Ok so I have been teasing you with the prospect of some epic news, a life change of which I had to bide my time before sharing on this blog. Not because anything was a secret, but just because I didn’t want to spill the beans until everything was lined up legally, commitments in writing, no going back. Don’t want to jinx anything afterall.
Intrigued to find out more? Well here it is. And i justify writing about it here because it really has made me rethink how & what i sew – more on that later. Not only am I moving into a new house but I have taken redundancy & as of 2016 will not be in any kind of permanent employment! BIG NEWS am I right?
Let’s start with the house … So I am about to move into my new house- finally exchanged the contracts last Friday (after what felt like half a year, but was more like 14 weeks). I have been living with my family as you know, with my things in storage, & just one sewing machine & a cabin case full of projects with me. I shall be downsizing – moving from a 3+ bedroom semi with added conservatory to a *cute* 1750s cottage in the country. (How can you depict how smiley writing that makes me). I am only moving 10 minutes’ drive away from my old house to a village with a lovely vibrant community & it is located in the most gorgeous countryside – the Somer Valley. This is where I run with my running friends so i know this part of Somerset pretty well & will be moving closer to these fab friends with country views, walks & runs on my doorstep. (I looked for images online & there aren’t many of the countryside – I shall have to remedy that!)
My cottage has just two bedrooms, one of which will of course become the sewing room & double up as a spare room for visitors. It has a gorgeous garden (great for photos although I am not sure how overlooked it will be yet). I move in at the end of the week. I have been listening to party music ever since we exchanged contracts. One excited badger. When I moved out of my old house there was a lot of decluttering but I fear there will be even more to come. Luckily I had already agreed to buy this cottage when I was packing up so i could visualise the small space I would have to house all my belongings which made it easier to be ruthless – except when it came to my sewing stuff. I fear I have far too many boxes to find homes for, but out of everything, I will enjoy this organisational challenge the most. But it will take the next level of cold heartedness & refocus any sentimentality that creeps in. Mari Kondo will inspire me.
And here I can segue neatly into the other subject- with no full time office job to go to I need to be making different things. And with a smaller house with very much more limited space for storage I need to be making less as well. I will therefore be concentrating more on quality – both in the fabrics I choose and also the technical skills involved. I will try to make the time I take to sew projects last longer. And will of course be making things to suit the jobs that I will be doing & the life I will be living. So will it be bias cut dinner dresses for gin cocktails on the patio? Or more tweed ? I feel a bit of reinvention coming this way!
How will I pay my bills? To be honest I have no long term plan – I will be doing bits of this & that – contracting, part-time warehouse work but in a way that allows me to be flexible so that I work to fund my new lifestyle with more FUN – friends, sewing, running and travel. I am open to trying different types of work, and who knows what i will find out about myself, and will try to use my sewing skills for one of my ‘bits’ of income generation. It’s pretty liberating. I really do feel as if I will be living the dream – my dream. There. So that is the new chapter in my book. If you fancy keeping a watch of the journey as it appears through this blog then I’d love you to join me