My first nomination goes to Florence @FlossieTeacake1
who runs a wonderfully inspirational website:
I absolutely love this blog, Florence has a fantastic sense of humour and writes beautifully! I also love that I can identify with what she writes about, for example she too owns comical cats, is a down to earth mother, has a passion for fabrics (especially Liberty), admits to having many unfinished projects and unfortunately is afflicted with frequent tonsillitis like me - I truly emphasise! As well as a delightful blog, you will find gorgeous sewing patterns, tutorials, beautiful pictures of sewing and quilting projects, the list goes on and on! Florence also contributes to magazines and has published an e-book.
My second nomination is for Ali at http://veryberryhandmade.co.uk who has a wonderful website, full of the beautiful Liberty prints that I so adore! In fact several of Ali's projects are featured in the fab new sewing mag 'Love Sewing' - which the postie popped through my letterbox last week :) If you haven't already seen it, I urge to to have a read! Very Berry Handmade has really useful buying guides, with advice about different fabrics and haberdashery items, lots of clever crochet patterns, gorgeous recipes and an abundance of interesting and eye-catching blog posts! In fact I'm going to try out her Crunchy Oat Bisbuit recipe this afternoon!
Now for seven facts about me… Hmmmmmm…. This may take some time…..
1) I have lived in beautiful Devon, on the south coast of England, all of my life! I feel incredibly lucky to live in such a picturesque part of the county and am fortunate to have always lived a stones throw (okay, a little further… but not much!) away from the seaside! I was born in Torbay and lived in Paignton and Torquay, before moving to Exmouth fourteen years ago.
3) I have a panic inducing phobia of arachnids! I am absolutely terrified of them. I am itching and anxiously on edge just writing about them, even the mere mention of the eight legged creature's name produces a shiver. \i can not look at the TV if one appears onscreen and I jump if i see a picture. I know that this is completely irrational (until I hear about someone being bitten) and I feel terribly guilty that my children are now afraid of them - I do believe that battering Dylan with a cushion at the age of 4 when one emerged from a hairbrush and landed on his head, didn't help… I have been known to strip off my top and run with wild abandon in the garden/house, screaming like a crazed idiot, when one has dared to take a stroll on my person. You will understand why I have replaced said creature with pretty butterflies…(courtesy of 'The Graphics fairy' - a fab site for images :) )
5) I love our cats, Mork and Mindy. If you have read my other posts, you will know that they are very much a part of my family and I adore them; even with their sometimes irritating dispositions. Mork really does think that he is a dog and has a psyche akin to the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. He has no agile abilities that cats should have, you can hear where he is within the house/outside as he leaves a path of destruction wherever he travels. As I attempt to write this, he has walked across the keyboard several times and has knocked my carefully arranged paperwork/to do lists onto the floor, before lying down on them to have a nap - yes, I have now compiled my post-its into two lists! Mindy, on the other hand is a typical female cat, very loving towards men (a flirt) and is light with the agility of a highly trained acrobat. They are both adorable, fantastic company and very much loved.
7) I love learning! Since leaving teaching I have spent the last 18 months or so learning new things! I have re-ignited my passion for making things and have enjoyed sewing, knitting and other crafts. I've learnt new techniques through day schools, courses and friends as well as teaching myself with the help of books, the internet or through trial and error! I'm so happy that I've 'found' my roots again and it truly does make me happy to spend my time making things, it's even more of a pleasure to make things for other people. I'm so pleased that 'Crafted Chic' came to my mind and I hope that over time it too will grow as I learn more and develop my re-found passion! I also hope that you will join me in this new chapter of my life :)
2) As a child I loved making things! My mum taught me how to knit - although I only ever knitted scarves, that were of a distorted stretched triangular shape, with a few 'designer' holes' here and there… My teddies didn't mind, they rarely left the house so weren't too bothered about their street presence. I didn't pick up my knitting needles again until November 2012, but am now an avid knitter! I find the whole process of knitting so relaxing, thankfully I don't seem to drop stitches now either! Although I do have a mountain of 'knitted squares' that were supposed to be made into a blanket for the winter… 2012…!
4) I have a BEd (Hons) Primary Teaching degree from the University of Plymouth. I moved here to Exmouth to study at Rolle College, their Exmouth Campus. I studied for four years before gaining my degree and then my job at a local school. I taught there for nine years before leaving due to illness. I loved teaching children and have worked with some fantastic teachers, many of whom are still very good friends of mine. I have the upmost respect for Teachers and feel that they really don't get the credit that they so deserve, mainly due to poor media portrayal. teaching is not a 9-3.30 job, far from it! It is a way of life, with many hours at home during the week, weekends and holidays being spent working, for the love of the children.
6) I enjoy Scuba Diving! I learnt to dive about eight years ago and hated every minute, it was April and the sea here was colder than cold, the visibility about 30cms…I then went to Egypt and finished my PADI Open Water in the beautiful Red Sea! What a difference! It opened my eyes to a whole new world, a stunning and serene one, with delightful visual appeal! I was hooked and then completed my PADI Advanced Open Water certificate back in the UK. I have been to Egypt five times now and have loved every dive, especially those where I was fortunate to swim with Turtles! My absolute favourite marine animal, it's such an honour to spend time with them! Sadly I haven't been able to dive recently, but I'll never forget the joys of the underwater world and hope to experience it again.