– the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way
Serendipity, not only is it a fantastic word to say, but it really does happen!
Over the past few weeks I have been working very hard at creating my first quilt pattern to sell over at my etsy shop. I designed it, stitched it together and put all the instructions together into a pdf pattern with lots of photos and uploaded it to my etsy shop.
binding ready to stitch onto my Countdown to Christmas wall quilt
Now here is where the serendipity comes into the story – I had had to source a few new fabrics to add to my stash to be able to make up the design. I had heard about an online patchwork fabric shop about 15 minutes from where I live so I made an appointment to visit and subsequently bought some fabric. I have been looking for paid employment for a long time and unfortunately had been unsuccessful. I left my business card with the wonderful woman who sold me my fabric and mentioned to her I was looking for work. I popped in to buy some more fabrics over the next couple of weeks and each time was welcomed with a smile and I was in awe of the beauty of the fabrics and the immense number of patterns for sale.
Well it pays to put yourself ‘out there’, no matter how difficult it seems, because last week I received a phone call wondering if I would like to work there. Wow I was so excited! I started work last week, full time and I am able to drop off and pick up my kids from school – perfect!
I now call my Countdown to Christmas quilt, my lucky quilt because if I hadn’t kept trying to create something new, I wouldn’t have gone back to patchwork and therefore would never have needed to get any new fabric which led to a new job!!!
So now I am employed at www.fabricpatch.com.au ,working with the wonderful owner Janene, and surrounded day after day with riotous colour, inspiration and design.
I must also thank my friends and family for keeping faith in me, they helped pick me up when I fell and have all been so happy for me finding a new direction.
Also this space here, my blog, has helped me to explore, to push myself to keep going when it all seemed too hard and to finally feel that there is a whole lot more just around the corner. I can see my blog filling up with gorgeous images of new fabrics, and new patterns that I hope to design as well as my old favourites – dabbling in the dye pot, my colour palettes and the occasional recipe or two. Oh and some pics of visitors to my garden.
These little parrots sit high up in the tulip tree just off my front verandah, pulling apart the big seed pods to get inside to the papery thin seeds inside. I know when they are feeding as they drop the big pods down on to the tin roof of the house, which makes quite a racket, especially when there are 4 or 5 feeding.
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