Hi my sweet darlings!
There’s no place like home, and as hard as it may be to put the brakes on adventuring, even this gypsy’s wandering soul needs to return to the nest every once in awhile. After flitting about in Thailand and Italy for the last three months, it was certainly a shock to return to chilly Melbourne in the middle of an icy cold winter, but I’m taking full advantage of that cozy indoors feeling while it’s here. There’s nothing like a bit of cool weather to make you want to sidle up by the fire, dig into the craft pile, and start creating something beautiful to warm your soul.
And while a traveller’s life is exciting and ever changing, there are some disadvantages to spending so much time on the road. Every time you return somewhere it takes a whole heap of effort to settle back into the familiar rhythms. There’s nothing like cleaning up three months of cobwebs and dust bunnies to remind you how much love and energy it takes to make a house a home. I’ve been keeping busy trying to breathe some life back into this place after all this time. Meanwhile my poor aching body is in shock with the dramatic swing from Thai summer to Australian winter and I often find myself missing those delicious massages and fruit shakes I became accustomed to over the last few months. Oh, the luxuries we take for granted!
Fortunately I’ve been through this cycle before and was wise enough to get a few bits and bobs together before I left home three months ago. The house was stocked with all the essentials I can’t live without, like coffee and longlife milk. And I’m fortunate to have a strong support network: a lovely mother who brought over a pot of delicious soup; a wonderful neighbour who pruned all my roses and mowed the lawn; long-distance calls with Mambo to keep me warm on chilly winter nights. It’s easy to feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
With Mambo still in Thailand for another month, I’ve been trying to keep myself busy, enjoying a rare moment of alone time while also throwing myself into projects to make the weeks pass faster. It’s a fabulous feeling to sit at home on my own on a cold winter’s evening, sorting through scraps of lace and bits of ribbon, dreaming about what I’m going to create next. I’ve found that all my best ideas come from these quiet moments of reflection, where I get to go deep into a creative space and play with all the gorgeous materials I’ve collected over the years. It’s days like these that helped birth Sea Gypsy so long ago, and that still shape the heart and soul of the collection to this day.
So as I sit here amongst all the pretty things I’ve picked up to share with you, I am relishing the chance to settle down and reconnect once again with all my lovely sisters across the world. Thank you so much for keeping me such good company on my travels. I hold you so dear to my heart and am so appreciative of your friendship. Sea Gypsy wouldn’t be what it is without this lovely community of women, and it’s been beautiful to watch us all come together to support each other everyday on our Sea Gypsy Sisters Facebook group. The love, generosity, and insight that are flowing from that group has just about made my heart melt.
And now that a few new goodies like our gorgeous floral pantaloons and bloomers are almost ready to go, it’s getting hard to contain my excitement. I just can't wait to show you what I have been sweating over for the last few months. It’s been a true labour of love, but I know it will be worth every second when I get to see the photos of my dear sisters living fabulously in their new treasures.
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Hope you’re having a lovely day, wherever you may be in the world.
Love and kisses,