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Crikey! I’ve lost my sewjo!

6 Jul

I’ve found recently, that apart from my weekly sewing class, I’m not sewing! Now I don’t mean to whinge, but by the time I get home from work, cook dinner, clean up dinner, deal with emails, blog reading, phone calls, life etc – I’m wrecked and it’s close to midnight! And that’s on the nights I don’t have something else on… ballet, french etc. (#firstworldproblems I know)

I mean, even this post is lacking energy!

There was a little chat about this topic on Facebook recently, and we discovered that Red Point Tailor tries to sew 2 hours a night! Two hours a night!! Maybe if I was one of those lucky people who don’t need sleep I could do that. 

I think I’ve become more sew-luggish since winter set in… maybe my vitamin D deficiency has a role to play lol? And I must note that I’ve never been quick at the best of times, tending to fall into the ‘slow sewing’ camp. I do however fall into the fast fabric and pattern buying lot 😉

So, I want your tips for sewjo finding! Deadlines tend to push me, but if they’re self imposed…well, lets just say those ones can be moved *wink*. 



A little Thai adventure

15 Apr

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have noticed that I recently spent a little week on vacay! Yay for Thailand! I hadn’t been overseas since 2009 when I spent six weeks in Europe, so I think I was well overdue hey?! I flew on over to meet up with an ex-sewing class buddy, we had fun (duh).

I won’t bore y’all with a three hour slide show over a cheese fondue, however I really did want to share some photos with you lovely readers. I had the most wonderfully relaxing time.

So here we go… Once I figured out how to beat the darn sun at its usual game of burning my white scalp – thank you giant headband! – I hung out with some cute fauna and glorious flora…

ZoSews Thailand

(The GIANT bug that fell on my head at dinner didn’t count.)

Stayed at some particularly magnifique resorts…

Thai accomodation ZoSews

See that step into the pool – yep, RIGHT outside my door, yep, that’s right!

Participated in a lot of water based activities, ocean kayaking, canyon kayaking, snorkelling, island hopping, lagoon swimming, plain old beach and pool swimming – you get the idea.

Thailand water activities ZoSews

There was also the cooking class, shopping, mani/pedis, massage, fish feet therapy (holy cow those things tickle!), sunsets, cocktails, muay thai, fireshows, dancing, reading, walking – and that’s just what I can think of right now!

Thailand - extras ZoSews

Looking back I can’t believe how much we crammed into a week – and still walked away totally relaxed! Of course there was time for fabric shopping too 😉 Picked up some lovely green silk I’m planning on using for an Archer.

Khob khun ka Thailand, you were wonderful!

Now it’s time to resume normal programming and get back to trying to catch up on all my blog reading and sewing. I’ve even cut out a Mad Men dress… No chance in hell it will be ready by 19 April, but better late than never right. Right?


Summer loving

10 Feb

It’s been a busy few weeks in the land of ZoSews! Unfortunately not a huge amount of sewing has been done, but I do have a shiny new dress that I’ll share soon.

So far this year I’ve been back to work after Xmas, then on holidays again, and now back to work again!

In amongst that I completed Tough Mudder (22km obstacle race), spent a week at the beach (bliss!), went to the Australian Open, celebrated Australia Day, went the zoo, started French lessons, went to moonlight cinema for the first time, attended a wedding, started ballet and sewing for the year and finished a certain By Hand London dress on a crazy deadline. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know what I’m talking about!

Anyway, I thought I’d share with you guys what I’ve been up to and why I’ve been absent from blogland.

The beach

The weather has been fairly stunning here in Melbourne (sorry cold northern hemisphere folks!), which made for a brilliant week at Phillip Island with Mr ZoSews, his two mini people, plus Mr ZoSews’ sister and family.

Here’s a picture if the beach at the end of our street where we spent many an afternoon. The tide is waaay out, when it was in it came up to the pebbles. I attempted surfing here – which was a huge fail given that my body was still recovering from Tough Mudder at the time!


And more beach…


Pyramid Rock

Wineries, fishing, food, cocktails, barbeques and beach and backyard cricket also featured this holiday.

As did Tough Mudder. If you’re considering it, do it. It was so much fun!!! See…


Electro shock therapy


In and around Melbourne

As well as turning into a beach bum at Phillip Island, Ive been up and about in Melbourne.

At the tennis… We were treated to a brilliant early round five setter.


And at the Zoo…




And more…! Including visiting the local ‘beaches’ and *drum roll* hitting my one year blogiversary! Yay! Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm and encouragement along the way 🙂

What have you all been up to? I’ve been trying to get outside as much as possible while the weather’s good!!

Z xx

Happy New Year!

2 Jan

Wow, there’s been so much reflection going on in sewing blogger land. I haven’t quite caught up yet. But, I didn’t want that to stop me from wishing you all a very happy 2013! So, Happy New Year!!

I went back to work today (shock to the system), but here’s a quick update of what I’ve been up to during the last week back with the fam. Oh and my handmade Christmas crafting 🙂

Me made gifts for girls

Tote bags from Pip Lincoln’s Sew La Tea Do book.

Owls with a yoyo embellishment…


And butterflies with pretty buttons



And another one that I was too dopey to remember to take a photo of before wrapping – doh! I almost unwrapped, but I just didn’t have time.

Sewing gifts for lucky duck me

Fun new books…


And thread holders that go from wood look plastic…


to blue! With the help of some spray paint 🙂


And a shiny new pincushion.


What else has been happening?

Food, wine, friends and family – but of course.


A little bit of quilting (my holiday portable project)


And lots of puppy love



I also hung out with a bird


No sewing I’m afraid, but I’ll get there. I did catch up with the Frabjous Couture PMPS sew/draft along though!

What have you been up to?

Hope you are all raring to get in to 2013! I can’t wait to see where it takes us 🙂

Z xx

P.S: The lovely Ooobop nominated me for the very inspiring blog award! You’re too kind. I haven’t forgotten and will pass on the love soon 🙂