I love things.
Not in a “must have everything new, on trend, everyone has it so I must”, capitalist/materialistic kind of way.
In a collective, considered and all things beautiful way. And by beautiful, I don’t mean perfect. I don’t much like perfect. I like quirks and oddness and individuality, even if it is a design feature covering up a small mishap. The sewists will know what I mean by that one…. Thank you to the lovely Pip Lincoln from Meet Me at Mikes for giving me the opportunity to share with you some of the things that I love and adore, and more often than not collect! On a serious note, I’m not afraid of a little hip and shoulder action to get to that vintage fabric first. But that was just once. And she was younger than me. So all forgiven. And I nabbed it. Score!
So here are some things in no particular order.
Sewing with indie sewing patterns. There is a list put together for Sew Indie Month which is happening for the month of June that details a number of indie sewing patterns. The internets has provided great opportunity for smaller businesses to make their patterns available. Perhaps one day I might have the chance too. The ones I’m currently working on at the moment are:
- By Hand London
- Tilly and the Buttons
- A Piece of Cloth (for vintage fabric purchase, not related to actual patterns but I sew with many of their fabrics.)
The sewing community on Instagram. Since participating in Me Made May where I have worn something each day made by my own hands, I have been introduced to such a lovely group of women (plus an odd male body builder follower, but he hasn’t bothered me so I’ll just leave him there). Seeing what everyone is wearing, the lovely comments, the inspiration. It’s so gorgeous and interactive. And doesn’t at all feel facebooky, or odd, or negative in any sense. Or narcissistic. Yet. So fingers crossed! You can follow me @magdalenesmuse. I also take photos of my kitten and tea cups. Just in case frocks aren’t your thing.
Flowers. See this blog post for the low down, in particular the spectacular bathroom. Not a nana flower in sight.
Sad and disturbing movies (Margot, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Iris, Blue Velvet, Les Miserables, just to name a few that have left me sobbing). I also like a happy-make-feel-good film, but when I come out feeling as though nothing in the world is right and there is barely any point to going on, it just makes it that little extra special. I’m banned from making movie choices for my birthday though. My friends had questions as to why I would choose We Need to Talk About Kevin as a birthday film. My birthday, my choice. And I loved it.
TV series that most people wouldn’t pick me as watching.
- Breaking bad
- Game of Thrones
- Battlestar Galactica
- Walking Dead
- The Blacklist (James Spader, sigh…..)
- American Horror Story
- The Fall
Then there are some of the more predictable:
- Lost Girl
- Anything Joss Wheadon
- Fraggle Rock (cue crazy waving arms)
- Miranda (best british comedy ever)
- The Green Wing (If only Mac was available)
- Black Books
- Haven. This show is so bad, it’s good. In a I don’t normally admit to watching it kind of way.
- Futurama (not really a big fan, however my boss at the time got us the box set for our wedding, more for Bruce than me I suspect. I’ve seen each episode at least twice, and do a good impression of Zoidburg: as “a feast is a feast!”).
Autumn. Why bother with Winter, Spring, Summer when you can have Autumn. As evidenced by Autumnal Wedding at the National Rhododendron Gardens in Sassafras on mine and Bruce’s wedding day 10 years ago. Perfection.
Books and reading. Can’t go wrong there. Unless your reading Mills and Boon just so you can discuss characters and plot development with your Nana so you have something in common. That was, I have to admit, not my favourite genre and I did it for love, not literary pursuit.
Vintage teacups and dinner sets. I’m now always scouring the local op shops for pretty china that is not only suitable for cake, but for messy spaghetti and nachos as well. As long as it is pretty and not beige beige beige, I’m happy.
Thanks for reading, and if you have any suggestions, do let me know in the comments. I’m always curious about discovering new things.
PS I do also adore Bruce, B1 and B2 plus Panda Wine. And maybe I was being a little materialistic in my musings.
Oh, and I love fishing, but without bait so I can ensure I won’t catch anything but seaweed. I don’t want to see a poor fishy hanging off the end of my line. I do love the sea, and the sitting, and the purpose of holding a rod with people assuming you are there for the fish, but you know you are there for the peace.