New handmade jewelry in my Etsy Store

It would seem that my creativity has outstripped my blog writing! My original intent for this blog was to catalogue all the things I make to keep track of them as I wear out, sell or de-clutter. As it happened, that catalogue now spans accross this blog, Instagram, Ravelry and of course my Etsy store. Oh well.

Nonetheless, this blog is still where I want everything to end up. So if you follow me elsewhere, you may have already seen these, but they’re so pretty I’m sure you won’t mind seeing them again!

Swarovski crystal and glass bead hoop earrings

Crystal Bead Medieval Style Silver Earrings - Handmade

Purple shell chip alligator clips - set of two - Handmade

Sunshine Yellow Glass Bead Earrings with Gold Filgree Detail - Handmade

Swarovski Crystal and Red Glass Pearl Hoop Earrings - Handmade

Glass Beaded Knitting and Crochet Stitch Markers in Yellow and Gold - Handmade

Click on the images to see their Etsy Listing or visit my shop!

Stay inspired!
xx

Gorgeous Red Heart bead stitched choker necklace

One day recently I decided to pick up my beading kit again. It’s been some time since I made something, even longer since I learned a new craft! I’ve been wanting to learn how to do bead netting for a while, and with some time energy to spare I busted out the seed beads. This is what happened:

Gorgeous Red Heart bead stitched choker necklace

Gorgeous Red Heart bead stitched choker necklace

Gorgeous Red Heart bead stitched choker necklace

Gorgeous! I am so please with the results. Of course, it’s only triggered a new flow of ideas to try!

What’s more, I’ve decided I’ll be adding this one to my Etsy shop. There’s only so much handmade jewellery one girl can have – so it’s time to share the love and make some of my best creations available for sale.

You can see and purchase this necklace on my Etsy store, Pins and Patience, right here!

Stay excited!
xx

5-star Crochet Blanket means I’m a Happy Hooker!

Yes, it’s true! After more than two years I have picked up my crochet hooks again. It seems crazy to have left it that long, but life happens.

What is even crazier, I actually finished the project within 10 days! Talk about rekindling an old love. What did I make you ask? I won’t make you wait any longer:

Five-point star baby blanket

Five-point star baby blanket

Five-point star baby blanket

Five-point star baby blanket

Five-point star baby blanket

Five-point star baby blanket

Isn’t it lovely! It’s a rather large 5-point star baby blanket in olive green 8 ply wool, mixed with a green and black 2 ply yarn to give the side of each star point a different shade. Its turned out so lovely I almost think I’ll keep it…

But I won’t! I owe the inspiration to pick up my hooks again to a dear friend. She requested this blanket when she was pregnant with her first baby, and I was happy to oblige! Now the baby is 6 months old and preparing for his first winter, with woolly blanket at the ready:)

Five-point star baby blanket

Five-point star baby blanket

The buttons came from a designer outlet store in Melbourne, they fit through the loops in the seams so it can be adjusts to be worn around my friend when she is wearing her baby. No button holes necessary, so it can still be used with toddlers!

The pompom tells you which was is up so you don’t get to swearing levels trying to find the buttons. The point also acts as a hood for baby!

Find more details on the project and pattern over on my Ravelry profile!

So, first crafty project in two years completed. What’s next? Well, I already started two more and might dig out a UFO…

Stay happy!
xx

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!
Xx

Shop the latest photo from MorganSin on Etsy

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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

Earrings
etsy.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
mobile.chanel.com

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.😀

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! 😀
xx

Getting past the overwhelm: Make a list

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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!