No - I am not trying to sell you a house!
After being back in Australia for almost a year, it was time for us to move, again! You would think we would either be experts at this or at least enjoy the process. Unfortunately I don’t think either is the case!
Nevertheless, we had long ago decided we needed to move. And after a rather long and painful process, we were finally in our ‘new’ home.
Discovering the importance of location
Until we moved, I don’t think either of us realised just how ‘affected’ we both were by our surroundings. It’s not that our surroundings were ‘bad’ – they just didn’t really suit us.
Our apartment was brand new – but that meant it was full of open areas, and we couldn’t hide away and do our ‘own thing’. It was in a reasonably high density area. Which, after living in the countryside was something we never really got used to. And it was noisy. Oh boy, the traffic and planes just didn’t stop! So whilst it was never going to be a long term option for us, it served a purpose. We just didn’t realise the impact it had had!
So, what changed?
All that really happened was we moved across Sydney! But the change is a lot more than that.
We are now living somewhere with so many different bushwalks right on our doorstep. Every day we get to walk the dog in the Australian bush! And chase the poor unsuspecting bush turkeys. He’s not yet spotted the possums. I’m sure if his eyesight ever allows him to see one we won’t get any sleep!
We have views over the harbour and into the various little bays with boats bobbing gently in the water.
We have space – I have my own ‘craft cave’ as my hubby calls it!
And we have the beauty of peace and quiet!
Noticing the positive impacts!
Soon after we had moved, we all (as the dog is included in this!), noticed the positive changes. Hobbies and things we had previously enjoyed doing were ‘put on hold’ in the apartment. But they came back and we were all of a sudden fully engrossed again!
I started seeing design ideas everywhere. It must be all those trees! All of a sudden I’ve got way too many ideas to be able to keep up with!
And for the first time I think ever, I am finally organised! Everything has a place, and even better, I know where that place is!
And this all means... exciting times ahead!
With the positive change to my environment, I feel like I can finally pick up where I left off in the UK. And there are exciting times ahead!
Behind the scenes....
And these exciting times have started!
Behind the scenes so to speak, there’s been a few things going on.
Firstly, my website has undergone a few changes to the ‘backend’ of it. It was somewhat ‘forced’ on me, as my original theme for my website became unusable – everytime I tried to do anything the whole thing would crash. It was incredibly annoying! And a rather large process for someone who knows nothing about these things. So if you notice anything ‘odd’ please let me know! There’s still a few things to do, like resizing a few images, but hopefully it is in a better place for all involved now!
Coming soon - an online shop!
Despite the ‘website frustations’, this does means I can finally do what I have been thinking of for a while, and that is opening up a small online shop. I have mailed off my first kit, and am starting to teach online. What that means is you will see in the coming months a ‘shop’ added to this website (there’s still a few things I don’t really understand!). I have a couple of designs ready, so it will be small! But I hope to add to it semi-regularly.
And, It's time to learn again!
After a year of having no ‘formal education’, I have decided to start the San Fransisco School of Needlework and Design‘s ‘Comprehensive Studies‘ programme. So in October I will be spending a busy two weeks in San Fransisco learning all about metalwork embroidery! I’m so excited to be starting this course. There was a lot of deliberation, thought and comparison between this and the RSN Diploma. But for me, and my learning style, I believe this is the ‘right’ course to take. And I can then ‘capstone’ my learning my going back to the RSN if I want to.
Have you ever experienced a location related change to your creativity?
I’d love to know if I am alone in this or not! I know there were a few changes going on last year, but I certainly didn’t expect where I lived to be the biggest factor in all things creative and stitching related!
Maybe the old saying ‘home is where the heart is’ has more to it than first thought.