Saturday, 31 December 2011

New year, new adventures

Something very exciting is happening in 2012. I am departing the public service, moving cities, and starting a Bachelor of Textile Design! Textile design is about designing the appearance and texture of fabrics used in everything from clothing, home furnishings, wallpaper and car interiors to packaging.

I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to my change of career. Although the prospect of having little to no income is a bit terrifying, I am really happy about the decision I've made. In fact, you can't wipe the smile off my face at the moment.

A lot of people look at a change of career as going back to the start again. Regressing to a confused 17 year old staring into a dim and uncertain future. But we are the sum of all our experiences. We all take the knowledge and skills we have into any course or career that we choose. I'll be a wiser student, milking every drop from every class. And I'll bring my skills to my new job, those that you need everywhere, like managing people and managing projects.

If you're thinking about a change of career, I'd encourage you to take it seriously. Take some time - I took a year - and think about all your options. The experts say your career should align with your values in life, so you might want to start thinking about that too. And talk to a career counsellor! I have found them very helpful.

So here's to a new year, new career. May it be filled with excitement, adventure, and lots of creativity!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas time

Christmas is a great time for trying out your creative ideas... home-made crafty Christmas gifts, and crafty recycled Christmas wrapping!

Check out Dorothy Yuki's blog for some great ideas for how to repurpose items for very stylish wrapping.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, 4 December 2011

My favourite things

At the moment I'm mostly trying to not buy anything new, aside from essentials. This is partly to save money, and partly because I like going to second-hand shops and op-shops to see what things already in existence take my fancy.

But every so often I buy something new. And these two things above seized my eye because I found them so beautiful. They are four aqua resin beads (from the Bead Shop) and a ball of exquisite green Italian cotton (from Stitch 'n Time).

In particular, I loved the colours. I must be going through a green phase at the moment because I felt drawn to these two items. I'm not even sure what I will do with them at this stage. Just looking at them makes me happy!