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Empty nest syndrome…

Have you noticed a fortnights silence? probably the longest since I started blogging. The tot (start again) our son started school. In many ways this has been a smooth transition, we have had no tears at drop off. The school, our second choice, is friendly and supportive. He’s learning to read with text books, much to his and our delight. Our son is blessed with his dad’s memory, learning seems to come naturally to him.

George and I

Do you sense a but coming? I miss him, and he misses me. This is of course natural. Some days I’m fine, others I have the normal mothers stress of achieving the hour and a half of school runs per day, getting to and from the day job on time, and assisting with two different homeworks. Other days I am full of empty nest syndrome. Some days he’s fine, other days he advises me school is boring, he is poorly, he just wants to be with me. We are both doing our best to overcome natural shyness in this new environment.. on day two he advised me he had no friends yet to which I thought neither have I!! New friendships will form.

I knew in advance it would be a mixed bag of emotions when the moment came – I would miss him, and at the same time looked forward to two free days a week. My plans were to consider voluntary work, focus on the blog and Christmas sales on Etsy. Its early days, my focus has been catching up with friends plus adding a small amount of exercise into my week.

In the absence of any sewing I thought I would share with you a bag I made for my Mum over the summer. She requested I replicate this bag (my Dad’s) for her. The new bag was to be strong with similiar colours.

Messenger bag

I had no fabric in my stash which fitted the bill so I bought some, I decided to reuse the hardware from the original bag.

replicated messenger bag

The bag fits the bill perfectly.. frustratingly a misunderstanding on my part meant that my Dad’s beloved bag was cut up for hardware.

Handmade messenger bag

Thankfully I am forgiven and he also has a new bag:)

This week’s plans include:-

  • Chutney making, with photography of said chutney for guest Christmas blog post
  • Refashion of husbands old tshirts
  • Creating woollen blankets from former jumpers to donate to Calais
  • Write some blog posts!!

How do you adjust to big changes? Are you managing to fit creativity into your week?




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Patchwork Fairy

Thursday 1st of October 2015

It's been a long time for me but I remember the strange mixture of sadness and elation when my youngest went to school. I missed our times together but found I could work part time and clean up the house in peace and so we moved into a new phase of life - not so slow and peaceful as days at home but eventful and busy and whoosh - here I am a Granny!!


Thursday 1st of October 2015

Must admit I am looking forward to the Granny stage too!!


Monday 28th of September 2015

Fitting craft in is so hard sometimes isn't it, looks like you have been busy!! My little one started preschool a couple of weeks ago, it's been very odd! And she's really struggled although thankfully the last session and managed to not fall to pieces the second she wanted through the door. I hope you manage to achieve all your plans for the next week xx


Monday 28th of September 2015

Love the bag and the colour is ideal for everyday use.

Betty Harden

Monday 28th of September 2015

Oh, time marches on once they start to school. Cherish each moment and each new experience, as it does go so fast. Enjoy all the things you do. Make him a special surprised like something small that he can squeeze when he misses you so much, just a thought. One of your US followers who enjoys your blog.


Sunday 27th of September 2015

Sorry, I forgot to say great bag too - and what a shame about your dad's - ops! still, all's well that ends well!

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