… reasonably creative, fairly active, somewhat international… trying to keep busy…

… in the past year or so I have gone from a crazy job where I needed to switch off from the outside world in the evening, to jobless, to working part-time on a number of different projects…

… crafty and cooking projects, sewing and knitting, improving things around my present home, renovating my next home, trying to adopt habits that will lead to a more frugal and greener life style are a few of the things I have found to ensure there are never enough hours in a day…

… I have been sewing since I was 8, I learnt to knit soon after, childhood holidays with my grandmother were spent crafting in the kitchen, rummaging through bags of scraps making peg dolls and working with leather, flower arranging, and following her in everything she did…

… since then I have gone through phases, sewing and not sewing, but never forgetting the basics. I had to relearn to knit, but youtube helped me there. Sometimes I make clothes, I make lots of accessories: bags, wallets, scarves, belts… I always make a lot of my home decor from cushion covers and dog beds to lamp shades and sometimes even furniture…

… my favourite tools: my (grandmother’s) sewing machine, big chunky knitting needles, power tools and paint brushes…

…Β  sometimes I try and sell some of the things I photograph or that I make on etsy…

9 thoughts on “About…”

  1. Love your blog name!

    • Thank you! I first coined this name for my etsy shop as I make a whole variety of things and the only common thread was that making them made me happy and kept my mind off the worries of job hunting.

  2. tfaswift said:

    I haven’t looked around your whole blog yet, but so far your knitting and photography is gorgeous. Sorry about the current employment status and I wish you good luck in your job hunt!

    My name is Tilda, and I came looking for knitting-focused blogs for a reason. I do a Blog Challenge, which until now has been focused mainly on writing and a photo challenge. I would like to introduce some more creative elements to the next Challenge, however, which is due to start fairly soon, and I have been thinking of adding a knitting part to the Challenge (as well as drawing, painting and poetry). But before I commit to a knitting challenge, I need to go around some knitting-focused blogs to ask if any knitters would be interested in participating.

    Do you think that might be something that would interest you or your followers? The knitting challenge would simply be that I would offer two themes and then knitters could knit anything they like based on either theme, whichever they prefer.

    If they like, they could participate in the rest of the Challenge and be eligible to earn Awards to be displayed on their blog, and win prizes, but that is purely optional. Here’s my blog in case you’d like to take a look at the current Challenge and if you think you or anyone else would be interested in participating if I included some more creative aspects to it, including knitting, would you let me know? http://tfaswift.com.

    I’m not trying to plug my blog; I just need to know before I start a knitting challenge if any knitters would know where to find it, or whether they’d even be interested! Thank you so much for your time, and either way, good luck with all your projects! πŸ™‚

    • Many thanks for your visit, comment and kind thoughts for job hunting…

      Thanks also for inviting me to take a look at your blog, and at your challenges.

      Congratulations, it looks like you have some great ideas over there. I am sure there are lots of people who would be interested in a knitting challenge, however, I will be completely honest and say that I am probably not a good prospective participant… I only know how to knit one thing: cowls – so unless your challenge is to knit a super duper cowl, I will already be lost… plus I am crap at any kind of commitment thing – I tend to knit (cowls) when I feel inspired, but if I feel like I have to do something I just go blank and walk away from it (like the coat I was really excited to sew until I bought the material!).

      I think there are other, more active knitters and knitting bloggers out there, with a greater following than me, I wish you lots of luck finding your target audience, and do feel free to drop by here whenever you want to read about the next cowl I just made!!

      • tfaswift said:

        LOL, thank you for your honesty and frank reply. This is why I feel it’s important to ask around. No point starting a knitting challenge and then nobody participates! πŸ™‚ What I was actually going to do is just offer two themes like, e.g. cats or dogs, and then the person could knit anything they like with one of those themes, so e.g. a cowl with a cat design on it, or a cowl for a cat … LOL. But no worries about being a bit of a commitment-phob when it comes to knitting. πŸ˜‰ Good luck with your projects and life in general!

      • well – I could probably do the cowl with integrated dog hairs in it πŸ™‚ Everything in my life is covered with dog hairs!!!
        Good luck with the challenge x

  3. aislingcryan said:

    Hey I just came across your blog this evening after you liked my post! It’s pretty sweet πŸ™‚
    I organise crafty sessions once a month at my place, for lots of nice people who either have skills or want to learn something new. I think you might like it! If you’re interested in coming, they’re lots of fun! Just tea, cake, chat and crafting – paper/needle πŸ™‚

    • That sounds like a really nice evening. I do something similar with a group of sewing friends. If the once a month doesn’t clash it would be nice to join you one day!

      • aislingcryan said:

        For sure! If you send me on your email address, I can send you a list of the dates πŸ™‚

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