Time To Talk Day

Time To Talk Day

I know many people, myself included, use crafting as a means of managing poor mental health or find it to be where they turn to for relaxation. So, lovelies, I just wanted to say Happy Time to Talk Day! Time to Change celebrates this day every 1st February in a bid to get us over our hump about speaking freely about our mental health. It’s ironic – we all have ‘mental health’ and yet some people still can’t talk about it for fear of being judged or because they have been conditioned to think they should ‘wo/man up’ (apologies to any non-binary people reading this – I can’t think what the equivalent saying would be. ‘Person up’?)

Speak! Talk! Chatter! Gabble! Whatever you like to call it, just know that there are tons and tons of people who do understand what you’re going through and do want to help you.

If you need any pointers as to organisations that can offer support, drop me a line and I can signpost you. ๐Ÿ™‚


My Nominations for the Blogger Recognition Awardย 

Rather than nominate 15 blogs (I don’t think I even follow 15!) by name I thought it would be nice to name them AND mention why I like reading them. So here goes; Continue reading “My Nominations for the Blogger Recognition Awardย “

We’ll Meet Again, Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When But I Know We’ll Meet Again Some Sunny Day

Hello! I thought I best write a quick post to explain why I’m so quiet on here at present. It’s likely to be a long-term thing because I’ve officially started studying for a Masters in Public Health degree via distance learning and so the time I used to fill with handicraft projects is now filled with journal reading, essay writing and general academic ponderings. Continue reading “We’ll Meet Again, Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When But I Know We’ll Meet Again Some Sunny Day”

Inspired by this pretty bowl when I visited Coughton Court (National Trust) earlier; wouldn’t it make a lovely fabric print?

And someone at the house has been crafting away – loving these beautiful paper roses as the centrepiece. Stunning. ๐Ÿ˜

And a little momento of our visit – a cast iron bunny! Yeah, it might look like chocolate but I can assure you it would hurt a lot more if it landed on your toe! (Strategically placed where Rodney – the real rabbit – has a tendency to think it’s okay to wee… Hopefully this will deter him!)

Catch Up

Hi all,

I’ve been a bit AWOL the last few weeks as I’ve been busy at work, trying to tie up loose ends before finishing on Friday. I now have a week off before I start my new job so I’ll be squeezing some crafting in amongst all the other things I have to do!

My old colleagues know me well as, for a leaving present, they chipped in for a Hobbycraft gift card. ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s a sale on at the moment as well so I’m looking forward to stock piling some bits and pieces! I’d like to try making some candles and I’ll probably get some more Boodles yarn as I enjoyed working with it when I did the pouffe (which still needs finishing!).

My colleague Jen bought me this cute little needle felting kit, which I’ll be having a go at this week:

Apparently it’s very therapeutic as you have to stab the felt and the polystyrene ball! ๐Ÿ™‚ Another colleague did a great set of three penguins, which looked adorable.

Love Sewing magazine came in the post yesterday and there’s a pattern for a shirt dress that id like to make. However, I already have goodness knows how many projects in the pipeline so it may be a while!!

Also, how cute are these pom-pom birds?!

I love them! The artist who made them has an Instagram page which shows off even more talent, including this family of swans:

I’m in love!! ๐Ÿ˜ Whoever knew pom-poms were more than just beanie hat adornments?!

As well as myself leaving the team at work, a couple of other people are going on maternity leave so I was asked to bake a cake for them. I choose Mary Berry’s Death By Chocolate cake as I’ve made it twice before and it’s always gone down well. It turned out really well and was quickly devoured!

In terms of baking I also made some blueberry muffins, some triple chocolate ones and some naiomino bars. None of them turned out quite right and I didn’t take any photos. I really struggle to make good muffins – they always taste too rubbery – so if anyone has a fail safe recipe they use please let me know!! The naiomino bars were too thin (I’d tried to fill too large a tin) so they didn’t have that richness that they did when I made them as a kid. I will be making some more though so I’ll keep you posted.


Oops, I tell a lie – I did take some photos of the muffins and even started a blog post about it! Will publish it in a few minutes. ๐Ÿ™‚

It actually happened. Today.

Wearing my chiffon butterfly print top into work today, my manager commented ‘That’s a pretty top. Where’s it from?’

This was the moment I’d been waiting for! 

Spinning around, unable to contain my excitement, I sang ‘Thank you. I made it myself!