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A Year of Changes

A New Year is bringing changes

I’ve got a few things going on in the first half of this year which means I’ve had to make the decision to change things up a little bit to help me keep my sanity over the coming months.

As you are probably aware, my husband and I are Australian’s who have been living in the UK for the past few years. And the time has now come for us to relocate back to Australia. This brings a fair variety of tasks to get on top of, along with a few added complications.

So, I have made the decision to help my make my life a little easier, to stop posting regular updates of my stitching progress here on my blog. There will be a monster catch up in the second half of the year, as I will be madly stitching away, trying to get as much of my RSN work done as possible in the limited time left. So there will be detailed posts on my embroidery adventures, they will just be a little delayed!

The main reason for this is that I’m not going to have a computer for a few months, and blogging from my iPad is just a little difficult, and extremely time consuming. I also feel the time spent writing, photographing and compiling the posts could probably be better spent on actually stitching the pieces.

But, I won’t disappear completely!

If you are still interested in keeping up with my embroidery over the next few months, I do have some options for you.

Social Media

I will be posting updates on my Facebook page and Instagram. So feel free to follow me to get happy snaps on my various pieces that way. With Facebook, ‘they’ have made changes which means you might have to either actively seek out my page or tell Facebook to  ‘show first’ anything from my page. You can follow along by clicking the buttons below or any of the other social buttons on my site in the footer or sidebar of posts.

Join my Email list

I have found it is easier to write an email than it is a blog post on the iPad, so I am planning on sending out an update each week with a bit more detail than what you will get on social media. I am hoping (the theory is as yet untested!) that I can upload photos into Mailchimp relatively easily and the process isn’t too time consuming. If I find at a certain point in the future that this too seems a little too tricky, I will let you know.

If you are interested in these regular, more detailed updates, make sure you sign up, confirm and then ‘white list’ me as a sender so you receive these updates.

Again, you can opt in to this method of keeping in touch at the bottom of this or any other post, or in the side widget.

Now – time to get stitching!

Sorry for the rather boring and bland update post today. I do hope you join me in one way or another. I will hopefully update you more fully on my current piece before ‘the move’ gets under way.

All being well, things will be back to normal in June. There will of course be some changes as I won’t be working only my RSN pieces, though at first that will be all you see as we go through the massive catch up!

All the best for 2018, and happy stitching!

38 thoughts on “A Year of Changes”

  1. Good luck with the move Catherine! I totally understand about pausing your blog for a few months. It is difficult to keep posting regularly with just normal things going on ( I speak from experience ;-)), let alone a big move! Glad we can keep in contact though throigh social media and e-mail!

    1. Thanks for your support Marlous! It’s always an interesting time is moving. I’m sure the time will fly by and ‘normal’ will come round soon enough.

  2. I am assuming this is a “HAPPY” move for you and wish you wonderful things to come! You will surely be on the other side of the world from me here in Chicago! Look forward to your notes on Facebook and Instagram too. Always love your work and the way you share your needlework progress. Best of luck!

    1. You are always so encouraging, thank you! And yes, I will be in the opposite side of the world from you, no doubt wondering in Sydney’s winter how I will cope with summer ? this is a happy move home, though I do wish I had a little more time all the same.

  3. Quiet Stitching Time and the consequent achievements will be a necessary counterbalance to careering around to prepare to move halfway around the world, I should think! Writing about it, very much less so.

    I hope the move goes as smoothly as can be expected..

    1. Thanks Rachel. I am indeed hoping the moments of stitching bring calm to the ensuing storm! I have a feeling I will need this precious time.

  4. That is a big move indeed, but are you happy to be heading back home? I’m signing up for your email. ? hope everything goes fairly smoothly in the next few months.

  5. Anna-Maria Naidoo

    Good luck Catherine,
    Where will you be relocating to?
    I am in Sydney, would love to catch up with you. Working fulltime make me an isolated stitcher.
    Wish you all the best with completing your RSN pieces.

    1. It’s so lovely to hear from you Anna-Maria! We will be relocating to the Darlinghurt area. It would be wonderful to meet you in person and stitch together if possible! This move will bring a different set of advantages and opportunities to make the most of! If you are ok with it I can get in touch with you closer to the time to hopefully line something up.

  6. What a major change in your life! My only advice is to make lots of lists ☺️
    It is very easy to upload photos to MailChimp. Email me if you need a hand. Also, like Anna-Maria, it would be nice to catch up once you get here. I am in Melbourne, if you are moving this way. All the best xx

    1. Thanks so much Anne, I may be in touch if I need some help or advice! I’m relocating to Sydney, but I have family (and property) in Melbourne so I will be in touch as I’d love to meet you too!

    1. Thanks Jessica. I’ve never enjoyed the moving process, but I’ve not done it for a few years so I really shouldn’t complain too much!

  7. i will miss your blog posts! I don’t do social media, so I’ll sign up for the email. Best of luck with the move, hope it all goes smoothly and you get settled in quickly. How will you cope with your RSN work though? It’s a bit far to travel for a class…

    1. Oh thanks Wendy! I’m glad you enjoy the posts, and I promise I will go back to posting regularly once the move is over and we are settled again. I’m not sure how I will cope to be completely honest. There’s a lot of work to be done before the move, and then I will travel back for a few weeks at a time and do the classes as an intensive course. Hopefully a few times in the year to get it all finished in the next year or so.

  8. All the best for your move, Catherine. The Australia you left behind several years back may have changed quite a bit – but you belong there and hopefully it’ll not take you long to settle down. Enjoy the change and the new life 🙂
    Now, let me search you in Instagram..see you there 🙂

    1. I have been talking to people back home, and I think things will be different, it has been a long time since we’ve lived in Sydney.

  9. Hi Catherine,
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. Nice to know you “called by”, hope you will visit again.
    I’ve enjoyed reading about your Shaded Rose today.
    Best wishes for a smooth move!
    I don’t do Facebook or Instagram so I have signed up to receive your email updates.
    Thank goodness you are able to travel back to finish your RSN classes.

    1. Thanks so much for dropping by! It’s great to have you join me on my embroidery journey. The move is becoming very real very quickly! It’s time to get sorting!

  10. Your blog has been very generous with your process and works of art . Plus a great invite into the school. May I say welcome home to Australia, where even as we head towards winter the sky lies are blue and the sun shines most days.
    I have enjoyed your blog tremendously.


    1. Thanks so much for joining me Carol and taking the time to comment! It truly means a lot to me. I have to say, one of the things I’m a little worried about my return is the heat, but it will be lovely to be back on home soil.

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