three65positive – 4th Jan

Meet Tink!
365P 4He doesn’t like having his photo taken, but in the end he just sighed and said “Fine! Get it over with!” I am allergic to cats but I do so love gingers so I can never resist giving cuddles when they’re offered! I just have to remember to wash properly or I pay the price later! haha I am off to do a little studying and will try to get some work on my latest quilt done tomorrow. Hope to have it done by the end of this weekend πŸ™‚

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays#three65positive – 4

Happy New Year!! {And something new}

Happy New Year!!I wish for you a happy, prosperous, joyful, funny, loving, exciting, relaxing, fun year!
I hope 2016 is all you are hoping for and more ❀

As per last year, I won’t be making NY resolutions … So I thought I’d do something a little different {Since last year’s Bucket List hasn’t been fulfilled I will keep working on that thru 2016 πŸ˜‰ } I’m really excited about this, so check it out :

2015 was a pretty shitty year for my family. I feel like I am a bit jaded and in a kind of grumpy funk. So I thought I might try to think positive and share one image that makes me happy each day.
It might be Quilt-y, Interior Design-y, Meme-y, Family oriented, or maybe even just plain day-to-day ordinary.
It may be one I’ve found on Facebook, Instagram, Pintrest etc … or it might be one of my own.
But it will make me feel good and it will be POSITIVE πŸ™‚
I am going to call it three65positive.

I reserve the right to lace my babies thru it whenever the feeling suits me too! Cos they are freaking AWESOME little people and the most positive things in my life. I am SO proud of them.

I will be sharing my three65positive pictures on here, my facebook page, and Instagram. So please feel free to tag me (@manicmumdays) there and use #three65positive on Insta πŸ™‚ I would love for you to share too! ❀

I will post my very first three65positive later on today so watch this space all my spaces! πŸ˜‰

I’m Still Alive!

Wow! What a busy month it’s been!

We have had alot going on around here … Mr Manic was retrenched in August so he has been looking for work. There are so many retrenchments happening round here lately, it’s quite scary! But … he has an interview for a dream job next week, so please send up a prayer for us … And some luck wouldn’t go astray lol πŸ™‚
While he is searching I have been lucky enough that my boss has doubled my work hours to keep the $ trickling in. I am very grateful, but that also means double the work for me! haha Which in turn means less time for creativity and sewing.

I have managed to do a couple of little bits n pieces – SLQ’d a lap/couch sized quilt; about 1/4 thru FMQ’ing a cot sized one; Made a couple of test blocks that I can’t share yet … Hmmmm no pics in that bunch. How about this one –
IMG_7241This baby is destined to be a place mat for me! I have made two and I am just loving the pretty fabric

❀

I am also up to my neck in module 2 of my Interior Design course right now.
I’m so LOVINGΒ  it! Don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it before, but in high school I toyed with the idea of doing Architecture {among other things}.
And this Module is all about architecture!! YAY!

While I was studying this morning, I remembered something I think of now and then from when I was a child … It’s a memory from Grade 2 – which for me would be about 33-34 years ago.
It’s of my teacher criticising my drawing of a house. You know the type, sun on the corner of the page, rolling hills behind, tree to the side. A square house under a triangle roof, with a front door and crossed window to the side. Maybe with a chimney atop the roof blowing smoke and a few flowers? Kinda like this!
… well he said that it was totally unrealistic. That the windows were totally wrong, along the lines of “Windows are only one pane of glass, not broken into 4 like that!”
I was 6, too little to argue the point and it stopped me from drawing them for a good while … and I still remember it! I am surprised that he had never seen windows with more than one pane when you consider the famous buildings in the world with more than one-pane-windows πŸ™‚
Even Buckingham Castle has 4+ panes in its windows, see? haha
Isn’t it funny the things kids remember?
Oh well, lunch is done, back to the books computer lol
KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

A Letter To My 16 y.o. Self

A Letter to my 16y.o. Self.

Dear Kate,
I thought as your future self that I would send some of my ‘wisdom’ back thru the years …
* I know you think you are grown up now you have a job, but you’re not. Please go back to school. If you think money’s tight now, wait til you have a couple of kids and a minimum paying job because you have minimal schooling and no skills.
* Travel, travel, TRAVEL!
* Spend more time with your family – they are the ones who matter.
* Put more effort into friendships that matter to you. A good friend is worth their weight in gold. And if you are lucky you might even find yourself with a couple of life long friends whose friendship is as strong and beautiful no matter how much time passes between coffee dates. These people are gold, hang onto them.
* Buy shares in Google and Facebook. As soon as you hear the names! Believe me, you won’t regret it πŸ˜‰
* Save, save, save!!! It’s so freaking hard to earn and once you spend it on ‘stuff’ you’ll never get it back! … And most of the ‘stuff’ is just crap that doesn’t last.
* Don’t keep drinking that diet coke you like so much. It’s poison.
* Don’t let any of the men you meet control you or define you.
* Don’t rush into marriage. Get to know yourself and, it sounds corny, to love yourself first. You and your love are worth more than you think.
* Choose your words carefully. It’s horrible to regret words you said or wrote in haste that have caused pain. Think first, then speak.
* Don’t get rid of your first sewing machine. You will always regret it. Sewing and quilting will become one of your favourite things!
* Stop dieting. Eat well and exercise regularly. Just KISS {Keep It Simple Stupid!}
* Wear sunscreen!
* I know I said to save, but always make sure you have a few bucks for fabric. It makes you so happy! haha {Maybe just become a little more discerning in what you buy!}
* STOP waiting for one day, some day, or when the time is right. The day is today, the time is now. Jump.
* Look after yourself better overall. There will come a time when you will want to hang onto your health, fitness and life for as long as you can. Because 2 little people will mean more to you than the universe and you won’t want to miss a single second of the amazing creatures they are.

Love, Yourself xo

Sew, what would you tell your 16y.o. self? x
I might write a letter to my future self next πŸ™‚