Doris modelling re-purposed jeans and fabric from various dresses

The pull to go quiet could not be ignored a while ago as a wealth of change rolled in. I was not managing to wrap myself around everything that was calling for attention.

Hitting the pause button carved out some space. I didn’t try to make anything happen, as I just let myself be. I found peace in leaning into the discomfort of change and not knowing immediately what to do to ‘fix’ it. Who says things always have to be ‘fixed’?

Many moons ago, back in the eighties, I used to make clothing for friends from a vague idea, or a strand of conversation. Then I forgot that I loved doing that.

Recently, I was searching for a creative workshop that a friend and I could do together, as her birthday pressie. I came across one re-purposing clothes, but it was fully booked. I went to bed that night and had a dream about the things I used to make. Waking up excited, I started to explore the idea and it came together effortlessly. I already had a sewing machine, my dining table is now a work bench and I have years of stored threads, ribbons, buttons and my Granny’s old sewing basket. As soon as I mentioned this to my birthday friend she lent me her dressmaker’s dummy, who was immediately nicknamed Doris. The re-cycling contacts that have been established with my de-cluttering business were delighted to be of use and I simply started to create clothes. My friend asked to come here for her birthday, so we could be together and knit. Cake was involved and it was lovely. ❤

I find myself waking up with designs and ideas in my head.

Internet research and some experimentation with different platforms led me to open an eBay shop. Another dream gifted me the idea of taking the photographs on our roof terrace with The Mersey and Liverpool as a backdrop.

This name seemed perfect…

I can step back from taking on new de-cluttering clients now and spend some days creating, whilst still flowing with loving family care and my existing clients.

Happy days, as I’m just off to edge a jacket. The edge was an old blouse of mine, but as I took it out the wardrobe I thought ‘Ohhh, that would make a perfect edge for the jacket I picked up the other day.’ Then I reached for my scissors. I will end up going out dressed, but only just!

55 thoughts on “Love Restoration

    1. I feel that kindred spirits find each other, as you, Ian and I have in this global village of ours. Here’s to innovation and the courage to create and keep creating. Flowing much love and many hugs to you, my special buddy. ❤ xXx

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  1. “Who says things always have to be ‘fixed’?” Good question! But if it’s restoring and fun, how wonderful! I’m happy and excited about this new venture. I remember making clothes on my parents’ old sewing machine and still enjoy mending with a simple needle and thread. I’ve been known to make curtains out of thrift store sheets more than once. 😉 Enjoy!

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  2. Jane, loving what you are doing and LOVE that label.. what a great name.. Finding again your passion for sewing is wonderful.. Your Dreams leading you to do what comes natural.. No forcing, just following the flow and when we do, oh how much easier everything falls into place..
    Love the choice of fabrics..
    Wishing you many more Happy Hours of JOY creating your designs as you lovingly restore and create.. ❤ ❤ ❤


    1. Hello lovely Sue, I have been thinking of you and your hubbie by the ocean. ❤ Thank you for your encouragement and support, I feel your loving energy. Many hidden elements are rising through the joy of creating and I know you feel this too. Huge hugs and much ❤ for you both, always. ❤ xXx

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    1. Hello Nancy, thank you so much and it was lovely briefly connecting on Instagram. I found the site another distraction and not what I needed with my de-cluttered life. I am glad we are still connected on here. Xx hugs for you both x

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  3. You have been silent for a while perhaps storing and nurturing this warm post so full of excitement and delight in life. It is great that you are adventurous enough to take on new challenges even as you approach 60 – quite a milestone- have a retro party. Tell your friends to address some clutter by gifting you with their contributions to Restoration. Many of us also have boxes of threads and other accouterments which belonged to our parents / grandparents. It would be a gift to know that someone can use them creatively.

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  4. Hello my Lovely. Nice to see you back in blog land. It seems many sensitives like us have been basically spending time with ourselves and dodging the great big world of chaos. I’m glad your reflective time led you to a fabulous new project/business. And I love what Doris is wearing! Your talents know no bounds.
    Hugs flowing to you my friend. ❤ xoxo 🙂

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  5. Well, isn’t Doris gorgeous! What a fabulous outfit! Jane, you are a marvel! I was just thinking of you yesterday and wondering how you are when up popped a post from you full of positivity and energy and good things. You are so skillful and inventive and such a fighter too. An excellent writer and so kind. ❤ ❤ xxx ❤ ❤

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    1. Hello lovely Clare, we may be on different coastlines, yet our hearts know each other. I am popping over to Liverpool on Sunday by ferry, to visit a vintage clothing fair. I will take you with me in my heart. ❤ xxx ❤ ❤

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  6. Jane, I love this idea. I do much the same with bits and pieces of old jewelry (an earring without a mate, a lost charm, beads once broken). Some of my favorites are those made up of other favorites. I believe they remind me that some things are meant to be kept, even if slightly altered for another time (the time for which they were always intended). I (again) wish I was closer. I could bring you a ton of stuff to work with!!!! I love you…….and this. ❤

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    1. I always feel you in my heart, Bobbie, stepping out to feed the horses down the lane, with a bucket of apples. We are close in our hearts, my lovely and thank you for your loving support, as always. ❤ Xxxx

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  7. Jane – Finding something in ourselves is perhaps the greatest gift we share in life. Through all your searching I feel this is a great reveal, an uncovering at a time and place you have been searching for. The rain that came into your life, the patience of the seeds waiting for the sun, ,the de-cluttering – the gathering of the harvest, the threshing of the wheat, the waters edge where magic is always wrought … time, it is said keeps everything from happening at once. Everything you have done has lead you to this day. I hear the ferry horns in the distance shouting their approval of the love restoration you are creating … 🥰

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    1. Pete, I am so touched by your awareness and understanding. ❤ Our connection and your unwavering support is a priceless treasure. Thank you. ❤ and more ❤ You have also reminded me that I turn 60 this year and will be gifted a free travel pass for the local buses and trains and that includes the ferry. Huge excitement inside me ❤

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