Some things will be different to usual for a while.
If you’re a regular you may have noticed the lack of posting as of late. Don’t worry – I haven’t stopped making! In fact I can share that having a creative outlet has been particularly helpful to getting me through this last year.
2016 was a difficult year – mostly because of a variety of struggles all occurring back to back. Some of you may remember I had surgical removal of my wisdom teeth (2 operations). Well I was subsequently in 2 separate car accidents – neither too serious but the first one wrote off my car, and the other resulted in whiplash related injuries to myself (hit from behind by a transit van on the motorway) and lengthy repairs to the new car.
Whilst gums and backs can heal, and cars can be repaired or replaced, the loss of family members is much more difficult to adjust to.
In the last part of the year my Nana passed away. While I feel glad that she is now free from the pain of osteoporosis, she is terribly missed by my whole family. Amongst other things, she was a wonderful painter, knitter, crochet-er, home decorator and story teller. I definitely owe some of my creativity and inspiration to her!
My Nana and Grandad have moved house 15 times during their life together. They have always done very well out of property because my Grandad is a businessman and my Nana had creative flair and always presented their houses like something out of Beautiful Homes magazine.
So it feels odd to now be looking around houses ourselves for our next house move, without my Nana at the end of the phone for advice!
I am hopeful that 2017 will be a much happier year, and not least because we hope to move house (and that the house move will allow more space for a crafting – maybe even a semi-dedicated room for it!)
However, because of the work and emotional investment I’m anticipating being involved in the move, I have realised that it just won’t be practical to try and keep posting here for a period. So it is my intention to “maintain” the site – replying to comments and queries on patterns as usual – here and on Ravelry – but no new content, probably until 2018.
It may be that we move to a house which needs a reasonable amount of work (this makes me quite excited – all the creative possibilities)! So it is possible you may see some before and after home décor posts here in the future – do let me know if this would interest you in the comments.
In the meantime, I hope you all keep crafting and have a great 2017 yourselves!