So I’ve been given this amazing opportunity to write a blog for you all to read. I really hope that you stick with me because once I start writing, I find it difficult to stop lol. I’m going to tell you a little about me, my sewing journey and the life I lead. I hope to inspire you, make you laugh and show you that it’s ok to make mistakes in your own sewing journey.
I was born and bred in the beautiful countryside of Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury to be exact) but twenty or so years ago I decided to change things up a bit and moved away to start a new life in Norfolk. Now I’m back and loving it. I live with my loving husband and my two Bichon Frisè pampered pooches. I have two grown up sons and two beautiful granddaughters.
Across the whole of social media, I am known as Princess Myia Wanakeeska but that’s not my real name. The Princess Myia name is actually my gorgeous pampered pooches kennel club name. The story behind using her name goes like this; once upon a time (haha sorry, couldn’t resist). My eldest son was going travelling (a few, quite a few, years ago), I wanted to be able to keep in touch with him and his travels (he was a Facebook user, I wasn’t) so I really needed to join the masses and create my own Facebook account, but as I’m quite a private person, I didn’t want to be known across the world nor did I want past acquaintances to be able to contact me. Therefore, my little fluffy white dog became the proud owner of a Facebook account 😂. My real name is Helen, there, I’ve said it, I’ve admitted to the whole world my little secret lol, but I would still rather be known as Princess Myia across social media as I’ve built up quite a nice following.
My sewing journey started about 5/6 years ago although I had done a bit during my school years. I only took sewing back up because of boredom, I was struck down with chronic ill health just after my wedding in 2007, this led to the loss of my career (I was training to become a paramedic) and my life as I knew it. I wanted to be able to achieve something that was within the capabilities of my illness. Looking back, I actually think that sewing saved me, it kept me sane and made me feel just a little bit less useless.
I didn’t know much about it when I started, so much so that I thought patchwork was “just” sewing little squares together and that quilting was the whole process of making a quilt and only professionals did it 😂😂. I was asked once if I was going to be doing patchwork or quilting, which is when I discovered that quilting was actually the art of all those pretty patterns on already pieced patchwork. My first patchwork piece was me hand sewing lots of different sizes of fabric together and then cutting that bigger piece into the shape I wanted to cover my old dressing stool.
Oh how much I’ve learned since then and it’s all been self taught with the help of some fabulous sewing groups on Facebook.
I have since taught myself to sew “proper professional” 😉quilts, toys and even handbags, yep, you read that right, HANDBAGS. I even do cross stitch and embroidery. I also enjoy a bit of decoupage, I class myself as being quite creative in general.
I have even been lucky enough to bag (pun intended) myself a position as a pattern tester, proof reader and one of her admin team members for an amazingly talented bag designer called Rebecca Jane Alexander Frost aka Becky.
I’m actually in the process of making one of her patterns as I write this up, not at the same time I’ll add lol I’m not that talented. Becky can be found across the whole of social media under her business name of R.j.A.F Makes. Go check her out, honestly you’ll be amazed at her talent and she’s always available to chat to, give advice and help you out if you’re stuck. Finding Becky was one of my “yippee” moments, she’s taught me so much.
Sewing is such a wonderfully social hobby to have. I love being part of this creative community and that’s how I found “The Aylesbury Sew ‘n Sews” (as it was known then).
My life has changed, for the better, so much since I first started out.
This sewing journey that I’ve been on has been so much fun, full of laughter, making new friends and even some tears along the way. Tears when whatever I’m sewing is just not going to plan or the doll I’ve just made looks more like something Frankenstein’s monster would’ve made 😂. Mistakes are part of the fun of learning and I’ve learnt to embrace them, after all, if you want total perfection, you’d buy mass produced from a production line, not from a real human being that has put all her/his love and energy into creating that little special something.
I don’t think you ever stop learning and I certainly don’t plan to anytime soon.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my story and if I can help any of you, please get in touch. But 🤫 remember to keep my secret. xx
Thank you and happy sewing