Adventure

Mary from Biblioblog tagged me with the Versatile Blogger Award (thank you, Mary!).  The rules state that I need to share seven things about myself and tag a few more blogs with the award. 

I’m going to take advantage of the “seven things” rule to reveal a little secret: Mr. Stitch and I are embarking on a bit of an adventure! Here are the details:

  1. Mr. Stitch and I are both lawyers.  Corporate lawyers, to be exact.  The most boring kind of lawyer there is [*insert big yawn*].  Don’t get me wrong, I like what I do for a living, but it’s not like Law and Order or any of those cool lawyer T.V. shows.  The truth is I push a lot of paper. Well, enough of that: we’ve decided to leave Toronto’s Bay St. behind in favour of an eighteen month sabbatical.  Friends, that “life is short” cliché is actually not a cliché at all but the veritable truth. So why not take a parenthesis from work to enjoy life now instead of waiting until a retirement that may or may not come?  Here’s the verdict: bring it on!

  1. We’re hitting the road. We sold our house in Toronto a couple of weeks ago and are in the process of packing up our stuff. I’ve gone through the largest purge of my life! I’m astonished at the amount of stuff I’ve accumulated over the years and wonder how on earth I went from living out of a backpack twelve years ago to having a house chock full of stuff. Well, a lot of this stuff has been donated or has made its way to our storage unit.   
  2. We have a few stops before getting settled again.  First up is a stint at a farm a few hours north of Toronto.  In late July we’ll be leaving Ontario and will be camping our way across Canada, with a stop-over at another farm in southern Saskatchewan before we make our way to the west coast. 
  3. Our final destination, where we’re scheduled to arrive in September of this year, is the community of Roberts Creek, British Columbia on Canada’s west coast.  We’re trading the hustle and bustle of Toronto for a small town sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the forest. I’m trading my business suits for jeans and hiking boots.  The only paper I’ll be pushing is the lightweight stuff sewing patterns are made of and I can hardly wait.

 A possible route

  1. Our stay in Roberts Creek will last just under a year – the time required for Mr. Stitch to complete a woodworking course that focuses on fine furniture making.  While he goes to school full-time I’ll be staying at home to knit, sew, blog, cook, read, and bake. I’ll get to indulge in all my favourite things.
  2. I’ll also spend time with our newest family member. Meet Zion, our (new to us) German shepherd dog.  We adopted this sweet guy a couple of weeks ago and we’re excited that he’ll be coming on this adventure with us. Don’t be fooled by his size – at two years old he’s still a puppy filled with boundless energy.

  1. All of this means that for the next few months my internet access is going to be spotty so I may not be able to catch up on your blogs as often or make a regular appearance in this space for that matter. In the meantime, if you want to get in touch with me, you can alway e-mail me at stitchparade@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I possibly can.

So there, now you know my little secret – it’s going to be an adventure! As far as passing on the award, here’s a shout out to a few blogs that have been a source of inspiration over the past year:

  1. Gail of Today’s Agenda – because her sewing and knitting skills are spectacular and an endless source of inspiration. If you don’t read her blog, you’re seriously missing out.
  2. Silvia, the Sewing Princess – who showcases the coolest items on her blog in both Italian and English. Have you seen her self drafted wool coat and her Paco Peralta top? This Princess is talented, I tell you.
  3. Lizz of A Good Wardrobe – her wardrobe challenges are perfectly executed and styled with much flare. Oh, and I love her shoes.
  4. Kristin of K-Line – a fellow Torontonian whose excellent writing makes reading about technical garment construction an enjoyable affair.
  5. Winnie of Scruffy Badger Time - who manages to work full time,  run marathons, and turn out the nicest handmade garments week after week.  Her blog is also filled with fun photos that make me think it would be lovely to hang out with Winnie in real life.
  6. Mela of Picushion Treats – not only is Mela an entrepreneur (check out her etsy store for the cutest pin cushions you’ll ever see), her collection of Ginger skirts is the stuff of dreams.  

Friends, this is my “bye for now” post.  I may or may not post sporadically through the spring and summer, but will likely be back in full force in September once we’re settled on the other side of Canada.  Until then, have a great summer filled with sewing/knitting and lots fun. May you all experience great adventures over the coming months!

24 thoughts on “Adventure

  1. The Versatile Blogger award REALLY applies now! I look forward to learning how everything goes for you in this grand adventure. I’ll miss your blog but will keep it in my subscriptions, hoping that you will update occasionally.

  2. I am so excited for you! It’s so inspiring to see someone leaving the daily grind for such a grand adventure. Enjoy yourself and I look forward to hearing bits and pieces along the way.
    Also, thanks for the award! I’m very flattered.

  3. Holy cow – what an awesome post! I am so excited (and just a bit jealous) of your new adventure! Honestly, this is terrific news. Thank you so much for this award. There is NO WAY I can come up with something as amazing as this. xo

  4. I love how you incorporated this news into the “seven things” – very creative! I echo all the sentiments above; I’m really looking forward to learning about your new adventure as you live it! Thanks for the award too!

  5. Andrea I am so excited for you I almost cried! How soppy is that?! I think it’s because you are making a dream into reality & it must have taken plenty of courage. I guess the hard bit is done & you just have the open road to look forward to.
    Thank you for the award & the spirit that you have passed it on to me. And have a truly WONDERFUL journey :-)

  6. Thank you so much for the nice words and the award. I wish you a great summer and journey west. Can’t wait to see what the other side and new life looks like. Enjoy the journey!

  7. This is so fantastically exciting! Good for you, and bon voyage! Enjoy the slower pace, and the respite of working with hands instead of pushing paper. I am so impressed :)

  8. Oh wow, how cool and exciting! :) I’m so happy for you, that sounds like a huge adventure! Have fun! And I’d love to hear about all your adventures once you’ve settled down on the other side of the continent!

    • Thanks Lindsay. I hope to share some photos, but they won’t be as good as the photos of your summer adventures. I’m afraid I’m not a very good photographer :)

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