Hello and welcome to Off-grid chic! My name is Zara and I live in Porirua, New Zealand which is near Wellington.
I love sewing, so much so that I work in a fabric shop and I never have to be distracted by anything else. Previously I’ve done office admin jobs and I did a stint as a self employed dressmaker, which I didn’t love as much as I thought I would. It’s one thing to sew exactly what you want to all the time and quite another to spend a lot of time making the things other people dream about, hence I frequently got distracted by my own projects. It wasn’t the worst job I’ve ever had but I’m glad I found my new job at The Fabric Warehouse, which is the most perfect job for me.
If I could I would spend all my money on sewing stuff – fabric, patterns, notions, nifty gadgets, vintage sewing machines. Unfortunately have to spend money on boring things too like electricity, petrol, car repairs, rent, food, but I do try to keep spending on non-essentials like these to an absolute minimum.
I have an adult daughter called Monica. I’m not too sure how that happened as it seems like only yesterday that I discovered that making a dress for my baby girl with an eyelet lace petticoat wasn’t a good idea because her little baby toes got caught in the holes and suddenly she’s moved out, financially independent and with a Commerce degree majoring in economics and public policy and she’s in her first job with a bigger salary than I’ve ever had in my life!
I started this blog when I had a boring office job in the hope that I would become more motivated and disciplined about making time for sewing things, and I intended it to be a way to be accountable so that I would make time to sew. Back then I needed to sew for my sanity but now I’m immersed in sewing in my working life, I’m a much happier person. It’s not such a big deal if I can’t find time to sew because I’m enjoying all the other aspects of sewing all day at work. Yes, buying fabric is an integral part of sewing, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
I’ve had a long hiatus from my blog. For a while there life caught up with me, and by life I mean my elderly Mum’s health issues, which in turn impacted my health severely. Luckily nothing lasts forever and my health is vastly improved after making some lifestyle changes – one of which was working in a job that I love, along with giving up sugar.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading about what I’m up to and please leave comments 🙂
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