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Starting a new year

Hi everyone, about to start a new year! The last one flew by for me, mainly full of joy with only a few little hiccups to keep things interesting !

The highlight of course was our trip to the UK, the Applegarth fair was wonderful, so much talent and lovely people and I hit the ground running when we arrived back with teaching appointments.

Classes have been wonderful, I’m so lucky to meet such interesting people, when you have a dozen people from different walks of life, with totally different jobs joining together with a common interest  it is honestly a privilege to be in their company for 2 days, we spark off each other, learn heaps, encourage, joke, have differing opinions and genuinely care about and respect each other.

I’ve seen many friendships start in class, often the next time I’m teaching in that area, someone who was new, or has traveled a distance is staying with or sitting next to the friend they met during the last class, good stuff!!

Sometimes I’m surprised by peoples reactions to a new or different doll I’ve made. I was feeling quite challenged when one of my friends from a textile/ doll group I belong too, gave everyone a bag of ‘stuff’ to use up making whatever they wanted, bringing the final product to club a few months later. I’ll try and add a photo at the end of this blog! Anyway I ended up making a very unusual animal type thingy.

 

'Thingy'

 

 

 

 

Not really my thing at all! To cut a long story short I was exhibiting in an exhibition and needed something to fill a space at the last minute so I hung him up, he caused to most discussion and sold as soon as it opened, I didn’t even get to show my friend my finished piece!

Ive also had fun doing a bit of taxidermy, not the real bones, skin and flesh type, but with fabric, the reindeer were the most popular and the goats a close second, it started from a piece of wood Gordon was throwing away from the bathroom renovations (now that’s another longish story!!) I brushed it with chalk paint, sanded down the corners, put 2 very large nails through the back of it, made up the head and stitched and glued it onto the board. Then I gave them all incredible names to suit.

I intend to update this blog regularly in the future, that’s one of my New Years resolutions !!

I’m already working on some new designs an have lots of teaching dates booked, thank you if you have been to one on my classes, bought a pattern, sent a photo, emailed or laughed with me this year, all the very very best for 2015, anything I can help with please let me know, and now that Gordon has NEARLY finished the bathroom, he is at your beckoned call too!

Happy New Year

Cheers Jill xo

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