Pinning.

So I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and started pinning on Pinterest.

It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s addictive and I fear it may be another Internet time waster!

I certainly don’t have the prettiest collection of images, but it is a great tool to collect sewing inspiration ideas.

Some of the collections on Pinterest are just stunning.

I’d love to follow more people so let me know if you’re pinning and I’ll follow you.

A life note: I had my first day of prac teaching on Monday and all went well. My class is lovely and so is my teacher. I am teaching all next week so probably won’t be blogging as much as usual. I also finished my assignment this week and don’t another major one due for a few weeks, so I can breathe again. I will finish this degree. The countdown is on – 10 weeks to go!

Happy weekend all!

Not sewing, shopping.

This weekend my husband has been away snow boarding, so I’ve been a single mum to three kids under 4 and I’m tired!

There hasn’t been much sewing to show of late. I have three wadders that have appeared in my sewing room, a half finished, not-so-great dress and a pair of pants cut and waiting for attention.

While I haven’t been sewing, there has been a lot of dreaming about sewing and a little online shopping. This past week I may have pre-ordered a book that I’m quite excited about, The Colette Sewing Handbook.

It should arrive towards the end of the university semester, which is when I’ll probably have time to use it.

With prac teaching starting tomorrow and a number of assignments to attend to, this blog may be a little neglected for a few weeks. I have a few half finished posts in my drafts, but am struggling to find the time to take the photos. Sometimes I do feel pressure to keep my output high because of my blog and with so much on  my plate for the next little while, I really need to prioritize my time.

I’ll be back from time to time, hopefully to show some successful projects, but just not every day.

Happy Sunday!

Local craft

Over the weekend I stopped by at one of our local craft fairs, just to kill a little time with the kids. We are lucky enough that our little suburban area hosts two craft fairs per month, just one suburb apart from each other.

While most of the offerings at these fairs are a little daggy, well, really daggy (think crochet tea towels and polar fleece dog coats), every now and then you find a gem.

This little cardigan was purchased for $8, from a stand where every hand knitted item was under $10. While some items were quite ugly, others were super sweet and retro.

It would take me months to knit this for Adele and I don’t even think I’d be capable of  knitting those cables down the cardigan. Even though is just acrylic, I still can’t believe it was only $8! I’ll be back next winter to stock up her wardrobe in cute cosy knits.

Now back to my last post. I just wanted to thank you to everyone for the supportive comments (Amber, Lara, Jen, Karen, Sonja, Cat, Sophie, Trihn, my sis, everyone!)  about my current predicament. I am feeling a little better about my choices and after talking to anyone within range over the past days about where I’m at, I realise there are many others like me, both at uni and not, who doubt some of their big choices.

I begin prac teaching on Monday and I am looking forward to it. I think I will be OK and I will finish my degree.

To you Bernice: I am becoming a primary school teacher and certainly will get in touch if I need any help. Thanks so much for the offer!

Hope you all have a great weekend. It’s cold and miserable here, but the ‘glass is half full’ again!

Doubt

I’m having a bit of a down day today and don’t have many people to talk to, so I’m going to *talk* to you.

I’m in my final semester of teaching and am seriously doubting this whole career change, but as I’m almost finished my Masters, I really can’t quit.

I used to work in marketing and was quite successful. I had a good managerial job in an industry that most cool cats would want to work in. During the GFC and while on maternity leave, I was retrenched (yes it can happen, yes it was legal), as I had negotiated my role down to three days and they wanted me back five days and some.

The funny thing was, I was only planning on returning to work after the birth of James to save up enough money to quit and start my teaching degree, so this whole redundancy thing was just the kick I needed to get that happening.

So now, three years later and almost at the end of the teaching degree, I’m really worried about my career change decision. I’m really good at marketing and know that I could get a part time job that I’d enjoy.

Teaching though, is new and I know the first few years will be tough. I don’t know if I’m ready for the change and I’m not sure I want to do it. It also doesn’t help that my recent discussions with those who are teachers haven’t been positive. Most don’t like their job, the paperwork, the discipline, the work, the bureaucracy, etc.  No wonder I’m stressed!

I have my first day of prac teaching next Monday and just hoping that I get a nice, supportive, positive teacher. I’m desperate to re-invigorate my interest in becoming a teacher. I’m desperate to be reassured that I haven’t wasted this past two and a bit years back at university.

Now because every post needs a photo, here’s one that makes me happy. This is from our recent holiday to Port Douglas. This is what eating out with three kids looks like.

Pencils, books and beverages are a must while you wait for food.

Now I really must get back to this horrible assignment that I need to finish. I’m really not in the zone for writing it though, so it’s taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r!