcome back Kate...lovely to see you again!

Thanks so much for filling it all in for us as to what you have been doing. Onward and upward....look forward to catching up again xo

Chookyblue...... said...

Why are those people being so nice....about time you showed up on here again although I have seen you in the mean time..... Keep up the blogging.... Missed you

Susan said...

HI Kate. Ill be seeing you in Nundle and I have been watching your blog ever since I joined the GDITC blog - I'm glad to see you back in blog land - its obviously been a tough time for you lately but things are on the improve. Children do grow up and leave home....more time fro cooking and maybe even some sewing???
See you soon.

Sylvia said...

Welcome back Kate. So good to see you back in blogland and am looking forward to reading your posts. Have a great time in Nundle.

FIONA said...

Hi Kate ... always knew you were there lurking in the background in search of your stitching mojo ... maybe it will all come back to you in Nundle when you are surrounded by friends and creativity! Chin up, keep stitching and keep blogging .. take care my friend and look after yourself! xx Fiona xx

Michelle said...

Welcome back Kate, I have missed your blogging! congrats on your new home, it looks lovely can't wait to see your decorating! Jack and his mates look great! Nice legs boys!!
Michelle

Anita said...

Welcome back Kate!! Trust chooky to be cracking the whip LOL
Looking forward to your blogging posts - maybe I should get back to blogging too......

Deb said...

Hi Kate. Have a fabulous time in Nundle. I always feel so envious when I hear all about the time you all have there. I know what you mean about blogging, sometimes life just gets in the way but I think you will always find no-one worries and heck you have had heaps going on.
Take care and have fun

Clare said...

Hi Kate. Have had you in my thoughts and prayers. So glad you are blogging again. I did so miss you! What a lovely home and look forward to the changes that will make it home for you. I hope you are able to display your quilts and stitching to inspire you to use the needle and thread often. Your stitching Angel.

Susan said...

Lovely to see you back Kate. Whether it's stitching or renovating, they are both creative pursuits and I love to see what you've been up to. You have turned your house into a lovely home. X

Kath said...

Kate it is wonderful to see you back. I have been there done that, and you do come out the other end. Your little jars all look so enticing. You cubby house will be just perfect for you and you will add your touches before you know it. Have fun in Nundle too.

Sonia said...

Yeah, nice to see you back and blogging....well at least 1

see you in how many sleeps ????

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Great to see that post.....

Janice said...

It's great to see you back. Who cares if you don't get much stitching done. It is just nice to see what you are up to and to be part of the blogging community.

Janice said...

It's great to see you back. Who cares if you don't get much stitching done. It is just nice to see what you are up to and to be part of the blogging community.

Nicky said...

Lovely to see you back Kate and catch up on all your news. Looking forward to seeing your home reno projects...

Nicky said...

Lovely to see you back Kate and catch up on all your news. Looking forward to seeing your home reno projects...

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Hi Kate, so wonderful to see you back on your blog. Hugs Sharon

creations.1 said...

Welcome back Kate -enjoy your little cubby house! and your 'loving it' times. Stitching will come back when you are ready for it. Have a great time in Nundle!!

Cardygirl said...

Lovely to "see" you and hear your news....the house looks sweet!

Chookyblue...... said...

see I wasn't then only who wanted you to start blogging again.......and yes Anita should get back to blogging too........maybe you should both quit FB!!!
lol

Michelle Ridgway said...

I was thrilled to see your post appear on my reader...welcome back! My what a journey you have been on Kate and you have come through a very difficult period so beautifully! Your new home is so lovely. Having tasted first hand your delicious strawberry jam I am sure there are many very happy customers for your wares. I for one will look forward to reading your blog again...big hugs xx

suzeblack said...

Great to see your post...we might be able to inspire each other on the blogging department ;) It looks like ^^^ you have been missed! Don't forget your amazing, talented and beautiful friends are always here for you ( that's me, by the way ) love you xo

Jan said...

Hi Kate: It was lovely meeting you in Bathurst and great to see you back in blog land. You are obviously a brave, strong, motivated woman (remember I saw you in action behind the counter at Anni's !) and you'll be just fine. Have a great time in Nundle. (BTW, love your little house).

Jindi's Cottage said...

Hi Kate...it was so great to see you pop up in my Reader, I've often wondered how you are going...have fun making your little house "just so"...your jars of goodies look very inviting...

barb's creations said...

Nice to see you back Kate, good luck with all your renovations :) Barb.

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