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Merry Christmas ya filthy animal

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Merry Christmas ya filthy animal

Today is the first day of the rest of my life… but it’s also the first day I give up TV for 2 months! (List item number 14, courtesy of my bff, Tracey).

In fact, I tried to start the challenge yesterday, but forgot, and accidentally ended up watching The Morning Show (my loyalty to Larry Emdur shall henceforth never waiver). It included a very engaging piece on “Extreme Cougars” (and not the four-legged kind either). It was both disturbing and enthralling.

But that’s TV!

Of course, I was still reeling from missing the final episode of Neighbours for the year. I had my whole evening planned out and then my equally fanatical Neighbours fan of a friend’s tyre exploded in protest and I was stranded in Milsons Point.

Bummer.

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Hey Jude

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Hey Jude

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of Sundays sewing. It’s a great way to feel creative, although I must confess that I don’t always come up with the ideas myself.

Today, for example, witnessed a collaboration between my friend Corey and I, resulting in this darling little “nautical-but-nice” number for brand-spanking new baby Jude.

Jude

Because even newborns should feel like they live in the Hamptons

Those who know Corey and I will also know that we never collaborate on anything (except for Simpsons quotes and a capella versions of nineties pop anthems), so this is proof positive that babies bring people closer together. In this case, they bring people with style (like Corey) together with people with time on their hands and a mild obsession with babies (like me).

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That’s Mandii with 2 i’s (and loveheart dots)

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With a few double-up suggestions for my list and just moments to spare before the clock struck 00:01 am on my 29th birthday, I had to quickly come up with a final list item to round out the 30.

It might be cheating to add something that I knew I was about to achieve, but it also seems quite fitting. “Hold a market stall” was one of my New Years’ resolutions this year, and www.mandiidesigns.com.au is the 21st Century version of that! Holding a market stall seems a little less achievable given that I would have to amass quite a bit of stock before it would be worth setting up (and baby clothes are so small that it would take forever to get the kind of quantity I would need!) The website however, lovingly designed by Andy, allows me to add a trickle of items as I have the free time to create them.

Free time. Yeah, like I’ll have any of that this year.

In fact, I’ve had my very first order this morning, for little Elise! Her favourite aunty ordered some custom bunting, and already the design ideas are flowing. I think the creative side of my brain works best when given a little inspiration, and what better muse than this little cutie pie?

I can’t wait to see her in the outfit her favourite aunty bought (spoiled rotten this one)!

I’ve found that something funny happens as you start to get older. You stop caring that other people think you’re nuts, and decide to do things like wear your cluckiness with pride instead of feeling the need to hide it. I guess I’ve always been a bit of an overachiever at school, but all I ever really wanted to do was have a family of my own. Of course, I need to tick off list item no. 1 first (and a few other things besides) so in the meantime I will just sew like it’s going out of fashion (oh wait, it kinda did about a century ago… my bad!)

I know a lot of you have already checked out Mandii Designs , so thanks for humouring me!