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Brit Sewing Thursday Linky (31st October 2013)

Brit Sewing Thursday Linky (31st October 2013)

by Clare Mansell

Not much to show for myself this week on the sewing front!

My secret Christmas project is coming along slowly but nicely and one of the swaps I am in closes tomorrow, so I will finally be able to show you what I made next week (and maybe what I received too?)

In the meantime I have signed up for the Doll Quilt Swap on Flickr. If you fancy joining the sign up is still open. This is my inspiration mosaic…

Doll Quilt Swap inspiration mosaic
And one other thing, if you are looking to promote your blog for free next month, why not take part in my badge swap? You can read about it here.

 

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Mature studenting… how it is so far

Just over a fortnight ago I started on a four year distance learning Graphic Design degree with the Interactive Design Institute. It’s something I have wanted to study for most of my life, but even so making the commitment to do it wasn’t easy.

I had to take out a student loan and commit to four years of work and I still have nagging doubts about whether I actually have the talent to do it. My experience of university up till this point had been the one term I spent at the University Of Westminster 20 years ago studying Media Communications. I left because I was offered a job, but I looked for the job because I was bored and university wasn’t for me.

Starting again two decades later, I spent half of the first week in a state of blind panic, convinced I couldn’t handle the workload and completely blindsided by all the university lingo, failing to understand I was doing two modules simultaneously and flailing about with my schedule.

The second week was 100% better and with each new task I am finding I enjoy it more. In fact at points it’s felt downright indulgent fiddling round with fonts and spending hours browsing the web looking for poster designs and yet calling it (quite legitimately) “work”

Into my third week the workload is intense but not uncomfortable. I can achieve it and I can do it without it being stressful. My sewing time has dwindled and my weekday TV time has vanished, but I’m ok with that.

After many false starts over the years, I pinch myself that I am finally doing it. Like most things in life, the build up to it (six months!) was the worst, it gave me too many opportunities to examine it and question whether I was doing the right thing. However I can say with absolute conviction that distance learning was definitely the right option for me. My own pace, my own desk and the freedom to fit it around all the other stuff that goes on in life.

I still have a mountain ahead of me to climb, but so far it’s feeling surmountable.

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It’s swap time again!

It’s swap time again!

by Clare Mansell
So the storm had the final say about my plans to attend the Next Bloggers event in London today. I’m stuck at home as there are no trains running!
But in the spirit of blogs and networking, I thought it would be a good day to put a call out for badge swappers for November. This month we have been introduced to the brilliant bloggers behind Maddie Moes, La Famille Brown, Circle Of Pine Trees & Rascal & Roses. If you’d like to be one of next month’s swappers, all you have to do is host my badge on your blog and in return I will host yours. It’s a great way of reaching out to new readers and meeting fellow bloggers.
The only thing I must stress is that spots are limited and they are only confirmed when you have sent me your badge. If you miss out for this month though I’ll stick you straight to the top of the list for December.
Interested? Email me.

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Waiting for the storm…

Waiting for the storm…

by Clare Mansell
This weekend has not worked out like we planned.
Theo has a cold, the friend who was due to visit is ill, the village ploughing match was postponed and now this storm
Tomorrow I’m supposed to be going to London to attend the Next Bloggers Workshop. It was going to be my first taste of blogging out there in the real world. I have had my train tickets booked for weeks and Jim has the day off work… but you’ve seen the forecast, right?
We’ve got trees down here already and the relentless battering winds have kept us indoors (save the dog walk) all weekend. It’s driving me a little bit stir crazy if the truth be told!
But on the plus side, Jim has the day off. So if utter chaos does break loose tomorrow at least neither of us will really have to go anywhere (even if I will miss the bloomin’ bloggers conference!)
So batten down the hatches folks and stay safe. We’ll see you the other side….

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Exciting news… we won!

Exciting news… we won!

by Clare Mansell
CenterParcs Family Blog Club 
You may remember that a few weeks ago I wrote a blog post which featured our video entry to become Center Parcs family bloggers. Well, after a tense and exciting wait, we found out earlier this week that we are one of the chosen families!
As well as taking a short-break at Longleat Forest in the spring, I will also be trying out their spa facilities with a friend and we’ll be taking part in their monthly challenges on this blog. So lots to look forward to!
There were 12 family bloggers selected in total and you can read about the others on the Center Parcs blog.

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