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New beginnings...again :)

It's been a while! So hello once again!
I seem to persist in being a very inconsistent blogger :)
Oh well, my other life...the day jobs (where I garden and tutor for a living) took over for a while....

I love gardening and tutoring, but I'm never quite happy living only in that other life of mine, so eventually the studio beckons and the urge to spend more time doing what I do there has been growing stronger.

Being spring, my gardening business has been extremely busy. A little bit of warmth and the weeds seem to start growing about an inch a day, and those 'winter tidy' gardens that I tend start turning into wild chaos very quickly. So for a while gardening has been taking up most of my energy.

I can't actually claim any responsibility for this beauty. They are my neighbors rose bushes. I thought they were so beautiful that I couldn't resist taking a photograph this afternoon.

They are at the back of my neighbors property and I am the one that gets the best view of them.
But, as I said, after a bit, the studio has been beckoning and in the past week or so I have been feeling more and more inspired to start making again. I haven't achieved very much, but I have doing what seems to be my usual pattern of creative warm up exercises.

I have been flicking through my favorite design books and magazines. I have been spending hours looking at inspiring blogs and websites...

I have also oiled my sewing machine which I haven't used for over a year!

And finally, I have been planning and writing lists...setting myself tasks and challenges.

So now it is crunch time. The warm up phase is over and I want to get to work. I know from past experience that if I don't, I will start to get frustrated and angry with myself. So, I'm determined to get stuck in!

One of the challenges I have set myself is to blog 5 times a week, Monday to Friday. It was just one of those random ideas that I had during a solo brainstorming session I had last weekend.

What on earth will I find to write about or photograph on an almost daily basis?

Well, I'm not going to worry too much about that right now. My hope is that by blogging more often I will, by default also be visiting on a daily basis, my dream of 'making' for a living. So, I'm going to give it a go and see what emerges!

Jill xx

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  1. Yes 'life' gets in the way sometimes and puts you on another course for awhile, but as you say lists are a great way of focusing ones mind back to what it is you really would like to be doing :)
    Look forward to hearing more from you!

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