Well hello lovely folks , I am back and full of creative mojo !!
Yay, the old me is emerging and I'm in a very happy place right now .
Before I continue I just want to say a huge heart felt thank you for all the recent messages of support and encouragement that were left on here on my last post and on facebook and in person . They really kept me going when my head was in a difficult place , I really do appreciate that people took the time to message me and offer me support through their words . My head is in a totally different place now , I feel positive , happy , creative and back in touch with myself . My family and friends have noticed the difference and are glad to have the old me back .
So what have I been up to ?
Well I've been making time to do what makes me Happy .
So firstly I've been making sure I have indulged in lots of quality time with my children and husband and friends too .
We have been going on lots of walks and spending time in the great outdoors .
I find spending time outdoors helps calm my mind and gives me a feeling of inner peace .
As a family we have been spending lots of time just hanging out , one early morning drive for a trip to York on the Sunday at the end of the school holidays resulted in a very lazy hour spent chatting and sipping the most deliciously indulgent hot chocolates at ' The York Cocoa House ' whilst listening to the church bell ring . I think it was about this time I truly started feeling my self again .
I've also enjoyed spending times with friends , and what better way to have fun than to join in with the things that make the kids Happy ( although this year I did avoid getting dressed up ) I did thoroughly enjoy myself making scrummy sweet treats for the children and my friends to enjoy too , back in the kitchen where I love to be .
I made Halloween buns , fudge and plot (bonfire ) toffee , the toffee was a big hit and it rendered people speechless , literally as their teeth stuck together !! so funny . There's something quite amusing watching a group of adults eating very chewy sticky toffee .
I have been really enjoying making food which is seasonal and a big favourite in our house this time of year is Pumpkin pie , these are mini pumpkins pies with pecan and maple cream . I sent some round to a friend and neighbour for them to enjoy too .
I love sharing food with others ,whether it's sat around a table together or sharing food at a party or giving food to others to enjoy , the act of giving and sharing food is so special and it is a way I show people I love & care for them.
It has been so nice waking up on a weekend relaxed and I have got back into the swing of making the weekend breakfast special , welsh cakes always go down a treat for breakfast .
It's been great to be socialising with friends and I do enjoy the Creative Coopers groups on a Tuesday ( 1pm to 3 pm ) and a Friday ( 9.00am to 11.00 am ) , sharing our yarn addiction is such great fun .
One all important change of late is that I have got my creative mojo back , my head is buzzing with ideas .
I love the fact that recently I have found some locally produced wool to make garments ( scarfs & shawls ) for my Yorkshire Mill Mice . The sheep who's wool I have bought were reared just outside of Skipton and their fleece was spun in Yorkshire too.
Within a couple of days of this gem of a find I found Yorkshire wool suiting too to make the Mr Mill Mouse trousers and I had also previously sourced some vintage Dewhurst Mill thread bobbins that often are a little extra I send out with the Mill mice and were made in the old Dewhurst mill in Skipton ( a stones throw from my own house ) .It is great to be able to source locally produced items for me to create my makes .
I'm finding the process of searching for fabrics and yarn quite inspirational and thought provoking and it is making me think about what I make , why I design something the way I do and what makes my pieces special and the narrative behind them .
I am particularly enjoying my new working routine and environment and my days are working out so much more productive.
I am getting in to the swing of making again and am looking forward to seeing my little creation take shape over the coming weeks .
As I make a new batch of makes I often think of new twists to them so they evolve over time and this in tern keeps them interesting to work on .
Over the last week whilst working on my next batch of foxes ( the first in quite some time ) I had the idea of woodland items to accompany this woodland creature , I envisaged felted toadstools and acorns , so yesterday I set too . In fact I was fizzing with excitement and I sooo liked the way things went .
I even turned one into a brooch this morning .
I feel grounded and happy in my work and I hope that this will reflect in what I design and make over the coming weeks .
My home life is settled and comfy and I have balance back into my daily routine .
For those of you that sent such kind and supportive words regards my eldest sons health concerns , this is still ongoing , with more hospital visits booked . They have reassured us they will get to the bottom of things and that they don't think it is anything too serious . So we will be patient and go with the flow and hope we will have some answers before too long .
I feel truly blessed right now and happy to have so many kind and loving people in my life and especially people who care enough to stick by me when I'm struggling with life .
Thank you so much for popping by and ta ta for now xx