Bibbity Bobbity in a real-life buttons jar! The beautiful  Button Button in Vancouver

Bibbity Bobbity in a real-life buttons jar! The beautiful Button Button in Vancouver

Oh hey there,

I'm Gabrielle, otherwise known as Bibbity Bobbity Buttons: an incorrigible crafter, amateur garment-maker, knitter, embroiderer and newbie-Italian learner. I hope you enjoy my little Notions Tin of musings.

I’m also a brand ambassador for Bernette NZ, as part of Bernina, learning all about my B42 Cover Stitch machine.

Introduction: the Incorrigible Crafter

Introduction: the Incorrigible Crafter

Journeys in learning sewing, Italian and self-care

Oh hey there! I'm Gabrielle, Wellingtonion, artist, one husband, two fur babbies, learner and lover of Italian, knitter and newly returned to garment making after a decade and a half long hiatus.


Now for the serious shit.  2016 was, without a doubt, my annus horribilis.  It was a period of fairly intense depression and extraordinarily high anxiety.  I remember 2015 and I remember most of 2017 (this year) but I look back on 2016 now and there's this very weird, tautly strung, blank.  There are memories, but they have a different quality and texture than other memories.  It seems to have existed in the same way a black hole exists—as an immense sucking pressure that distorts time and space; a crushing void that took (and still sometimes takes) work and determination to get out of.

I'm about to start my PhD.  Although a PhD comes with its own set of goals, one of my primary goals while I'm studying is to not go back to that place: the 2016 black hole.  With the help of an excellent therapist and a loving partner I'm learning to give myself space for things I enjoy, and also allowing myself to enjoy those thing.  

And so to starting this blog.  I don't know how it will work yet, but I want it to be a space for celebrating both my crafting (primarily sewing and knitting) and my Italian language learning.  Who knows how that will pan out, but I am excited about it panning out in the way that is of most benefit to me. 

A space for play and rest and release to support the rigours and work and intensity of my PhD in Fine Arts.  The exhale to the inhale. 

I don't know if anyone will ever read this blog, but if it's triggering, here's some (NZ based) places to seek advice:

LIFELINE: 0800 543 354
NEED TO TALK? Call or text 1737
SAMARITANS: 0800 726 666
YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633 or text 234

Sew Over It | Coco Jacket

Sew Over It | Coco Jacket