Yes, after a ridiculously long hiatus, I have picked up my beloved Patchwork Quill again. So where have I been, you ask?
Well, I plunged headfirst back into the world of self employment mid-2015 with the launch of my content writing business, and early 2016 is when things really started to get busy.
I had taken on a massive, risky project that ultimately wasn't successful (as is often the way with massive, risky projects).
It was an experience I learned huge, valuable, lifelong personal and professional lessons from - but in hindsight, it really knocked my confidence and left me feeling deflated for quite some time.
I've since started working with a lovely client on a brilliant blogging project, but one that has still demanded enormous swathes of my time and mental energy - on top of the part-time job I have to keep the bills paid until I become a millionaire entrepreneur.
Although it still takes up a lot of my time, systems and processes I've put in place are beginning to tick along as they should, and this has coincided with the return of my creative mojo!
I finished a cute circle skirt I began sewing back in June - and I live-streamed it! I posted a picture on Instagram of me wearing the finished garment - and at time of writing, 100 people have liked it, making it my most popular post ever.
I finally finished the circle skirt! It has spent months languishing on my tailor's dummy, just waiting for its hem. Learned a lesson - I built that hem up in my head to be a horrible, near-impossible task, and when I got down to it, it really wasn't. I also did something else I've been procrastinating about and did a Periscope broadcast - the first Patchwork Quill #sewingscope! You can catch it on replay on Periscope or Twitter; I'm @patchworkquill on both :)
So it would appear you lot like it when I step out of my comfort zone and in front of a camera from time to time, and who am I to deny you?
The most recent video is below - let me know what you think and get in touch if there is anything you'd like to see on the weekly PQ #sewingscope.