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 –

MARC LE BIHAN long sleeve cowl neck top
880 AUD –

Louiza Babouryan black top
1 045 AUD –

Cynthia Rowley red ruffle top
320 AUD –

BCBGMAXAZRIA short sleeve top
135 AUD –

Gold Hawk lace camisole tank
175 AUD –

Pink shirt

Gold Case black top
125 AUD –

Carla G sleeveless top
74 AUD –

MANGO embellished blouse
57 AUD –

Emily van den Bergh black evening top
65 AUD –

Ted Baker black camisole
76 AUD –

White tank
11 AUD –

Vero Moda peplum blouse
25 AUD –

ONLY velvet top
29 AUD –

Alice You red camisole
27 AUD –

Blue top

STELLA McCARTNEY navy blue velvet blazer
705 AUD –

Topshop blazer
115 AUD –

Red jacket
140 AUD –

3 4 sleeve blazer
43 AUD –

ONLY black blazer
82 AUD –

Roland Mouret pull on skirt
3 010 AUD –

Vilshenko crop pants
1 890 AUD –

Roberto Cavalli pants
2 170 AUD –

Alexander McQueen circle skirt
1 270 AUD –

Helmut Lang leather skirt
935 AUD –

Emilio Pucci wide leg linen trousers
1 255 AUD –

Vilshenko cotton pants
835 AUD –

BCBGMAXAZRIA skinny pants
505 AUD –

Reiss floral skirt
310 AUD –

Ted Baker black suit pants
285 AUD –

Ted Baker black pencil skirt
195 AUD –

Witchery lace camisole

River Island long gold sequin skirt
120 AUD –

Knee length skirt
22 AUD –

Sequin cami
28 AUD –

Valentino pointy toe flat
820 AUD –

Frye black knee high boots
545 AUD –

Hobbs pumps
485 AUD –

Kurt Geiger pointed toe pumps
390 AUD –

Ted Baker patent leather shoes
235 AUD –

Dr. Martens platform boots
160 AUD –

Hunter rain boots
190 AUD –

Hush Puppies black mary jane
100 AUD –

Golden Dreaming

Golden Dreaming


Rag bone short loose dress
$530 –

Oneness mini dress
$50 –

IHeart gold shirt
$74 –

Topshop paisley top

Jane Norman brown shrug
$19 –

H M drape front shirt
$13 –

Replay button jacket
$565 –

Antonio Marras mid calf skirt
$500 –

Jovonna gold disco pants
$38 –

Cutie sequin skirt
$27 –

Black and gold shorts
$23 –

Giuseppe Zanotti slip on shoes
$635 –

L.K.Bennett heels & pumps
$150 –

Vince Camuto brown handbag

Noor Fares 18k rose gold earrings
$14,080 –

Movado gold jewelry

Vince camuto jewelry

Michael Kors rock earrings

Michael kors earrings

Cuff bangle

Gold angel wing earrings

Yellow gold earrings
$4.70 –

Alexander Wang accessory

A beautiful old mystery machine…

On a recent trip to Canberra, I visited the tourist-y area Gold Creek with my family. We had a lovely day of wondering shops and afternoon tea. On our way back to the car, there’s always one last shop to look in…


And look what I found! The shop lady said it was still in working condition, thought the electric cables need to be replaced for safe use. We opened the case and the little box of goodies that came with it all over the shop floor… I was in love… but how much was it? $50?? OK then…

It came home with me.

I was determined to carry this extremely heavy ‘travel’ model back to the car myself, but it turned into a shared family experience as they took pity on me taking a break every 20 metres. So we all took turns taking it back to the car together.




Back at home I took all the bits our to see what I had collected with more time and a glass of whiskey.




Complete with operating manual! Check out those illustrations!




Certainly it’s not a Singer, but a pretty machine nonetheless. With the little research I’ve done so far I think it’s a model from the late 1930s or mid 1950s.




I haven’t gleaned much about the manufacturer of the sewing machine motor yet, Warner Drayton Co. of Australia Pty Ltd operating from Footscray, a metro suburb in Victoria. Although I did find this advertisement in the National Library of Australia archives which shows the company was still going strong in 1963, with electric fans just in time for the summer heat!


At the moment my new old sewing machine awaits patiently in Canberra. Once it is serviced and it comes home, I’m thinking it will be my dedicated corset-sewing machine…

Oh the joys of my craft hobby.

Stay creative!

A Golden Handbag Update

I’ve been really busy lately, and thankfully some of this busy-ness is over now so I can start to relax again. I thought I would be able to finish a small project this weekend and decided to spend an hour unwinding with glue.

I recently rediscovered some gold foil I had bought during my Uni days. I’ve also been rather unimpressed with my handbag lately and have started looking in shops for a replacement. But then I thought, why not just make the uninspired inspiring again?! The three ideas met while standing in a queue one day and they have been awaiting their moment ever since.

I even have a before shot, complete with pre-cleaning handbag contents:

Handbag Contents Organised Neatly

Boring, beige, lumpy handbag.  And then…

Golden Goodness Handbag!

Good goldeness!!

See the shiny

Stylin' around

Oh yeah handbag

Inspiring again!

I didn’t take any progress photos, but essentially the process was:

  1. Wipe bag down with acetone.
  2. Spray with spray adhesive.
  3. Apply gold foil sheets with a slightly damp brush in a dabbing motion.
  4. Cover with PVA glue.
  5. Let dry overnight.
  6. Peel off PVA glue because you realised it was the wrong glue and it has stopped the gold foil being shiny.
  7. Brush off any excess and smooth it all over with a nail brush.
  8. Place gold glue peelings in a jar. They gotta be handy for something.
  9. Take pictures of pretty goldy handbag goodness!

Stay creative



Red dress

Izabel London open front cardigan
$34 –

Chantal thomass
$210 –

Thigh high hosiery

Funtasma black pumps

Flower earrings

Crochet Double Doily Shawl with Possum!

My dears, it’s time for a crochet post. Are you ready?!



Missy observed and acknowledged the shawl but also pointed out the state of her bowl immediately after dinner.

This is my latest achievement with crochet. The centre in black is New Zealand possum yarn and is very light and warm. The purple on the outside is a stock standard wool from the crafty department store, nothing really special. It is heavier than the possum yarn so the drape is a little unpredictable depending where you’re holding it from, but I like it nonetheless.

You can find more details and the pattern here on my Ravelry page. I used a doily pattern just to make a pretty doily with a better purpose that sitting under ornaments.

The lump next to it in the last photo is its matching hat.

Missy is also a lump at times but in this case not the lump I am talking about.

I am certainly building up a backlog of items I need to model. At least I’m on top of the posting! :D

Stay creative