Tuesday, 13 December 2011

And now for a short break

 

I've been blogging here for nearly four years and over that time, my life has changed quite radically for one reason and another.  When I started blogging I was having a 'career break', meaning I had been bullied out of the best job I ever had, and was so traumatised by the experience that I was unable to return to 'the office' for another year.  During that time I found the online world of craft and stitchers.  I had always had a sewing machine and I was already making corsets and dresses, but over this rest period  I spent my time crafting bags, and purses, and kiddies clothes along with keyrings, flags, bunting and and any other thing that could possibly be stitched.  My fabric stash grew along with the space I needed to sew and by the end of that year I had become very proficient with the sewing machine, a passion had been born and my friends insisted that I  do it for a living.  There is no coincidence that in my spiritual life, I was working very closely with the element of fire which of course has everything to do with action, creativity, and passion.

My first blog posts here
Well despite all that, I ignored the advice of my friends at that time and whilst still learning all I could about sewing, dressmaking, pattern making and corsetry, I did go back to the office, a lovely little part time job with a nice boss and friendly colleagues.  I stayed there for just over 2 years and found out lots about technical things like photoshop, illustrator and online publishing.  With all that knowledge I was able to build a small business of my own, Sew Curvy Corsetry and when that was all set up and running,  the call of my beautiful Singer became too loud to ignore, and it was time to take the leap into self employment, which I did on 1 April this year.

My book finished!
Sew Curvy is busy, but the main reason for me setting it up was so that I could eventually one day become a full time corsetiere.  This summer was spent consolidating all the information i've learned over the last 4 years,  honing my craft, researching everything I could about corsetry, finding techniques, and methods that work with my own style and ideals, dreaming up beautiful designs and deciding where to go with it all.  As you know there has also been book writing which is now finished and submitted to the publisher ready for spring publication.  Yes, the last 18 months has been intense, but oh so worth it!
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Long time followers of this blog, will know that I work very closely with the seasons, and so it feels important to announce to you as witnesses, that now, just under 2 weeks before the winter solstice, I'm officially stepping out of the blogosphere into a period of deep and intense creativity, until the end of January when the light grows stronger, and life begins to stir. The perfect time for new ideas and ventures to be born.

18 comments:

The undomesticated scientist said...

we look forward to your return and to seeing what all that creativity produces. x

Daisie said...

Think I've been here since the beginning, what a journey, you are brave!! I wish you every success and happiness and will be waiting to 'see' you around again next year x

JuliaB said...

Thankyou both! and yes Daisie, I do believe you have been :)

charlotte said...

you are an inspiration, enjoy your time and come back to us and share your journey!!

Kimberly said...

I hope your blog-sabbatical brings you the rejuvenation you are craving. :) Best wishes for the start of the new year!

snippa said...

Very best wishes for Yule, look forward to reading more in 2012.

Twiggy said...

You've come a long way lady, have a good and creative break and we'll see you later.
twiggy x

Toffeeapple said...

Big changes in a short time for you, I wish you well for the future and a peaceful Solstice.

dottycookie said...

Oh blimey, has it really been four years? I remember your early posts and your first tutorial :-)

Hope you have a fabulously creative winter, and will look forward to seeing you next year.

darkpurplemoon said...

enjoy your time of creativity and reflection - I wish you well!

Diane said...

What an incredible journey Julia. I think I stumbled upon you early doors too. Heres wishing more great things for you in 2012 xxx

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Have a wonderful break and hope that the new year and the longer days fill you with inspiration!

Vicki said...

You are an absolute inspiration. I have just been bullied out of a job and feel it is a beginning not an end. Your journey and success just confirms that for me. I wish you great creativity and every success. I will be back to check excitedly what wonders you have created. thank you.

Vanilla Rose said...

In the words of Take That, or similar, I want you back! But you need time to regenerate. Please, please come back.

SewChristine said...

Have a lovely break, see you in the new year.

Tors said...

Have a lovely time off, you deserve the rest! Looking forward to seeing what you create next year. Nadolig Llawen and a Happy New Year x

Indigo Blue said...

Crikey, a lot has happened. Enjoy the break and see you in 2012.
xx

Night at Vogue said...

This is my first time here and I'm very impressed! I can't wait for you to come back and show what you have done!