Sunday, 8 February 2015

Where Am I?

One evening after school we were in Waitrose. Our food was paid for and we were chatting away, heading for the car. 
A lady came up to me and said hello, I read your blog. 
Sometimes people do this and it's lovely to see the people who read the words I write, who look at the pictures I share of our world.  All the happiness in my life is for the most part what I want to focus on, celebrate and share. That's what a creative life is to me.

Well this lady then asked why I haven't blogged so much. I gave her an honest answer and I will give you one too.

I told her my marriage had just ended and so I hadn't found much I wanted to write about.


The next few months will be hard, there's a lot of change that has to come about from all of this.
Some will be good of course, some is scary and some completely unwanted. All the same, we've got one choice my girls and I, and that's to make the best of it.

With that big news spoken aloud, I'd like to get on with the talk of creative whatnots to be honest. Ive not felt like making anything these past few weeks, but I've still been busy hatching plans and continuing with projects.

Some of you might recognise these pictures from Vanessa's blog do you mind if I knit?

Well an idea grew after I set up the online memorial to her. A few people on Instagram asked if there was a way of raising money to go towards mental health, as Vanessa suffered from this as so many people sadly do. 

A conversation grew and the idea of a collective blanket that would then be raffled off came about.

Colours were discussed with my friend Penny of PlanetPenny after I'd come up with the design based on a scarf of Vanessa's. We wanted to keep to her palette of colours so a lot of thought was given to them being as near a match as possible. Then I got in touch with my mate Jane at teawagontales to create an id badge for this project.


Colours were then releaased with details on Instagram, it's such an immediate format almost like being on the phone with everyone at the same time. From Saturday to Monday all the squares had been taken and I'd had to increase the size twice to allow everyone who wanted to take part join in.

The squares have been popping through my door every day lately, the next step will be sewing them all up and then selling the raffle tickets. That's the plan you see, to give everyone the chance to win the Do You Mind if I Knit? blanket and raise much needed funds for MIND.

It's brought a lot of people together to share and chat while they hook their squares.
My apologies for not bringing it into the blogosphere but it would have been so much harder to organise, especially with my world falling around my ears.


In the middle of all this I had a week off work with exhaustion. 
Turns out I'm very anaemic, not surprising for a veggie who misses loads of meals out. 

I sat on the sofa every day, after all the school running back and forth. I watched endless films and found a project to keep me busy.


I'd seen a pattern for a floral heart on Lucy's blog Attic24 that seemed a perfect sofa days make.


I changed the colours to suit me and worked the centres in white instead of adding buttons as Lucy had.


To make it easier to sew the hearts on, I covered the pipe cleaners in a strip of fabric.


I was really pleased with how this turned out..

It's been the last thing I've made for a while, I do feel the urge to get my creative head working again.

First thing I've got to make is something from a beautiful new crochet book Ive been asked to review. 
The book is soon to be released and so I've been asked, along with a few other bloggers to take part in the blog hop. That means there will be links to win goodies too for my readers. 

I'm booked to write that post on the 16th February, so if I'm not back before then, then I will definitely see you then.

43 comments:

  1. Hello my darling girl! no words (its all been said on ig)... just lots of admiration here....the blanket has been given even more special love now because i think it has kept you going? plus your lovely girls of course!
    sending love and laughter your way because we all need more then we can use !!
    D x

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  2. Lisa......you blooming well AMAZE me doing this whilst you're world is being rearranged! And that my dear is why I think you're a blooming marvel :) xxx

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  3. so sorry to hear your news Bobo. I truly am. Always such sadness when there are children to think of and having to park your own emotions to the side to get on with the doing of the day. I often dip in and out of your blog to see what you are up to in your colourful world and sometimes use your blog too to update myself with who has posted recently as I like your 'lovely places' blog spot on the rhs. Hope your world repairs and you find light and joy soon.Caroline x ps. I don't know you ,but feel acquainted as I enjoy your written words!

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  4. I've only recently come across your blog and I wish I'd found it sooner. I can't wait to look through your old posts. I'm really sorry to hear your news; I hope you can find a small amount of comfort in your continued crafting. I do genuinely believe that crochet is good for you! x

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  5. Nothing wrong with taking time out, we all need to at times. Loving the heart xxx

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  6. So I have made it over here from ig (flaming stitch), I know I've already said it, but strong and moving words again! Xxx

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  7. Such a beautiful colourful post, so lovely to see your makes and beautiful photography.
    You know where you can always find your IG and Bloggy mates x

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  8. Echoing mrs b here! I'm doing the blog hop too on Tuesday - wrote it today as working - can't believe I'm on there with the likes of you and fox's lane x

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  9. Such a lovely post. You can make it through the bad times just keep on pushing on!

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  10. Dear Lisa, I'm so sorry to hear your news. I hope yourself and your girls find plenty of strength and love during the next while. I'm sure you will. Your generosity of spirit shines out through your words and by your fitting tribute to your friend.
    Shauna.xxx

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  11. i bet your girls look up to you with great fondness and also as a talented, creative, beautiful, role model ;) big hugs to you xx ... ive had some real low bits in my life and my girly always was my drive to get me through the hard bits~ i often think i wouldnt be here i i hadnt had her... she kept me grounded and kept me focused and cheered me up on the sad bits that life sometimes throws at us... being creative also helps keep your mind on other colourful bright happy things ;) xxxx

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    1. ...i keep loosing my way with my blog...keep trying to post but sometimes dont feel in the right frame of mind in my life at the moment to blog...although things in my life are in a happy place i feel unable to get back into the bloggy mode...i still enjoy looking at others blogs though ;) and im sure i'll get back into the swing of things again...ive never been good at this time of year... thinking of you, like dear Vanessa you always cheer me up when i visit your blog~ all the wonderful vintage, colourful, creative world that you share in snippets of your life~ its always a lovely place to visit xx

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  12. I am so sorry to hear about the end of your marriage. I know it's very traumatic for you and your girls. It's very kind of you to power through and continue with your work in behalf of Vanessa. I think in doing so it will bring you solace. Your heart wreath turned out beautiful. From Oregon, USA I send you.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. Hi,I am new to your blog.It's wonderful to see such lovely work under trying times,well done.

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  14. Hello lovely friend!

    I will say it as many times as you need to hear; you are amazing! Here you are splashing colour about life and loving your beautiful daughter's. You are going to be absolutely fine. You deserve the best.

    Oh, and I now know we have something else in common. I regularly suffer from anemia too. Once you get those iron levels up you'll be feeling a million times better. Give it a few weeks.

    Hugs from France,

    Stephanie

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  15. ps Another typo slipped in there! I'm getting good at those!

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  16. ps Another typo slipped in there! I'm getting good at those!

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  17. Hello lovely friend!

    I will say it as many times as you need to hear; you are amazing! Here you are splashing colour about life and loving your beautiful daughter's. You are going to be absolutely fine. You deserve the best.

    Oh, and I now know we have something else in common. I regularly suffer from anemia too. Once you get those iron levels up you'll be feeling a million times better. Give it a few weeks.

    Hugs from France,

    Stephanie

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    1. But I ate an amazing woman to get over my anaemia ha hhhhasssaa. Xxxx

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  18. A lot of us have been were you are and we have all survived. We may be possibly better for the roads we have traveled.
    Still I am sorry to hear your news. It's always a stressful bit, even when it is necessary, a divorce is just tough. That said. So excited to see the outcome of the of your creative endeavors.

    Possible thoughts and encouragement.

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  19. A beautiful heart :) In all ways :)

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  20. Truly sorry to read your sad news. My heart goes out to you and your girls.
    Taking the time you need to nurture yourself is very important to help with any challenge ahead.
    I love your latest make, so very you!
    Take good care of yourself.
    Lisa x

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  21. It's always sad when a marriage breaks down, and like everyone else, I send best wishes to you and your lovely girls, who must be feeling sad and confused, all sorts of feelings going on at this time. But, you are creative, and that will help. You have a lovely circle of friends, real and via the blog, who all wish you only the best. And I too, had anaemia - injections in the bum when I was 21, I remember the doctor saying I had elephant hide, not skin, as he struggled to get this ginormous needle in my buttock. How flattering, I thought, tears running down my face. Thank heavens they have pills for it now...... this was over forty years ago, and I remember it well, sadly!!

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  22. What a beautiful loving heart you must have to bring colour and joy to others when you world has been turned upside down! I love what you have done with the blanket, just sorry I missed the call to arms to join in! And that floral heart, oh how it cheered me, it is gorgeous and I will definitely be making one if those soon. Big virtual hugs to you and your girls, I am sure with your strength and their love you will survive. Xx

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  23. Sending love from 'up North' to you and your girls. As many have commented above, you are an amazing and creative lady and your blanket for MIND is such a wonderful project. As Dory would say, 'Just keep swimming...'
    Deborah x

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  24. I know how you feel. I've just been through a bit of an emotional maelstrom too. I couldn't think of a thing to say either!
    Jacqui xx

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  25. You are a courageous lady. It takes guts to tell people you may never have met about personal difficulties.
    Wishing you and your girls a happy, secure future.
    J xx

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  26. Hugs to you and your girls...look forward and find happiness...my prayer for you.

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  27. So sorry to hear your sad news, make sure you look after yourself as well as your girls, take care xx

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  28. Thanks for sharing, I wish you much healing creative time and space X

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  29. Darling girl, my heart goes out to your and your lovely girls. And isn’t it just like you to be involved with something to remember someone else during this difficult, sad time in your own life?

    Having gone through the breakup of my own first marriage, I truly feel for you. I remember believing my world had come to an absolute end, that nothing would ever be good again. I was wrong, but that’s how I felt at the time.

    Please know that you’re in my prayers, and that you WILL find your way through this. (((((Lisa)))))



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  30. Thinking of you , lovely lady..
    You've kept me company through many a sad time !
    You don't know that you have.But believe me you did..
    Sending lots of kind hugs and wishing you the strength to feel and be like you again!!
    Take care of you, as being a precious Mum , this ship needs to keep on sailing ..
    Maria x

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  31. I am sorry to hear that you are having tough times. Hugs to you. I hope that things look up for you. xx

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  32. I am so sorry to hear your bad news. x

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  33. Oh Lisa, so sorry to hear this. I've got a boomerang full of love and squeezes that I've flung your way. Grab them when it whizzes round you, and then when it comes back to me I'll send you some more if you need them. I'm not sure that I can add anything that hasn't already been said. Take things slowly, look after yourself, let your girls give you strength, and vice versa.

    I guess Vanessa's blanket can take your mind off things, but don't rush or feel pressured. Take your time with it and go at whatever pace you need. It's beautiful to see the colours together though......that sure is a day brightener in itself.......xxxx

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  34. So sorry to hear your news Lisa, hope you & the girls are ok. Love your flower heart x

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  35. Endings are always so hard. I am so sorry. I'm sending you and your girls heaps and heaps of love and hugs. I love the idea of the blanket. The colors are so pretty. Hang in there and take each day as it comes.
    Hugs,
    Sharon

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  36. Dear Lisa, I've been keeping up to date with you via Instagram .... what an inspiration you are! The blanket will be fabulous, and I hope I don't miss the opportunity to buy tickets ... a wonderful tribute to an amazing woman! I love the crochet heart, I had seen this on Attic 24, but haven't got round to buying pipe cleaners, but have found a wicker heart, so may have a bash at it myself this weekend ... can't wait to see the review of the new crochet book xxx take care and have a wonderful weekend xxx Love, Claire xxx

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  37. Been a bit off-planet myself this year - so late finding your post. Need I say how sorry I am? I can only send you my very best wishes that you and the girls - in fact all of you - will come out the other end of what must seem like a long dark tunnel - into sunshine and brightness again at some point. I commend your courage for speaking online about your situation, with dignity. Bless you and yours, Lisa. xx

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  38. Hello Lisa - it was me who came up to you in Waitrose that evening. I've been thinking of you quite a bit and, on a selfish note, am so glad that you are back blogging.

    I have really missed your lovely bright and colourful blog. I hope you find some small comfort in how many people you touch and inspire with your creativity.

    Here's hoping that 2015 eventually turns out to be a good year for you and your girls.
    Kitty

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  39. Hello you! I have missed your presence here (though clearly I've been awol for a bit too or I'd have commented here before) ... I'm just so sorry to discover the reason why. (And kinda wishing I was on Instagram properly so I hadn't missed the blanket project.) Anyway, hugs from a friend, and best wishes that all your current woes are soon just a distant memory xxx

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  40. I posted a comment on Attic 24 blog this morning and a couple of emails later Lucy tells me that you and I have suffered the same fate marriage wise just recently. It seems all to common at the moment, but good luck sorting through it all. You are not alone! x

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