Hands Up if You Remember Record Breakers!

I do, especially Roy Castle signing the theme song ‘Dedication’. Has that transported you back to after school telly munching a ‘Topic’ bar or even a ‘Lovely’ pud? If it has think of the tune, and then sing (or if you’re tone deaf like me think-sing) the following:  ‘Renovation, renovation, renovation, that’s what it needs. If you wanna be the best, if you want to treat the rest, th~en renovation’s what it needs!’ That’s the mantra that was going through my mind every morning last week. Why? Well, I’m pleased to announce that Tall Amy is the fully signed up key-holder of The Studio, 1 Imperial House, Shutterton Estate, Dawlish! And, as such cleaning, painting and sorting dominated my ‘To Do’ list for the week with aching and sleeping following close behind. The result? A freshly decorated work space (complete with newly delivered furniture) which is awaiting the craftsman carpentry skills of Alex. He is the wonder artisan who interprets my musings, gabblings and terrible sketchings to successfully create reality from my imaginings! Once my purpose built cutting bench and fabric storage areas are in perfect place you’d expect the studio to be complete. My husband certainly does and I do
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The Search for Inspiration…

… is an eternal one, with a few light bulb moments on the way. That’s my definition anyway as its something that doesn’t come easily for me. Oh how I envy those seemingly smug crafters who are always positively brimming over with ideas and fab new projects. Don’t get me wrong, I am always able to design and make a bag from even the sketchiest of briefs (verbal not wearable!) or any other item that Tall Amy is known for, its the small, pretty and daintily embroidered makes that I always struggle with. The reality is though (and I have this on good authority) that SSC’s put in lots of research time i.e. looking at media and books, other people’s creations as well as life around them. I thought about this over the weekend, had a peek at my latest sewing mag, watched TGBSB Class of 2014 and, after wiping the condensation off the window peered out into the world. Oh Joy!, I had an epiphany and realised that after all this time I can come up with an idea of something to sew on a Sunday afternoon in front of the fire. A couple of hours and sore fingertips later I had
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