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A Virtual Hug

I have just read this post from Notsogranny. At the end I wanted to give her a huge hug. I so recognised the feelings that she was experiencing, in fact I had been so caught up in my own ‘problems’ that I had failed to see how she was feeling. (Bad, bad friend).


It is no secret that this has been a tougher than usual week for me and, yes, I had let myself get a bit melodramatic and caught up in it but perspective is a funny thing. I view Joanne’s life as a real achievement, something that is to be aspired to but failed to recognise that her life, like mine has its ups and downs too. Yes she has a wonderful family, built up an amazing business around her teaching, designing, tech editing and producing but there are times when burn out happens to her as well.

Not So Granny


We all get so busy, caught up in all sorts of amazing, exciting opportunities that sometimes it is hard to step back and remember who we are and what is truly important to us. My illness should not really come as a surprise as I had been saying for a little while that something needed to give. It turns out that this is my health!  I am a firm believer that everything that we encounter makes us who we are. I may have started today morose but I am not going to end it that way.

Last night I got out my wire and had a go at doing some wire hearts. I had a play and enjoyed myself. I relaxed a bit.

This is the biggest heart.

This is the biggest heart.

A middly sized heart.

A middly sized heart.

A tiny heart.

A tiny heart.


That is not to say that I haven’t enjoyed everything that I have been doing recently. I have. A lot. But I do push myself. Constantly. I am always trying to learn new things and take on something new. Even this week, when I was ill in my bed I ‘took the opportunity to have a go at Viking Knit’. Hmmm yes, even when ill I am pushing myself.

The beginnings of a Viking knit

The beginnings of a Viking knit

So, going forward I am going to try to step back a bit, and take a bit more time. I am writing this here so you can all remind me. Starting from now. I don’t think that I am going to defer my marathon. I may not be preparing in quite the way that I expected, or even, be able to quite achieve what I wanted to but I am not an elite athlete. I am going to go out there and enjoy myself. It is an experience that I am going to enjoy. I had a *cough* big birthday this week. Life is for living in the best way possible for you in the here and now. I am going to try to remember this. Always.


If you are having a wobble for what ever reason then please accept a hug from me. Life is busy, it even gets in the way but whatever you are doing try to enjoy it. xx

Crafting blues


Many would agree with me – Christmas is a very busy time of year, fun and enjoyable, but busy. This does not just apply to the actual day itself. When I began to feel all out of sorts yesterday I had to have a good long think:

1. Had I been spending time with my family? Yes.

2. Had I managed to do some running? Yes.

3. Was I really stressed? No.

So what was wrong? I gradually realised that I had not had any time for crafting. I have nothing on my hook, my needles or on my beading board. There was nothing that I could easily pick up and get on with in the odd five minutes. This is not good for me. I needed something that I could do that required little or no thinking. I had none.

So today I have:

1. Played the piano.

2. Made a novelty cake for my son’s birthday tomorrow.

3. Made two earrings.

4. Completed a park run with two of my children.

The world is now a better place 🙂

I hope that you have all fitted in your vital activities over the festive period.


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An important lesson….

This last week has been just as hectic as the week before – if not more so. I did not manage to blog at all which, as many of you will know is very unusual for me. The good news is that my Mum is well on the mend and my parent’s now only own one house. The house that they do own is not exactly finished so Mum is still with us but all their belongings are now in one place, albeit in boxes.

My crafting has also taken a bit of a dive in productivity. It occurred to me today that, when I most need crafting it is the thing that I get around to doing last. To be honest, this weekend I have ‘crashed’ a bit, both mentally and physically.  Not surprising really but instead of taking some time out to crochet and make jewellery I have done everything but…..cleaning, sorting and such. Madness. It is distraction techniques in reverse, doing everything except the one thing that will help me feel better. Does anyone else notice themselves doing this?

I do have one, almost finished object to show you:

Very slow progress but very nearly one completed.

Very slow progress but very nearly one completed.

As the weather is definitely changing in this part of the world, and getting colder and colder I really need to get the other one finished. I hate having cold feet and these are lovely and cozy (or will be if I ever get around to finishing them).

Sock from aboveI have enjoyed this project but it may well get eclipsed by another one that I am about to start as this new one needs to be completed soonish.

I am sure that my life is about to calm down a bit so normal blogging will be able to resume, both reading and writing. Meanwhile – the one thing that I have to take away from this week is:

(Image from this etsy shop)

This has to be a priority in my life from now on – I just need to try to remember it!

In order to get some inspiration I am going to pop over to Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been up to this week – do pop over too.