Singleton started the day warm and humid. I started the day with a run (yes, really) along a really great path. Read on “The Big North: Day 2”
Ooh, what a big, wet day. I knew today was going to rain but that didn’t mean I had to like it.
I woke up early and was out of the driveway by 7. Read on “The Big North: Day 1”
Today I pack, which means tomorrow I can go and buy anything I still need. (I wrote this post as I packed, so it is a bit of a running commentary…) Read on “The Big North: Day -2”
I’m going on a motorbike ride. And I’m going to write about it. I haven’t done this for ages (the writing about it part, that is – I’ve done plenty of riding).
The back story is that I’m not working at the moment, don’t want to ride in January as it’s crazy-busy (and crazy-expensive), hopefully will have work in February/March and am likely to move in April. So now is the very best time for a ride. And the week before Christmas is actually fairly inexpensive as everyone starts their travel the week after.
But I needed a goal – Read on “The Big North: Day -4”
This is a story that any sewer (or knitter, quilter, weaver etc) will completely understand.
I needed topstitching thread. I got this far on a denim jacket:
and ran out of topstitching thread. Read on “How a spool of thread cost hundreds of dollars and an entire morning”
I had a couple of weeks off over Christmas (actually, that’s not quite true – it’s my quiet period as well, so I have a fair amount of time, but on these 2 weeks I did no working-work). I had a bunch of projects that I wanted to start but an uncomfortable, unsettled feeling that was stopping me from getting stuck into it.
Usually for me this feeling is resolved by, instead of getting stuck in, stepping back and spending some time just fooling around and getting re-organised. So that’s what I did – mostly without as much intent as Read on “A new year: Cleaning up, setting up, restarting”
[Intro: I’m switching direction again – from personal development to motorbiking to sewing. I design stuff, patternmake and sew; and I thought I might share some of my projects…]
I’m studying a Diploma in Fashion design and for an assignment had to design a mini spring/summer range. Amongst other things, I sketched this dress: Read on “Linen panel dress”
You may not know this, but I’m a weaver. I’ve had an enormous loom for longer than I’ve had a daughter, and my number 1 criteria when house-hunting is making sure I have space for my loom and sewing machines.
Some years ago, I made a rag rug out of denim jeans and gave it to my Dad. He hung it on the wall instead of using it as a rug, but that was OK. It was a good rug and I liked it enough that I eventually decided to make one for myself. Read on “Sinking sunk costs: Don’t continue work you hate”
It’s been far too hot to ride recently – around 37°C for the entire week (and it starts getting hot too early to get a ride in).
I did get out on one great ride on the Australia Day holiday – about 11 of us spent a few hours on the back roads before settling in for a burger at Jugiong. That was fun – after saying I could probably manage 80 on gravel roads, I managed a top speed of 112 before it got a bit wobbly (my top speed on tarmac is only 124). But most importantly, I Read on “Seat, tyres and boots”