It’s a fact: 2017 was not a year full of blogging for me. But that happened for the Best Kind of Reasons! Because as my health began to improve last year, I suddenly had Choices.
Back when I began this blog, staying home and crocheting on the sofa or maybe doing a short stint of sewing were very often my only choices. Reading my favourite bloggers and creating a blog of my own was a way for me to still feel connected to the world and part of a community at a time when I was unable to work or socialise, or even go out much at all. Gradually, as I learned to pace myself and manage my condition it became possible to factor in a few more activities, but I still had many, many days when ‘from the sofa’ was all I could do.
But lots of things happened last year that helped me move from Illness to Recovery, and I began to find I had the energy to go out and Do Stuff again, without having to spend quite so much time on the sofa in between. So, YAY – I have been DOING, and Enjoying, but this has often been an ‘either/or’ choice – either I spend my energy crocheting and sewing and blogging, or I spend it going out & doing stuff then resting and not doing anything whilst I recover. It has been an amazing 12 months for me and I’ve done things that I’d begun to think would never be possible again – not just the Big Stuff like moving house, but ordinary, day-to-day things like going on a shopping trip or to an evening class.
But I’ve missed sharing my Adventures here with you all and feeling part of this lovely blogging community that we have. So now that I feel well enough to Do Stuff and write about it, I’d like to start the year by celebrating some of the Wonders I experienced in 2017 that didn’t make it on to the blog! Beginning with…
BELLY DANCE! Folks, I have ALWAYS wanted to be a belly dancer, ever since I was a little girl. I started going to a local class toward the end of 2016, even though at that time I needed someone to drive me there & back and often had to sit out for a lot of the class, then spend 2 or even 3 days In Recovery afterwards. But I absolutely LOVE it, I have made so many wonderful friends, had SO much fun, and discovered my Inner Dancing Diva! Not only that but it gives me an excuse to make costumes and dress up: I mean, what’s not to love?? I’ve surprised myself by getting up in public and performing with our troupe and finding that I actually really enjoy it!
Rocking my me-made costume (Top row, far left) at my first ever performance :
In action, performing at an outdoor show last summer
Posing (far right) at our Monday night dance class (pics by Harry Mason, Alanya BellyDance)From Belly Dance to Barefoot dance. I still need a chauffeur to help me here but I’ve been going to this magical Five Rhythms-inspired dance event most months, and what an amazing crowd of people I’ve met! (Oh yeah, and I get to dress up some more)Our local weekly Meet & Make Craft group is just the warmest, most fun gang to be in and I couldn’t wish for a more supportive and creative group of friends, I feel SO lucky that this happens right here in our tiny town.YARNDALE!! Yes, I finally got to go, and I met my Crochet SHero Lucy from Attic 24 and visited the famous studio! Again this was totally thanks to my lovely friends A. and H. (Stars of the Quilt Festival 2016) who looked after me all weekend and made it SO.MUCH.FUN. Love you gals <3Headdresses! I have been learning so much about felting, appliqué, and embroidery this last year and making headdresses has given me a platform with which to play with all these different techniques and incorporate all sorts of materials. I have blogged a few of my finished ‘for sale’ makes, but not really shared the experimental ones I have had so much fun making (and wearing!) for myself along the way.I had a proper, whole week’s holiday in my beloved Glastonbury. I got to go walking, met up with a friend for the day, visited the Tor and the Chalice Well Gardens, went dancing and even went out to an evening event (I never usually have any energy left by the evening!). Absolute Magic. Kington Art & Craft Market stall with my lovely pal Delia! It’s a LONG day and very tiring, but the camaraderie of our fellow stall-holders and the locals who visit us keeps us going, and I am so proud of the fact that we did this. Another thing that felt impossible just 18 months ago.Crochet clothes! This has been a Revelation to me – I’ve always envied folk who can knit because I love the idea of me-made jumpers and cardies. From my first purple alpaca jumper, I was hooked! I’m still learning as I go along and some things have turned out better than others, but I’ve already completed my first commissioned cardie and my winter wardrobe is looking much funkier this year.L-R: emerald merino jumper, lacy wool/sparkle mix shrug, lacy emerald top with hand-swen beaded fringe Yep, it’s been a wonderful year for me, and I’m feeling hopeful that my health has stabilised enough now that I will be able to continue to take on new projects and be even more creative in 2018. And write about it all! Thank you, as always for sharing my Adventures…
Wishing you all a very joyful, amazing year ahead – can’t wait to see what it brings 🙂