Next year will mark a momentous event in the life of our family, and for two of us especially. Next year our youngest farmgirl is off to prep full time. After twelve years with a little one at my feet, I will find myself alone on the farm for large chunks of time. It's a time I've been dreaming of, planning for and dreading - all at the same time. I can't even imagine how it will feel not to look out the window and see her holding her favourite chook, patting the dog or singing in her dressups on the trampoline.
Of course, I won't quite be alone. There will be cattle to check, dogs to chat to and chooks to growl at for scratching out my newly spread mulch. But none of this will replace my little farmgirl, who chats and sings and makes me laugh. When my eldest son was entering school I could see a time when he wouldn't need me as much, so I made myself busy as a mature age student studying a Bachelor of Education. Faced with that same feeling of impending emptiness, this time I'm planning to fill my time with creative pursuits.
Not too long ago, I dusted off my trusty Janome sewing machine (not literally, although it did take a while to loosen up). With one farmgirl it was still getting quite a bit of use, but when farmgirls two and three came along there just didn't seem like enough time for sewing. Now, it feels different. I find myself wanting to 'play' with fine cottons and pretty trims. I grew up with a sewing Mum. In our home it was normal for kids to play with scissors, pins and little pieces of scrap fabric. I'm sure my son learned to crawl early because he was so determined to get the scissors and pins that were put out of his reach, while Mum and I cut out on the floor.
I've been building up my fabric stash for a few months now, and delving into my Mums considerable reserves of beautiful quilting and dressmaking fabrics. Together, we've been planning, drafting, cutting and sewing. Over the next few weeks we'll be introducing our Modern Country Aprons and Farmgirl Clothes. Aprons will be introduced in a range of sizes 3-5 yo ($15), 6-8yo ($20), 9-11yo ($25), size 12-14 adult ($30), and size 16-18 adult($30). We know that the right style of apron will flatter the female form, so we've taken great care to use fabric and design elements to make you feel good - no matter what the task at hand is.
Three generations of 'women' stepped into the Craft and Quilting fair in Brisbane last Friday -my Mum, my Daughter and I. My eldest farmgirl described it as a 'jaw dropping' experience. This was my first Craft and Quilting fair and I had a ball. I came home with some lovely new variegated cotton thread, some fun 'farm themed' applique patterns, the dainty print fat quarters that grace this blog page, cutting blades, needles etc. As I was busy up with markets yesterday, this was my first day to get these lovelies washed and dry. Luckily for me the clouds parted to reveal a beautiful day. I can't wait to start matching up colourways to make some little farmgirl dresses. (Pretty Fat Quarters were purchased at the Rose Patchwork Cottage stall - owned by a lovely, talented couple and great value for money.)