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Sunshine = Happiness = Photo Shoot Day!

Recently I was asked just how many photo shoots do I do? (Because I always seem to be buying flowers for them). Well, I had a bit of a count today for the next few issues of Vignette magazine. It seems that for Vignette issue 11 I did 15 shoots (plus step by steps when stitching etc) and here I am today on my 12th photo shoot for Vignette 13!

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I started adding up just how many photos I take (after the shocking deletes!) and there's between 600-1000 for each issue. Okay, I admit it, if I don't think a particular shot is right or good enough I just keep re-doing. The question I ask myself is,"If I was sitting with a champange in the bath reading this does this photo being me joy?/does it tell a story?/is the story positive?/if I'm in the sewing room does it really assist in making the project?...etc...."

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So these photos above did not make the cut for Vignette 13. I still love the colors, the light, the simple sunshine in the early morning. This one below I kinda played with because it was a 'reject'. I think I improved it:

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Feel free to paste and send and use as screensaver - whatever you like. I want everyone to be reminded as often as possible to live with a creative heart!

Leanne Beasley xxx

Leanne's House by Leanne Beasley...(a long post)

I have met and worked with some fantastic people on my journey over the last thirteen years of Leanne's House and continue to do so. A few months ago, while updating this blog and making plans for making it better for you, a wise woman suggested that I think about what Leanne's House is. What my philosophy is behind what I do. I spouted off the answer in a matter of seconds. Then (isn't it funny how things happen) I received a lovely email from a reader of Vignette magazine letting me know how much each issue meant to her and how she loved my philosophy behind Leanne's House; how my words about taking time out for yourself had literally changed her life for the better.

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Well, wouldn't you think an email like that would make me happy beyond belief? Initially it did. But then her words started to enter my thoughts every time I said no to family, everytime I was working in the office and the clock said 3am, everytime I was ill because I was simply exhausted. Simply, I felt like a hypocrite. So I have realised it's time for some changes for me (I will get to that).

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Before I even launched Leanne's House my background in marketing and sales mangement had me writing out plans and objectives and mission statements. Really though it was pretty simple. I just wanted to show other women that with even a small amount of time each day they could take time for themselves and in doing that have so much more to offer others around them. Leanne's House patterns (as it began) would give women an avenue to do that. To sit, stitch, share a recipe or a garden tip and have a cuppa 'with me'.

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As time has gone on and we now have the gift of the internet and social media I have even more ways of communicating with you. Looking back at my very first blog post (October 2006) I signed off with "May your heart make you grateful for the simple things." This has been the core of my heart for a very long time, appreciating the simple things and the everyday. This is the essence of Leanne's House.

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I dreamt of having a magazine for a long time. Then a few years ago I took the plunge and dove in head first. It has been so exciting for me to bring a quarterly publication to you, essentially sharing the philosophy of Leanne's House. Vignette has also meant that I have been able to share all of my loves and passions with you: Stitchery, patchwork, quilting, letting you know about other Designers and patchwork stores, cooking, journalling, gardening, creating a cosy home, travel and of course photography!

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As always in life, when we don't learn the lessons we are meant to the universe keeps giving us the same lesson until we learn it. I have had a lot of that recently! Culminating in my doctor letting me know that if I didn't slow down and get rid of all the stress I had I simply would have to walk away from Leanne's House. I tried to explain that what I do isn't simply my business; it's about making other women's lives better, happier. She didn't really understand until one of the ladies who reads Vignette and has joined me on many Leanne's House Events visited her as a patient as well and talked about what it meant to her. On my next doctor's visit we sat down and made some plans for moving forward, hence this (somewhat long) blog post.

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So girls, I did not take the option of closing Leanne's House but rather am feeling very excited about some, shall we say, 'rennovating'.

What does that mean for you? It means that I will be going back to the core of Leanne's House and sharing with you the things that make my heart sing. I am taking a break next year from trying to spread myself all over the countryside and wear myself to the bone. Instead I will be here, sharing all my passions on the blog, writing Vignette for you (my greatest love)(also attempting to get one issue ahead so no technical difficulties will delay it getting to you on time) and creating new projects to stitch along with you. I also have some new ideas that I have been working on the past few months and need to put love and time into these to make something special for you.

What does it mean for me? Maybe taking weekends to spend more time in my garden, take more time with my precious family and friends and live and practise what I am always preaching!

Many of you have also joined in one or some of the Leanne's House Events over the years and of course I will continue to indulge you in my favourites. I am thrilled that so many of you have already booked into my great travel and stitching adventure to China and that so many of you are eager to join me at the stitching events I love to hold at The Novotel in Glen Waverley.

I hope I haven't bored you to death with such a long post but I just wanted to share a little of my heart on this Sunday afternoon. I also hope that you will continue to be patient with me as I endeavour to get Vignette Issue 11 out as soon as possible for you to enjoy.

May your heart make you grateful for the simple things,

Leanne Beasley xxx

P.S. If you love Facebook you can visit me there too at: Leanne's House.

What's Happening at Leanne's House...

Naturally there has been a lot happening at Leanne's House (which is exactly why I haven't been here chatting with you unfortunately). As you know blogging is one of my most favourite things to do but always seems to get pushed down the priority list by everything else:

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I have been busy getting Vignette 11 ready to head out to you (stay tuned for exact dates for shipment). My favourite project at the moment is part 2 (part 1 is in Vignette 11) of 'The Honey Bee Quilt':

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The garden at Leanne's House is ticking along just fine as Spring has hit. My Bay Tree (great in casseroles, spaghetti bolognaise, etc) has welcomed Spring with a HUGE amount of new growth:

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The potatoes are doing magnificently and I can barely keep up with 'earthing them up' as they seem to grow everyday. I have a variety in this year that I haven't tried before: Breaklight. They have a red skin and according to The Digger's Club catalogue are just about perfect in every kind of cooking.

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My roses (edible as they are organic) are doing better than ever. We have never had a year as good as this for our roses. Slowly changing my entire garden over to be edible (after visiting Mudbrick in beautiful New Zealand earlier this year).

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So much more happening here and it's such a pleasure to be in the midst of Spring...what could be more inspiring...

Back (very) soon,

Leanne Beasley xxx