A creativity flare brings new projects – and products!

It’s a wonderful feeling to be getting creative again! That means I pulled out my old beading tools… it has been a while indeed!

I find myself with a lot of time on my hands these days to heal and reflect, which is bittersweet as I’m often not one to have a lot of time on my hands on account of I like being busy. Call me a creature of habit, but I did just that – got myself busy.

That means I’ve finally got something to show you after months and months of silence! Oh how fickle life can be. Anyways, there’s a bonus this time… I’ve decided to actually sell some of my creations! Yep, every thing I’m showing off in this post: I made it and I’m selling it in my brand new Etsy store!

Enough of that, here’s the juicy bits: click on the pic to see the listing on Etsy.

I fell in love with these blue glass crystals and had to make something a bit fancy with them and some Swarovski crystals I already had…

Glass bead and crystal necklace with pearl Swarovski crystals

Glass bead and crystal necklace with pearl Swarovski crystals

And then was obliged to make some coordinating earrings:

Vintage pearl and blue crystal earrings

Vintage pearl and blue crystal earrings

I realised I hadn’t made much using gold yet, so I gave it a go and was quite pleased:

Glass bead and gold chain necklace

Glass bead and gold chain necklace

And this one I just wanted some matchy-matchy fun with copper findings and the copper sparkle in the glass beads. I made matching earrings for this one too! I will list those soon…

Copper glass bead necklace

Copper glass bead necklace

Then I got stuck into the feathers. But the feathers, thankfully, did not get stuck on me.

Lilac diamante and feather brooch or hair clip

Lilac diamante and feather brooch or hair clip

Feather and Filigree Hair Barrette Clip Turquoise and Blue

Feather and Filigree Hair Barrette Clip Turquoise and Blue

Crystal beaded feather hair barrette clip with seashells

Crystal beaded feather hair barrette clip with seashells

And lastly I made a gorgeous hair barrette from some New Zealand paua seashells I bought on our holiday there some time ago:

New Zealand Pāua Shell Hair Barrettes Clip with 4 shell chips

New Zealand Pāua Shell Hair Barrettes Clip with 4 shell chips

So after all this time, I’ve finally made a crafty post instead of just talking about it! How does it feel? Feels like I’m needing to write quite a few more… but first, a nap! Like my cats.

Yeah, I still got it. Stay happy!

Shop the latest photo from MorganSin on Etsy


My handmade store’s humble beginnings started in my much loved yard in the sun. With no office job at the moment, I needed something to keep me happy and crafting has always been it! Miss dreamed up one of my favourite first designs while having a nap…

Beautiful Budget Bride

Beautiful Budget Bride


Short dress
53 AUD – choies.com

WearAll white shrug
17 AUD – wearall.com

Gioseppo leather shoes
66 AUD – yoox.com

Evening handbag
15 AUD – luxurydivas.com


Cult Gaia flower crown
67 AUD – domino.com

Rimmel nude lipstick
12 AUD – thehut.com

Opi nail lacquer
27 AUD – thehut.com

Beauty product

Bloom where you are planted!

Silence is golden,
Ignorance is bliss.
If that’s what it’s about,
I’ll give it a miss!
A poem by me, Morgan Sin!

I was compelled to write something today, just because. I could come up with reasons; I had energy, I felt creative, I want to post regularly again, I want to craft more; but mostly just because!

This blog has fallen silent for quite some time as some blogs often do. Nothing wrong with that. This has always been an outlet for my personal creative passions and sadly I’ve lacked the opportunities to make time for these things. I physically, mentally and emotionally crashed, like I do every few years, but this time I decided to find out why.

And find out I did! It’s been a journey, and I’m still on it. It hasn’t always been a happy one, but it has been a successful one and will continue to be! So what did I find out? I have ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) fibromyalgia and Hashimoto’s hypothyroiditis. I’m a spoonie! Yay!

Why the hell would I be happy about this? Well I wasn’t. And I’m still rather not. But I have accepted these diagnoses now, and it all makes a hell of a lot of sense. I am happy that I am only mildly affected – sure there are days when I getting out of bed is just not going to happen, but I know it’s only going to be a few weeks or months and I’ll be on top of my world again.

Hindsight is a glorious thing. I apply what I know about myself now to every time I’ve been disappointed with myself is the past and every thing makes sense. Everything.

With finding out what is happening with me and accepting it, I’m now concentrating on learning about these illnesses and how to live with them. So between holding down my day job, resting and recovering, there isn’t much time left for crafting – yet. :D

Something that has really struck me while learning and observing how other people cope with these illnesses is how it takes over their lives. I get it, I really do: the non-stop muscle pain, the fatigue that 40 hours of sleep doesn’t shake, all-consuming brain fog, every single annoying symptom that stops you doing what you know you can do. These symptoms, the confusion and lack of hard scientific evidence about the illnesses are more than enough to drive any one, let alone spoonies, to the point where living with these illnesses and others like it becomes and obsession.

I don’t want to be like that. And happily, thankfully, gratefully, I don’t have to be. I’m only mildly affected, and my heart goes out to those who suffer these illnesses more than I do.

Since finding out about my diagnoses six months ago and finally accepting them three weeks ago, I’ve done a lot of creative writing, soul-searching and researching in between working, resting and sleeping. Have I lost any friends over it? I don’t know yet. But I do know my life is changing, forever, and for the better.

Never fear though, this blog will remain! Eventually I’ll recover enough to craft again and start posting again. I might even start posting about food again – I haven’t done that on here in how long?! I hope that by recovering (from what I now know to be an ME relapse) and keeping this blog going, I can be one more person to show it is possible to live a happy life without being consumed by life-long chronic illness.

In closing, here’s a pic that pretty much sums up how I feel about all this. My Agave plants are some beautifully tough plants but should you happen leave them outside in a Melbourne hailstorm, they will get damage that takes months to heal – if they heal at all. Nonetheless, they will grow new and more beautiful leaves once in a safe place. That’s me, growing my new leaves in my new safe place!

My Agave plant sums up how I feel about my myalgic encephalopathy and fibromyalgis diagnoses! :D

Stay happy!  :D

Getting past the overwhelm: Make a list


Many things suck, such as having too much to do on your plate. In terms of craft projects I don’t really have that many, but other parts of life have taken over and left Crafty Time in the dark.

It’s time Crafty Time fights back.

Just how do I do this? And what can I share with you to help you get going again if you’re in a similar situation?

I don’t know really.  I’m feeling a bit fake-it-till-you-make-it today and it seems as good as any other strategy.

Threes seem to work. So here’s three things to do on this Sunday evening to get me through:

1. Eat dinner.
2. Pick an outfit for work tomorrow.
3. Dig up a hand sewing project and do that till I fall asleep.

The hand sewing project could be beads onto my corset, or hand rolling a hem on a piece of chiffon or that sequiny lace I got. Decisions!

Contemplation and Craftiness.


I found myself catching a thought about this blog and how I’ve not added to it for some time. I was even contemplating closing it down.

I figured a few less things to do and worry about would be good for my soul. While I think the thinking is correct, surely removing this blog is not one of the right things to remove.

If I recall the reasons I started writing back in 2011 and the happiness it brought me over the following months, why then does it make sense to delete this little corner of the interwebs? What about the smiles it brought to those who read it, and according to my stats, still are reading it??


Phew, I’m glad I got that sorted out.

I’m not sure when my next creative foray will come to be published here, time is fickle and energy sporadic.

I feel the need to return to the notion that my sewing and creative time is above all else, happy and relaxed therapy time. Not mending time, not favour time, not client time, not business development time.

Just ordinary, unobstructed creative free time so I can revive myself and get clarity for living the rest of my life. It’s not a luxury for me, it’s vital to remaining balanced in this crazy money-hungry middle-class.

So bring on the ‘Selfish Seamstress.’ That girl is onto something!

Get inspired ;)

Gothic Rainbow Wardrobe

Gothic Rainbow Wardrobe

TIBI peplum top
1 820 AUD – boutique1.com

MARC LE BIHAN long sleeve cowl neck top
880 AUD – farfetch.com

Louiza Babouryan black top
1 045 AUD – farfetch.com

Cynthia Rowley red ruffle top
320 AUD – cynthiarowley.com

BCBGMAXAZRIA short sleeve top
135 AUD – zalando.co.uk

Gold Hawk lace camisole tank
175 AUD – jades24.com

Pink shirt

Gold Case black top
125 AUD – yoox.com

Carla G sleeveless top
74 AUD – yoox.com

MANGO embellished blouse
57 AUD – mango.com

Emily van den Bergh black evening top
65 AUD – zalando.co.uk

Ted Baker black camisole
76 AUD – vanmildert.com

White tank
11 AUD – choies.com

Vero Moda peplum blouse
25 AUD – veromoda.com

ONLY velvet top
29 AUD – nelly.com

Alice You red camisole
27 AUD – dorothyperkins.com

Blue top

STELLA McCARTNEY navy blue velvet blazer
705 AUD – theoutnet.com

Topshop blazer
115 AUD – nordstrom.com

Red jacket
140 AUD – lux-fix.com

3 4 sleeve blazer
43 AUD – blackfive.com

ONLY black blazer
82 AUD – zalando.co.uk

Roland Mouret pull on skirt
3 010 AUD – boutique1.com

Vilshenko crop pants
1 890 AUD – farfetch.com

Roberto Cavalli pants
2 170 AUD – tessabit.com

Alexander McQueen circle skirt
1 270 AUD – alexandermcqueen.com

Helmut Lang leather skirt
935 AUD – shopmrsh.com

Emilio Pucci wide leg linen trousers
1 255 AUD – stylebop.com

Vilshenko cotton pants
835 AUD – net-a-porter.com

BCBGMAXAZRIA skinny pants
505 AUD – bcbg.com

Reiss floral skirt
310 AUD – reiss.com

Ted Baker black suit pants
285 AUD – tedbaker.com

Ted Baker black pencil skirt
195 AUD – johnlewis.com

Witchery lace camisole

River Island long gold sequin skirt
120 AUD – riverisland.com

Knee length skirt
22 AUD – sheinside.com

Sequin cami
28 AUD – lucluc.com

Valentino pointy toe flat
820 AUD – saksfifthavenue.com

Frye black knee high boots
545 AUD – zappos.com

Hobbs pumps
485 AUD – hobbs.com

Kurt Geiger pointed toe pumps
390 AUD – selfridges.com

Ted Baker patent leather shoes
235 AUD – tedbaker.com

Dr. Martens platform boots
160 AUD – nastygal.com

Hunter rain boots
190 AUD – hunterboots.com

Hush Puppies black mary jane
100 AUD – shoeme.ca

Golden Dreaming

Golden Dreaming


Rag bone short loose dress
$530 – theoutnet.com

Oneness mini dress
$50 – nelly.com

IHeart gold shirt
$74 – veryeickhoff.com

Topshop paisley top

Jane Norman brown shrug
$19 – janenorman.co.uk

H M drape front shirt
$13 – hm.com

Replay button jacket
$565 – nelly.com

Antonio Marras mid calf skirt
$500 – avenue32.com

Jovonna gold disco pants
$38 – vanmildert.com

Cutie sequin skirt
$27 – debenhams.com

Black and gold shorts
$23 – chiarafashion.co.uk

Giuseppe Zanotti slip on shoes
$635 – harveynichols.com

L.K.Bennett heels & pumps
$150 – lkbennett.com

Vince Camuto brown handbag

Noor Fares 18k rose gold earrings
$14,080 – net-a-porter.com

Movado gold jewelry

Vince camuto jewelry

Michael Kors rock earrings

Michael kors earrings

Cuff bangle

Gold angel wing earrings

Yellow gold earrings
$4.70 – newlook.com

Alexander Wang accessory