Where Do I Start?!!

I feel a bit overwhelmed right now.  Two, yes two, of you lovely bloggy peeps have nominated me for blog awards. The Encouraging Thunder award.

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and the blogger recognition award

For the encouraging Thunder award I was nominated by the lovely lady at Midnight Knitter.  She is such an amazing and inspiring person.  She is one of the people who has inspired me so much to tackle my dread of knitting and her gorgeous socks have inspired me to work towards knitting my own (in progress!). Like me, she has health issues including systemic sclerosis but she is always bright and cheerful and her attitude to her health is so positive. You will sometimes see her gorgeous cats in her too, they are very good at ‘helping’ with yarny projects 🙂

For the Blogger recognition award I was nominated by another lovely lady at Postcard from Gibraltar.  She has more recently started blogging and her blog is a really interesting mix of expat life in Gibraltar, being a mum and creativity.  She shares beautiful photos of where she lives along with great explanations and having never traveled far myself I love to learn more about Gibraltar in these posts.

I feel so amazed and surprised at the same time.  What is so special about these nominations to me is to find out that this little tiny space I occupy in the blogging world is reaching out and actually inspiring and encouraging others.

So, a little more now about the awards and my nominations.

Firstly the Encouraging Thunder Award.  This award is meant to recognize blogs that are inspiring and encouraging to their readers.  WOW!!!  This means so much to me as it was the reason I started blogging in the first place.  As I started more and more to use the internet as a source of inspiration and patterns I felt that I was taking so much but I wasn’t giving anything back.  My health issues mean that there are so many times when I am longing to help someone practically during hard times – such as do the housework if they are ill -but my physical limitations stop me and I find that I seem to be accepting help when I am struggling but not able to give it back.  I know people don’t expect anything in return but it isn’t always easy being on the receiving end when you would rather be giving! Anyhow, I’ve sidetracked and waffled.  So, I realised that here, with a blog of my own, I just might be able to give a little back.  To share ideas, share what I make, patterns I love, encourage and just try to, somehow, give a little back.  So you can see just what it means to me to know that this little blog has been inspiring and encouraging to someone.

So here I am ready to pay it forward to some of you who have encouraged and inspired me. Please, please don’t feel obliged to join in if you are just too busy, I would just love you to know that I find your blog inspirational!

Ericka Eckles – You make me laugh and cheer up my day.   I love to read about your walks and foraging, I sometimes feel as though I am there which is great when I can’t get out and about much myself 🙂 Your patchwork is inspiring, you bake, crochet, sew and KNIT!! I have learnt a lot from you.

Jenny of Elefantz – I love your stitcheries, they are amazing and inspire me to do more stitching in my work.  Your scripture posts inspire and help me, I look forward to reading them each week.

Summer House by the Sea – You are inspirational, your cheerfulness through your illness is amazing and I love to see what you are making.

Sandra from Cherry Heart – I love your blog and podcasts, your work is beautiful.  You inspire me to dig deep and find the courage to try making my own patterns.

Beth from After Dark Sewing – You sew the most beautiful clothes and right from the start of my blog at the beginning of the year you encouraged me, thanks.

Jodie from Lupey Loops – It has been great to connect with someone else with Lupus, (not that I would wish it on anyone!) and it has been good finding others who have an outlet in their chronic conditions through creativity.  You keep so cheerful and I love seeing what you make.

Marmalade Rose – Your work is amazing and I don’t think I would ever be able to felt pictures like you do, your pictures are so full of life but you inspire me to keep pushing and trying harder with my creativity.

here are the rules:

When you get this award, you can:

  • Post it and the logo on your blog
  • Pay it forward by nominating others

You cannot:

  • Abuse or misuse the logo
  • Claim the logo is your own

If you receive the award you should:

  • Give thanks via comments and likes in the blog of the person nominating you
  • Mention the person who nominated you in your award blog
  • Discuss your purpose in blogging in your award blog

And then the Blogger Recognition Award

I have mentioned above the reason that I started my blog but I have also found this to be a great way to connect with other like minded people.  It has been interesting to find out how many others that suffer from chronic conditions enjoy knitting, crochet etc. I am also supposed to give a bit of advice here to new bloggers!!  Well, I don’t really know what to say here other than just go for, be yourself and talk about what you love. Other bloggers are so kind and encouraging and it is great to be able to share a little of what you love in the hope that you may inspire someone else.

Again, Please don’t feel obliged to join in if you are not able to at the moment, I would just like you to know that I really appreciate and enjoy your blog.

Yarnya, I enjoy the variety of creativity on your blog

Allie-oops- sweet happy life – I love seeing your stitcheries and patchwork

Betsy makes – Your work is beautiful

Jacquie – Bunny Mummy – I love joining you on your country rambles

Daniella Joe – Your blog is upbeat and positive

Cynthia – Handmade, homegrown,beautiful life – I love to read about the goings on in your busy productive life.

Lucy Ann and Luna – I enjoying seeing the lovely things you make and a peep of Luna is always a treat 🙂

Rainbow Junkie – Your work is just that, a rainbow, so bright and cheerful.

St Victor Quilts –  You have put another item on my ‘to learn one day’ list, I love your crazy quilt blocks.

Suzy Sells Sea Shells – I love to see your spinning journeys, your yarn is amazing and inspirational.

Tales from a Happy House and Thistlebear.  I love reading about your homes and families, there is so much happiness in your blog posts.

Wooly Moss Roots.   You are favoured to lead an incredible outdoor life, busy but special.  The things you make are beautiful.

Carole – Whispering Pines Farm – I love reading about your outdoor life and all the wonderful things you make.

The original idea for this award came from the Edge of Night blog you can read about it’s creation here

1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

2. Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).

3. Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.

4. Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night . That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

Thanks to everyone I follow and to all my followers, your blogs continue to inspire me and your comments encourage me to keep on crafting and growing in my creativity.

Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

A Time of Change!

Abi had her final photography exam this week.  After two years of photo shoots, editing, evaluating and artist studies, I have a job to believe her course is finished!  But as this is something she wishes to continue, I am sure this won’t be the end of it!

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She has had great fun, exploring derelict buildings, walking the downs, climbing trees with her camera to get the best angle, hanging lanterns from branches in the dark and causing a few raised eyebrows and puzzled or amused glances from dog walkers!  The Fantasy theme encouraged a lot of interesting shoots.

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There was one project in which she studied hands.  The shoot where she used her Grandad is now very precious to her since he passed away.

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Dad’s hands – he was a watch maker by trade.

Abi has a lot more photographs over on her Flickr site here but I wanted to share a few more of favourites here. (Just click on any picture to enlarge it).

Firstly my absolute favourite is Josh crawling through the waves!

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Abi, spice fusion

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Jess, trees mirror image

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Jess bank

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Josh swinging mirror

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Josh tree double

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Jess lanterns mirror

I hope you enjoyed them,

Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

Please feel free to comment, I enjoy hearing from you, I will always try to reply as soon as possible.

Draw a Bird Day.

Inspired by the Creativity Cauldron I have joined in with ‘draw a bird day’.  Since the 1940’s 8th April has been draw a bird day. A little girl called Dorie visited her wounded Uncle in hospital, cheering him by asking him to draw her a bird.  This inspired other wounded soldiers until the ward was covered in pictures of birds.  Sadly Dorie died a few years later and she was remebered by people drawing a bird on April 8th. You can read the whole story here.

Here is my attempt at drawing one of budgies – Pippin.

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It took about 20 mins to draw and then colour with water colour pencils. It isn’t perfect but I am pleased with it as I haven’t drawn much at all for years. I am so pleased that I took the time to join in with remembering this little girl all these years later.

You can draw any bird, using any medium, you don’t have to be good at drawing – it could be a stick bird!  I would to see your pics if you join in 🙂

Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx