Sunday, November 14, 2010

Soul food weekend

I nearly cried when I saw the sign for the little town of Lancefield on Friday. It reminded me of coming home to Melbourne after an absence of many years (or like when I got lost as a child, and only cried when I finally found my mother....).
I was home. Home... where it's normal to sew in pajamas before breakfast and to sew into the wee hours of the morning. Home, where it's normal to know the names of fabric ranges and designers and to talk endlessly about patterns, books and overlockers...where ideas and sewing tools are shared.

I was inspired, entertained and nourished - bodily, emotionally, creatively and mentally.

I loved seeing Annie's quilty genius in action (at lightning speed). I loved seeing Lara embracing the OFM attitiude, and my sewing buddy's drapey tops becoming EVERYONE'S summer wardrobe. I loved watching Megan prepare for her upcoming crochet classes. I loved the exquisite work that went into Rachels and Karen's little-girl-dresses...and I loved that I whipped through a pile of simple dresses for my girl, and made a few things for me.

Most of all, I loved that I got to share a weekend with a group of wonderful, talented and generous women who were the best company I could have wished for.

And it was lovely that Blogless-Kerry was able to drop in for a cuppa... and take photos for us. (Really Kerry - it was great to see YOU. And thanks for bringing that bun!).
And then I came home to unpack into a new home.
That'd be 3/99 Helen St Northcote 3070. Nicole Mallalieu Design just grew up and got her own apartment.

22 comments:

m.e (Cathie) said...

I bet you feel reenergised and ready to take on the world!

congrats on the new place Ms N.Mallalieu!! Happy creating

Karen said...

Thanks so much for letting me share in the goodness of Sewjourn - it was such a great weekend, in lots of ways.
Can't wait to see pics of the new palce Nikki.

Melanie said...

Ahhh Sewjourn. Soul food is right, it is just amazing what restorative powers that place has.

So excited for the new grown up business digs. Good luck with your monstrous to-do list :)

Cass said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend. Can't wait to see the new place

Ooty said...

Sound like an amazing recharge to me!!!!
Congrats for your new place =)

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Fabulous - you, them, the place, the NEW place - all fabulous.

But does it have air conditioning?

Judi said...

The design wall looked great! Looking forward to seeing your new design space.

sooz said...

I so get it! I hope one day to share the SJ experience with you I am sure you are the inspiration in action kind too. Good luck with the new place - can't wait to visit!

trash said...

I know Helen Street! 99 is down toward the railway end isn't it? My mum was at school up at the top of the hill when she was weeny and my brother lived in the middle on upon a time.

Sharon said...

So glad you had such a great weekend, I agree completey that these weekends are just so inspirational and rewarding.

Congratultions on the new home, can't wait to see it.

Leonie said...

Congratulations on your upgrade, so grown up :-)
Hooray for weekends away for crafting with no "normal" people guilt about attire and bedtimes. Such a nice way to spend the weekend.

dearmolly said...

Looking forward to seeing the new nmd casa! and huge congrats for the milestone achievement in growing your business!!

Very jealous of the SJ weekend. I'm seriously hoping to get along to one of these next year.

Andi said...

What a gorgeous group of girls!!

Fer said...

Sounds like it was just what the doctor ordered! So glad you had a great time, it's amazing what a bit of crafty inspiration can do. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the informal invite Nikki. I was nice to catch up with you and Lara and be inspired by a very productive group of ladies.
Kerry
ps - the lesser known (obviously, cause none of us could think of it) AB range is called 'temple flowers'.

Handmade said...

Totally and insanely jealous! Good luck with the apartment.

Annie said...

Great to be around all you crafty girls again, and sew and sew and sew, like we do. Your new place sounds oh so exciting - I had a great weekend, and the bibs were "just right"

bec said...

Oooh, that sounds awesome! And yay, congrats on 'officially' getting the place! Hope the moev isn't too stressful. And that wee girl liked her clothes!!

Jodie said...

Congratulations you big grown-up... How amazingly exciting !!!!
Your weekend sounds divine.

flickettysplits said...

Ooo, Helen St; you are right next door to me - I am in Henry St!

Amanda said...

Ohhh must organise a retreat next year for the quilting buddies it was going to be this year but the wheels fell off. Next year it is. Congratulations on the new home.

Chookyblue...... said...

sewing with friends is wonderful....enjoy your new space........