Without sounding like I am about to launch into a Les Mis medley “Who am I? I’m…” ; or a philosophical debate, over my personal cogito “I think therefore I create…” I am going to try and tell you a little bit about myself.
So who am I?
Well, I’m a chronically ill and disabled mum to a toddler and an autistic son. I’m also a home educator and a photographic and mixed media artist who has been interested in the world of crafts since I was a six year old and much to the chagrin of my husband I have dabbled in most of them; at the moment I’m concentrating on needlefelt.
In the last couple of months I have started out on a journey to create a charity that helps children who have developmental disabilities to access and participate in the arts. It is still early days but you can find the website at Artsable.org
I’m also a bit of a hippy at heart, obsessed by bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, a recent convert to soap nuts and have been making soap and bath products for my family for years. I love mead and am in the process of making some myself… time will tell how it tastes. I’m a trainee vegan, I say trainee as I am a recent convert for health reasons but I still love mead and think I can juggle both to a degree.
I used to design all the crafts for, and with my husband, create all the packs for Little Doers, the original UK kids craft box. However due to my health, that of my autistic son and the fact that to keep prices low we were doing everything ourselves and effectively losing money on every box, we had to give up and close the business. All is not lost though, we have helped many children create and enabled their parents to become more confident creating with them and learnt a lot about ourselves and our children along the way.
I am a firm believer in that when one door closes, another one quickly opens and if you are willing to put in the hard work, anything is possible (yes I am an eternal, and possibly naive optimist).
I have gone back to my roots in art, crafts, photography and design and that is what I will be bringing you in this blog, I hope you enjoy reading!