Hey Peeps!

TFIF hey? These first few weeks of January always feel a bit flat; all the excitement of the Festive Season is over, you’re back to work/normal life and there isn’t the excuse of “it’s Christmas” that lets you feel ok about indulging in another wedge of Terry’s Small Girl Type Creatures Chocolate Orange. Bah Hambug! On the upside the New Year does feel fresh and inviting, the whole “new year, new me” thing drives me a little nuts (who are you kidding….gym membership……I’m totally talking to Past Siân there BTW) but this is definitely the time of year for self reflection.

2014 was an interesting year for me, I moved from one of the busiest cities in the world and the place that I have lived for the longest period of my whole life to a teeny tiny little village on a teeny tiny little island miles away from the life I knew. This move was the right thing for so many reasons and it isn’t a decision I regret in the slightest* but it has opened my eyes to what and who are really important in my life. 2015 is going to be another interesting year but for different reasons I think, I have a plan and I have contingency plans if that doesn’t work……like an Inception** plan if you will. I’m not going to list a set of resolutions here (I have written myself a list of short term goals though) because life is fickle and things change meaning resolutions can become obsolete and I wouldn’t be able to check them off the list which would drive me a little bit crazy (I like ticking things off of lists, it soothes me) but I will say that I want to make changes and I think I know what those changes need to be.

Right enough of all that navel gazing (love that phrase) and on to the much more delightful occupation of window/virtual shopping! First up I have this beauty for you…..

……it’s the Bernie Dexter Veronique dress in the super gorgeous and super rare Michael Miller Serenity Bridge fabric. So pretty and bright it’s making me wish for Spring to arrive asap! This fabric is another beautiful offering from Michael Miller and is currently selling for about £35 a panel for the very few panels that are left! I currently have very limited stock of the dress available here and I also have the skirt here. I can (for the moment) order in more/different sizes if I don’t have what you need, all it takes is a quick email to sian@kittenishbehaviour.com! 
Right enough self promotion……I have (of course) also been looking for fabric this last week and the above dress has definitely influenced my choices…..
Ferndale / Karners Love Lupin
Flowering Meadow / Fanciful Flight
…….le sigh…….so pretty. They are all from Spoonflower and I imagine them all in the gorgeous cotton silk which would make beautiful Spring dresses. Trouble is one of my goals for this year is to sew exclusively from my stash (which is huge) and the only fabric I’m allowing myself to buy are linings as and when they are needed. These are all way too pretty to be just a lining……right?
Lastly I’m going to leave you with these…..
Animal Kingdom / Art Nouveau
Still Life Bouquets / 1960s
……adult colouring books…..can’t tell you how nervous I was when I entered that into Google! Whilst I was up in Sunny Nunny Big Bird and Small Girl Type Creature took me to a huge Hobbycraft store where I spent a lot of time running about squealing in glee (so many crafty goodies) and picking up things that I NEEDED (I don’t need anything…..I have everything already). Whilst I was running about like a headless chicken Big Bird found a postcard pad in Art Nouveau designs that you could colour in yourself, SOLD! Big Bird also found the Animal Kingdom colouring book I’ve listed above, in to her basket that went. When we got home we did a little bit of research (the aforementioned scary Google search…..that’s research right?) and found that adult colouring books are indeed a thing…..an order may have been placed. We both sat on our respective sofas happily colouring away whilst everyone else watched TV…..evening well spent if you ask me. I’ve since bought myself a copy of the 1960s Artists’ Colouring Book which is beautiful and unlike some of the others is printed on lovely thick card and is only one sided, this gives me the perfect excuse to break out my Copics…. 
……see, told you I didn’t need anything from Hobbycraft…….evil, wonderful place that it is! I haven’t started on any of the larger pictures as yet but there will be some very pretty postcards being sent out in the not too distant future….if I can bring myself to actually post them that is.

*Regret the things you did do not the things you wish you’d done….one of my favourite sayings.
** Miss L, I blame you for putting that thought in to my head!

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